Hey guess what? Doctor Who is a show about time travel. It’s also a show about the power of good, love, compassion, bravery, fear, and overcoming our own monsters. I’m not saying Steven’s episodes don’t involve time travel, they do. but wow, big blue box travels through time and space guess we should just ignore that first part because some people will reduce the entire show to one trope and throw out everything else in order to fire shots at Moffat for no good reason.
The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances - the ending works because the Doctor helps a frighten child face her fears and show another frighten child the compassion and maternal love he needs to save himself and others.
The Girl in the Fireplace - the ending works because the Doctor helps a brave, frightened woman fight her monsters, and in return, she helps him return home, even though she knows she could lose him.
Blink - the ending works because a strong, determined young woman takes on the Weeping Angels. Yes, time travel happens, because wow, time travelling tv show, but without Sally Sparrow’s bravery and intelligence, the Angels take over and we all die.
Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead - the ending works because of one woman’s heroic sacrifice, brought about for the love she has for the Doctor; the beginning of one of the most beautiful and heart wrenching romances no big deal.
The Eleventh Hour - the ending works because the Doctor is brilliant and his new companions help him capture a rogue alien and scold the Atraxi. I’m not seeing the time travel saving the day.
The Beast Below - the ending works because of Amy Pond’s ingenuity, intelligence, and compassion toward all living creatures. She helps show the Doctor another way, when he was completely lost.
The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone - the ending works because a) River, Amy, and the Doctor all work together, b) a larger story line that will span three seasons is begun (we call this foreshadowing wow such bad writing), c) the weeping angels are easily tricked whoops that’s nothing like RTDs villains
The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang - whoo! Now we got some time travel. Well, sorta. The ending works because the Doctor sacrifices himself to reset the universe, the power of Amy Pond’s memories and the Doctor’s influence on her life, Rory’s devotion and love for Amy, and River Song being a fucking badass.
A Christmas Carol - uh oh, time travel again! Because, you know, Dickens. The ending works because the Doctor shows an angry, bitter man a better way of living; that love and hope can overshadow loneliness and hatred.
The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon - the ending works because of the intelligence and ingenuity of the Doctor and his companions; the story furthers additional mysteries, such as the crack in the universe, and the identity of River Song. Look, more foreshadowing! A much more complicated version of repeating “bad wolf” or “mr saxon” in every episode and expecting that to suffice.
A Good Man Goes to War - the ending doesn’t work! Everything is horrible. Everyone dies. Amy Pond’s child is kidnapped. The Doctor loses. River Song makes everything more complicated and mysterious, cuts him down to size, and rekindles his hope of fixing what he destroyed.
Let’s Kill Hitler - the ending works because the Doctor convinces a lonely, abused psychopath into believing she can love, and she can be loved. Said psychopath saves the day. Again.
The Wedding of River Song - the ending works because of one woman’s love and compassion for the Doctor; she agrees to sacrifice her life, and possibly his, to set the universe straight after refusing to kill him with sheer will power and love and brute strength. Such a bad message. Love conquers? How dare it.
The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe - the ending works because a mother’s love guides and sets free a confused, frighten alien life force, and in doing so saves her children and her husband. Wow such awful.
Asylum of the Daleks - remember those badass women? Here’s another one. Oswin Oswald overcomes the hate and anger of a Dalek in order to stop herself from killing the Doctor. She saves him, and his companions, and wipes the Daleks’ memory of him completely, giving the Doctor a new beginning.
The Angels take Manhattan - together, or not at all. The ending works because Amy won’t let them take her husband. Because nothing is impossible. Because sometimes it’s hard to say goodbye, but you can survive anything as long as you’re with people who love you. (…idk what was up with the statue of liberty angel, i’ll give you that.)
The Snowmen - the ending works because of the Doctor’s intelligence, defeating The Great Intelligence. Also more foreshadowing. Not as good as before, granted, but still there. Clara gives an old, bitter Doctor a reason to travel again after losing his wife for good.
The Bells of Saint John - the ending works because the Doctor is clever and sends a fake version of himself to confront the lackey; surprise! The evil thing is the Great Intelligence. Now where have we seen that before… Also enter the first companion in New Who to make the Doctor wait around for her while she continues to live her life. Come back wednesday, bro.
The Name of the Doctor - the ending works because a) Clara sacrifices herself for the greater good, and to save the Doctor, b) River Song refuses to let go, points him in the right direction as she’s always done, says his name to save his friends, while still keeping his secret, and gets to say goodbye. The Doctor in return saves Clara.
The Day of the Doctor - the ending works because time travel. Oh, and the Doctor’s companion gives him the courage and compassion he needs to find another way to save his people, without rewriting anything in earlier Who canon.
haha YES I AM EXCITED
Few favourite pics on this Fivey Friday, because this post is the number 10 000 exactly.
The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.