This is by far one of my most favorite episodes from the entire series. It is possibly even one of my most overly rewatched ones. One of the reasons I really like this is because it is particularly hilarious and brilliant with its’ dialogue.

The way I see it, Steven Moffat has a certain signature in all of the episodes he writes. This signature is the unforgettable lines that seem to resonate a great number of things about the Doctor. Some of these favorite lines of mine are written by Moffat in the later episodes starring Matt Smith. Here are some examples.

From the episode “The Time of Angels”

“Didn’t anyone ever tell you? There’s one thing you never put in a trap. If you’re smart, if you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow, there is one thing you never, ever put in a trap. Me.”

Another great line is from the episode “A Christmas Carol”.

“You know in 900 years of time and space I have never met anybody who wasn’t important before.”

These sorts of lines are what resonate the very character of The Doctor. It seems to me that it is something that Stephen Moffat is particularly good at doing. For this episode, it was this dialogue between The Doctor and the young Reinette that geve me tingles.

Reinette: Monsieur, be careful!
The Doctor: It’s just a nightmare, Reinette, don’t worry, everyone has nightmares. Even monsters under the bed have nightmares!
Reinette: What do monsters have nightmares about?
The Doctor: Me!

Now doesn’t that just say so much about The Doctor? The fact that he was saying those things while wrestling with a clockwork robot that’s trying to kill him by what looks like a steam-punk designed retractable knife/claw really shows that he is almost fearless. The way he said it showed his outmost confidence about everything he has ever encountered. He does see himself as the vanquisher of monsters. It would also seem that this confidence that he carries, this cockiness, is actually what allows him to just go ahead and defeat every single villain that comes in his way.

Another great line from this episode which reveals a lot is from Reinette Poisson.

“One would tolerate a world of demons for the sake of an angel.”

Doesn’t this just say so much as well about the condition that every single companion of The Doctor is put in? It is as if there will always be problems hand in hand when you hang around The Doctor. It is an inevitable experience. One can hardly help being put into a dangerous situation when one travels with The Doctor. Aside from that, it is really in the wording that you can see the difficulty in that. Reinette says the word “tolerate” as if it is really something that they would prefer not doing. Who in their right mind would though? Why would anybody put themselves in that kind of danger? It is because The Doctor IS worth it. He is the angel and much like an angel, he would always be there to save the day. Also, it would seem that an angel is actually how most companions (at least the female ones [haha Mickey Smith and Rory Williams]) would see The Doctor.

The brilliance of The Doctor can only be seen so far as the writers can let him.

Oh Steven Moffat, how I wish you would write my daily dialogue.

 

 

 

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