History DysfunctionJunction / LiveActionTV

29th Dec '16 5:05:52 AM Sapphirea2
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*** He also feels extreme amounts of guilt for the irrevocable way he changes the lives of his companions, and not always for the better. The massive bind he's stuck in over even having companions makes this worse -- he knows that one way or another, whether thanks to his dangerous life or his extremely long lifespan, he's going to end up losing them and have to deal with the pain that brings. And he's lost a ''lot'' of people by now. But as "The Waters of Mars" and Series 9 finale (see below) reveal, ''without'' companions to serve as {{Morality Pet}}s and keep him from becoming jaded by near-immortality, he falls into BewareTheSuperman and becomes capable of destroying all space and time just because he can't take the pain of another loss.

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*** He also feels extreme amounts of guilt for the irrevocable way he changes the lives of his companions, and not always for the better. The massive bind he's stuck in over even having companions makes this worse -- he knows that one way or another, whether thanks to his dangerous life or his extremely long lifespan, he's going to end up losing them and have to deal with the pain that brings. And he's lost a ''lot'' of people by now. But as "The Waters of Mars" and Series 9 finale (see below) reveal, ''without'' companions to serve as {{Morality Pet}}s Chain}}s and keep him from becoming jaded by near-immortality, he falls into BewareTheSuperman and becomes capable of destroying all space and time just because he can't take the pain of another loss.
29th Dec '16 5:04:56 AM Sapphirea2
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*** He also feels extreme amounts of guilt for the irrevocable way he changes the lives of his companions, and not always for the better. The massive bind he's stuck in over even having companions makes this worse - if he doesn't have someone to ground him, his morality starts eroding, which in the worst case can end up threatening the universe. If he ''does'' have someone, however, he knows that one way or another, whether thanks to his dangerous life or his extremely long lifespan, he's going to end up losing them and have to deal with the pain that brings. And he's lost a ''lot'' of people by now.
*** The Doctor's companions often have less-than-ideal backgrounds too, and their time with the Doctor in many ways leaves them more screwed up than they were before they met him. It's hinted at in some of the ExpandedUniverse books but pretty much stated outright in the new series that this is because the Doctor has a habit of (mostly) unintentionally turning people into "living weapons" who are unable to return to a quiet ordinary life after leaving him and are then primed to catalyse important events and fight crime, evil and injustice instead. This, along with the aforementioned loss issue, is especially pronounced in the Twelfth Doctor's era, in that:
*** Series 8 slowly reveals that Clara Oswald, after her experiences in Series 7 with Eleven, is now a NightmareFetishist with a literal addiction to the companion lifestyle -- and because she is also a ControlFreak she constantly lies and worse to both her boyfriend Danny Pink and the Twelfth Doctor to have things both ways. Danny has mountains of PTSD from [[spoiler: shooting a child]] when he was a soldier. The Doctor brings along a good chunk of his previous baggage ''plus'' a difficult adjustment to a new body and the new morals and personality problems that come with it (NoSocialSkills, BrutalHonesty, being a more PragmaticHero than before, etc.). One-shot companion Courtney is a 'disruptive influence' at school, trapped with parents and teachers who don't care. "In the Forest of the Night" features a school trip from the 'gifted and talented' pupils which is explained by Clara to be a euphemism for the hopeless cases. And Missy's just bonkers. In the wake of multiple traumas in the SeasonFinale, Clara and the Doctor have/can only relate to each other in "Last Christmas" and Series 9; she becomes his increasingly-reckless DistaffCounterpart and his ChronicHeroSyndrome gets worse as he becomes obsessed with protecting her. The key recurring character, the Viking girl Ashildr, is saved by the Doctor in a way that also immortalizes her, and she almost becomes a sociopath on TheSlowPath. All this culminates in the horrors of the three-part SeasonFinale, in which the Doctor and Clara are separated when she [[spoiler: dies in a Senseless Sacrifice thanks in part to Ashildr and his own people plotting against him]]; he ends up driven mad by anguish, isolation, and torture, obsessed with a TragicDream that almost destroys Time itself. He does return to his best self, but it's a '''very''' BittersweetEnding.

