This was going to be a rant on the latest interview from John Fay, one of the writers for the new series of Torchwood. In his interview, Fay went on again about how no one is safe in the world of Torchwood, anyone can and will die. This week's sad events in Japan and Libya put his words into perspective, and made this interview even sillier and more vacuous than when I first read it. With so much death and misery in the world, I really can't get worked up anymore about Russell T. Davies's continued wanking on about character death. So for now on, TW is in the past and the future is the very excellent Doctor Who, and for me, a particularly intriguing bit of scene caught on video yesterday.
In episode 12, which appears to be a continuation of 'The Lodger', there is a very small moment where the Doctor approaches the TARDIS, and strokes it gently. He's wearing his new coat of awesome, and a Stetson, like the one River shot off his head in the series opener. The gesture itself is tender, his demeanor reflective, even sad, perhaps, and then it looks as though he turns to look at someone approaching, or calling him.
This makes me wonder to whom it is he's turning - River, perhaps, since he's wearing that Stetson, and hats are sort of a running joke with them. And, as he is about to enter the TARDIS alone, where are Amy and Rory? Finally, the tenderness in the way he strokes the TARDIS says so much about their relationship. It reminds me of a cowboy patting his beloved horse, but it's more than that, I suspect. It's acknowledging how much the TARDIS must have gone through since series 5, and the relationship the Doctor has with it, which is very much more than man and machine.
There's so much here, making me think this is going to be a spectacular series, but not all giggles, perhaps, which is fine, because the Doctor and his TARDIS are in the hands of someone who can appreciate and write. authentic emotional depth.