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Thoughts - Doctor Who Christmas Prequel: Vastra Investigates

I just saw this prequel a few minutes ago and while it was short, it’s already got my wheels turning.

Firstly, I am beyond thrilled that these three came back (they originally appeared in “A Good Man Goes to War”) and that we have a little more backstory on Vastra. Still scratching my head over how accepting London society is of her especially when she doesn’t bother to hide the fact that she’s not human, but I digress.

What I’m most happy with is seeing the Doctor in such a different light. Matt has brought a kind of childishness to the character that we haven’t really seen in the reboot, but now that he’s lost Amy and Rory in such a devastating way it wouldn’t make sense for him to still be that little boy inside an old man’s body. We’ve been getting hints of just how angry and vengeful he cane be throughout series 6 but I personally have been more disappointed that the concept was never further explored. 

It looks like that may be changing with “The Snowmen”, thank god. In the few seconds he was on screen, you can already see how hurt and angry and brokenhearted he is. He doesn’t care that the world might be in trouble (or not, since Vastra’s and Jenny’s ruses are painfully stupid). He’s given up. He doesn’t think there’s a point in trying to save everyone anymore if all they’re going to do is leave in one way or another. Of course, that will change by the end of the special thanks to Clara (who seems awesome so far), but it’ll still be nice to finally see a deeper exploration of the Doctor’s darker side.

I have a lot of issues with the Doctor from Eccleston all the way through Matt (although most of my bitching takes place during Tennant’s era), but I still love to see all his flaws and imperfections and arrogance balanced out with his innate desire to keep people (and things) safe. Of course, that was brought up by Rita in “The God Complex” and is fodder for a whole ‘nother rant about his “I’m the only one who can save you, so be thankful, peasants” approach to things.


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