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*** He also feels extreme amounts of guilt for the irrevocable way he changes the lives of his companions, and not always for the better. The massive bind he's stuck in over even having companions makes this worse - if he doesn't have someone to ground him, his morality starts eroding, which in the worst case can end up threatening the universe. If he ''does'' have someone, however, -- he knows that one way or another, whether thanks to his dangerous life or his extremely long lifespan, he's going to end up losing them and have to deal with the pain that brings. And he's lost a ''lot'' of people by now.
now. But as "The Waters of Mars" and Series 9 finale (see below) reveal, ''without'' companions to serve as {{Morality Pet}}s and keep him from becoming jaded by near-immortality, he falls into BewareTheSuperman and becomes capable of destroying all space and time just because he can't take the pain of another loss.
*** The Doctor's companions often have less-than-ideal backgrounds too, and their time with the Doctor in many ways leaves them more screwed up than they were before they met him. It's hinted at in some of the ExpandedUniverse books but pretty much stated outright in the new series that this is because the Doctor has a habit of (mostly) unintentionally turning people into "living weapons" who are unable to return to a quiet ordinary life after leaving him and are then primed to catalyse important events and fight crime, evil and injustice instead. This, along with the aforementioned loss issue, is especially pronounced in the
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Twelfth Doctor's era, in that:
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era is this full stop. Series 8 slowly reveals that Clara Oswald, after her experiences in Series 7 with Eleven, is now a NightmareFetishist with a literal addiction to the companion lifestyle -- and because she is also ''also'' a ControlFreak she constantly lies and worse to both her human boyfriend Danny Pink and the Twelfth Doctor to have things both ways.Doctor. Danny has mountains of PTSD from [[spoiler: shooting a child]] when he was a soldier. The Doctor brings along a good chunk most of his previous baggage ''plus'' a difficult adjustment to a new body and the new morals body, morals, and personality problems that come with it (NoSocialSkills, BrutalHonesty, being a more PragmaticHero than before, PragmaticHero, etc.). One-shot companion Courtney is a 'disruptive influence' at school, trapped with parents and teachers who don't care. "In the Forest of the Night" features a school trip from the 'gifted and talented' pupils which is explained by Clara to be a euphemism for the hopeless cases. And Missy's just bonkers. bonkers, turning out to have instigated the Doctor and Clara's relationship ''so he would be unhappy'', among other things. In the wake of multiple traumas in the SeasonFinale, Clara and the Doctor have/can only relate to each other in "Last Christmas" and Series 9; she becomes his increasingly-reckless DistaffCounterpart and his ChronicHeroSyndrome gets worse as he becomes in part because he's obsessed with protecting her. The key recurring character, the Viking girl Ashildr, is saved by the Doctor in a way that also immortalizes her, and she almost becomes a sociopath on TheSlowPath. All this culminates in the horrors of the TheSlowPath. The three-part SeasonFinale, in which SeasonFinale sees the Doctor and Clara are separated when she [[spoiler: dies in a Senseless Sacrifice thanks in part to Ashildr and his own people plotting against him]]; people]]; he ends up driven mad by anguish, isolation, and torture, obsessed with a TragicDream that almost destroys Time itself. He does return to his best self, but it's a '''very''' BittersweetEnding.BittersweetEnding in that he [[spoiler: loses Clara AND his key physical/emotional memories of her]]. After this, [[ThrowTheDogABone he's happily reunited with the similarly troubled River Song]], but going into Series 10 he's [[spoiler: coping with having to send her to her destined death after twenty-four happy years together]] and hasn't found a "proper" new companion to take his mind off of this (what he does have is more of a {{Sidekick}}, who knew them both). ''Twelve needs a hug.''
3rd Dec '16 12:15:46 PM Sapphirea2
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*** The Doctor is the sole surviving member of his race, and so he has pretty obvious survivor guilt and a self-destructive streak when left to his own devices. [[spoiler:Later on we find out that he was directly responsible for the death of his own people, for the greater good of the rest of the universe. His guilt and self-hatred over this resulted in him erasing [[{{Unperson}} all evidence of the existence of the incarnation who did it]] he could find.]] "The Doctor's Wife" had him obsessively chasing down clues that suggested another Time Lord might have survived because he wanted forgiveness. "Let's Kill Hitler" showed him activating a voice interface for the TARDIS so he could give it verbal commands and when it generated a hologram of himself as the interface he immediately changed it to "someone I like" instead. [[spoiler:And while it might ''seem'' like the Doctor discovering he'd actually saved his people, rather than killed them, in "The Day of the Doctor" would clear up some of his baggage, it actually just makes him painfully aware of all the ''other'' terrible experiences the incarnation he erased went through. Not to mention that having saved them, they promptly turn around and put him through his own personal Hell for four and a half billion years.]]

