History TearJerker / DoctorWho

10th Feb '17 11:57:39 AM JamesSwann
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** The fact that ''The Husbands of River Song'' reveals that River ''entirely ignored her mother's last wishes'' and was ''intending to'' '''''murder someone''''', makes it even worse; River isn't being a "good girl" and she certainly isn't "looking after" the Doctor.



** Merry's entire story. She's a queen who has to sing a very long lullaby to the Old God to keep him from waking up and going on a destructive rampage. If she messes up, she has to be sacrificed to the Old God.To top it off, Merry appears to be around eight or nine years old.

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** Merry's entire story. She's a queen who has to sing a very long lullaby to the Old God to keep him from waking up and going on a destructive rampage. If she messes up, she has to be sacrificed to the Old God. To top it off, Merry appears to be around eight or nine years old.
10th Feb '17 11:48:00 AM JamesSwann
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* While we're on Sarah Jane, she was by far the most heart-breaking goodbye in "The End Of Time". Of all the people he went to see, only she had seen a regeneration before. When the Doctor sees Rose, she's yet to meet the Ninth Doctor. While Luke was all excited that the Doctor was here, you could tell she knew what was happening to him and what it meant and why he couldn't speak to her.

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* While we're on Sarah Jane, she was by far the most heart-breaking goodbye in "The End Of Time". Of all the people he went to see, only she had seen a regeneration before.before -- only she could ''understand''; she's seen the "different man" get up and walk away, seen the Doctor change from one man to another, seen ''everything'' change and become different, seen the Doctor lose all of one person and be replaced by all of another. When the Doctor sees Rose, she's yet to meet the Ninth Doctor. While Luke was all excited that the Doctor was here, you could tell she Sarah Jane knew what was happening to him and what it meant and why he couldn't speak to her.



** The TARDIS reveals that she wanted to see the stars, just like the Doctor, and he was the only one mad enough to take her as she was already past the point of colossally ancient by then anyway and was in a museum as a museum piece, written off as obsolete by the other Timelords; she saw the Doctor coming, unlocked her doors and stole him, and he thought she was "the most beautiful thing [he] ever saw." and "borrowed" (read: sort of technically stole her but didn't classify it as stealing) her. She makes it clear -- "borrowing implies the eventual intention of returning the thing that was taken". She ''did not'' borrow him, she stole him, and after all the years they've been together and things they've seen and done and are yet to do, she is ''definitely not'' giving him back and, given how close they are, he's probably (read: definitely never) never going to give her back either. For something that has never been able to talk before, she certainly knows how to yank the heart strings.



** Look how many times the Doctor has died so far, and he never got this sad. It's then you realise it's his more-or-less best friend of ''hundreds of years.'' The look in his eyes... gah!

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** Look how many times the Doctor has died so far, and he never got this sad. It's then you realise it's his more-or-less best friend of ''hundreds (maybe thousands) of years.'' The look in his eyes... gah!



*** The original version of this scene, as confirmed by interviews; originally, the TARDIS was supposed to forgive the Doctor for his part in the Time War and ''"I love you"'' was supposed to be ''"I forgive you"''.

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*** The original version of this scene, as confirmed by interviews; interviews, is even worse; originally, the TARDIS was supposed to forgive the Doctor for his part in the Time War and ''"I love you"'' was supposed to be ''"I forgive you"''.
5th Feb '17 11:45:17 PM Bishop999
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** Vincent's episode when the Doctor comes to recruit him for the trip to the church. It's totally irrational, he's among friends who admire and respect him for possibly the first and last time in his life, and he's curled up in bed, completely paralyzed with self-loathing and terror at the world and incapable of tearing himself out of it - or letting others tear him out of it - until it passes by itself. Anyone who suffers from or has dealt with anyone who suffered from Manic Depression will recognize the powerless state he's in and the injustice of anyone being forced to live like that, particularly someone as good and sensitive as this man.
27th Jan '17 10:07:26 PM ProfessorGrimm
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* The death of Creator/JohnHurt on January 27th, 2017. He died of cancer that everyone thought was in remission and it was so sudden that it took every one by design.
11th Jan '17 3:47:54 PM Stormchaser23
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** From the end of the same scene is Wilf's line: "You need her, Doctor... Wouldn't she make you laugh again, good old Donna?" What's worse? A despondent grandfather begging the Doctor to restore Donna's memories, or the Doctor, who wants nothing more than to have Donna back again, but is deeply convicted that he can't?
6th Jan '17 8:52:52 PM skidoo23
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** Jack's despite his being revived later.

