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fannish share of the day: everybody lives

Last night, I saw this gem of a scene for the first time, from the end of "The Doctor Dances":

Also, as Ann points out: spoilers. Big, big SPOILERS. I do hope I didn't ruin it for anyone - I'm so used to being the last one into a particular fandom, it honestly doesn't occur to me that others might not have already seen it.

There's something I can only describe as "Fantastic!" about seeing this so soon after the fiftieth anniversary special. Because this is, as we've recently discovered through that special, the man who's quite recently triggered a genocide of his own people in order to save the universe. He's ready to do it again for the greater good, but there's this act of faith on his part that just this once he won't have to. Just this once, everybody gets to live.

And there's such pure, unadulterated joy in that. Like I said: fantastic.

I think what I find so encouraging about this is in our times, in American culture particularly today, I see a good deal of protecting, of fearing, of being worn down because even when we are willing to do the right thing there's always a cost going along with it. It's a cold, cynical age in many ways, and one where if you see the human costs of our actions, it's either wearying because they seem so overwhelming or else you have to grow calluses over your feelies. Which I guess is nothing new, really; it just seems like sometimes the collateral damage, the people who fall down so the status quo can be maintained are alternatingly overwhelmingly huge and so small as not to matter.

And then we get the Doctor, begging for just this one day where everyone lives. Reaching out, physically touching the infected child (which yeah, may not be a risk to a non-human but in the moment it feels like one if you know the episode). And he gets his wish. Everybody lives.

That's worth a smile as wide as his, I'd say.


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Nov. 29th, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
Omigosh that is a wonderful, joyful scene but that clip contains a HUGE SPOILER for people who hadn't ever seen the episode! (I'm spoiler-conscious since I was spoiled for the BIG HUGE WONDERFUL THING on the anniversary episode.) Please put it behind a cut with lots and lots of GIANT RED WARNING STICKERS because, that reveal. Wow.

Also, yes to everything you said!
Nov. 29th, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Done. And my apologies for not being more careful - it seems like I'm the last person in the world to find out about Doctor Who, my mind doesn't often kick in to say "now would you have liked to hear about that beforehand?" Although of course there are loads of people who are yet to discover the frabjousness of all things Gallifreyan, so I really must be more careful. Thanks for the heads-up.
Nov. 29th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
*hugs* We came late to the party, too; the difference was there wasn't the intense scrutiny of All Things Whovian that's accompanied the 50th Anniversary, so we sort of muddled along on our own.

An additional fun side to all this is that we're remembering lines and going back and reinterpreting them in terms of What We Know Now. Example: the last words of the Face of Boe. (If you haven't yet met The Face of Boe, then....spoilers!)
Nov. 30th, 2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
That's one of my favorite parts of the Nineth Doctor's tenure - and yes, if someone is watching Nu-Who out of order (and maybe not watched the first Series yet) this is "Spoilers, Sweetie."

I think one of the things I like about Dr. Who is that there is an underlying sense of hopefulness that peeks out on a regular basis that is woefully missing now from American TV. Perhaps that's why so many seem to think DW is only for kids - but I think us grownups need the hope as much as, if not more, than the kids.

It's a pretty sad comment on our society when hope and joy are relegated to kid's shows and considered too immature to be "adult."
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