Throughout Series 8 we see this fractious old alien who calls himself the Doctor. He is rude, fiery, unpredictable and sometimes even childish. He thinks that ordinary people have pudding for a brain and that people aren't special. What happened to the man who thought that everybody was important, that every life was special? Why does it seem that he no longer cares? In Deep Breath the Doctor confesses that he has made many mistakes in his two thousand year long life and that it was time he did something about them. I think this confession pretty much sums up the drastic change we see in Twelve with respect to Eleven. Of course the Doctor was going to be dark in this Series but the question that needed to be answered was why? Why would he suddenly go from goofy to grumpy?
What happens when you become addicted to something? What happens to the people who are dear to you? And most of all what becomes of you? These are some questions this Series tried to raise which I think was very brave. With people all over the world having all sorts of addictions I think it’s safe to say that there is no one perfect answer to these questions, they are all very subjective and are dependent on one’s own experiences with addiction. It can be disastrous to some and at the same time it can be rapturous (say you become addicted to your passion like music or writing) to others and depends on what you are addicted to.
In this Series we find out that traveling with the Doctor and having adventures with him has become a sort of addiction for Clara. No matter how much she tries to push him away she can’t stop herself from coming back for more. We see her struggle to live two lives at the same time and failing miserably. A departure from her perfect-girl persona, this time we get a more detailed and flawed version of the impossible girl which I think works considerably better than the former and gives a more realistic feel to her character and at the same time gives way to fresh albeit heavy storytelling. Amy and Rory managed their dual live pretty well and Martha understood the consequences of such a dual life and opted to leave which says quite a lot really because it shows that different people when subjected to the same (well not exactly same) thing behave differently.
And here we are finally, the elements that I think define this year’s multi-layered narrative. At first sight they don’t appear to be so prominent but I have to say the more I think about it, the more apparent they become. So let’s start it shall we.
Clara trusts the Doctor to always have her back, Danny trusts Clara to not lie to him and be more open with him and the Doctor trusts Clara enough to regenerate in her presence, leave the fate of the Moon in her hands and even tell her how to destroy a TARDIS key. Trust is the necessary yet fragile thing on which all relationships are built. We all have someone or some people whom we trust. It can be instinctive like we trust our families or it can be earned by working on a relationship which generally takes time. However the thing is, just because you trust someone doesn’t mean that they can’t break it which brings me to the next element which is betrayal.