loremipsumfandom asked: What do you think the are the central themes of the rtd years? (bonus points: compare/contrast to rtd's other work that you have seen)
I think the importance of the ordinary person was perhaps the biggest one, you see it over and over again. It’s not just through characters like Rose, Mickey, Martha and Donna, although I love that aspect of them. Harriet Jones was a backbench politician who rose to the challenge when it was presented Pete Tyler lives when he should have died and even though, as Rose says, he’s never going to become Prime Minister or change the world, his life invokes Reapers that would consume the planet if not for Pete Tyler himself fixing the situation. In the chaos of Midnight when the Doctor is helpless, it’s the Hostess who figures out the situation and makes the necessary sacrifice to fix it. One of the most disturbing lines in Waters of Mars is when Ten refers to saving “little people” and Adelaide reacts with appropriate horror. I think there’s the idea that anyone has the potential to be important and game-changing and, well, a hero, if they make the right choice and rise to the occasion when it presents itself. I think Rose’s speech in the cafe in “Parting of the Ways” sort of sums up the ultimate moral of… perhaps Doctor Who as a whole, but certainly Doctor Who under RTD: you have the guts to do what’s right.
I also think, in a not wholly unrelated way, we revisit again and again the idea of the Doctor as a god in order to summarily tear it down. “RTD made the Doctor Jesus” is one of the weirdest criticisms of the era to me because from where I am standing the show so plainly said the opposite so many times. The Doctor himself says multiple times “I’d make a very bad god”, in Voyage of the Damned Mr Copper tells Ten that the ability to choose who lives and who dies would make him a monster. And I think through routinely presenting the Doctor as someone with a lot of power who is nonetheless very fallible, we end up with a lot of opportunity to emphasize the importance of the ordinary person.
I think you were quite right in saying that fear is sort of the biggest villain. It’s certainly used again and again to motivate people for the wrong reasons, either to do the wrong thing or to do nothing where they could (should) be helping. And I think that aspect of human nature is both something he is good at exploring at something he explores a lot — especially on a show like Torchwood where the pre-watershed gloves can come off.
There’s also, I think, a lot about the perseverance of humanity. We see everyone singing Bohemian Rhapsody in Turn Left despite the world going to shit. We see humanity make it to the end of the universe in “Utopia”. Humanity ~spreads out amongst the stars~ following the destruction of Earth. We see a lot of people triumph over pretty incredible odds.
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You mean a personal trainer and a nutritionist
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