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Date: 1 June 2017 06:06 pm (UTC)
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The Doctor saying: 'Go on do a show of force!' was a very nice touch. He's still got that steel, and it’s good to be reminded that he has that warrior side, however much he doesn’t usually like to show it. (Also: Not a pacifist.)

I know a bunch of people felt this was out of character for the Doctor, but to me it felt so casual it was as if he already knew it wouldn't work but felt it was worth a try just to see how the monks would respond. He was essentially running a simulation of his own.

How can you not only love that – having never had it before – but moreover surely it would make you desperate to keep it at any cost?

That is a very good point.

But fundamentally, Bill had to make the decision as to whether the Doctor dying would actually rid the world of the monk problem or whether he should be saved to fight another day. She probably made the wiser decision. She has known the Doctor long enough to know he solves problems, so she trusts him to do that. But she has no real history of taking orders from him so she doesn't trust him when he tells her to let him die. A more experienced companion probably would have let him die, Bill's newness maybe saved him at whatever the cost will turn out to be.
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