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** Jack's Jack's, despite his being revived later.later.
** The Doctor learning of the death of the Brigadier.



** Clara, who dies ''on screen'': the first non-robotic companion to do so permanently since Adric. Emphasized by the fact "Heaven Sent" features a Doctor experiencing the same raw emotion of having just lost her over and over for ''billions'' of years.

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** Although he was not a companion, the death of Danny Pink.
** Clara, who dies ''on screen'': screen'', right in front of the Doctor's eyes, the first non-robotic companion to do so permanently since Adric. Emphasized by the fact "Heaven Sent" features a Doctor experiencing the same raw emotion of having just lost her over and over for ''billions'' of years. The fact she is pulled out of time in the next episode, "Hell Bent" and spends an unknown length of time adventuring after that actually emphasizes this because we know she eventually returns to her timestream and meets her maker.



** Actually, his second, third and fifth incarnation saw her again in "The Five Doctors". But still, that's likely over half a millennia ago from the point of view of the Eleventh.

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** Actually, his second, third and fifth incarnation saw her Susan again in "The Five Doctors". But still, that's likely over half a millennia ago from the point of view of the Eleventh.



** Gold's leitmotif for Clara is guaranteed to do this, ''especially'' after it becomes part of the in-universe canon in "Hell Bent" and we learn that it was composed by the Doctor as an attempt to remember some aspect of Clara.

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** Gold's leitmotif for Clara is guaranteed to do this, ''especially'' after it becomes part of the in-universe canon in "Hell Bent" and as we learn that it was composed by the Doctor as an attempt to remember some aspect of Clara.Clara. Which renders ''every'' use of the music going all the way back to "Asylum of the Daleks" foreshadowing of her fate.



* It's always a TearJerker for Whovians when an actor who played the Doctor, one of his companions, or some other popular character on the show has died. The very first such death was Roger Delgado's, the original Master, who was killed in a car crash in 1973, cutting his time as the Master tragically short. The tragedy was too much for Pertwee, and he asked to be let go the next year.

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* It's always a TearJerker for Whovians when an actor who played the Doctor, one of his companions, or some other popular character on the show has died.died in real life. The very first such death was Roger Delgado's, the original Master, who was killed in a car crash in 1973, cutting his time as the Master tragically short. The tragedy was too much for Pertwee, and he asked was a major factor in his decision to be let go leave the next year.series a year later.


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** It doesn't stop there. In interviews promoting the 2016 Christmas special, "The Return of Doctor Mysterio", Capaldi made headlines by saying it was "sad and difficult" to continue playing the Doctor during production of the special and Series 10 without Coleman by his side, but that he channelled this into the sadness of the character.
** Steven Moffat is on record as stating he was "heartbroken" when Coleman left and says it was a major factor in his decision to leave the series as showrunner because he didn't want to have to say goodbye to another close friend.
6th Jan '17 8:43:00 PM skidoo23
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** Nardole calling out Twelfth over the fact he's lonely: It isn't more of a crass call out, but more of pointing out why he's so hesitant when it comes to the topic of loss. Twelfth's behavior sells it.

