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Where is my mind?

Let's talk about DW Series 4 foreshadowing. RTD, I love you for your artistic vision and happy accidents and whatnot, but I am also very angry about it because it just. works. too. well.

I had the idea to make a video about The DoctorDonna. This morphed into making a video about the mental state of Donna and the Doctor throughout Series 4 as they become more and more alike and then their connection is abruptly severed. This morphed into me wondering why my muse wants to torture me with ideas like using Yoav's cover of "Where is My Mind?" for this video, and also why I thought it would be a good artistic choice to have these two lines of dialogue overlap as the song ramps up (at 2:43):
"Ice cream...ice cream...ice cream...ice cream..."
"Binary, binary, binary, binary, binary..."

But I'm getting ahead of myself. Insert foreshadowing joke here. In my search for clips to use in this emotional trainwreck of a video, I noticed more connections and patterns in Donna's journey. There are so many lines of dialogue about remembering and being remembered and memory to the point where I wondered how I didn't predict Donna's fate from the start.

And then there's one scene fairly early on that somehow escaped my attention. There are a few lines of dialogue that are easy to overlook because it's basically exposition, and we know The Doctor does a heck of a lot of that. So let's talk about the scene from "Planet of the Ood" where Ten mind-melds with Donna and then this exchange occurs...
The Doctor: It's a brain. A hind brain. The Ood are born with a secondary brain. Like the amygdala in humans, it processes memory and emotions. You get rid of that, you wouldn't be Donna any more. You'd be like an Ood, a processed Ood.
Donna: So the company... cuts off their brains?
The Doctor: And they stitch on the translator.
Donna: Like a lobotomy. I spent all that time looking for you, Doctor, because I thought it would be so wonderful out here. I want to go home.

Seriously, WHAT THE ACTUAL FRAK?! Has anyone else felt physically ill rewatching that scene after seeing Series 4 all the way through? CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS, PLEASE? Can we talk about how the Doctor lobotomized his best friend and turned her into the equivalent of a processed Ood?

And let's not forget that line about the DoctorDonna "fighting, even now" in EoT after the Doctor goes to see the Ood, and they've developed the ability to see the end of everything. Is Donna psychically connected somehow?

Back to PotO and this little line of dialogue:
Doctor: Funny thing, the subconscious. Takes all sorts of shapes. Came out in the red eye as revenge, came out in the rabid Ood as anger, and then there was patience. All that intelligence and mercy, focused on Ood Sigma.

What shape would Donna's subconscious take? Should she follow Ood Sigma's lead, my guess is that she'd fob watch the Doctor into thinking he's John Smith and turn him into a human. After all, he kinda sorta turned her into a Time Lady.

Seriously, where is my mind?

And why did I drink that Red Bull after dinner?



Apr. 16th, 2014 11:00 pm (UTC)
I thought Moffat was the brains behind the Vashta Nerada and The Library, but I could be wrong. The Vashta Nerada are creepy, agreed. I'm a fan of whatever the heck was on Midnight. Not knowing what it is that takes over the Doctor's body makes it all the more terrifying. The fact that Midnight was a last-minute episode still impresses me.

I'm not a huge River fan, but I don't hate her. A friend of mine suggested I watch the episodes in order according to River's personal timeline. Having done so, I have a greater appreciation for what the character had to endure, but she's still not one of my favorites. She still feels shoehorned into the Whoniverse, though I suppose some people could say the same about Donna. The thing with Donna is that the dots more or less all connect. The reveal that River is Melody still doesn't make sense to me. And I don't relate to River the way I do to some of the other characters (like Martha or Donna or Captain Jack or Mickey or Wilf, who might be more developed and seem more like real people). Does that make sense?
Apr. 17th, 2014 03:15 am (UTC)
it certainly makes sense, and River does at times feel shoved in there. and her complicated back (or is it front?) story makes her harder to relate to than others, but a) my intro the the whoniverse was via the marathon premiere of aGMGTW, and b) I feel like she's similar to Donna in some really important ways- masking her pain behind a brash exterior and being almost as clever as the Doctor, to name a few. that's what I see in her anyway. I admit I've gone through and not just watched the episodes in her order, but actually edited them into a movie-type full on screen story of River Song showing things only from her perspective, cutting out scenes she wasn't in the room for and the like.