I Am The DoctorToday's Tune:
The blog got a facelift. It was about time for one - I've had the same layout almost since this blog's inception. Whatcha think? You like? I like. I'm normally not a big fan of bold reds (I'm more of a cool blues kind of girl), but I'm digging it. It feels new. Energetic. And stuff.
Let's talk about Doctor Who, shall we? Weird segueeeeeeee.
Here's a science fiction show that spans decades and has lasted throughout generations. It's so popular and beloved that it was resurrected for a new generation following its 1989 cancellation. It's a serial which is constantly rebooted -- literally. If you're unfamiliar with the show, every few seasons, the MAIN CHARACTER, the Doctor himself, suffers some sort of life-threatening injury or other would-be fatal ailment and averts death by regenerating his cells, giving him an entirely new appearance and a slightly (or very) altered personality. Essentially, the character "dies" without really dying and is reborn in a new body, with all the same memories but a different outlook.
Where one Doctor seems joyful and good-natured, another will react with
rage or even selfishness. Some incarnations appear completely in tune with the humans he loves so much, while others are entirely clueless about human relations. But always, always, he seeks to do right by the Universe, to protect those who need protecting, and to rise out of the ashes of a crippling war to be better.
That's just the risk we have to take. A character who stays the same becomes boring; stagnant. Some of us aren't willing to put our characters through this kind of change. We're not willing to hurt them, to really hurt them, and force them to become someone a little bit different. We're so afraid of hurting our darlings that we let them meander on, only putting superficial obstacles in their way and letting them achieve victory without having to do much of anything; without having to really try or grow or become more. What if the audience doesn't like the "new" changes? What if I think the "old" character is just fine?
Try it. Take away something your character loves dearly. Cut away their family. Steal their significant other. Annihilate their best friend. Destroy their freakin' world. Then let them change. Let them grow. Let them become someone with a different outlook on the same past. Let them be stronger for it. And let the story continue.
Despite everything, despite all he's lost, the Doctor is still a person who loves humanity. He's still a person who wants to save the world. Whatever shape he comes in, he's still the Doctor. But he's a stronger, more powerful, more beloved character because of what he had to do to stay true to his core.