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*** The Doctor is the sole surviving member of his race, and so he has pretty obvious survivor guilt and a self-destructive streak when left to his own devices. [[spoiler:Later on we find out that he was directly responsible for the death of his own people, for the greater good of the rest of the universe. His guilt and self-hatred over this resulted in him erasing [[{{Unperson}} all evidence of the existence of the incarnation who did it]] he could find.]] "The Doctor's Wife" had him obsessively chasing down clues that suggested another Time Lord might have survived because he wanted forgiveness. "Let's Kill Hitler" showed him activating a voice interface for the TARDIS so he could give it verbal commands and when it generated a hologram of himself as the interface he immediately changed it to "someone I like" instead. [[spoiler:And while it might ''seem'' like the Doctor discovering he'd actually saved his people, rather than killed them, in "The Day of the Doctor" would clear up some of his baggage, it actually just makes him painfully aware of all the ''other'' terrible experiences the incarnation he erased went through. Not to mention that having saved them, they promptly turn around and put him through his own personal Hell for four and a half four-and-a-half billion years.years at the end of Series 9.]]



*** The Doctor's companions often have less-than-ideal backgrounds too, and their time with the Doctor in many ways leaves them more screwed up than they were before they met him. [[spoiler:It's hinted at in some of the Expanded Universe books but pretty much stated outright in the new series that this is because the Doctor has a habit of turning people into "living weapons" who are unable to return to a quiet ordinary life after leaving him and are then primed to catalyse important events and fight crime, evil and injustice instead.]]
*** Season 8 of the new series slowly reveals that Clara is a batshit insane NightmareFetishist with a literal addiction to the companion lifestyle who continually ends up doing terrible things. Her boyfriend Danny has mountains of PTSD from shooting a child when he was a soldier. The Doctor brings along a good chunk of his previous baggage plus a difficult adjustment to a new body and the new morals and personality problems that came with it. Oneshot companion Courtney is a 'disruptive influence' at school trapped with parents and teachers who don't care. "In the Forest of the Night" features a school trip from the 'gifted and talented' pupils which is explained by Clara to be a euphemism for the hopeless cases. And Missy's just bonkers.

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*** The Doctor's companions often have less-than-ideal backgrounds too, and their time with the Doctor in many ways leaves them more screwed up than they were before they met him. [[spoiler:It's It's hinted at in some of the Expanded Universe ExpandedUniverse books but pretty much stated outright in the new series that this is because the Doctor has a habit of (mostly) unintentionally turning people into "living weapons" who are unable to return to a quiet ordinary life after leaving him and are then primed to catalyse important events and fight crime, evil and injustice instead.]]
instead. This, along with the aforementioned loss issue, is especially pronounced in the Twelfth Doctor's era, in that:
*** Season Series 8 of the new series slowly reveals that Clara Oswald, after her experiences in Series 7 with Eleven, is now a batshit insane NightmareFetishist with a literal addiction to the companion lifestyle who continually ends up doing terrible things. Her -- and because she is also a ControlFreak she constantly lies and worse to both her boyfriend Danny Pink and the Twelfth Doctor to have things both ways. Danny has mountains of PTSD from [[spoiler: shooting a child child]] when he was a soldier. The Doctor brings along a good chunk of his previous baggage plus ''plus'' a difficult adjustment to a new body and the new morals and personality problems that came come with it. Oneshot it (NoSocialSkills, BrutalHonesty, being a more PragmaticHero than before, etc.). One-shot companion Courtney is a 'disruptive influence' at school school, trapped with parents and teachers who don't care. "In the Forest of the Night" features a school trip from the 'gifted and talented' pupils which is explained by Clara to be a euphemism for the hopeless cases. And Missy's just bonkers. In the wake of multiple traumas in the SeasonFinale, Clara and the Doctor have/can only relate to each other in "Last Christmas" and Series 9; she becomes his increasingly-reckless DistaffCounterpart and his ChronicHeroSyndrome gets worse as he becomes obsessed with protecting her. The key recurring character, the Viking girl Ashildr, is saved by the Doctor in a way that also immortalizes her, and she almost becomes a sociopath on TheSlowPath. All this culminates in the horrors of the three-part SeasonFinale, in which the Doctor and Clara are separated when she [[spoiler: dies in a Senseless Sacrifice thanks in part to Ashildr and his own people plotting against him]]; he ends up driven mad by anguish, isolation, and torture, obsessed with a TragicDream that almost destroys Time itself. He does return to his best self, but it's a '''very''' BittersweetEnding.
1st Oct '16 3:14:23 AM Tron80
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** Clark Kent is the LastOfHisKind (well... [[KneelBeforeZod sort]] [[{{Supergirl}} of...]]) after [[EarthShatteringKaboom Krypton exploded]]. But YouShouldKnowThisAlready.

