This giant inflatable toad looks pretty pleased with himself. But then, if we were a giant toad with our own private lily pad big enough for us to bask on, we’d be pretty pleased with ourselves too. The 22-meter (72 foot) tall inflated amphibian is currently relaxing on the lake in Yuyuantan Park in downtown Beijing. He’s called the “Toad of Rejuvenation” or the “Golden Toad” and his presence is a traditional Chinese good luck symbol meant to bring “blessings and fortune.”
Photos by Chen Boyuan of China.org
I think this is one of the most beautiful things in the special.
This is not even on the meta “Oh my God, it’s Tom Baker!” thing. Not really. It’s about the hope this gives for the Doctor.
The Curator is, IMHO, the last incarnation of the Doctor. He’s done all he can, seen all he can see. Now he’s Sherlock Holmes as a Bee Keeper. Instead of retiring from the action-packed life to being, like, the President of the restored Galifrey, he’s retired to Earth— his adopted home.
This is one last trip for him. It’s an extended version of the last twenty minutes of Journey’s End for him. Just think about how long he’s been in this form. He most likely regenerated into Tom Baker from Planet of the Spiders. So how long has he lived? Eleven has lived for two hundred years in his current incarnation without any real visible change in appearance. It’s possible the Curator has spent millennia in this incarnation.
And he’s a Curator. He collects things from the past. He remembers. He’s perfectly content not dashing about any longer. I like to think he watches the things his past self does, recalling the good times. He looks in on his companions in their own times. Since he’s on the slow path now himself, he can visit the Ponds without risking the destruction of the timeline. He and Jack and Barbara and Ian can meet up and laugh about watching the world pass them by very, very slowly.
The Curator is the Doctor’s reward for all he’s done to keep the universe safe.
RTD Era Who: the Doctor helps the Companion realize how great they are.
Moffat Era Who: the Companion affirms how great the Doctor already knows he is.
Nick Briggs and associated writers Who: OH GOD WHY. WHO TOLD YOU THAT WAS OKAY
#no doctor stop I’m not magic I’m just Clara you’re being weird and obsessive#and also#no but moffat era isn’t about that#the whole thing with Amy and Rory was how he fucked up their lives#even though they loved him and thought he was great#the story is still about him being terrible#and Clara’s is the same thing#except its I will support you because you are fucked up but I love you#companions in both eras of nuwho are basically#youre fucked up but I love you#and that’s probably the coolest part of nuwho#ESP Martha being ur fucked but I love you but I’m leaving for my own good
Again, I have to ask, are people watching the same show I am?
He *does* fuck up the lives of his companions but that’s not a Moffat thing. That’s a Doctor thing. He acknowledges it in Let’s Kill Hitler “There must be someone left in the universe I haven’t screwed up yet.”
The Doctor gets them trapped in parallel universes. He gets their families kidnapped and enslaved. He is forced to wipe their memories. He gets their children kidnapped and brainwashed by fanatical groups out to murder him. He gets them killed. And he knows it. He knows how dangerous he is for the people he loves, the people who choose to come with him on adventures. He keeps asking them to join him so they can see all of space and time and have impossible adventures. That’s all very noble, but he also asks them for the profoundly selfish reason that he simply does not like being alone. The Doctor is not a perfect man. He was never intended to be and never shown to be. Not in the RTD era. Not in the Moffat era.
As to the OP’s point that the RTD era Doctor “helps the Companion realize how great they are” whereas the Moffat era Doctor does not: you’re right. A large part of Rose’s story and Donna’s story was realizing that they are amazing, strong, brave people capable of great things.
(Donna doesn’t get to remember all this which still makes me extremely angry). That’s not part of Amy story. It’s just not. She has her insecurities and her foibles but the Doctor doesn’t help her overcome them. She slowly overcomes them herself. RTD isn’t better than Moffat. Moffat isn’t better than RTD. They’re two men simply telling different stories about the same man and I can’t understand why that’s so hard for people to see.
When Legends EU fans get whiny about new canon