005 – Madame the Pompadour

(I’m starting to think it would be better to try and upload these toward the end of the week rather than on Monday, so each week’s podcast will be one day later until we’re on a Friday schedule.)

This week on (The) Arrow of Time we continue an apparent Steven Moffat trend by reminiscing about “The Girl in the Fireplace.” Spoiler alert! We liked it.

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2 Responses to 005 – Madame the Pompadour

  1. It’s been a few years since I’ve seen the episode so the details aren’t quite fresh in my mind. But even if the Doctor knew she was supposed to die, I don’t think inviting her to the TARDIS is necessarily indicative of him trying to change that fate. For one, we’ve seen him convince people to come along by telling them he can drop them back off without any time passing, even if that doesn’t always work out to plan. So he could’ve known her death was inevitable, but wanted to add a bit of adventure before that happened. We saw a little little taste of that a few years later, when he brought Van Gogh to the future to see how respected he’d become, but didn’t expect it to convince him to live longer.

    • Matt says:

      That’s a good point. It does make sense that he would want to spice up someone’s life with awesome time travel when they are are nearing their end. It just seemed like he was wanting her to travel long term with him and I always thought that it was strange that he would want to take someone crucial to history out of their time stream especially if they have a limited amount of time left at all. Unless of course if he wanted to take them to the magic hospital on New New Earth that cures everything, but like we have seen in more recent episodes, the Doctor doesn’t like curing people unless he already has the antidote in his the Tardis. (Still a bit bitter from Christmas Carol) But I like the way you think Mr. Sloan, you are wise in the ways of the Whoniverse.

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