I think that people who disliked the 50th because it changes the outcome of the time war have skewed perspective on what it means for a story to have depth.
They keep saying that having the doctor forget he saved Gallifrey cheapens the pain he felt for those four hundred years. I say it does the opposite. Both the War Doctor and the Tenth doctor knew they would forget about how they (possibly) saved Gallifrey. They knew that they would torture themselves over it for centuries. They knew that was the price they would pay for saving their home planet.
And they willingly accepted it without discussion or dread.
These doctors knew what lay ahead of them. But they were also prepared to destroy Gallifrey for the sake of the universe. If they were willing to shoulder the actual responsibility it makes sense that they would be willing to shoulder the blame for it, even though it didn’t happen.
Because, even if it was just in that moment, they knew they would eventually find out the truth when they were the Eleventh Doctor. They would remember and they would be redeemed. And they needed to think they had destroyed Gallifrey in order to become the man with the ability to help save it.
It actually makes the Doctor so much better as a character in my opinion, because it makes him less hypocritical. Have a problem with him mind-wiping Donna’s greatest achievements from her brain without her permission, even though it was the only way to save her? I know I did. But now I know the doctor would allow exactly the same thing to himself BECAUSE HE DID. Feel irritated that he would let River be punished for a killing she never committed? My hand’s up over here. But once again I know the Doctor would allow himself to be put in the same position BECAUSE HE DID.
But back to the depth issue. Doctor Who has told us over and over again that happiness is just as important, just as powerful, as grief. Remember the words from Vincent and the Doctor
"[Vincent] transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray, but [he] use [his] passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world […]"
And of course.
“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice-versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things and make them unimportant.”
This is what people are forgetting. The Doctor’s pain over those four hundred years is not diminished by being based on a falsehood anymore that Vincent’s pain wasn’t real because it was based on a mental illness. Both of those things were just caused by quirks in their brains whether it be something as simple as chemical imbalances or something as incomprehensible as time streams being out of sink.
But this also works on another level. Just because a key element of the Doctor’s story is now a victory rather than a defeat it doesn’t mean the story has less meaning. Sometimes we are tricked into thinking that joy is something more frivolous, less substantial that sadness and that if we want to tell a story that’s got real depth, it better be a tragedy. It’s an adolescent mistake. i’m not saying that tragedy’s can’t be deep, not at all. I’m just saying that not all of the stories that matter have to leave you feeling downcast and hopeless. Like Billy Nighy said, pain is easy to portray. But to make someone feel ecstasy when the world is often so horrible. That’s a gift.
And personally I feel Doctor Who should be one of the things that makes us ecstatic. In the word of Craig Ferguson it’s about the “Triumph of Intellect and Romance over Brute Force and Cynicism.” What is more romantic than the possibility of going home? What is more intellectual than learning from your mistakes and figuring out how to solve a problem that has haunted you for years? What is less brutal than stopping the death of thousands of children by your own hand? What is less cynical than saying that even in situations where there seems to be no way out, there is still hope.
I explained NaNoWriMo to my 9-year-old brother the other day, and today I told him I couldn’t play with him because I’m really behind so he actually shoed me away saying “go write 2000 words right now!” five minutes later he came into my attic to make sure I was writing and said, “I’ve got my eye on you!”
I think I’m just going to hire him to be my life coach.
i’m tired of teenage girls being laughed at and kicked around and scorned and used as comic relief
do you know how amazing it is that teenage girls have s O much passion inside them that they throw themselves into stories and create fanart and change the canon and create metas that are sometimes more intelligent than the base material!! that’s so amazing!!! they’re so passionate and smart and they obviously feel so deeply
and you want to laugh at that because you’re already cold and dead inside ha ha joke’s on you
“Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.”—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (via gcatherinev)
“Quite honestly the thing that interests me the most about her relationships with Gale and Peeta is that they’re completely organic to the situations. That in the beginning of Catching Fire, she wants to forget her time in the games and go on with her regular life, which means she will be pushing herself away from Peeta because he’s a reminder of the Games, and growing closer to her childhood friend Gale because he reminds her of home. But when she’s thrown back into the Games, she’s pulled away from Gale and pushed back towards Peeta, because she finds comfort in him having shared the trauma of the Games. But I never, for one minute, think that she sits around debating who she likes better.
She doesn’t have time for it.”—Francis Lawrence, the he-fricking-gets-it director for Mockingjay and Catching Fire (via jerichoes)
the scariest thing about the Hunger Games films is when Caesar Flickerman legitimately makes you smile because he is the one that turns this twisted fight to the death into mindless entertainment for the masses and in that moment you realize that just for a second it worked on you.