Fallout: The Tsuranga Conundrum

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Did I do that?!

We’ve come to a point in our series about fallout from season 11 episodes that I have to say, I’ve got nothing.  This episode, while not well loved, did get one thing right: it gave us an episode that is truly a standalone adventure.  There may be questions and things wrong with it, but as for fallout… well, there’s nothing.  The events take place on a medical transport where a man gives birth.  There needn’t be any greater significance than that.  A woman dies and her brother learns he was just as a good a pilot as his sister.  (Even though he had no training and the whole reason the Doctor couldn’t fly the ship was that she also had no training.)  We learn a little about the technology of the time too, but it’s a blip.  Like our own technology, if we never heard about that wonderful antimatter drive system again, it wouldn’t have any impact on established history in Doctor Who.  Even the android amounts to a tech-blip.  (Short of being told he is the only one capable of touching the Pting, he never does.)  This is a lite one… nothing to say to investigate the fallout of the story.

Oh, wait, what’s that?  The Pting?  Yeah, he was the little fellow that the Doctor tricked into the airlock to feed it an explosive that detonated in his stomach… leaving him blissfully full for a few minutes while drifting in space.  No, fans of cute, cuddly aliens, don’t despair!  That doesn’t kill a Pting.  Like a Tardigrade (no relation to the TARDIS), the Pting can live in the vacuum of space.  Like a TARDIS (no relation to a Tardigrade), it’s virtually indestructible.  Which does leave one great big stinking problem!!  Did the Doctor actually just send that creature out into space to go elsewhere and cause more problems?  This is the cuddly version of the Xenomorph from the movie Alien.  It can survive almost anything, eats ships like I eat ice cream, and can’t be killed.  So the Doctor proves once again to learn nothing from her encounter with “Tim Shaw” and, rather than finding out how to maybe make the creature less dangerous, she shoots it out into space to what?  Float back to another planet?  Land on a passing spaceship?  Yeah, yeah, I read the Hitchhiker’s Guide, I know space is big and my chemist isn’t that far away after all!  I also know that space lanes exist in SF, and that ship was en route to safety.  I know the Doctor pulls off a standard “nick of time” victory, meaning the Tsuranga was awfully close to its destination.   So it’s just a matter of time before our friendly neighborhood Pting, who is moving with great speed having been jettisoned from a moving ship, lands on an inhabited planet and eats through all of the infrastructure.  Who could stop it?  You can almost hear the little creature singing, “Can’t touch this…!”

And that says nothing of the species itself.  I mean, we are treated to a one-time only monster, but if Alien taught us anything, it’s that there are more of them somewhere.  Maybe a lot more!  Aliens made that abundantly clear!  So does this mean there is a planet full of these adorable little monsters?  Let’s not bother dealing with the morphology of a species like this because fine, Doctor Who is fiction and we don’t need some dopey story about a planet of nuclear reactors and their one natural predator was a Pting, but you can’t have an indestructible monster that is hyper dangerous… but no one has ever thought to mention it before.  I mean, sooner or later, won’t we encounter one of them?  We’ve been with the Doctor on more journey’s than many of us can count.  And this season has been all about name dropping, so why not let us see one of the creatures she name-dropped?  No, forget that, it would be too cohesive!  Does the Doctor mean to tell us that there are only one or two of these little buggers in existence?  That would tie in with my big complaint about Doctor Who writing: the Doctor needs to learn from (at least) the major lessons of his/her life.  In Terror of the Vervoids, it was made pretty abundantly clear that genocide is a no-no!  There were 8 Vervoids.  So it’s either that there is a planet full of these horrifying nightmare travesties that should be avoided more than any big red threatening button, or there is only one and the Doctor attempted to blow it up and throw it out into space.  To quote a certain character from Rick and Morty, “Ooooh-eee!”

So yeah, the fallout from the episode is really, really light.  Assuming that Doctor Who is just about pulp stories that are loosely connected by a cast of recurring characters.  But if Doctor Who has a universe within which it exists and it’s laws matter, well, we might have a problem here.  Because the way I see it, someone needs to scoop up a bunch of Pting in a net, and fly them through space to the planet Skaro and drop them off and watch the fireworks.  The Pting could be to the Daleks what Tribbles are to Klingons.  No, actually Tribbles are like having an infestation of chipmunks; you don’t want them in your house, but you can’t really bring yourself to kill them.  The Pting are more like having an infestation of sharks that can wander about your house and eat whatever they please, water be damned.

