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Okay, so, everyone is upset about a bunch of things. Rose and Ten not talking, needless pain suffered by Nine and Ten because Gallifrey didn’t fall, Tom Baker’s…really strange cameo, and the completely unsurprising sexist and warped characterization of Queen Bess. And that all sucks. But NONE of that makes me as angry as the fact that Moffat completely ignored the reason Gallifrey HAD to fall, as well as denying his own continuity.
The Time Lords were NOT NICE PEOPLE. They never were. That’s why the First Doctor left. That’s why he was made into a pariah. Because they were NOT NICE PEOPLE. For instance, take what Six said in his trial:
The Doctor: In all my travelling throughout the universe, I have battled against evil, against power-mad conspirators. I should have stayed here. The oldest civilisation: decadent, degenerate, and rotten to the core. Power-mad conspirators, Daleks, Sontarans, Cybermen - they’re still in the nursery compared to us. Ten million years of absolute power. That’s what it takes to be really corrupt.
(The Ultimate Foe)
That is what the Time Lords were. And the reason the Doctor burned Gallifrey was not just because of the Daleks. It was because the Time Lords had gotten JUST AS BAD. They were going to destroy the whole of creation. If either side one, everyone would lose:
RASSILON: We will initiate the Final Sanction. The end of time will come at my hand. The rupture will continue until it rips the Time Vortex apart.
MASTER: That’s suicide.
RASSILON: We will ascend to become creatures of consciousness alone. Free of these bodies, free of time, and cause and effect, while creation itself ceases to be.
DOCTOR: You see now? That’s what they were planning in the final days of the War. I had to stop them.
(End of Time)
Gallifrey HAD to fall to save the universe. But apparently, in Moffat land, that didn’t happen. Or doesn’t matter. Gallifrey really is apparently the Shining World of the Seventh system, and perfect. Because he said so, and he must recreate Doctor Who in the image he prefers.
On top of this…River choosing not to kill the Doctor at Lake Silencio BROKE THE UNIVERSE, but because of this super shiny sentient interface, changing a Time locked moment won’t. Well, that’s wonderful. Or, at least, it would be, if it made any sense.
All the little annoyances, yeah, they’re irritating. But they’re cosmetic. It’s the completely destruction of canon going back YEARS that has me ready to smash things.
Screw you, Moffat.
This specifically refers to a hand striking the side of a person’s face, tells quite a different story when placed in it’s proper historical context. In Jesus’s time, striking someone of a lower class ( a servant) with the back of the hand was used to assert authority and dominance. If the persecuted person “turned the other cheek,” the discipliner was faced with a dilemma. The left hand was used for unclean purposes, so a back-hand strike on the opposite cheek would not be performed. Another alternative would be a slap with the open hand as a challenge or to punch the person, but this was seen as a statement of equality. Thus, by turning the other cheek the persecuted was in effect putting an end to the behavior or if the slapping continued the person would lawfully be deemed equal and have to be released as a servant/slave.
THAT makes a lot more sense, now, thank you.
So Jesus is advocating a nonviolent psychological warfare tactic exploiting social norms re: dominance & perceived superiority.
I like Jesus an awful lot.
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