Buffy looking up

Insert reference to a Niven short story, the one before "At the Bottom of a Hole"

Probably spoilerish, so I merely refer to the title instead of using it. We watched the NYE Dr Who special this morning.

How the heroes die: like Buffy. Not like this.

We know instantly that Time Lord Timothy Dalton is a baddie. We know this because this is fantasy, not SF. If it were actual SF, the writer would be behind this "hey, dying is bad and the ultimate horror and I'm all in favor of science fixing that shit". But no, we're in the land of fantasy, where the lugubrious apologists like LeGuin and Tolkien tell us we should be okay with ceasing to exist because their religion says so. Or some nonsense like that. Bah. Biology is not my destiny.

Not that I have a hot button issue or anything.

I wonder. The Doctor must lose his sense of self, the continuity of the monologue of the internal "I", in order for regeneration to be that upsetting to him. Because, hey, he's done it before. Enough times, you'd think, to know that life continues afterward. But take away my "I" and I'd be upset too. I guess. Since I'm not a hero.

Otherwise, omg, that was maudlin self-indulgent crap. I liked the last 15 seconds, though!
The Doctor must lose his sense of self, the continuity of the monologue of the internal "I", in order for regeneration to be that upsetting to him. Because, hey, he's done it before.

That's what I didn't get! I didn't understand where all that fear and whinging came from. It didn't make any sense to me and only made me really, really dislike him.

I think it was a bad call by the writers. It wasn't just insulting to all the other Doctors, it insulted Ten's character, which I never got as being that self-involved before. Aren't heroes supposed to be courageous and self-sacrificing?
My thoughts through the whole of the second episode were ... cliched, cliched, is he still here?! The "catching up with everyone and giving them a happy ending" scenes ... bleh. Although, having said that, I liked the idea of Mickey and Martha together. I enjoyed the first episode and disliked the second. Timothy Dalton's character could have been so much more than a stereotypical baddie. Personally, it felt as if the whole thing was scripted just to get to the regeneration.

However, I did like Matt Smith's line of "still not ginger." Hee hee. I think he might be a good reincarnation of the doctor. I'm still getting used to the idea of a doctor who is younger than me! The trailer for the new season on the BBC website (sorry, can't give you a link as it is UK only) looks like we might be seeing some old "friends". I won't mention which here as I don't want to spoil anyone. :) But, I shall be happy to see the return of one or two characters.

Regeneration is the death of personality. Since there is not only a new body but a new personality, the Doctor becomes a new person in all ways but continuity of memory.

The Third Doctor showed his fear of this in "Planet of the Spiders". He had come to like his existence as that personality, and didn't want to "die", as it were, but he had to do what was necessary in the story and it happened despite his fear and desires, and we had the Fourth as a result. The Tenth is showing the same attitude as the Third in this regard, and we will have the Eleventh for much the same reasons.

Ironically, it both cases it's actually because the actors wished to quit. Jon Pertwee stopped enjoying portraying the Doctor after the death of his close friend Roger Delgado (the first actor to play the Master), and David Tennant wanted to leave while he still enjoyed playing the role, before it became just another job.

Ten hangs onto everything long after he should (see also: Tyler, Rose). It's a personality trait of this particular incarnation, I believe.

I just watched the Eleven trailer, btw. I AM SO EXCITED.
I watched it this morning before work. I'll admit to having my emotions tugged a little by Uncle Rusty and had tears in my eyes during the last 10 or so minutes. Having Wilf as the one who was knocking was an interesting bit of writing that I didn't see coming.

But overall, I am somewhat disappointed and am looking forward to the Moffatt years. Glad to have seen Martha and Mickey (now looking for the fic), glad Donna got her happy ending and was interested to see Capt. Jack included.

Here's to Eleven (still not ginger).
But Buffy didn't die, right? Or rather she did but came back, a lot.Which kinda changes the significance of death, if somebody (or at least the hero) can regularly come back from it, and in the same personality/identity that s/he died in.

I'm kinda glad that the canon tipped the hat to the issue of regeneration: that the personality/identity of the Time Lord changes -- which means the previous identity dies, and a new construct takes over. yeah, they have the same memories...but so much of identity is the physical/chemical construct...layering the same memories under different DNAs/chemistries, still results in different personalities. So yeah,the previous person dies, and a new person is created, even if the memories are ported over.

It may not behoove a hero to be upset about that...but it would be a very human response, to be unhappy about that. OK not everything about you is dying, your memories will survive...but you, the distinct individual -- that you is dying.