The Day of the Retcon

Dopo aver cercato di riscrivere l’era RTD coll’abominevole retcon di The Day of the Doctor, nell’episodio d’addio di Matt Smith, The Time of the Doctor, Steven Moffat ha cercato di riscrivere anche la propria. Finendo per creare un clamoroso paradosso capace di cancellarla TUTTA, compreso l’abominevole retcon innescato da Clara da cui l’intera storyline di Eleven deriva, fin dalle fratture nel continuum che l’hanno portato da Amy.
Infatti, impedendo la definitiva morte del Dottore a Trenzalore, Clara ha cancellato anche la ”tomba” contenente la timestream nella quale s’era tuffata in The Name of the Doctor, cioè l’evento che l’aveva portata a conoscere il Dottore, venirne scelta come companion, e… impedirne la definitiva morte a Trenzalore.
E se la storyline di Clara sparisce inghiottita da questo paradosso, sparisce anche tutta l’era Eleven, River compresa.
Per arrivare a questo pazzesco risultato involontariamente suicida, Moffat ha riscritto Clara, degradandola da intraprendente geek girl a maestrina piagnucolosa. Ha riscritto i Silent, degradandoli da minaccia inquietante a scagnozzi insignificanti. Ha riscritto l’origin story della sua stessa era, la crepa nel continuum, degradandola da araldo dell’apocalisse a citofono per chiamare Gallifrey, Deus Ex Machina della settimana.
Dopo avere cercato di riscrivere Ten in The Day of the Doctor, degradandolo a petulante coglione infantiloide (cioè facendone un altro Eleven) Moffat stavolta ha riscritto in parte persino il suo stesso Dottore.
L’irrequieto, iperattivo Eleven che in The Power of Three non sopportava di restare fermo per pochi giorni nemmeno in casa dei suoi migliori amici, in The Time of the Doctor sceglie d’invecchiare per novecento anni in una specie di villaggio tirolese di cartapesta sperduto nel nulla, respingendo ”minacce” aliene sempre più fiacche, logore, e imbarazzanti, come le sue gag da cinepanettone, per poi morire di vecchiaia, e rigenerarsi a rate con un botto e uno starnuto, dopo avere fatto morire di noia gli spettatori.
L’era di Matt Smith è finita, però finché durerà quella di Steven Moffat nemmeno il talento di Peter Capaldi potrà salvare Doctor Who dalla nefasta cialtroneria del suo showrunner, The Jerk of the Doctor.
Non resta che sperare che venga sostituito al più presto da qualcuno che risbatta Gallifrey definitivamente all’inferno.

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The Day of the Doctor: a Case of Canon vs. Canon (Part 5/5)

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I’ve spent five essays on the important issue of how the 50th anniversary episode doesn’t gel with the objective logic or moral conclusion of previous years of canon material. Such as,

  1. DotD contradicts established fact that the Doctor actually witnessed Gallifrey falling (read here)
  2. DotD contradicts the Doctor’s morality on Daleks and his abhorrence of killing en masse other life forms without proper consideration of the life he’s taken. (read here)
  3. DotD contradicts the Doctor’s moral stand on saving Gallifrey: how saving just Gallifrey does nothing to eliminate the Daleks or other evil forces in the Time War, since in End of Time, bringing just Gallifrey back brought back a host of other bad creatures. DotD does not address this. (read here)
  4. DotD contradicts the established fact that the Time Lords had become corrupt and were in fact worse than all villains in creation, and that their…

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The Day of the Doctor: a Case of Canon vs. Canon (Part 4/5)

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I know it’s been a while since I posted my analyses on how the ending of the 50th counters major canon points of previous years. It took a back burner for a couple weeks. XD Anyway! The previous sections showed how

  1. DotD contradicts established fact that the Doctor actually witnessed Gallifrey falling
  2. DotD contradicts the Doctor’s morality on Daleks and his abhorrence of killing en masse other life forms without proper consideration of the life he’s taken.
  3. DotD contradicts the Doctor’s moral stand on saving Gallifrey: how saving just Gallifrey does nothing to eliminate the Daleks or other evil forces in the Time War, since in End of Time, bringing just Gallifrey back brought back a hat of other bad creatures. DotD does not address this.

This segment proves how the end of the Time War World differs morally between the RTD era and the 50th, with War II imagery paralleling…

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The Day of the Doctor: a Case of Canon vs. Canon (Part 3/5)

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The 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who troubled me for several reasons, and in the previous two parts of this analysis, I outlined how the 50th jars with canon in (1) how it contradicts the established fact that the Doctor was eyewitness to his planet being burned, and (2) how the 50th counters the Doctor’s morality on Daleks and his abhorrence at killing other life forms without a consideration of the life he’s taken.

This section outlines one of the major contradictions between the 50th and previous canon, namely, the moral question that lies at the heart of the rebooted series.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5
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On the moral integrity of destroying Gallifrey/using the Moment

PARTISAN: (a woman) But we know his intention. He still possesses the Moment, and he’ll use it to destroy Daleks and Time Lords…

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The Day of the Doctor: a Case of Canon vs. Canon (Part 2/5)

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I embarked on this analysis to comfort myself after considering the implications of the 50th. Somehow “The Day of the Doctor” doesn’t gel with years of previous canon material, and here I’ll try to explain how. In the previous segment, I outlined how the Doctor did watch his planet destroyed, and how the 50th should have implied how the Doctor found it impossible to sense that he was not alone if a whole planet of Time Lords were still alive. This update presents a characterization argument.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5
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The Doctor’s mercy towards Daleks/hatred of genocide

DOCTOR: But you were destroyed. In the very first year of the Time War, at the Gates of Elysium. I saw your command ship fly into the jaws of the Nightmare Child. I tried to save you.
DAVROS: But it took…

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The Day of the Doctor: a Case of Canon vs. Canon (Part 1/5)

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The 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who really put my head in a spin. I love Doctor Who, ever since getting really involved almost two months ago. I was very excited over the pretty epic plot line that the Doctor hadn’t in fact destroyed his whole planet and people, but then came sadness, actual tears, over what I thought was the loss of the integrity of the emotion that had defined the Doctor for seven series. The Doctor’s memory loss of not using the Moment is hardly a comforting backbone on which to build such tremendous sincerity of emotions that previously characterized the Doctor and his actions in the Time War. I hated to see the canon of almost a decade undermined in one night. It took me a while to get used to the conclusion of the 50th, and I’m still working on it now, but doing an exercise like…

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