What It Says About You If Amy and Rory Are Your Favorites
Some might like the love story, as I do. Some might like that Amy chooses Rory over The Doctor, also as I do (not that The Doctor was exactly courting her). But in my experience in talking with many new Doctor Who fans, it seems that many love Amy/Rory best simply because they saw them first. And indeed, that seems to be The Doctor's reason, too. At the end of Matt Smith's final episode as The Doctor, he fantasizes (incredibly stupidly) about seeing Amy one last time, because hers is the first face his face had seen. I think that's a pretty fitting parallel between the series and its influx of new viewers that year - but not a good enough parallel not to remember that The Doctor has an actual wife that he probably would have cared to see more than the sassy redhead he toted around space for two years.
Donna Noble is by far my favorite Doctor Who companion. She is angry, short-tempered, lower-middle-class, of average intelligence, and she would not be mistaken for a svelte fashion model. Yet despite all that normalcy, she is bound for greatness. She is not some sad sack unfortunate elevated to grace by The Doctor's magic. Donna already has a super power all her own: she is pure empathy. She understands suffering. She feels it. And she reminds The Doctor, whose hearts can go cold and functional after millenia of witnessed atrocities, that suffering matters.
In the episode Planet of the Ood Donna asks to hear the telepathic suffering of a slave race that only The Doctor can hear. To prepare for the role, Catherine Tate listened to Styx's "Come Sail Away" for six hours on a loop.
The dead-eyed gaze of a woman, tortured.
Although she can only bear to listen to this song of captivity for a few moments, in her human empathy, we learn that The Doctor hears this suffering all the time. Donna Noble is flawed and human and is a wonderful defender of the universe, not in emulating The Doctor but in being Donna Noble. Repeatedly, Donna's episodes are about ordinary people believing the choices they make matter. Caring matters. That the greatest evils occur in the presence of indifference. And I'm sure to that end, it's no accident that Donna's grandfather, also incredibly empathetic, is a World War II veteran. Well, I'm not sure. Russell T. Davies and I don't hang as much as we did back in the day, but I strongly suspect it's not an accident that Grandpa Donna used to battle Nazis. Tell you what: if you're Russell T. Davies or Steven Moffat, and you're reading this, just opine in the comments below. Also, please kill Clara. Thanks.
What It Says About You If Donna Is Your Favorite
First, it says you're awesome, just like me. But what it might also say is that you're the type of person that doesn't believe saviors are necessary to destroy evil. That if simply enough ordinary people care and don't give in, that change is possible.
You know being a hero is about standing up for what you know is right, because you know it's action and the empathy that matters. Even if after all those noble efforts, most people in America still only know you for those final seasons of The Office.
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