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November 19th, 2009 
doctor dignity
Well, there was a new episode of Doctor Who last Sunday.

I really enjoyed it. Base under siege that became something a little more, a little different, as the Doctor underwent some startling character development that we'll see culminating in an undoubtedly gaudy, though still shamelessly enjoyable, Christmas Special. Apparently, John Simm's Master will be returning, as well as Donna and Bernard Cribbins. No complaints there- they were all superb. RTD being RTD, we'll probably also see Davros, the Daleks, the Cybermen, Rose Tyler, Jackie Tyler, Pete Tyler, Sam Tyler for all I bloody know, the Sontarans, Captain Jack, the fucking Slitheen, Harriet Jones, Mr Finch, the Gelth, Martha Jones, Madam de Pompadour, Sarah-Jane Smith, Simon Pegg's character from The Long Game, Mickey Smith, that woman Jessica Hynes played in Human Nature, the Face of Boe, the Carrionites, the Dalek Emperor, that woman from Silence in the Library, Sid, the Empress of the Racnoss, the Hath, Ood Sigma, the oracles from The Fires of Pompeii, a giant wasp, that bloke with the face of a pig, Professor Lazarus, the Wire, the Chula, the Jagrafess, the Abzorbaloff, the Adipose and Adam from the Long Game revealing that it was him all along. Then they'll all form a chorus line and sing "Happy Days Are Here Again" while the Doctor regenerates. Afterward, the fanbase will complain that Sally Sparrow wasn't in it, and that it wasn't dark and gritty like The Twin Dilemma.

I get the feeling, though, that the Christmas Special may end up being a Fantastic Aesop in action. I bet the moral will be "if you have the power of time travel, don't go back in time to change history, because it is (for unspecified but definite reasons) Wrong". This is because There Are Some Things People Should Not Be Allowed To Do, specifically saving peoples' lives some of the time (as distinct from saving peoples' lives most of the time, which is perfectly all right. It's in the format, after all). Similarly, the Aesop in Torchwood was that If Aliens Threaten The Human race With Extinction Unless You Do Something Horrible, It's Best To Strike A Dramatic Pose, Say No And Hope They Make An Elementary Tactical Error Like, Say, Giving You A Free Death Ray. Which, to be honest, strikes me as moral cowardice.

Still I shall look forward to Doctor Who and, I have no doubt, enjoy it immensely. All the same, I'm looking forward to seeing what Mr Moffat will make of it.
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