Note: When I use the term Whovian, I speak only to those who apply to the matter of which I am complaining about, not to all whovians in any way, shape, or form. Also CW= Classic Who and NW= New Who.
Todays topic: Morality and Doctor Who
I have noticed, since I started watching Doctor Who, a big focus on morality in the show, throughout all of the seasons of which I have watched (1-17 CW) (1-7 NW). I thought this was a nice subject to stick to, as it teaches all of us good lessons about the actions we take. I do, however, have an issue with whovians when they take anything said TOO literally or strongly, more than I believe is meant by the show.
One of the major issues I have is with the idea that the Doctor (The Dr.) never uses guns, or never is violent or mean. I have an issue because there is no possible way one could be 100 percent non-violent, mean, and never use weapons, whether it be physical, or verbal weapons. Many whovians I have talked to, overheard, have seen talk about how the Dr. is NEVER EVER EVER EVERVEVEFERELKSDJF:LKJF violent. This is so untrue and another reason why I would like ALL whovians to watch Classic Who (but thats another topic to discuss later). The Doctor can be seen many times handling a gun, threatening innocent live (most of the time unintentionally). For example in the very first three episodes An Uneartly Child (Unearthly), The Daleks, and The Edge of Destruction (Destruction) there is an unbelievable amount of anger, violence, death, horrifying and just plain nasty scenes, but they first of all make for a great storyline and second of all make a good point. In Unearthly the Dr. first meets Ian and Barbara and traps them inside his TARDIS taking them with him without their permission (in otherwords kidnapping them). Throughout the episode the Dr. threatens lives, most notably recommending they just bash a cavemans head in and leave him before they are caught (though it is much more subtle than that). Secondly in Daleks, he risks Ian, Barbara, and even his own granddaughters lives in order to check out the ‘abandoned city’ on the dead planet. Throughout the episode they begin to get along better and tensions between the group start to disappear, that is, until they find out that the Dr. tricked them. Susan, like the badass she is, confronts the shit out of him throughout the rest of Daleks and into Destruction. Before I get into Destruction however, have it noted that the Dr. just recommends they leave the Thals to die at the hands of the Daleks because he does not want to get caught up in something that he helped get them involved with. Finally (for now) is the famous, ___ serial set entirely inside the TARDIS. Now throughout this are countless scenes of Susan being a scary ass motherfucker, threatening to kill Ian and Susan with scissors and such, while looking like a total lunatic. This is quite freaky, especially considering that this is supposed to be a childrens show, but is not what I want to focus on. What I would like to focus on is Barbara’s badass confrontation against the Dr. near the end of this story. The doctor starts blaming Ian and Barbara for the malfunction with the doors of the TARDIS and actually the whole malfuntion of the TARDIS in general. Ian puts in a few good words, yelling with the Dr., before Barbara breaks in with her stunning (and I mean stunning, I got chills from her confrontation) attack on the Dr., while keeping level-headed. The Doctor blames them for the malfunction claiming they were attempting to go back to their own time. ”HOW DARE YOU, do you realise you would have DIED in the Cave of Skulls if Ian hadn’t made fire for you?” And how about what we went through against the Daleks, not just for us but for you and Susan as well. and ALL because you tricked us into going down into the city!” “ACCUSE US? You should get down on your hands and knees and thank us. Gratitude is the last thing you’ll ever have, or any sort of common sense either!” ”OH SNAP” is all I could think as she just totally destroyed his whole argument in her BAMF ways. Honestly ALL of the acting in this scene is just magnificent and I would greatly argue against those who say Classic Who had bad acting. Anyways, The Dr. is speechless and it moves on to another scene. Now this episode leaves them with tighter bonds and trust among the whole group making them much better friends and brightening the Dr. and making him less horrible.
Though I cannot, at the moment think of any other specific examples, I have scene each and every Doctor hold a weapon, act violent, or just be rude at one point or another. The Third doctor CONSTANTLY used swords in sword fights and used a lot of hand-to-hand combat that could easily have killed someone. The fourth Doctor, I have seen use laser guns, and normal guns, and all sorts of that jazz but I still believe the best example were those first episodes.
Now, another point to make. It would be virtually impossible to be a space and time traveller (or any adventurer at that) without having to use violence in self-defense. There are many cases that the Dr. would be dead if he hadn’t had used violence. Mostly they involved the Daleks, Cybermen, and even the Master. I just have a problem with people complaining about how in the new series the Dr. has both killed a man, who by the way commited genocide on a whole species aboard the Spaceship in ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, and who if he hadn’t would have probably attempted to kill his friends and/or kidnap them along with going on to commit more acts of genocide and greed. And the other part is how he threatened to kill the alien in ‘A Town Called Mercy’ when he refused to step outside of the town to be killed by the Gunslinger. Yes both of these did show the Dr. being violent and honestly the second one did bother me a little, but what the fans focused on was OHEMGEE THE DOCTOR HELD A GUN OMG OMGOMG HE VIOLENTANDSTUFFZ, and not the real issues behind what he did. Then they go on to claim that the Dr. has never used a weapon before this season and I just get pissed off because. EVERY. SINGLE. REGENERATION. has used a weapon(s) at one point or another. For god sakes look at Seven who blew up Skaro killing millions of Daleks, yes they were evil and were threatening to destroy the universe, but something behind that all just seemed dark and terrifying. Or even look at nine who was stingy and violent through most of his season. He was still one of my favorites and I still loved him.
I have more to say, but at the moment my mind has gone blank on other details. This was a message to those whovians who claim “The doctor has never been violent/used weapons before”, wont even give classic who a look-see to find out more information before they make accusations about things that they cannot know, and “stopped watching dr. who (YES I SAID DR. WHO INSTEAD OF DOCTOR WHO LOOK AT ME BEING A BAD FAN) because the doctor was violent and dark”. I truly hope you can pull yourselves together and actually use your brains next time/before you act stupid in front of the Fandom and give implications to those outside of the Fandom.
Just a summary of my rant for those who may have trouble with understanding it: The Doctor should not be hated for using violence and being mean at times as it is has always been an act of defense and/or survival. Not counting the ‘Time Lord Victorious’ which was just insane. His use of violence adds to the shows drama and greatness but gives it a dark side so it is not all goofy, which I believe it shouldn’t be (only goofy that is)
This has been a rant by Devin Harvey. I am not sorry if this offended anybody as if it did, you are obviously one of the people I am talking about. Thank you and goodnight.