I guess what I'm trying to say is that I need The Doctor to be fallible, and potentially catastrophically. I need to see evidence of that possibility. It's happened before, I need to be reminded of it now and then. And his decisions should be clever and laced with compassion, but it's so much richer if sometimes, his idea of compassion is different to ours. I can deal with "It's okay - it'll all be alright in the end", but I lose interest if it's "The Doctor will make everything alright in the end, always". Regeneration blues or not, I don't see what happened in Beast as lazy writing. It was a device, surely, but to illustrate rather than to resolve.LizR wrote: But he's the Doctor, his solutions should be clever and laced with compassion, he should never have necessarily seen the whale as less important than the humans, there is no way he should think lobotomising the (apparently - sigh) last of its species is the right answer. And doing it so quickly, it's been suffering for centuries, why didn't he STOP FOR A MOMENT to think it through? I'll tell you why, it was just so Moffat could put in an RTD moment and have the "uncaring alien" Doctor pulled up by "smart, feisty" companion. I admit this isn't as bad as the Delta Wave but it's still heading in that direction. It's ridiculous and patronising to assume that the human race has a monopoly on compassion, I will give him the regeneration blues this time around, but I sure hope this doesn't keep happening!
I didn't have a problem with his urgency. if Liz 10 had always chosen to accept the situation and press the 'forget' button, there's no reason why she wasn't about to do it again in the face of the awful truth, and in a highly distressed state (another idea planted earlier with Amy's hysterical video message to herself). He had to show her an alternative, and quickly. His 'solution' had to be enough to stop her in her tracks. Plenty of Smilers in the room to back her up. That, for me, was where his sense of his urgency came from. That's honestly what I was thinking at the time, when I watched it.
I didn't think it was a matter of him just thinking the Humans were more important than the whale. He wasn't just saving their lives, he was saving freedom of choice and thought. His solution was to 'brainwash' the last of a race, in order that another race with a reproductive future could not just live on, but evolve, physically and ideologically. Okay, it happened to be his favourite ever race. But what if it had been a choice between one last human, or a whole future race of whales? Or one last spider and a race of moths? I'm not trying to justify his moral choice. I'm pleased that it's contentious. And equally, think he missed the point of The Last Pea.
I'm not trying to justify a bad plot device in retrospect. Not just because I don't see one - but because right up to the point at which Amy intervened I was thinking that The Doctor's course of action was terrible, but inevitable, because The Doctor Is Always Right. Maybe my suspension of disbelief filters need adjusting, or maybe I is just a bit fick.
As morality goes, it's a far cry from saving a woman's life by turning her into a felating paving slab, with Rose quite happy to stand by and let him do so. The other big difference for me is that Amy didn't save The Doctor's life, so I didn't see him weakened in the way RTD tended to weaken him with Rose or Martha. I saw her saving something inside him. I certainly didn't see her as pulling him up.
I like the idea that The Doctor needs someone to stop him, occasionally, and I thought it was well executed. It's just my own, y'know, personal ... thing.