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** Nardole calling out Twelfth over the fact he's lonely: It isn't more of a crass call out, but more of pointing out why he's so hesitant when it comes to the topic of loss. Twelfth's behavior sells it. As with "Husbands of River Song", this is also amplified by what we, the viewer, remember that the Doctor doesn't anymore: that he has experienced the loss of not just one but two women he loved, back-to-back, so it's no surprise the topic of loss is sensitive to him.
6th Jan '17 8:36:57 PM skidoo23
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* Tom Baker's and Lalla Ward''s ill-fated romance. Their 16 month long marriage ended in divorce and the two didn't work together for many years after. Especially when other past companions Elisabeth Sladen, Louise Jameson, John Leeson, and Mary Tamm still get on with Tom very well, Lalla and Tom can't even bear to record DVD commentaries together. However, Big Finish Productions finally got them to reunite in the recording studio for a series of audio dramas in 2015-16.
* Colin Baker's never-ending enthusiasm for the show, despite all he had to put up with. When he finally got to play the role of his dreams, most of his own suggestions for the role were trashed (despite many of them being quite good), most of the stories were badly written and considered to be overly violent, and the show was placed on hiatus for 18 months. When a new season was finally produced, [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk Michael Grade]] (who happened to be shagging Colin's wife at the time), pinned the blame for the show's troubles on Colin, even though ''none of them were his fault'', and had him sacked from the role. Even after all that, Colin remains enthusiastic about his time as the Doctor, still finds it in his heart to appear at conventions, and is said to be [[NiceGuy 'the nicest actor to play the Doctor'.]]

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* Tom Baker's and Lalla Ward''s ill-fated romance. Their 16 month long marriage ended in divorce and the two didn't work together for many years after. Especially when other past companions Elisabeth Sladen, Louise Jameson, John Leeson, and Mary Tamm still get got on with Tom very well, Lalla and Tom can't even bear to record DVD commentaries together. However, Big Finish Productions finally got them to reunite in the recording studio for a series of audio dramas in 2015-16.
* Colin Baker's never-ending enthusiasm for the show, despite all he had to put up with. When he finally got to play the role of his dreams, most of his own suggestions for the role were trashed (despite many of them being quite good), most of the stories were badly written and considered to be overly violent, and the show was placed on hiatus for 18 months. When a new season was finally produced, [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk Michael Grade]] (who happened to be shagging Colin's wife at the time), pinned the blame for the show's troubles on Colin, even though ''none of them were his fault'', and had him sacked from the role. Even after all that, Colin remains enthusiastic about his time as the Doctor, still finds it in his heart to appear at conventions, and is said to be [[NiceGuy 'the nicest actor to play the Doctor'.]]



* Jenna Coleman's departure was emotional for fans and for the actors. Reportedly, her final scenes shot with Capaldi (which were actually the character's final scenes with the Doctor) were difficult to shoot because Coleman kept weeping. Video from the final session shows Capaldi and Coleman hugging each other. Of course this wasn't the end of their working relationship as they continued to make promotional appearances together to promote the new season well into the fall, however their final appearances often became lovefests between the two. Examples include the San Diego Comic Con panel in July 2016 (a month before she filmed her final episode and two months before her departure was announced) in which Jenna proclaimed "I love Peter Capaldi" and received a kiss on the cheek, and the Doctor Who Festival in November when not only did Capaldi gift her with a huge bouquet "for being Jenna", but when an audience member asked the panel what companion they'd like to have back, Capaldi and Moffat replied, in unison and without hesitation, "Clara," causing Coleman to be overwhelmed for a moment.
** In the months after her departure, and prior to the announcement of new companion Pearl Mackie in April 2016, Capaldi took every opportunity to heap glowing praise upon his former co-star, most notably comparing her with Creator/AudreyHepburn. Even more touching is that, at least as of spring 2016, the two remain in touch, with Coleman even posting a photo she'd taken of Capaldi to her Instagram in the spring of 2016.