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** Clark Kent is and his cousin [[Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]] are the LastOfHisKind (well... [[KneelBeforeZod sort]] [[{{Supergirl}} of...]]) [[LastOfHisKind Last Of Their Kind]] after [[EarthShatteringKaboom Krypton exploded]]. But YouShouldKnowThisAlready.exploded]].
30th Jul '16 9:27:11 AM theek01
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* The cast of ''Series/PleaseLikeMe''. Josh, Tom, and Claire all deal with issues of co-dependency, low self-esteem, and difficulties keeping relationships; Josh's dad Alan can't seem to let go of his feelings for his ex-wife despite having a girlfriend (whose relationship with him is also strenuous); and Josh's mother Rose, Arnold, Hannah, and Ginger are all mentally ill and spend much of the second season in the mental hospital.
25th Jul '16 5:44:38 AM pinkdalek
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** No-one in "The Robots of Death" is a normal or even functional person. The Doctor and Leela are the sanest people in the setting, and that says a lot (it's Leela's first time off her miserable and religiously oppressive planet, and the Doctor's a MadHatter who likes to pick on her for fun). Uvanov bullies Zilda out of sexual attraction, Poul is a bitter and coldly-detached spy repressing his {{Phobia}} and eventually succumbs to a meltdown, Capel is a MadScientist terrorist with an OedipusComplex...

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** No-one in "The Robots of Death" is a normal or even functional person. The Doctor and Leela are the sanest people in the setting, and that says a lot (it's Leela's first time off her miserable and religiously oppressive planet, and the Doctor's a MadHatter who likes to pick on her for fun). Uvanov bullies Zilda out of sexual attraction, attraction and a sense of working class bitterness, and Zilda covers up for her feelings of inadequacy about her poverty with upper-class snobbery and contempt. Poul is a bitter and coldly-detached emotionally-repressed spy repressing who uses sarcasm to hide his {{Phobia}} feelings and eventually succumbs to a meltdown, Capel {{Phobia}} meltdown. Borg is a MadScientist terrorist bullying {{Jerkass}} who sadistically picks on everyone around him for fun, up to and including making death threats, and insists he's done nothing wrong when called on it. Chub is so much of a privileged snob that his reaction to a robot trying to kill him is anger that it would dare touch him. Dask is a smug, tedious knowitall in love with an OedipusComplex...the sound of his own voice and with a [[OedipusComplex really]], ''[[RobotWar really]]'' weird fondness for robots.
5th Jun '16 2:18:12 PM nombretomado
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* All the ''PushingDaisies'' regulars have to deal with some scarring stuff, but they tend to take it with a great deal of dignity. Ned, Lily and Vivian are the most messed up, but even they soldier on quite well.

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* All the ''PushingDaisies'' ''Series/PushingDaisies'' regulars have to deal with some scarring stuff, but they tend to take it with a great deal of dignity. Ned, Lily and Vivian are the most messed up, but even they soldier on quite well.
10th May '16 11:14:12 PM erforce
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* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' runs rampant with this. John Connor suffers from post-traumatic stress and the sheer weight of BecauseDestinySaysSo, Sarah Connor has to deal with raising her son through the hardest time of his life, relationship issues, ''and'' fighting to save the world without killing anyone, Derek Reese is just plain sociopathic and suffers from enough PTSD for a battalion of Vietnam vets, and ''don't even get started'' on the mountain of psychological issues with Cameron....