Right, I guess there wasn’t much fallout from this episode after all.  Or a story.    ML

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Adam the Foil

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On the odd occasion where I’ve had to buy jewellery, this is what always happens: I find what I want to look at, and a woman with a couple of inch’s thickness of makeup takes it out of a case and places it on top of a mirror.  Now, it’s actually touching the mirror, so the mirror’s not doing much of a job in terms of reflecting the jewellery, so what’s the point of all that?  Well, it’s an old jeweller’s trick that goes back centuries, to the days when lighting in shops was not so bright as it is today, with the shiny surface supposed to reflect light upwards through the gem and make it shine brighter.  Oooo, shiny.  Instead of a mirror, jewellers often used to use aluminium foil, and before that was invented they used tin foil.  This led to a different usage of the word “foil” as a literary term for a character who exists simply to reflect qualities in the main character by being different, to make the main character shine all the brighter, like a jewel.  That’s where failed Doctor Who companion Adam Mitchell comes in.

Before Doctor Who left our screens in the 1980s, it seemed at times that anyone could travel in the TARDIS.  It was almost an intergalactic taxi service.  Notably, during the Fifth Doctor era, the Doctor was lumbered with two companions at the same time who were grumps who wanted to go home: Adric and Tegan.

Did I mentioned it also travels in time?  Whatever.  Get me back to Heathrow.

Then Turlough showed up and tried to kill him, but was allowed to stay on after that.  A different approach was needed when Doctor Who returned in 2005, and something that became immediately obvious was that the Doctor wasn’t going to just ask anyone to join him in his travels.  She had to be blonde.

No, that’s not quite fair, but we’ll come back to it.  The point is that Mickey the Idiot was most definitely not invited aboard, until he proved himself as somebody who was Mickey Not The Idiot.  Rose was brave, resourceful, and with her heart in the right place.  To emphasise that point she was given a foil.  A foil by the name of Adam.

Everything Rose was, Adam wasn’t.  Rose wanted to travel with the Doctor because she fancied him she wanted to experience the wonders of the universe.  Adam saw an opportunity for personal financial gain.  Rose took advantage of the Doctor to try to save her dead father always acted honestly and honourably, while Adam lied and cheated.  Rose was female, and Adam was male.

Aha.  It’s the unspoken contrast there, isn’t it.  Adam serves as a foil to illustrate just why Rose is great companion material, by being the opposite to her, but there’s this nagging feeling that the Doctor just doesn’t want a bloke around.  Mickey: rejected.  Adam: rejected.  Jack: rejected.  Rose’s mistake in Father’s Day actually has far more serious consequences than Adam’s in The Long Game, but she is forgiven, while he gets kicked out.  One important point makes it work: Rose is honest and apologetic about her mistake, and it is an emotional, split second decision.  Adam schemes and is given the chance to own up and apologise, an opportunity he doesn’t take.  He has to go.

…and Rose shines ever brighter.   RP

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Top of the Docs: Season 22

By Baker’s era, things had started to deteriorate for the show.  I had gotten caught up with the show enough to know its history and coming into this era would be an experience.  But a good one or a bad one may be up to history…

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Attack of the Cybermen

RP: 2 – At least it’s trying to do some interesting things, and the Cryons work well as an all-female race, contrasting with the Cybermen on an emotional level as well.  But other than that it’s just an excuse to throw in as many old ideas as possible, none of which really fit together, and the attention to detail is in all the wrong places.  Pretty nasty at times, too.

ML: 4 – Indelible in almost all the wrong ways.  That said, it has a lot of action, the Cybermen are still exciting, if not as scary as they once were, and the Doctor changes the outer shell of the TARDIS.  So some things did work.  Still below average, but not as bad as some others.

Vengence on Varos

RP: 3 – Lots of aspects of this make it a very impressive story, ahead of its time, but it’s another nasty one, particularly the dialogue.  Some great acting performances, but all of these things fail to add up to a viewing experience that’s actually enjoyable.

ML: 8 – I’ve got to go high here because I’m a big fan of allegory.  It’s ahead of its time, but fails to capture a higher mark because it basically puts down the very thing Doctor Who is all about.   While not a favorite of mine, I recognize the surreal nature of watching a violent show about people watching a violent show.

