The Doctor’s Companion Ep. 206 – The Father Versus Boyfriend Problem

doctorscompanionrssThere’s trouble brewing at Coal Hill School while Scott, Cassandra and Nick are having trouble of their own with the Series 8 episode “The Caretaker”. The Doctor uses Clara’s school as a trap for a loose robotic creature powerful enough to destroy the planet, but the real problem happens when he meets Clara’s new boyfriend, Danny. Will the Doctor’s disguise as the new school caretaker “John Smith” successfully hide his identity? Why does the Doctor hate Danny and soldiers? What exactly is the point of Courtney? Find out in the latest episode of The Doctor’s Companion! And remember, BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!

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4 thoughts on “The Doctor’s Companion Ep. 206 – The Father Versus Boyfriend Problem

  1. Hi folks,
    I was interested in your take on the episode. I really enjoyed it, although your misgivings are noted.
    I picked up on what I thought was a bit of Doctor racism when he asked Courtney why she wasn’t out shoplifting – although maybe it was meant to be a school kid jibe rather than anything to do with race. I really, really hope so anyway. In any case it was a little unfortunate.

    The Doctor hating soldiers is a problem, especially given his history as you all said. I can only think it is either just Moffat ignoring continuity and creating a plot device to make the Danny/Doctor dynamic more interesting, or a remnant of the Doctor having so recently being forced to confront his past with the War Doctor bringing up bad memories.

    I am actually looking forward to Mummy on the Orient Express. I would love it if they bought back the Nefertiti character from Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, but it is probably too much to hope for.

    • I didn’t catch that jab at Courtney. That’s really unfortunate.

      I wonder if Moffat is even aware of how he’s writing the Doctor at this point? Or if he cares?

  2. For as long as we’ve thrown rocks at each other the world has been made into a horrorshow by soldiers. I’m not sure what the problem is with soldier bashing. “But soldiers defend us!” Yeah, against other soldiers. But, come on, we all know that soldiers are mostly engaged in wars of imperialism or to protect the interests of ruling classes against other ruling classes. When is the last time, for instance, the US military was genuinely utilized for defense, as opposed to protecting “our” interests? Our goal as humanity should be to eliminate every last soldier from the face of the Earth. You mentioned in the podcast that the Doctor never seemed to have problems with soldiers as a class, but with individual soldiers. I think it is far more likely that he despises soliders as a class, but respects individual soldiers on an individual level.

    And yeah, I’m sure the Doctor is racist. Why the f*** would he be racist? We’d be anthropomorphizing him to attribute such reactionary, non-scientific attributes to a non-human, super-intelligent being as the Doctor.

    Also, I’m sure that what we consider “math” to him is simply pathetic. In all likelihood whatever WAS being taught in that class wasn’t even close to what the Doctor would consider math proper. This Doctor is being characterized as totally aloof in the ground-level functioning of humans. He functions on a massively macro-level [time/space reality], but needs humans like Clara to instruct him in the micro-functioning, day-to-day stuff of humanity. He thinks humans are pretty damn stupid AND pretty amazing at the same time. This contradiction plays out in the ways he interacts with them.

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