TV Korner: Doctor Who – Five Things to Take Away from “Deep Breath” (Season 8, Ep. 1)

By staff-writers - August 29, 2014

dr who 801Hello Whovians, Who-ters, Who-ligans and Puddin’ Heads. Are you ready for a whole new season and whole new Doctor?

1. THE OPENING WAS INSPIRED FROM A FAN OPENING – How cool is that? It gives hope to Doctor Who fans – make something of worth even if it is fan made, and it can attract the right people! So for your fan-fic writers out there who want to be a scriptwriter – write your stories! Make it good!

(Also find hope that “50 Shades of Gray” was once a Twilight Fan Fiction – now look at it!)
2. Madam Vastra was Stephen Moffat’s mouthpiece!

For about 40 years, fans of Doctor Who lived with their Doctor being a “cult status” thing (sorta like being a “Blade Runner” fan or a “Big Lebowski” dude!) However, when David Tennant took over as the Doctor, a show that was once about older men in unusual outfits fighting rubber costumed aliens on wobbly sets became franchise that attracted millions more fans.

Then when Matt Smith became the Doctor, the Doctor became “cute” and could actually be on the cover of Tigerbeat magazine with the likes of a boy band or the start of some Nickelodeon/Disney Channel-Tween Show.

However, Steven Moffat is pulling the Doctor back to that “older man in an unusual outfit” era. He is saying that the Doctor is more than just being the “cutie-pie flavor of the month!”

See the big lesson of the Doctor with it’s rubber costumed aliens and wobbly sets is that it made up for it with goo storytelling, good acting and creating a hero that is about life, discovery and depth. I am not saying that David Tennant and Matt Smith were not those (they very much are and were very much worthy of flying the TARDIS as anyone before 1996 was worthy of piloting the TARDIS).

Moffat flat out addressed the controversy of the Doctor no longer being a young good looking guy who is “soooo cute!” Check out this conversation here:


Clara: You said renewed. He doesn’t look renewed. He looks… older.
Madame Vastra: You thought he was young?
Clara: He looked young.
Madame Vastra: He looked like your dashing young gentleman friend. Your lover even.
Clara: Shut up.
Madame Vastra: But he is the Doctor. He has walked this universe for centuries untold. He has seen stars fall to dust. You might as well flirt with a mountain range.
Clara: I did not flirt with him.
Madame Vastra: He flirted with you.
Clara: How?
Madame Vastra: He looked young. Who do you think that was for?
Clara: Me?
Madame Vastra: Everyone.
Madame Vastra: I wear a veil as he wore a face.
Clara: For what reason?
Madame Vastra: The oldest reason there is for anything: to be accepted.

3. First girl on girl kiss in the world of Who.

I think this image stands as it is. I don’t know if he is pushing an agenda or what, but he just did something TORCHWOOD waited until after late night to do show a same sex kiss.

Also, on a side note, as a joke, I sent a tweet to BBC during the episode and said, “INNERSPECIES LESBIANISM! THANK YOU, BBC!” I woke up the next day and found out it over 70 favorites and retweets.

I think this means it is time for me to write a book called “Innerspecies Lesbianism.” Ehh…I’ll let the experts do that.

4. “If it ain’t Scottish, it’s crap!”/Liz Sladen’s (Sarah Jane Smith) husband, Brian Miller, made an appearance!

Something I noticed about Russell T. Davies run on DOCTOR WHO, first, how many relationships featuring a white girl and a darker skinned boyfriend/husband popped up. This isn’t a criticism at all, you just notice it (ie. Rose/Mickey; Martha’s dad/girlfriend; Donna/Boyfriend #1 who was with the spider lady; Donna/husband). Davies also pushed more gay friendly characters and gay characters. Compare it to Classic Who and you will see what I mean.

The reason Davies put these in (conscioulsy or unconsciously) is because this is his background. He is gay and obviously his storytelling reflects where he comes from.

Same point with Moffat.

Moffat is Scottish and look at how many times the word “Scottish” is mentioned in the series, especially with Amy Pond! Add this with how many Scottish actors have popped up on Doctor Who (now the Doctor is Scottish).

Now remember the dialogue between the Doctor and the hobo in the back alley (ably played by Mr. Sarah Jane Smith Brian Miller!)

The Doctor: Why this one? Why did I choose this face? It’s like I’m trying to tell myself something. Like I’m trying to make a point. But what is so important that I can’t just tell myself what I’m thinking? I’m not just being rhetorical here. You can join in.
Barney: I don’t like it.
The Doctor: What?
Barney: Your face.
The Doctor: Well I don’t like it either. I mean it’s alright up to the eyebrows. Then it just goes haywire. Look at the eyebrows! These are attack eyebrows. You could take bottle caps off with these.
Barney: They are mighty eyebrows indeed sir.
The Doctor: They’re cross. They’re crosser than the rest of my face. They’re independently cross! They probably want to cede from the rest of my face and set up their own independent state of eyebrows. That’s Scot, I am Scottish and I’ve gone Scottish.
Barney: Yes you are. You are definitely Scot sir. I hear it in your voice.
The Doctor: I am Scottish. I can complain about things. I can really complain about things now.

5. The appearance of the Eleventh Doctor gives more depth to the “Time of the Doctor.”

I remember at the end of “The Time of the Doctor”, the Eleventh Doctor said something unusual:

The Doctor: It all just disappears, doesn’t it? Everything you are, gone in moment. Like breath on a mirror. Any moment now, he’s a coming.
Clara: Who’s coming?
The Doctor: The Doctor.
Clara: You… you are the Doctor.
The Doctor: Yep. And I always will be. But times change, and so must I.

In the past (thinking of the Fifth Doctor becoming the Sixth Doctor), there was a level of ambiguity that the Doctor was not sure he would regenerate, they seemed to be afraid they were going to die.

Now in the “The Time of the Doctor,” the Eleventh Doctor thinks he is at the end of his life (lives). It isn’t until the Time Lords give him another regeneration cycle and he actually speaks to Claire on the phone and hears his Twelfth self call to Clara.

And one more set of quotes:

The Doctor: So who is it?
The Eleventh Doctor: Is that the Doctor?
The Doctor: Is that the Doctor?
Clara: Yes.
The Eleventh Doctor: He sounds old. Please tell me I didn’t get old. Anything but old. I was young. Is he grey?
Clara: Yes.
The Eleventh Doctor: Clara, please. Hey, for me. Help him. Go on. And don’t be afraid. Goodbye, Clara. Miss ya.

BONUS: Let’s not forget the Twelfth Doctor’s eyes in “The Day of the Doctor.”

Who in the world cannot forget this?

Towards the end of “Deep Breath,” the Twelfth Doctor leaves Clara behind in Vastra’s home. Clara at one point thinks the Doctor has left her behind. However, the Doctor shows up in his new costume and redecorated interior TARDIS (I don’t like it!)

So where did he go? My theory is that he went to go join his other twelve selves to go drop Gallifrey into the pocket universe.

Granted, I could be off, but it would make sense.





By- Don Smith

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