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* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' runs rampant with this. John Connor suffers from post-traumatic stress and the sheer weight of BecauseDestinySaysSo, Sarah Connor has to deal with raising her son through the hardest time of his life, relationship issues, ''and'' fighting to save the world without killing anyone, Derek Reese is just plain sociopathic and suffers from enough PTSD for a battalion of Vietnam vets, and ''don't even get started'' on the mountain of psychological issues with Cameron....
11th Apr '16 9:21:20 AM pinkdalek
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** No-one in "The Robots of Death" is a normal or even functional person. The Doctor and Leela are the sanest people in the setting, and that says a lot (the Doctor at this point is implied to be still shakily recovering from a depressive slump caused by [[HatesBeingAlone dumping his companion]] and the [[TortureChamberEpisode events]] of "The Deadly Assassin", and is also dealing with massive guilt caused by unintentionally creating Leela's oppressed and warlike society, while Leela is ''from'' that civilisation, was ostracised from it for asking too many questions, had to grow up in a hostile jungle losing friends and family members and has now run off with her culture's devil-figure despite the fact that he picks on her). Uvanov bullies Zilda out of sexual attraction, Poul is a bitter and coldly-detached spy repressing his {{Phobia}} and eventually succumbs to a meltdown, Capel is a MadScientist terrorist with an OedipusComplex...

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** No-one in "The Robots of Death" is a normal or even functional person. The Doctor and Leela are the sanest people in the setting, and that says a lot (the Doctor at this point is implied to be still shakily recovering from a depressive slump caused by [[HatesBeingAlone dumping his companion]] and the [[TortureChamberEpisode events]] of "The Deadly Assassin", and is also dealing with massive guilt caused by unintentionally creating (it's Leela's oppressed first time off her miserable and warlike society, while Leela is ''from'' that civilisation, was ostracised from it religiously oppressive planet, and the Doctor's a MadHatter who likes to pick on her for asking too many questions, had to grow up in a hostile jungle losing friends and family members and has now run off with her culture's devil-figure despite the fact that he picks on her).fun). Uvanov bullies Zilda out of sexual attraction, Poul is a bitter and coldly-detached spy repressing his {{Phobia}} and eventually succumbs to a meltdown, Capel is a MadScientist terrorist with an OedipusComplex...
14th Mar '16 12:16:14 AM WillBGood
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* ''Series/NipTuck'': Christian Troy's mother was raped by his father and then given up for adoption. The adoptive father sexually abused Christian. Sean [=McNamara=]'s father was abusive towards Sean because he had a cleft lip. Dad left the family when mom secretly paid to have Sean's lip fixed. Sean's ex-wife Julia slept with Christian on the eve of their wedding and became pregnant with Matt. Sean believed that Matt was his son until a DNA test revealed that Christian was his biological father. Julia's mother Erica was emotionally abusive and neglected Julia for all of her life. Sean and Julia's daughter Annie is ignored by both of her parents and eats her hair out of stress. Youngest son Conor has lobster claw hands, Matt married Christian's ex-fiancee, porn star Kimber and had a baby with her. Kimber and Matt got hooked on meth. Matt's done some really crazy shit, but most recently he turned to a life of crime while ''dressed as a mime'' and is now in prison, having just killed his prison husband. Liz Cruz seemed to be above all the crazy, but she married Christian at the end of season 5 and divorced in the first episode of season 6. Even Christian's adopted son Wilbur has some dysfunction. His mother Gina met Christian at a sexaholics meeting and his biologial father was part of an orgy that Gina hosted. It looks like Nurse Linda is the only same person at the asylum that is [=McNamara=]/Troy.

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* ''Series/NipTuck'': Christian Troy's mother was raped by his father and father; he was then given up for adoption. The adoptive father sexually abused Christian. Sean [=McNamara=]'s father was abusive towards Sean because he had a cleft lip. Dad left the family when mom secretly paid to have Sean's lip fixed. Sean's ex-wife Julia slept with Christian on the eve of their wedding and became pregnant with Matt. Sean believed that Matt was his son until a DNA test revealed that Christian was his biological father. Julia's mother Erica was emotionally abusive and neglected Julia for all of her life. Sean and Julia's daughter Annie is ignored by both of her parents and eats her hair out of stress. Youngest son Conor has lobster claw hands, Matt married Christian's ex-fiancee, porn star Kimber and had a baby with her. Kimber and Matt got hooked on meth. Matt's done some really crazy shit, but most recently he turned to a life of crime while ''dressed as a mime'' and is now in prison, having just killed his prison husband. Liz Cruz seemed to be above all the crazy, but she married Christian at the end of season 5 and divorced in the first episode of season 6. Even Christian's adopted son Wilbur has some dysfunction. His mother Gina met Christian at a sexaholics meeting and his biologial father was part of an orgy that Gina hosted. It looks like Nurse Linda is the only same person at the asylum that is [=McNamara=]/Troy.
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