The Mark of the Rani

RP: 7 – The Master is there for no reason, Pip and Jane never could grasp the basics of human speech and the plastic trees should have been chopped down at the script editing stage.  But the Rani is at her best here, and this is a breath of fresh air in amongst the grim stuff that surrounds it.

ML: 5 – Many good moments like the interior of the Rani’s TARDIS, meeting Robert Louis Stevenson, and seeing Peri prove she’s actually got a brain.  But so many terrible ideas, I can’t get this one out of the average range.  The Master and the Rani clearly attended the same class on disguises, the volcano trap is utterly idiotic, and the tree that was Luke… need I say more?

The Two Doctors

RP: 8 – Holmes was bored with Who a long time ago, and since Androzani he only seems to be interested in shock tactics and being grumpy about meat eaters.  But this is Colin and Nicola at their best, with the utter perfection of Troughton and Hines thrown into the mix.  The Sontarans are reduced to monster-of-the-week, but once you accept them as that there’s a lot of fun to be had with this one.

ML: 9 – It’s almost impossible not to give this one a 9.  Anything with Troughton and Hines together automatically ramps things up.  Jamie being all excited about Peri is fun.  The Sontarans are actually powerful and have great music to accompany them into battle.  It could have gotten a higher score if not for the violence (cannibalism) and Shockeye being one of the worst villains in Who history.

Timelash

RP: 4 – Terrible for all the obvious reasons, and some less obvious ones, such as portraying a writer who was in reality hideously xenophobic as somebody who finds his source of inspiration from the Doctor.  But beneath the surface it is an approach to Doctor Who that is years ahead of its time: a celebrity historical which also engages with the work of the celebrity.  An interesting use of mirrors too.

ML: 2 – Look, we get an homage to H. G. Wells.  It counts for something.  Otherwise, better than a lot of Saturday afternoon television, but no where near the quality I come to expect of Doctor Who.  And Wells himself is an oaf…

Revelation of the Daleks

RP: 1 – Another grisly piece of work from Saward, with a bunch of nasty characters, and a writer who seems to dislike the lead characters so much that he does little with them other than have the Doctor body-shame Peri.  Worth a point for doing something mildly interesting with Davros at last.

ML: 1 – Styrofoam traps?  The Daleks finally could have killed the Doctor if they used real stone but this one time that he falls for the trap… it’s made of Styrofoam!  And Jobel is a crass, waste of existence.  The Glass Dalek is the best part of the story and that’s saying something!

A tough season to be sure.  Memorable, but usually in all the worst ways.  Colin is a terrific guy and would later become a great Doctor through Big Finish audio stories, but during this season, he was not the Doctor we had come to love in previous incarnations!  ML

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Summer Wars

Summer WarsModern technology is scary and dangerous… or is it?  Our lives are increasingly tied into technology, reliant on it continuing to work to avoid massive disruption to our day to day lives.  What happens if that goes wrong?  And is the technology itself potentially dangerous, i.e. AI?  Or is it simply a modern conduit for risks posed by humans themselves, an invention that could be weaponised rather than being inherently frightening?  These are questions at the heart of Summer Wars, directed by Mamoru Hosada, following on from the magnificent The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

Released in 2009 and set in 2010, the film’s hero of sorts is Kenji Koiso, a mathematical genius.  Cute girl Natsuki* Shinohara whisks him off to her family home under a false pretence, surprising him by pretending he is her fiancé when they arrive.  She has a huge family, who have assembled to celebrate the birthday of her 90 year old grandmother.  In this far-flung future of 2010, the whole internet basically now takes the form of a cyberspace location named Oz, where people interact as avatars.  It looks like a lot of fun, but it’s tied in to literally everything that we would associate with the internet, and everyone is using it.  That’s all good, until something goes wrong.

Oz is stunningly animated, and the battles that take place there are very exciting, but the film is built on one massive coincidence, which is probably its one and only weakness.  The greatest and most skilled fighter in Oz just happens to be from the same family as the architect of the deadly avatar that brings the world to its knees, and that just happens to be Natsuki’s family.  The three key figures in this story are in the same house at the same time, and the reasons for that are little more than coincidence.  Having said that, it is a very unusual and special family indeed, and a huge one at that, handily including people from all walks of life, medical, law enforcement, etc.  The film is about family coming together to solve a problem, putting aside past conflicts, pooling their resources and abilities.  While this is all going on, a gentle love story is playing out, and while that is going on a story of a broken family coming back together is also playing out.  There’s something for everyone here.

