Monday, April 02, 2012

Of Doctor Who, Peter Pan and Dreaming...

We're between seriess and here in Australia the ABC is rerunning every episode of Doctor Who since Eckelston - it's been a fun ride. We're now up to The Vampires of Venice... We'll finish all the reruns well before the next season arrives, which is a bit of shame because winter is long enough and dark enough with The Doctor, let alone without him.

We now know who the new companion will be in 2012, and we've laughed off the April Fool's Day rumours of the next Doctor being a woman...

We've heard that Amy and Rory's exit from the show will be heartbreaking, but how so?

There are still so many unanswered questions.

Going right back to the Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead, some of us are still wondering if River reading the tales of the Doctor to the children (Donna's two children and CAL) and telling us all to have 'sweet dreams' is significant.

Some say it's not.

I have a theory.

What if the heartbreaking exit Amy makes is from a dream? What is she was Wendy and dreamt of Peter Pan - in this case Doctor Who - who flew her away over the moon to many adventures. Or what if she is the Doctor's dream? Or CAL's dream.

I have a feeling Moffat may have fallen into the 'Who Shot J.R.?' trap of making the last few seasons all about a crazy, sometimes nightmarish, dream.

In dreams time is often wobbly-wobbly. Items can exist in any space - as with the paperweights in the library shop that appear on Amy's dresser in her bedroom or the brooch which the old woman wears in The Eleventh Hour and River wears in The Big Bang...

Dreams often have themes. Themes in Doctor deal with the moon; Doctor Moon in the library episodes, Claire de Lune not being played in The Eleventh Hour, the moon landing and looking up at the moon in The Impossible Astronaut and the very same moon from that exact scene replayed being missing from the sky in The Wedding of River Song...

Also, the missing stars in the sky The Stolen Earth and The Big Bang where Amy as a little girl has a black psychologist talking to her about what is real and what is not, just like when Dr Moon (who was also black) spoke to CAL about what is real and what is not.

Themes which are still current in recent episodes mirror themes going as far back as series four, when David Tenant was still playing the 10th Doctor and we first met River Song.

The Doctor always answers the calls of distressed children as shown in...

The Empty Child (Steven Moffat)
The Girl in the Fireplace (Steven Moffat)
Fear Her (Mathew Graham)
Silence in the Library (Steven Moffat)
Forest of the Dead (Steven Moffat)
The Eleventh Hour (Steven Moffat)
The Beast Below (Steven Moffat)
Night Terrors (Mark Gatiss)
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (Steven Moffat)

In fact, he admits he never interferes in affairs of other peoples or planets, unless there's children crying... As seen here at 9.00 minutes...




At the end of The Eleventh Hour the Doctor asks Amy if she wants to go with him, she says no, he says, 'You wanted to come with me 12 years ago.' She says, 'I grew up.' He says, 'Don't worry, I'll soon fix that.' as seen right at the beginning of this clip...



She goes into the TARDIS in her nighty...

She also does the entire following episode; The Beast Below in nightie and there is a scene where she is floating in space in her nightie... Just like Wendy...

Scene here at 3.00 minutes...



So, maybe the heartbreak is the Doctor discovering Amy and Rory and River were nothing but a figment of his imagination because he was so traumatised by losing so many people and feeling such deep responsibility he had to retreat into the safety of his own imagination... Which, as it turned out was a nightmarish, though often weird, wonderful and funny place! Maybe CAL saved him, too!

I really kind of hope I'm wrong about this, because being right would be heartbreaking!

PS. Just watching Amy's Choice - I'd totally forgotten about the when the Dreamlord says to the Doctor, 'Your friends never see you again once they grow up...' Now, doesn't that sound like Peter Pan to you?

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