Someone at el 'reg is rather cranky about the how sappy the good Doctor has been lately:http://www.theregist...otional_rescue/
I can't say I disagree.
Didn't they poke fun at this mentality in The Wasp and the Unicorn
I can't say there isn't a certain "reality" in letting bad things befall the major guest stars, but it's not like the major guest stars have been all sunshine and roses. Despite getting better, Rory was killed
, and in the space of that time frame Amy and the Doctor had a adventure with Pablo Picasso - who they establish still kills himself.
You can argue the sensitivity of the modern watcher all you want, but view it from a in-universe perspective. The Doctor has lived through the most horrific war imaginable in the Last Great Time War (Where Billions died every second only to be reborn to die again), and had to condemn his entire species to certain death twice over. That's been the whole gist of the series up until Matt took the reins: The Doctor learning to live again. Dealing with that darkness inside of himself and learning that every life is precious and not
just dismissing "The little people" (Insert dialogue from the end of The Waters of Mars
as well as The End of Time
Let's take Inferno
for example. Great classic story. Very epic in scope for its time and extremely well done. But going back to it, Pertwee's Doctor barely batted an eye at leaving all these people behind. There wasn't even any hesitation. There was no drama. "Well, that sucks doesn't it?" *Shrug shoulders and carry on*
In reality, witnessing the absolute destruction of a planet should have driven him to the brink of insanity. Especially having to leave people who had trusted him and become his friends.
Some may prefer the cold, stand offish Doctor and I still get a kick out of him, but ultimately I'll take "Everybody lives, Rose. Just this once...EVERYBODY LIVES!
" over it.