Ultimately there is a positive message too.  It would have been so easy, lazy and clichéd to make a film about technology going crazy and trying to destroy the world, but instead the tech is shown to be a good thing that gets misused by a world government.  And that’s important too.  The world population comes together to help Natsuki and Kenji fight against the ironically named Love Machine that threatens to destroy the world.  People are shown to be inherently good-natured and honourable, with only a few people at the top of the tree causing all the trouble.  There’s probably a lot of truth in that.

I also like how the film makes heroes of those whom society would deem the “nerds”.  Never has typing on a computer keyboard looked more heroic, or frantically scribbling down numbers to solve an encryption on paper.  King Kazma is the greatest fighter in Oz, and in reality he’s a weedy little teenager, but appearances can be deceptive.  Thanks to the support of his family, he is also a martial arts expert in real life.  The film doesn’t make a big deal out of it, but it’s clear that Kazuma has been the victim of bullying in the past.  A lesson in life for the bullies: the weedy kid you are picking on might just be the one who saves your life in future… the skilled surgeon, the brilliant scientist, the computer expert who stops the world from collapsing into a disastrous mess.

Summer Wars is the story of the world being saved by a couple of nerds, and a teenage girl who’s great at playing cards.  Oh, and a family coming together to support each other when it really matters.  Welcome to Oz.   RP

*Natsu, part of Natsuki’s name, means “summer”, so the title has a double meaning that is lost in translation.

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Alternate Realities: Grim Dawn

Today, we have another review from our pal, Paul.  Enjoy…

This week I’ve gotten back into an old classic, Grim Dawn, that I’ve had installed on my laptop for quite some time. I really enjoy this game every time I play it. It is an action RPG that shares the same enjoyable format as Diablo 2, Torchlight, Titan Quest, and many others. You start as a level one bumpkin and work your way up to a face smashing, demon slaying, screen destroying, god-like hero or heroine.

One of the things that sets Grim Dawn apart from the other titles of the same genre is the Devotion tree. The Devotion tree adds a layer of complexity to your character build. Choosing different constellations adds different abilities to your character which changes the course of gameplay. For example, you can put Devotion points into a constellation which adds bleed damage to every attack which acts almost like poison and enemies bleed health while you beat away on them taking even more health from them.

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The tried and true action RPG genre isn’t for everyone. If you’re a fan of Diablo 2 and Torchlight, you will probably love this game. If you found the character or leveling grind to be tedious then you may want to pass on this game. I personally love this type of game. There is plenty of action, a great story, and the character development options are seemingly limitless.

Lastly, the developer is proud of this game. They’ve released an expansion pack to this game already and are releasing one in early 2019. The community is 100% behind the developer and the developers are vigilant in constantly working to makes this game even better!

Right now, Grim Dawn and its expansion pack are part of a huge sale on Steam in the US. I cannot vouch on its availability for our friends across the Atlantic. I highly suggest picking it up and giving it a try. I think you’ll enjoy it.  PR

Addendum: Paul and I played this game together.  It’s an easy game to learn, and a fun game to play with a friend, or two for that matter.  But word of advice: play with someone who is about the same level.  If you’re playing with someone who runs off destroying everything, you get left in the dust picking up a ton of loot… but don’t get to kill any bad guys!  Yeah… I’m looking at you, Paul!   It’s far more fun when two or three players are up against it, together!  That gets exciting!  ML

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Doctor Who Annual (1984)

annual84“Get back, Doctor!” One step closer and I trigger the bomb!”

That’s not a bad opening line for the first story in a Doctor Who annual, is it, but before we get to all that it’s worth mentioning that this is quite a different annual to all its predecessors.  Gone are the boring encyclopedia-type “features” about astronauts etc, and instead there is some effort to engage with the past of Doctor Who, for the first time ever in the annual range.  There is a description of all the previous Doctors, titled One Doctor – Five Men, which brings out all the clichés, including the inaccurate ones, so the First Doctor is “rather stern”, the Second Doctor “wore a very tall hat” and the Fifth Doctor “is still essentially human”.  The author’s own opinions are in evidence, when he says that Tom Baker “really made the character his own”, as if the other actors didn’t as well.  There is also a quiz about Doctor Who, which includes this puzzling teaser:

The second Doctor had two companions, a boy and a girl. Can you name them?

