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Cautiously opens the door to the meta café a tiny bit...

I have been saying for years now that Moffat has been re-booting the show… Here is how he did it.

Of course this was a sort of backwards re-boot, as it was RTD who brought the show back and in the process transformed it. He came up with the Time War, and we saw the fallout from that mostly in the Tenth Doctor.

However that was clearly not a sustainable way for the show to function – Ten was a hollow shell by the end of his run.

So Moffat began his reboot. It’s easier if we divide it up by Companions, than Doctors, because it’s in the Companions’ roles that we most clearly see how he has progressed things - this is a VERY quick run-through, but I thought it'd be helpful now we stand at the brink of the new:


Ponds (family)
The first project was to look after the Doctor himself. He was a lonely, volatile creature by the end of The End of Time, and the Ponds gave him an intensive course of family therapy. He (re-)learned to trust, and to love and to just be happy. It gave him ties to the world that he had not had since the loss of Gallifrey, and in River a wife with abilities very much like his own; and she had a lifespan long enough to become a genuine partner. The Doctor once more became the Trickster character/wizard he is supposed to be.

Rather than Time Lords, we had The Church of the Silence, and Eleven’s life revolved around a crack in a wall, at the other side of which was Gallifrey…


Clara (home)
Clara was the one who brought back Gallifrey, and was at the heart of the reboot (which is one reason why she was such a complex and highly capable character. She literally is the ur-Companion). This was a long project, and a complicated one, and from the first she was mirrored with the Doctor himself (and would of course in the end get her own TARDIS). She was also intimately tied up with the Time Lords and Gallifrey and the Time War. She was the one who was there when the Doctor saved Gallifrey in The Day of the Doctor and the one who in The Time of the Doctor answered the question, as well as demanding that the Time Lords save the Doctor.

And so Gallifrey was found, and the Doctor got a new lease of life. But these things don’t come cheap. Twelve was in many ways a reboot of the Doctor himself; grouchy and short tempered with humans. Clara – as predicted (see icon, and who she is mirrored with) – stepped into the granddaughter role, smoothing out and helping and becoming generally indispensable. Of course she was also Missy’s pawn; specifically chosen for the Doctor, and Missy heralded the proper return of Gallifrey (as well as being mirrored with Clara - Clara is All The Things). Clara’s death was the starting point for Gallifrey’s actual return, and the Doctor’s atonement. He spent 400 years thinking he had murdered his own kind, and then four and a half billion years punching a path back through to them (although of course he is doing it for Clara. Still. Atonement). Nevertheless, it’s a hard road and one that makes Gallifrey’s return ‘earned’ in a way that would otherwise be hard to justify.

And then – he dies. (Well, if we see a mindwipe as a kind of death.)


River (love)
After that comes the Singing Towers and a night that lasts 24 years… The Doctor emerges from this older, kinder, more melancholy and also exactly what the Doctor should be. River loves him unconditionally, whilst also seeing him clearly, and that kind of intense TLC is what his Ponds were there for, and he gets one last infusion before setting him on his path anew… ♥


Bill (new start)
All of which brings us up to Bill and The Pilot. The show has now been thoroughly, properly, re-booted. And is back exactly where it was in the beginning. The Doctor is a renegade, the Time Lords are mostly stuffy and pompous and the Doctor doesn’t get on with them. The Master/Missy is knocking about somewhere, brewing up something to attract the Doctor’s attention and the Doctor is inviting a new companion along, excited at the possibilities and ready for new adventures.

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Date: 17 April 2017 12:22 pm (UTC)
kass: Tardis. Something old, something new... (tardis)
From: [personal profile] kass
Oooooh. I really like this way of looking at the Moffat era; thank you!

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Date: 18 April 2017 10:59 am (UTC)
maia: (Maia)
From: [personal profile] maia
Yes!!!

But he's not just re-booting, he's RHYMING.


"Everything has its time and everything dies"

"Everything rhymes"


Rhyme = continuous change = continuity

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Date: 19 April 2017 01:12 am (UTC)
st_aurafina: Bill Potts in a yellow parka (DW: Bill Potts)
From: [personal profile] st_aurafina
[personal profile] kass linked this post - I really like this as an overview of the Moffat era. Makes me wonder where he's planning to leave the series when he hands it on.

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Date: 19 April 2017 02:50 pm (UTC)
nuraicha: (Missy & Twelve)
From: [personal profile] nuraicha
This is a brilliant post, one that makes me nod repeatedly until my head falls off. This is exactly what I like the most about Moffat's era, and why I have almost screamed from the rooftops how classic his Doctors are/start getting. The Pilot made me feel all the wonder that only Classic Who has provided me, and it makes me so excited for this last run. I foresee the most classic series of all the New Who!

PS: would you allow me to quote/reference this on a blog post? Sometimes I write for a Spanish Whovian blog and, well, I'm generally the only one who likes Moffat there. I have been meaning to analyse his run for ages and I think linking and mentioning this would be useful for my argumentation. Thanks in advance!

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Date: 20 April 2017 09:59 am (UTC)
promethia_tenk: (clara twelve)
From: [personal profile] promethia_tenk
Lol, so remember when people were complaining about how insular the Pond era was and we defended it by saying, well, he needs the therapy and Clara's era will be about opening back up? Hahahah, oops.

Well, ok, I don't think that's wrong. The Twelve/Clara years were a lot more focused on the 'big picture' and the impact on the wider universe with more episodes like the Zygon ones with broader societal implications and then the big question of Gallifrey and its place in the universe.

But these seasons were also even more insular than the Pond ones, I think because the depth and breadth of Clara's mirroring means that in some ways they are a lengthy conversation of the Doctor within himself. So the Pond era is an exploration of who the Doctor is in relation to others and the Twelve era an exploration of his relationship to himself and his past with all the questions of why did he leave Gallifrey? Why does he do what he does? Is he a good man? What does it mean to be the Doctor? Etc., etc.

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Date: 20 April 2017 10:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] promethia_tenk
And the Bill era will be about how he relates to his genre?
We've had that season. It was called 'Rick and Morty' ; )

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