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Musings of a Content Thirty-Something. (Reply).
at 10:33pm on 04/12/2013
Ooh, this is going to be weird because I'm actually going to defend Moffat a bit here (I know, I know...) because I don't actually think those two things are completely incompatible.
Basically, it comes down to the difference between what the Doctor BELIEVES and what really happened.
It stems from a comment I saw on Doctor Who Rants, and to which I replied (although I've deleted my tweets since because I don't like being called a cunt on my own twitter) that suggested ALL Time Lords agreed heart and soul with Rassilon and were evil bastards. I give Moffat props because, by showing that the General was aware of what the High Council was planning and saying 'to hell with them' he showed that there were people who were willing to do anything that would save Gallifrey even if it meant acting against the wishes of the High Council.
Here's my theory: the Doctor, after his regeneration from the War Doctor, goes looking for Gallifrey but can't find it or the Daleks. His belief is that he activated the Moment and locked Gallifrey, the Daleks and the whole kit-and-caboodle (Star of Degradations, the Horde of Travesties, the Nightmare child, the Could-Have-Been-King with his Army of Meanwhiles and Never Weres etc) away. He can't get back in there because it's Time Locked (as Ten says in DotD). His behaviour during S1-7 is as a result of what he BELIEVED happened.
He doesn't know/doesn't remember that the Daleks, or at least those who were firing on Gallifrey, have been destroyed. So his statements to the Master reflect what he believes in his mind has to happen because he believes all he did was to shut everything away for a while and now it can come back and wreak havoc on Earth and the Universe. Yet, when Gallifrey appears in the sky above Earth, there are no crowds of Dalek ships around it.
So what is actually coming back in EoT? Gallifrey and a really, really pissed-off High Council who have been stuck living their very own Groundhog Day ever since the Doctors locked the planet away. No Daleks, most likely, although there is the problem that any who were already on the planet's surface, if they weren't destroyed, could still come back. Same goes for any of the above-mentioned enemies who might have survived. The biggest danger is Rassilon/the High Council, whose existence in EoT demonstrates that the General who encouraged the Doctors is most likely dead (or is perhaps the other figure behind Rassilon with his face hidden in an act of shame). Considering Rassilon has the power over life and death, that's a pretty terrifying threat to bring back.
So how does this work with the 50th? Because, as 11 says, the actions of the Doctor(s) is giving Gallifrey HOPE. Hope that the High Council may come to its senses and/or be defeated by an army that no longer has to fight Daleks and can focus on the greater evil of Rassilon. Yes, 11 knows that Gallifrey will come back in EoT, but he also knows that it won't be for long (not long enough to cause any damage, at least to Earth) and they will be locked away again. So by doing what they do, the Doctors are still keeping the Universe safe.
What do you think? I really do want to hear your thoughts on it all!
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