Why yes, I can.  Ben and Polly.

No, wait.  It must be Jamie and Zoe.  The previous article about the Doctors focussed strongly on The War Games, and didn’t mention any other stories or monsters.

Jamie and Victoria

Oh well.  Much better is an article about two costume designers on Doctor Who: Amy Roberts and Dee Robson, nicely illustrated with their designs.  There are no comic strips this year, with the story count instead increased to seven, so let’s get on with looking at those.

“Get back, Doctor!” One step closer and I trigger the bomb!”

So that’s how the first story starts, The Oxaqua Incident, accompanied by a picture of the bomb clutcher:

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Handsome chap, isn’t he.  The Doctor has arrived on Oxaqua to find a conflict between the Basks and the Theigs over water rights.

Ghum’s eyes were perhaps his most distressing feature.

I would say the word “perhaps” is a little redundant in that sentence.  The pointy heads are handy though, allowing Basks to burrow into the ground.

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No laughing at the back.  The second story is Winter on Mesique, and Mesique is one of those Doctor Who planets that have a whole-planet ecosystem (i.e. all of them).

“This is an unusally hard winter for Mesique,” he said, “I hope the people are managing to keep warm. They won’t be used to snow and ice – their winters are usually very mild indeed.”
“Well then,” said Turlough, “shall we go and see if they’ve survived or not?”
“Sometimes,” the Doctor said, “your flippant remarks are somewhat out of place.”

The characterisation of Turlough, as you can see from that quote, is spot on.  Most of the stories in the annual feature Tegan and Turlough, although a couple of the stories plump for just one or other of them, without explanation.  For anyone familiar with the previous annuals, the second story will feel very familiar, with the Doctor visiting an old friend we have never heard of, and a threat from giant rodents.  However, the approach to the problem is much more enlightened.

“We prefer to examine the creatures who share this planet with us,” said Sellot, turning to smile at his companions. “It is not our policy to kill without very good cause.”
“I know,” replied the Doctor. “I wish more people thought along those lines.”

It turns out the creatures are really not much threat, simply trying to find food in the cold, and they are not dangerous unless they are provoked. So there’s not really a story here as such, apart from a lesson in compassion.

In The Creation of Camelot, the Doctor pays King Arthur a visit, and makes a shocking discovery about Merlin.  Clue: he has a rubbish beard.  They all do a lot of talking and the Master scarpers.  Despite that, it still manages to be an explanation for Merlin that’s more fun that Battlefield.

In Class 4 Renegade, the Doctor finds some people who are in a bit of a pickle:

“We were three different human beings before the crash,” explained the middle head, “but the surgeons who put us together again – well, they were from Tandemus – they’d never seen a human being before. They thought our craft was a one-seater.”

Here they are:

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No laughing at the back.  They want the Doctor to help find a missing robot…

“Because he’s got something of mine,” said the right hand head.

No, it’s not his missing arm.  The Doctor’s quest takes him into a different “zone”, “populated by thieves, runaways, murderers, malfunctioning robots and mutants of every shape and hue.”  Did they really need to use the word “hue” in a story about a segregated society?

In The Volcanis Deal, the Doctor and Turlough arrive on a geologically unstable planet, unimaginatively named Volcanis. They have a quick look around, and then the Doctor decides to head off to Earth to see some cricket, but weird things start happening in the Tardis. A cricket bat turns into a snake, and the Doctor grows a second head.

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What did I say about laughing at the back?  In the nemertines (oi! no capital letters here), the Doctor goes back to UNIT to see the Brigadier, in his pre-teaching days.  When the Brig gets a phone call, it seems that we really are right back in the good old days of UNIT:

“It seems that we have a problem. The Thames at Westminster is crawling with worms.”

Of course, being a Dr Who annual, they are giant mutant worms.

“Now,” said the Doctor, “the problem is whether we kill this thing outright, or just take samples from its body?”

Wait, what?  Did he learn nothing from his time on Mesique? Were those just hollow words?  It would seem so.  Here’s the Doctor’s solution to the problem:

Lashing worm bodies thrashed the salt water into foam, as if the water itself was boiling.

And without so much as a “there should have been another way”, the murderous Doctor disappears off into the sunset, with nothing to offer anyone in consolation other than a quip about salty fish and chips.  If you can stomach it, there’s one final story, Fungus, about cats gone mad.

