A Study in Pink / The Day of the Doctor
And now it’s time for one last bow.
Like all your other selves.
Eleven’s hour is over now.
The clock is striking Twelve’s.
The Eleventh Hour + The Name of the Doctor screening at the BFI with Q&A panelists Saul Metzstein, Dan Starkey, Mark Gatiss, and Steven Moffat. (8 December 2013)
Some common Moffat misconceptions (1/?) - “Amy, River and Clara’s life revolve around the Doctor”
They have always had a life outside of the Doctor - Amy and Rory grew up together, and without knowing it they grew up along with their daughter - and had perfectly ordinary lives
The Doctor met Amy as a little girl, and made his impact - but she still kept her accent - she was always Amy, and even though getting left behind by the Doctor affected her, she still managed to find love on her her own.
When she travels with him we see her constantly defying the Doctor, she has ideas on her own, and she is never fully dependent on him.
We see her regaining her parents, and we see her getting a family in form of Rory and River.
Amy’s story is about growing up, and detaching herself from the Doctor - in TPOT we see this struggle - we also so her hanging out with friends, and being normal and domestic with Rory.
The last thing we see Amy do is choosing a normal life with Rory - she actively leaves the Doctor to have a life on her own.
The first time we meet River she is leading an expedition - she is a professor, and even though The Doctor was the reason for choosing archeology (both Martha and Rose chose their careers because of the Doctor as well,but people tend to forget that) - she continue with archeology long after she finds the Doctor again
She goes on adventures on her own, she visits her parents - and occasionally she runs into the Doctor - but she manages herself perfectly fine on her own. She refuse to travel with the doctor regularly on two occasions. She also mention having dating other people.
The line “Time can be rewritten” is repeated on show several times - it shows that the characters are perfectly capable of changing the future by making other choices - River is never tied to the doctor due to their reversed timelines - being together with him was always her choice.
When she says her final goodbye to the doctor, she admits being able to cope with loosing him - meanwhile he admits having grown too attached to her.
Clara doesn’t travel with the Doctor all the time either - in NIS it seems like they only travel together on wednesdays. Clara commits her time taking care of the Maitland kids - as her mother died, and she felt a sense of obligation to her. We actually got an entire episode with Clara protecting the kids- We also get a good understanding of how close she was to her mom - we see that it was her mom who inspired her to travel, and it was her moms memory that motivated her to save the Doctor.In addition we see Clara fight Cybermen on her own, she stops herself from getting to attached to the doctor emotionally (“The trick is don’t fall in love - I do that trick every day”) - and sometime between TNOTD and TDOTD she got a job as a teacher.
So yeah - their storyline might be related to the Doctor - but we’ve seen quite detailed aspects off their life outside traveling - including family, jobs and friends.
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It’s almost time. Matt Smith will bid farewell to Doctor Who on Christmas Day and while we’re more than a little excited to see Peter Capaldi’s “old beast” snarl, it’s pretty heartbreaking to see Matt go - he’s not only the show’s star but also its greatest champion.
Smith, showrunner Steven Moffat and companion actress Jenna Coleman attended several panels last month as part of the official Doctor Who Celebration at London’s ExCel - each packed to the rafters with fans - and the Week in Geek attended the final gathering on Sunday, November 24.
In closing the panel, Moffat paid a lengthy and heartfelt tribute to his leading man and friend, which is reproduced in full below:
"There’s the fiction of it and the changeover of Doctors, which is moving at a fictional level, but I’m losing a really good friend. It’s a very real and human thing. I’m sitting here knowing that this is the very last time that I’ll ever be on a Doctor Who panel with Matt - and we have done so many.
"We’ve had so many adventures… from the terrifying beginning when Matt had to go outside and say, ‘Does anybody want me to sign anything?’ and nobody knew who he was. In that first year, I had ‘Not Russell’ carved in my forehead and Matt had ‘Not David’ carved in his and everyone just thought we were idiots.
"We just plodded around trying to make Doctor Who and people were saying, ‘You’re so not making Doctor Who!’ - up to the moment where it hit and it became a huge thing. It is Matt’s Doctor that has taken Doctor Who to the rest of the world - that is this man’s achievement. Let’s be clear about that.
"There are occasionally - among sillier Doctor Who fans - attempts to say that [the show] is doing less well than it used to. Doctor Who has never ever come as close to doing as well as it is right now. So much of that is down to Matt. So much of it is the international appeal of this man - he is the Doctor.
"Honestly, you can ask as many people as you like, dig as deep as you like - you will never ever find a negative story about Matt Smith. You simply will not. Everybody adores him.
"He makes the crew work faster. Marcus Wilson [the producer] would always get him to the set quicker than he needed to, just ‘cos Matt’s presence gets everybody energised. He is tireless - not just in his performances, but with the extra demands of being a leading man, of being the company leader. He is so good at that and yet he works so hard at his own performance.
"I will miss my friend [and] I will miss the most tireless and inventive actor I have ever worked with."
Afterwards, a clearly emotional Smith paid a tribute of his own to Moffat, to his co-star and to the Doctor Who fandom.
"I’ve been lucky," he explained. "Steven’s my greatest friend in this industry as a result of having had four years with him and not only that… the brilliant mind that is The Moff… the imagination… think of the monsters he’s brought us, the characters… just the constant invention that is wild and unabashed and breaking new ground the whole time.
"I’m really sad, because you leave your best friends to go and do something else with people who aren’t your best friends, which is annoying! You’re like, ‘You’re not Jenna and Steven, ya weirdos!’
"But thanks Moff and Jenna and everyone who’s worked with me… and thanks to all [the fans] - it’s been the best time. Thank you for having me."