Doctor Who Takes a Walk on the Dark Side
“If someone who knew the future pointed out a child to you and told you that child would grow up totally evil, to be a ruthless dictator who would destroy millions of lives, could you then kill that child?” That was the question posed four decades ago by the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker’s scarf-wearing incarnation, in an episode where he and Sarah Jane travel back to the time when Davros first created Daleks.
In the season nine opener, set to air this autumn, Peter Capaldi’s Doctor is faced with the same tough decision. Once again, the Time Lord finds himself in a standoff with his nemesis Davros—only instead of confronting a wizened old evil mastermind, the Davros in this episode is just a child, albeit one with a terrible destiny. It’s the same choice, but with a darker twist: he can save all the lives ever taken by the Daleks by killing just once, but can the Doctor kill a child?
It’s a heavy start, but showrunner Steven Moffat revealed that he’s actually taking Capaldi’s character in a different direction this season: “I’m writing quite funny this year. Peter magnifies anything dark. So I’m pushing him the other way. He’s also got a Scottish gloom about him. It was great fun to do for a year, but that’s not how we’ll play the rest of him.”
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