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Interestingly enough, the more I think about it, the more does TEoT, if you compare it to CoE, actually make Jack look more of a hero (again). The Doctor refusing the gun, even if that meant that six billion people would remain Master clones, having lost maybe not their physical lives as such, but their identities, which is exactly what he himself is dreading so much... For me that 'Never,' triggered a very similar stunned almost-but-not-quite disbelief as Jack's nod on Day Five and there's so much moral ambiguity in both situation that it makes you head spin, although maybe in opposite directions. But in the end Jack's decision was undoubtedly the braver and less egoistic one. The balance between the two of them certainly did shift a lot since Jack's self-clearing cons in S1, and it's a rather striking irony that despite everything he's done, it's Jack who comes out as the better person in the end...

Hm. *thinkythoughts*

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eumelia
Jan. 3rd, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
Ten was much more of an Absolutist than Nine and Jack.
That's why he runs, he's a coward because he knows that his position, no matter what, will cause harm to someone.

Ten refusing to take the gun was a heart breaking scene, because he wouldn't budge... that's why he died alone. More to the point, everyone dies alone, this is a fact, but to die utterly lonely with no one to say "it's okay" or "I'll never forget" when he said "I don't want to go"... it's just terribly lonely.
solitary_summer
Jan. 3rd, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
And he really loses perspective once he's without a companion for any length of time; the character that emerged over the specials when he didn't have anyone to hold him back was really fascinating. There's no one he really recognises as an equal, except, tragically, the Master, who is at best a warning what not to turn into, and it's lonely up there.

What really struck me about TEoT is this stubborn refusal to die, which I guess is the reverse side of his almost childlike enthusiasm for life and the universe. Granted, DW isn't TW, but it really stands out in comparison to all the TW deaths; Tosh, Ianto, even Owen accepted his death much more gracefully than that after a brief rant, and none of them had had much more than thirty years of life, if that, much less nine hundred. Or Harriet Jones.

*sigh* I'll really have to rewatch the whole New Who before I can write anything intelligent about this.
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