Requested by anthropophobist.
The differences between Moffat and Davies
It’s a shame. There’s always one person that just HAS to bring up Moffat and Davies, isn’t there? Have you ever considered the fact it’s to do with… oh I dunno… 1000 years difference? You think Ten has the same outlook as One?
Here’s the thing… since Ten’s line what has the Doctor gone through? He’s gone through losing River Song and spending pretty much his entire time with her not knowing who she was. All that time lost with her because he didn’t know. All that time with Clara spent thinking she was someone else, something terrible or a trap or a trick when she was really just an ordinary girl.
When not knowing takes away limited time with loved ones - when not knowing drives you to the point you mistreat someone you care about - you’d start to hate not knowing too.
I’m also sure Twelve’s said he loves not knowing some things (Robot of Sherwood, possibly?). But yeah, those carvings don’t pose a threat to him. The Teller does, thus not knowing what it does when trying to rob a bank isn’t going to be something he’s happy about.
Context. Fucking. Matters.
The fuckery about two different incarnations having two completely opposing opinions being thrown around as a problem makes my head hurt. The Doctors fight all the time, that is half the humor in basically any multi-Doctor special.
Plus, as already pointed out, context is a beautiful thing. In addition to what was said about about River and Clara, Eleven just spent 900 years isolated on Trenzalore, which was nearly half his (admitted as of NuWho) lifetime, fielding non-stop attacks in more creative and creative ways. That’s 900 years of looking over your shoulder and not in the fun and crazy TARDIS adventure way that he’d grown accustom to.
Also, given that both Thompson’s and Moffat’s names are credited on “Time Heist” and James Moran’s name is credited for “The Fires of Pompeii,” what proof is there that Moffat and Davies were the ones who even wrote these individual lines?
But no. Actually thinking about the lines, the show’s history, and the writers is far too hard. Just drop a Moffat v.s. Davies and it’s instant Moffat hating gratification no matter how poor the argument.