eleven used to be all bouncy and cute and adorable and now he’s becoming more and more broken and dark like nine and ten were towards their ends and that makes me nervous
take a minute to imagine how bizzarre this post sounds to other people
it just sounds like you’re really emotional about math imdone
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This is why I think twelve will be evil
Hi, guys, let me introduce you to two chilling words that will mean nothing to non-classic who fans: the Valeyard.
Go on, look up the Valeyard. See what Moffat’s up to. What he’s leading up to. What Eleven is building up to. What Twelve will. What the Dream Lord was part of, and what he is leading up to himself. Go look up the Valeyard.
Twelve won’t be evil because they tried that with Six (to a degree) and nobody was happy. He will never stray from his moral centre too much. Being angry and distant and cold does not make someone evil. It makes them broken. The Doctor will never be truly good or truly evil. He will always, always do what must be done, just as he always has. Is it right? Wrong? No, it’s what must happen. Think about Rose. He could have changed their fates, but he couldn’t. He knew what he MUST do. What he wanted was irrelevant. Rose had to stay in that parallel world. It was where she belonged with her family. It wasn’t about Tentoo, it was about Jackie and Pete and Tony, and Rose’s relationship with them. It was all about what must happen. Pompeii. Gallifrey. All those lives. It must happen.
He is a Time Lord, forever neutral. It’s in his blood. It’s part of who he is. It doesn’t matter that he’s renegade, or the only one left, he is a Time Lord, and Time Lords are the neutral observers. The difference is he interferes where things go wrong.
I was looking in my archive for a certain post and I saw one with Ten and Eleven and their respective catchphrases- Allons-y and Geronimo. I got thinking about how well these exemplify each regeneration.
Allons-y! Let’s go. To move forward. Keep going. Soldier on.
Geronimo in its modern context is to fall, to jump.
To go and to fall. Eleven is the most broken of any Doctor. Eleven was born of resentment and loneliness and misery and fear and depression. Eleven was born of constant rejection- Ten should have died twice prior to his regeneration into Eleven, but he didn’t. One was due to the Master in the finale of series three (which was not his fault, but still), and the other was, of course, was when he used his hand to regenerate. Thrice, if one wants to count Lillith and her voodoo doll. Two, maybe three occasions that should have made him regenerate, but all rejected, the last of which was completely Ten rejecting the regeneration.
Eleven is, in a way, fallen. He has that which he cares about-Amy-and if anything hurts her, hell breaks loose and he stops caring about anything else. He is easily the most frightening Doctor so far, because that anger and rage is such a contrast to how innocent, playful, and childlike he often is. He no longer cares about his enemies, and has no remorse when killing, unlike his predecessors. He wipes out an army of Weeping Angels without batting an eye, and he attacks the “Ironsides” with more hatred and rage than Nine ever showed for the Daleks. In the Series 7 preview, he’s apparently downright proud of killing millions of them.
Ten, however, keeps going past what hurts him. He soldiers on and doesn’t let himself be stopped. When he loses Rose, he keeps going. In fact, the only times we ever see Ten break down to Eleven’s level is in Midnight, when we see the Doctor truly terrified and unable to do anything. Where his cleverness is turned on him, where he is completely useless, completely free of free will. Where Ten truly breaks, and in the end of Silence in the Library. He then files it away and goes on.
Eleven just seems so close to snapping sometimes, because of how much self hatred he has. As Matt Smith says, if Eleven doesn’t constantly fake happiness, keep distracted, he’d hang himself.
Eleven is the Doctor that makes me want to cry the most. He’s the character of anything I have ever seen or read or anything of the sort that does that. He’s fallen so far from the pedestal he was put on, and just keeps falling. Half the time he seems to just be going through the motions, particularly with River, and any time he needs to be consoling with Amy. Eleven is tragic. He hates himself (something I attribute directly to the rejected regenerations I mentioned earlier), his self esteem is rocky- he needs the praise of others to keep going. He’s lonely, and I think that’s why he chose to marry River, because he’s desperate to make that loneliness go away. He states that he doesn’t want to marry her, and both proposals he made were in desperation, either to get her to not die, in the way you would promise a child that you would take them somewhere they always wanted to go as they die or are taken away (as Mels), or to get her to stop being selfish and let the universe continue to exist.
Eleven is the quickest to anger, the most likely to cry, and the least afraid of showing his emotions. I believe he constructed his mask from the traits of his most recent companions- Rose’s compassion, playfulness and clinginess, Jack’s flirtiness (though it’s very plain Eleven has no idea what he’s doing half the time) and confidence with others, Martha’s ability to make choices concerning herself and those immidiately important to her and her determination, as well as her secret-keeping from those she loves, Donna’s sass and her ability to make certain painful choices that would hurt others, as well as Donna’s inferiority complex. The traits he remembered most vividly of them. The very things that made them so human. He also, I think, adopted Sarah Jane’s patience and Amelia’s childlike innocence.
Ten rarely looked back on the past, except when Rose was concerned. Eleven seems almost absorbed by the blood on his hands. He shows in the Season 7 trailer he regrets the victims, even the Daleks, but when the actual genocide is committed, he could care less. Eleven tries to live in the moment, but falls back on the past. Ten looks to the future when the present is no good to him.
That is a real difference, I think. Ten would show remorse on the spot and after killing, even when his clone destroyed thousands of Daleks. Eleven only shows it after.
Eleven, like his catchphrase that replaced Ten’s “allons-y!”, is fallen and the beginning of the Doctor’s decent into madness.
Ten’s “allons-y!” could also reference his desire to stay in his body as is, keep going in that form, brush off any potential regenerations with a cheery “let’s go!”.