Edith snatched her torn and bleeding hand away, and watched in horror as the cat began to dash wildly about the room, tearing at carpets, curtains and furniture, shrieking in rage as it did so.

The Doctor is called in to investigate, but not by UNIT.  A scientist named Lloyd is the pseudo-companion for this story.

“Stop!” shouted Lloyd. “It’s pulling my skin off!”

That’ll teach him to ask the Doctor for help.  Never mind.  I’m sure the violence levels in Doctor Who will get toned down for 1985…   RP

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Fallout: Demons of the Punjab

demonsWhen looking at the repercussions  of season 11, episodes like Kerblam! and Resolution, make it easy from the point of view of finding a flaw in the story.  And by flaw, let me explain that I don’t mean the story is bad, but it leaves a mess that the Doctor just walks away from.  Episodes like Rosa and Demons of the Punjab make it harder because they are real events and whatever the Doctor walks away from is “part of established history”, so clearly things worked out, right?  We know the consequences already.  The Partition of India did happen; it was an actual event in 1947.  But I’m not going to give people a history lesson now.  I’m still looking at the impact of the episodes on the larger world of Doctor Who and the Partition does not feature heavily, at all.  It’s a real event that happened over half a century ago and while this was a major cultural event at the time, it’s just an accepted piece of history now, so there’s no reason to suspect it would play any influential role in future Who stories.

The people involved are equally insignificant to the overall story of Doctor Who.  Not that they are not important but we are introduced to only a few people and only one of them has relevance even into our time: Yaz’s grandmother.  She’s significant to Yaz, which is good enough for me, but her influence on the series is going to be fairly minor.  I should have done a Richter scale with all of the episodes to see just how bad the damage would be; this one would come in pretty low.  Low, but not non-existent…

Those Thijarians throw a spanner in the works because, sadly, they make no sense.  Yes, I like them, they are great looking and I absolutely love when an alien menace ends up being simply misunderstood, but there are problems with them.  When the Doctor explains who they are, she believes they are assassins.  They explain that they returned to their home world to find everyone dead and now are on a mission of peace, to preserve the memories of all those who die alone.  Great!  What a kind, hopeful alien race.  Bit of a 180 in terms of motivation, but hey, people change.

So I have to ask: why earth?  If Doctor Who has done anything for the world of Science Fiction, it’s that it has populated the universe with a vast multitude of creatures.  Star Wars has nothing on Doctor Who!  In The Rings of Akhaten, alone, we see more creatures than Mos Eisley!  The sheer volume of alien races means the Thijarians could have gone anywhere for the same effect.  Random decision?  When Orson Wells performed his famous broadcast of War of the Worlds, he put his finger on a map and selected the landing site: Grover’s Mill NJ.  (Right near where I live and work, in fact…)  Maybe the Thijarians did that too.  Earth was the Grover’s Mill of the Thijarian star charts.  But are they just going to be left here?  Will they be like Mothman?  A local legend of India that people misunderstand?

Then what about leaving them here.  Sooner or later those two creatures will die.  As it is, the Doctor was pilfering their technology over and over again.  Won’t some of that tech be found?  Clearly they couldn’t stop the Doctor walking off with their stuff; who’s to say anyone can’t do the same?  Or is the Doctor of the mindset that India is so sparsely populated that no one will stumble upon them for centuries?  Because, you know, it’s sparsely populated.  Right?  …. It seems the Doctor is willing to turn a blind eye to the potential fallout that would result in allowing them to stay.  This seems suspiciously like the Doctor not thinking through her actions.

And that’s the issue with season 11 in a nutshell.  This Doctor has not learned from her past.  She walks away leaving complications waiting to be uncovered.  Here again, it’s not the act that’s wrong, it’s the message.  Don’t think actions through.  Consequences don’t exist.  Look it would have been an easy fix.  “Finish what you are doing for these people, see them through, then get off this planet.  There’s too much danger in you being discovered.”  DONE!  The Thijarians, being somewhat holy, would understand her concern, move on, and do the same for another race.  Maybe travel the universe stopping off here and there for emotional support as people die.  Not just leave it hanging.  See, I want to see more thought put into these stories, especially from the Doctor.   Let’s see the Doctor realize “hey, my actions have consequences!”   Especially with the mandate to go back to educational storytelling, I think one of the most profound messages you can teach a child is that their actions carry weight.  That’s an educational message worth conveying.  ML

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