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Logic is flexible, poetry is immutable.
8 June 2017 08:13 pm (UTC)
Sorry I didn't get back to you earlier--was at work. Totally understand the 'well, better post something' impulse, though. And it's all good, what you've got there, but as you say, it does feel incomplete.
I think right now the one big point that I would want to make about this episode is that I think it is doing exactly the same thing that all of Whithouse's best episodes do. Which is to draw for us the portrait of a monster within a context that mirrors, with incredible detail and subtlety, some unsavory aspect of the Doctor's behavior and motivation. And he is never pat about this. We don't leave The God Complex or Town Called Mercy feeling like we have all the answers or that something has been fixed. My sense is very much that Whithouse is there to dissect and understand; not to heal. And I think this episode is attempting the same thing. I'd say the majority of reactions I'm seeing to this episode fall somewhere along a spectrum between disgust and confusion. And the longer I think about it, the more I think that that is intentional. Especially because whereas God Complex and Mercy are both relatively self-contained, this episode is also serving as a mid-season climax. So not only are we getting a deeply ambiguous and unsettling portrait of the Doctor (which is, in some ways, being unconvincingly whitewashed by the episode itself), but it's also happening at a pivot point in the season, so that what we may or may not choose to think about the conflicts that have been presented to us are necessarily going to hinge on what happens going forward.
I suspect that anybody who has watched this episode and come away confused, scared, angry, or feeling in any way resistant or uneasy with our nice happy ending . . . has probably understood the episode perfectly.
You asked me whether I thought Missy could get her own post, and I think mostly yes? Except to the extent that she is serving the portrait of the Doctor's Monk-ish-ness. The Doctor talks about free will while he keeps a woman locked in his basement, trying to bend her to his own moral preferences.
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