"Not sure if I am an evil genius, or just someone who watches too much TV"
I am a Texas college student (studying Management of Information Systems), and I am a Tech enthusiast, computer geek and sci-fi fan.
I queue most posts but will do a post dump about once every few weeks.
and since this seems to be the main question you guys ask I am 5'6" tall, so ask me other things (funner things) also before you ask I am taken.
can Karen come to the Doctor Who panel and just ask Matt an awkward question (possibly about shaving his head, maybe if she can rub his bald head). I need my secretly married couple back, especially now with their matching hair dues
we know moffat said no flirting with companions. but is alex off limits (for matt)? as long as they stay together you could argue that it would give the dynamics a more authentic feel.
I am not talking about the scrambled timeline here I am talking about relationship dynamic.
The Doctor’s relationship (whether platonic or romantic) with his companions is pretty straight forward. He takes them where they never thought they could go, he impresses them with his brilliance and insanity, and in return they offer his broken soul some comfort of a friend.
But with River it is very different. to start she isn’t impressed by almost anything he does, she doesn’t think his brilliance is that amazing, he is just above average to her. she doesn’t need him to take her where she wants or to see the universe, she can do that on her own with her vortex manipulator. so all his tools are useless on her.
but not only that, she often shows him up. she figures things out at almost the same time he does. she whisks him off on crazy adventures with a note of “hello sweetie”. so she is his Doctor, not his companion.
but I think he loves that. at first it distresses him, they have a bit of a power struggle as she shows him up and he keeps denying the possibility of her knowing what he knows.
but I feel that in the end an equal is something he has craved. ever since the time war he hasn’t really had an equal (or at least one who wasn’t trying to kill him). so ten was always excited when he found someone anywhere near as clever he was. and I think the doctor has enjoyed not always being the brightest in the room, he loved his travels with Romana just for that reason.
so River offers him something he has never seen in a human, an equal. and I think he loves that. but it is more that she is his equal, she doesn’t see a real logical need for him, she can fight her battles quite well on her own but she chooses to bring him in to be with him. and the only real need that she has for him is an emotional need because just like him she is a broken soul so when the two of them are together they can help tend the others emotional wounds and make each other feel whole.
and if you ask me that is love, she doesn’t really need him by her side to help her fight, and he doesn’t really need her to help him adventure, but when these two broken people are together they feel a bit more whole. and I don’t think that many of the doctor’s other love interests really have that.
(don’t get me wrong, Rose and 10 made a cute couple but they just wouldn’t work out because she is too human)