THIS WAS THE CUTEST OKAY?
“There’s something about punk music that fits perfectly with poetry. Lou Reed was an English major, Iggy Pop’s dad was a professor. Jim Morrison was a poet and the tradition trickled down to Patti Smith, Richard Hell, X, Sonic Youth, Maggie Estep, Tim Armstrong, Jello Biafra. They share a lot of traits so its no wonder punk and poetry are so connected: you make shit money, you piss a lot of people off, the creative release is better than a goddamn orgasm. They’re both dirty, painful, and real—and they both have to fight to be heard.”
— On Poetry and Punk by Christopher Brown
aka “Elitism is my middle name”
Oh fuck you, Steven.
Right, I was never a massive fan of the Doctor-Rose romance, but it did make a sort of sense. At his hearts, the Doctor fights for the underdogs, the people oppressed by the establishment. Even when he works with members of the powerful elite, he does so with a sneer and a critical whit. When he is with actual normal people he is at his happiest and most relaxed. That’s why he and Rose worked as an idea.
The fact that Moffat has the Doctor chumming up with Winston Churchill and this statement above shows that he fundamentally interprets the Doctor as a power fantasy, rather than as a liberator or friend. That’s the major difference between Moffat Who and Davis Who.
Not to mention Richard Nixon …
I also think that Reinette’s lines “One may tolerate a world of demons for the sake of an angel” and “The Doctor is worth the monsters” get it fundamentally wrong. The companions don’t simply tolerate the unpleasantness they encounter because that’s the price for the privilege of basking in the Doctor’s dudely awesomeness. They travel with him out of curiosity and a sense of adventure, and a side effect of the travels is discovering their own power and awesomeness. Like Rose says, “It was a better life. And I don’t mean all the travelling and seeing aliens and spaceships and things. That don’t matter. The Doctor showed me a better way of living your life. You know he showed you too. That you don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand. You say no. You have the guts to do what’s right when everyone else just runs away …”