The Doctor’s Mid-Life Crisis
I finally got the time to watch last week’s Doctor Who - this has been a pretty exhausting week, both in awesome ways (Kate Bush) and considerably less awesome.
Anyway, I liked it, as most people did, but something (I think) fairly obvious struck me. This is the third episode in a row in which the Doctor’s role is to have a hypothesis proved wrong (or proved ambiguous, in his case). Daleks can’t be good; Robin Hood is a fake; “Perfect hiders” exist. All assumptions the Doctor states openly, all ultimately either untrue or unprovable (and not the point of what’s going on in the episode).
So this is a theme of sorts in this series - let’s also not forget that there’s a fourth assumption the Doctor has been proved wrong about (“The Promised Land isn’t real”) but he doesn’t know he’s wrong yet, and I’d guess the finale will play out the consequence of that wrong assumption. But it also tells us something about the Doctor’s character in this regeneration.