sarahjane: (Doctor Who - Eleven & Ten)
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By the End of Time, I was totally over RTD-era. I loved the Doctor and Rose, and I loved the individual episodes...except I could never stand the way that RTD ended things. I did not like the End of Time, at all, and I actually think that the two can coexist, quite well. In fact, the head canon that I'm about to describe actually makes The End of Time BETTER to me.

In one version of time, the Doctor did destory everything. Then he regenerated, and then he met Rose. Rose looked into the heart of the TARDIS, and she was able to help the Doctor, her and Clara, make a better choice. But as time shifts around them, the Daleks are still destroyed and Gallifrey still is gone, and the Doctor can't know. I think this is where it gets kind of brilliant. We kept running into Daleks, right, but never Time Lords beyond the Master. But the Daleks were just very badly injured -- no wonder they were able to keep coming back!

The events of the war are still timelocked, and the Gallifrey shown in The End of Time is Gallifrey near the end of the war, but they haven't gotten to the bit where the Doctor saves the planet yet. They'll still be awful and crazy when they surface next, but instead of the war-torn Time Lords from The End of Time, they will know that the Doctor destroyed the Daleks and ended the war. They're just stranded in a parallel universe, alone. Which should make it rather interesting when the Doctor inevitably finds them again. Hopefully, they will have calmed down a bit. The Time Lords were always dicks, but they weren't anywhere near as bad as they were shown during war time in The End of Time.

The only thing I can't reconcile yet is how the Doctors got around the timelock to do what they did because it can't be that they NEVER used the Moment, as the memories of what they did had to have come from somewhere. I like to think, though, that it's what I said earlier - Rose, in the Time Vortex, who could see the whole of time and space, helping her Doctor.

And obviously Moffat may go a whole different direction with it so that I can't fit it into previous canon anymore, which will piss me off quite a bit and is very likely to happen. This is the first time I've REALLY enjoyed a Moffat episode since the RTD era. But I do think it works, so I don't mind. I actually think it makes the pain of the new Who Doctors even more tragic...they don't even know that they didn't do it, after all, because they can't know, not yet. They have to live with this awful pain of something they've never done. It's twisted. I kind of love it.
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