"Crossing into established events is strictly forbidden. Except for cheap tricks."
I always felt The Doctor BECAME a man who “wouldn’t do that” specifically because he was a man who did. Knowing the cost made him into someone who would zealously try anything else first. He didn’t start out that way.
The Fourth Doctor killed Sutekh, last of the Osirians, in Pyramids of Mars (1975) and helped in the genocide of the Pescatons (audio, 1976) in addition to three other occasions. The Sixth Doctor wiped out the Vervoids in Terror of the Vervoids (1986) which was later used as evidence in season 23, The Trial of a Time Lord.
But ultimately, it’s more correct to say he became a man who would never want to do that, placing him in direct opposition to the Time Lords toward the end of the Time War (The End of Time). Because he does “do that,” and continues to.
As the metacrisis Doctor, he tries to eliminate the Daleks once again (though failing as we discover later). There is a little-talked-about parallel between Dalek Caan and the now-revealed War Doctor when he urges the metacrisis Doctor to destroy the Daleks, saying, “No more!”
Going back to The End of Time, the Tenth Doctor sends the Time Lord President (Rassilion, if I’m remembering correctly) and others back to the last day of the Time War, knowing he will seal their fate and condemn them and the other Time Lords to death once more. That’s a second genocide of his own people. They were prepared to tear the Time Vortex apart and destroy the universe, becoming non-corporeal beings.
And then I think about the Star Whale. The Eleventh Doctor was ready to commit a mercy killing that would equal a genocide because he thought he was out of options. The only reason he didn’t is because of Amy Pond’s interference.
So he remains a man who absolutely would do that - but only under certain circumstances. In Journey’s End and The End of Time it was solidly for the greater good of the universe. In the case of The Beast Below, it was mercy. And when the human race received the post-hypnotic suggestion to kill Silence on sight; the Eleventh Doctor gave them a choice: avoid Earth and humans or be exterminated. Surely Silent “children” exist. The threat of genocide stands.
In retconning the destruction of the Time Lords and Gallifrey in order to have the Doctor not “do that,” Stephen Moffat deeply misinterprets who The Doctor has become and strips away a huge amount of character development over the last 8 years, not to mention the moral impact on the viewer.
I have never thought about it in this context
that’s actually really, really creepy.
I once pointed this out to my mother and she just stared at me, in stunned silence for ages.
There will always be a girl who is less sober, less secure, with less friends walking in a darker part of town. I want her safe just as much as I want me safe.
Once upon a time I was babysitting my 12 year-old cousin and I took her to the mall for food and window shopping. This was around the time Enchanted came out so of course the walls were lined with Giselle. Not that I particularly minded, Enchanted was a good film.
So at any rate, I was casually browsing some of the outfits they had out and pick out this pink sparkly dress meant to be Aurora’s. I said, “Hey, Destiny, why don’t you wear this for Halloween?”
I should note I was just joking because this was the age where she was rebelling against dresses but rather than to comment on that she simply replied with, “That isn’t for me.”
I thought she was talking about the fact that I was holding up a dress so I pressed on, “Aw why not? C’mooon! I’m sure it’ll look great on you! Oh we could get you a nice tiara and sparkly heels-“
But she shook her head and went, “That’s only for white girls.”
Of course it was the initial line that took me by surprise, but even moreso was the sheer matter-of-factness that was in her voice. She wasn’t even fazed by it and talked as if was telling me some fact that I must have missed in a memo.
She went on to look at the TV screen but I kept going through the outfits thinking that maybe Jasmine or Pocahontas or Mulan would work, but that wasn’t the problem.
The problem IS that she is the so-called target audience for a store in which she found nothing for her and she accepted it as a fact.
The problem IS that all of this princess stuff isn’t FOR her.
The problem IS that I went through this revelation when I was her age and I thought that it would have ended a long time ago.
The problem IS that they rejoiced in Tiana only to get three more non-POC princesses.
And the problem is that all of this will CONTINUE to be and I just don’t know if I would be able to stand watching my two year-old niece realize this herself.
Because we’re Mexican, we’re mixed, we’re African-American, but most importantly we’re not white.
So you know what? No. Fuck YOU.
Because I WAS a kid. These princess movies WERE created for me, my cousins, my niece, and damn near every other little girl I have know in my lifetime.
And we were NEVER a part of their formula.
We are NEVER going to be a part of their formula.
I’m sick of this shit. I want to see this shit change and I’m not going to sit around waiting for it to change.
I am going to raise hell and I will bust my ass through school and I will get my degree and I will get into the animation industry and I will fight my absolute hardest to help in the change because if there’s one thing I never want to see again is a kid questioning why movies refuse to acknowledge their existence.
So you sit the fuck down and you shut the fuck up and you go through hearing this shit from four different kids and then you see if you can get off your fucking ass and say that shit to me again.
*dramatic soap opera music plays in the distance*
Two households, both alike in genocide
In fair Gallifrey, where we lay our scene
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life