Oh, we are the Buddy Bears, we always get along
Each day, we do a little dance and sing a little song
If you ever disagree, it means that you are wrong
Oh, we are the Buddy Bears, we always get along!
— Buddy Bears theme song, Garfield and Friends
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher regard those who think alike than those who think differently.
"The eye that looks ahead to the safe course is closed forever."
— Paul-Maud'Dib, Dune
It’s been a long, long time since the Doctor had an unwilling companion, and with good reason. It worked in the very early days because we didn’t know the Doctor very well yet. And even there by the second season Ian and Barbara had essentially made their peace with the Doctor and were OK with traveling in space and time. The idea of a companion who doesn’t want to be on the TARDIS doesn’t really have a place in Doctor Who once the audience’s sympathies are 100% aligned with the Doctor. Once the show reaches a point where the audience unambiguously is on the Doctor’s side and wishes they could travel in the TARDIS a companion who doesn’t want to be there is actively working against audience sympathy. So whenever Tegan visibly hates being on the TARDIS the audience finds itself siding with her altogether too much: we wish she’d sod off too.
(The doors of the Great Hall burst open and a wall of water crashes through, knocking the Vikings off their feet. There is little doubt that the whole of Hy-Brasil is sinking see a street go down, a statue sink and then we Cut to a close-up of King Arnulf. He is standing at the top of the Forum steps addressing a crowd of anxious citizens. They are keeping surprisingly good order considering they are already standing ankle-deep in water, and the whole town is rapidly sinking around them.)
KING ARNULF: Now, I know what some of you must be thinking... the day has come.... we're all going down, etc. etc. But let's get away from the fantasy and look at the facts. Fact One - The threat of total destruction has kept the peace for one thousand years. Fact Two - The chances of it failing now are therefore one in three hundred and sixty-five thousand. Fact Three..."
(By this time the water is up to people's knees, and several have crowded onto the lower steps to avoid getting wet.)
KING ARNULF: "Fact Three - Our safety regulations are the most rigorous in the world. We are all nice to each other, we never rub each other up the wrong way or contradict each other, do we?"
(Rumble. The buildings sink and masonry falls.)
CITIZEN: "We... er... do seem to be going down quite fast, Your Majesty - not trying to contradict you, course."
KING ARNULF: "No, of course you're not, citizen. But let's stick to the facts. There has never been a safer, more certain way of keeping the peace. So whatever's happening, you can rest assured, Hy-Brasil is not sinking. Repeat, not sinking."
In another part of [Mark Evanier]'s site that you probably won't find, Mark makes a comment about an earlier show he worked on that, though he might not have realized it, reveals the exact reason for the existence of three bears who were constantly trying to force a lesson down Garfield's throat; the lessson of "if you ever disagree, it means that you are wrong."
When you think about it, that was a strange message to be constantly delivering. "You must always agree with the group" is something I've never heard preached in any real educational show. And why would it be? All those shows shout the opposite: to Be Yourself. And what if the group wanted to take drugs or something? It was actually an inside joke. Listen to Mark tell about his experiences writing for 80's cartoon shows:
Consultants were brought in and we, the folks who were writing cartoons, were ordered to include certain "pro-social" morals in our shows. At the time, the dominant "pro-social" moral was as follows: The group is always right...the complainer is always wrong.
This was the message of way too many eighties' cartoon shows. If all your friends want to go get pizza and you want a burger, you should bow to the will of the majority and go get pizza with them. There was even a show for one season on CBS called The Get Along Gang, which was dedicated unabashedly to this principle. Each week, whichever member of the gang didn't get along with the gang learned the error of his or her ways.''
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better."
— Attributed to Theodore Roosevelt
"I don't believe you should always go along with the group. What about thinking for yourself? What about developing your own personality and viewpoint? What about doing things because you decide they're the right thing to do, not because the majority ruled and you got outvoted?
We weren't allowed to teach any of that. We had to teach kids to join gangs. And then to do whatever the rest of the gang wanted to do.
What a stupid thing to teach children."
— Mark Evanier (again)