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* Jenna Coleman's departure was emotional for fans and for the actors. Reportedly, her final scenes shot with Capaldi (which were actually the character's final scenes with the Doctor) were difficult to shoot because Coleman kept weeping. Video from the final session shows Capaldi and Coleman hugging each other. (Rachel Talalay, director of the final episode, has related that the two were very close and their last episode was emotional for both). Of course this wasn't the end of their working relationship as they continued to make promotional appearances together to promote the new season well into the fall, however their final appearances often became lovefests between the two. Examples include the San Diego Comic Con panel in July 2016 (a month before she filmed her final episode and two months before her departure was announced) in which Jenna proclaimed "I love Peter Capaldi" and received a kiss on the cheek, and the Doctor Who Festival in November when not only did Capaldi gift her with a huge bouquet "for being Jenna", but when an audience member asked the panel what companion they'd like to have back, Capaldi and Moffat replied, in unison and without hesitation, "Clara," causing Coleman to be overwhelmed for a moment.
** In the months after her departure, and prior to the announcement of new companion Pearl Mackie in April 2016, Capaldi took every opportunity to heap glowing praise upon his former co-star, most notably comparing her with Creator/AudreyHepburn. Even more touching is that, at least as of spring fall 2016, the two remain in touch, with Coleman even posting a photo she'd taken of Capaldi to her Instagram in the spring of 2016.2016, and she and boyfriend Tom Hughes visiting Capaldi later that year on the location of a movie he was shooting.
2nd Jan '17 10:29:43 AM libertydude
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* Just seeing [[TraumaCongaLine how much trauma]] [[TheWoobie John]] went through in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E7TheSensorites "The Sensorites"]] is heartbreaking. Not only does he [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom unintentionally doom himself and his crew to their imprisonment]] over the Sense Sphere, he is also [[DrivenToMadness driven mad]] by the Sensorites [[MindRape continually attacking his mind]]. Not even his fiance Carol can stand to face him in his condition. And during his treatment, he's aware of the City Commissioner's treachery, but [[AndIMustScream can't tell anybody because of the helmet clearing his mind.]] [[spoiler: [[EarnYourHappyEnding Luckily, the heroes learn of the treachery and stop the Commissioner's plot. The scientists are also able to fix John, allowing him, Carol and the rest of the crew to peacefully depart back to Earth]]]].
** In the same series, the First Elder gets one when he learns of [[spoiler: the Second Elder's]] death, along with [[spoiler: fabricated]] evidence that [[TheMole he was a traitor]]. Though it's very slight, [[NotSoStoic his tone of voice noticeably trembles]] and he seems quite shaken that someone he valued was betraying him. [[spoiler: Fortunately, he learns of the real traitor and [[RebuiltPedestal can remember his friend as the devoted figure he knew]]]].
28th Dec '16 6:17:23 PM ChaoticNovelist
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** River knows that this is her last night with the Doctor, and expects him to turn around and tell her that he has a way out. But of course, he doesn't. (There is a grace note. A night on Darillium lasts ''twenty-four years.'')

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** River knows that this is her last night with the Doctor, and expects him to turn around and tell her that he has a way out. But of Of course, he doesn't. (There is a grace note. A night on Darillium lasts ''twenty-four years.'')



** The Doctor's pained reaction when Grant tells him he's known Lucy for 24 years: the same amount of years he spent on Darillium with River. He pretty much avoids showing his sadness to everyone, even ''with'' a companion (it being Nardole from the last Christmas special).
* Nardole calling out Twelfth over the fact he's lonely: It isn't more of a crass call out, but more of pointing out why he's so hesitant when it comes to the topic of loss. Twelfth's behavior sells it.
** The BittersweetEnding of it all: Lucy tries to convince the Doctor to talk about River (as she can sense it), but he only vaguely states how things end, but one has to keep those memories in order to remember the times they had. After he leaves, Nardole just tells them about River, and how she died at the Library. Just the scene as Nardole is confirming to Grant and Lucy how the Doctor will recover from this being superimposed over the Doctor being emotional in his TARDIS, [[AndTheAdventureContinues before going off to the next adventure]] [[WhenHeSmiles with a smile]].

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** The Doctor's pained reaction when Grant tells him he's known Lucy for 24 years: the same amount of years he spent on Darillium with River. He pretty much He avoids showing his sadness to everyone, even ''with'' a companion (it being Nardole from the last Christmas special).
* ** Nardole calling out Twelfth over the fact he's lonely: It isn't more of a crass call out, but more of pointing out why he's so hesitant when it comes to the topic of loss. Twelfth's behavior sells it.
** The BittersweetEnding of it all: Lucy tries to convince the Doctor to talk about River (as she can sense it), but he only vaguely states how things end, but one has to keep those memories in order to remember the times they had. After he leaves, Nardole just tells them about River, and how she died at the Library. Just the The scene as Nardole is confirming to Grant and Lucy how the Doctor will recover from this being superimposed over the Doctor being emotional in his TARDIS, [[AndTheAdventureContinues before going off to the next adventure]] [[WhenHeSmiles with a smile]].
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