“I don’t think Doctor Who is that kind of show. Doctor Who is a big-hearted, optimistic show that believes in kindness and love and that wisdom will triumph in the end,” he said.
“I don’t believe it’s the kind of show that says there are bitter, twisted, nasty endings because it’s not. It’s not gritty – it’s aspirational. It says, ‘It can work. And wisdom and kindness will triumph. And love will always come through in the end.’
“I think there aren’t enough people or enough shows saying that and I’m damned if Doctor Who is going to join in with the general chorus of despair. So, she doesn’t die. She nearly dies and becomes something else.”
A worthy philosophy – here’s to one more big-hearted Doctor Who finale this Christmas.
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