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28 November 2012 @ 11:41 am
"I've told you, I keep telling you, I don't do this anymore. I've retired."  
Because I seem to be a little late in the game, Doctor Who: The Snowmen, Christmas special trailer.

Also, the minisode: Doctor Who: The Great Detective.

First, I want to address Matt and Jenna teasing us about who the new companion is and her connection, because quite frankly if we know anything by now is that her first appearance in "Asylum of the Daleks" wasn't a coincidence. Quite frankly, I don't believe that she really is Clara as she claims, or she may be "programmed" to believe that she is.

Secondly, it's interesting that the Doctor appears to have retired from his regular line of work. We know previously that he's been attempting to delete his name and existence from everywhere possible, especially from those who want him dead. But him retiring seems rather of a turn from who he is. He seems darker, more worn and exhausted, and possibly a little haunted. This season has been focusing on the Doctor showing his darker side more often. Some have speculated that this turn might be because of what happened to Amy and Rory, which might be a contributing factor. Although, wouldn't it have gone against Amy's wishes? She wanted him to continue being himself, but not be alone, because she knows him when he is traveling alone, and if nothing else I would think the Doctor would want to honor that at least for Amy's sake. This makes me think it's something else that finally drove him over the edge into retirement.

What is something happened to River? As in, what if the inevitably happened?

We don't know precisely when they visit the singing towers before he gives her his old sonic screwdriver and sends her back to where we know that is the last he'll see of her. From the last episode it's been revealed that she has been pardoned of all charges against her and that she is now a professor, so it's too close for comfort. Also, River is mostly associated with the Ponds, because she is their daughter, and with them gone it's inevitable that her end will come to pass as well. I don't want that too happen, not yet, but if the Doctor seems to be retired it's quite possible he is in a grieving mode because after everything, he doesn't have anyone. Not his friends he considered his family, not his wife, and everyone he has ever cared about has disappeared before his very eyes. So perhaps he knows that instead of traveling alone he has decided to press pause on everything. That is, until he encounters his new companion that motivates him to continue what he does best and find his sense of purpose again, which may or may not be connected to her particular origins as I'm hoping is the case.

Keep in mind all of this is purely speculative on my end. I have no idea what is in store or how it's all gonna play out, and how it's all connected to what we've seen thus far. I'm just crossing my fingers that the outcome is worthwhile and makes me anticipate the rest of the season. Regardless I'm already in love with Jenna Louise-Coleman and her adorable self, so there's that. ;) ♥
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
M: DW - River & 11 are BAMFsmfirefly10 on November 28th, 2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah...I would be extremely shocked if 'Clara' was real and not some version of Oswin.

As far as why the Doctor retired...I definitely think River's 'death' could be part of it. Either because it's already happened or because the Doctor knows it's ABOUT to happen and he can't warn her about it or save her from it.

The thing that makes me think River isn't 'dead' yet is that, at least on-screen, she hasn't learned the Doctor's name yet. And while that could be something she learned off-screen, it just seems too important. I imagine it'll have something to do with 'the fall of the Eleventh' when 'the question' is asked. And in order to save the Doctor, River will have to know his name...or something. But who knows? :)
Renée: DW. Amy/Rory.rogueslayer452 on November 29th, 2012 05:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, everything seems to significant now to ignore.

All I know is that the Doctor seems determined to make himself disappear, and him declaring that he's pretty much retired seems to be rather telling on many levels. He's lost too much, his friends and family, even if one might not have come to pass yet (imho, River's exit from the show needs to be just as epic as her entrance was), and with this particular prophecy he just wants to be left alone and that he's had enough of it all. It's interesting seeing this side of him, at least during the Eleventh era.

I don't know, I just lots of jumbled thoughts on the matter.

Edited at 2012-11-29 05:14 am (UTC)
orangerfulorangerful on December 1st, 2012 02:08 am (UTC)
Hm good observations. The Doctor has been emo before (David tenant series 3 & 4) but he never retired. But I feel like if something major happened to River, it should get its own episode...or maybe not...oh gods, it's the Christmas special, I don't want to be depressed at the end.
Renée: DW. Cracks in time.rogueslayer452 on December 1st, 2012 06:52 am (UTC)
I'm hoping that River's last appearance on the show should be dedicated to an entire episode. Just as her first episode was important, her last should be too. But I don't think I'll be able to handle it. :(