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09 August 2008 @ 02:07 pm
So. I was over at Television Without Pity reading the rather brilliant Jacob's recap of Doctor Who, Season Four, and lo! this gem:

"It's not a joke. Your only duty in this lifetime is to be magnificent. Or, as John Green (possibly the most charming man in the world but definitely the best YA writer) would say: "Don't Forget To Be Awesome." That's not God's problem. And it's certainly not the Doctor's. Any second you let go by without being awesome is a second you've wasted, and you can't ever get it back."

I feel: bouncybouncy
Kel: sweet Donnaladyjoust on August 11th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
Normally, TWoP recaps every episode of a show. In the case of Doctor Who, they did that for the first two seasons. For season three, Jacob wrote a twenty-something page recap of the entire season, touching on each episode but, more importantly, the wider theme of the season.

What I linked to is the same thing, only it's in the form of an open letter to Donna Noble, the companion character, for the entirety of the fourth season of Doctor Who. She starts in a place of such bleakness, of sameness, of the certainty that there is nothing more than punching the clock and being the very least she can be to just scrape by. And it is a sad, sad story... but then she meets the Doctor. And she gets the chance to step outside of what she's allowed to define her.

The entire season is brilliant. It's about how Donna Noble, simple human, matters. And so do we all. More than that, obviously, but that's at the heart of it... we let the mundane pull us down. We don't dare to shout, "NO!" and take that leap, take those chances...


I think I need to watch the fourth season again. I mean, it guts me. It's just wrenching. But it's also wonderful, and inspiring, and I know it's silly to talk about a sci-fi show this way, but it really speaks to a lot of what matters to me.

I'm totally guilty of playing it safe, of coasting along. I hate that. I need to change that.
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on August 11th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
I thought that's what it was. I was reading it and getting so totally depressed because I felt like it was talking to me.
How bored and trapped I feel in my life and work.

Everyday I walk in those doors you have no idea how badly I want to scream NO and not let that mundane pull me down.
But everyday I show up and ......well you know.
Kelladyjoust on August 11th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
The beauty of Season Four - and the heartbreak - is that the companion, Donna, is us. And the thing is, she gets to meet the Doctor, to travel with him, to see all these wonders...

we'll never get that chance. But the most important part of her story is that she never needed the Doctor to be as wonderful as she is. She just needed to stop hiding in the workaday and the commonplace, which - ugh - I totally do. I let fear and complacency rule my every step.

So, yeah... I know. I totaally know.