Day 13: What is your favorite/scariest Moffatism?
TO BE CONTINUED
But I kid. :P
Favorite? The way he uses children to create effective stories. I talked a little about this for my answer for Day 2, but it still holds. You can imagine being that child and being scared and confused out of your mind because you can’t find your mummy. That’s what makes the gas mask zombies so scary. You completely understand that terrible sensation of being lost and abandoned so of course you’re trying to find your mother.
But what happens if you are a child and you meet the Doctor as a child? Reinette, Amy, and River all first met the Doctor when they were young. How does that impact the way they think about him? Think about this. You’re a child and still prone to believe in fantastical stories, but what if all of those stories turn out to be real? The Doctor will seem much more larger than life to a child versus an adult. Here’s a man who is the complete antithesis of what an adult is. The exchange between Eleven and little Amelia is pretty telling:
DOCTOR: You know when grown-ups tell you everything’s going to be fine and you think they’re probably lying to make you feel better?
DOCTOR: Everything’s going to be fine.
There is something essentially child-like about the Doctor, his innate wonder at the universe, his boundless curiosity, his eagerness to do whatever he thinks is right even if it flies in the face of authority. It makes him easily relatable to children and I like that Moffat has tapped into that kinship more than any other writer. Because even if we’re not children anymore, we still remember what that’s like.
This act of climbing aboard the TARDIS and leaving everything behind is a common childhood dream, running away from everything and having an adventure. The Doctor is Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, and those companions who accompany him hold on to the wonder of childhood that much longer.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand. - W. B. Yeats
—and this is why I love DW, specifically Eleven. I wanna be like Eleven when I grow up. XD (sans all that time war angst but you know what I mean! :D)