Doctor Who Wednesdays #8

“You know when, sometimes you meet someone beautiful, and then you actually talk to them and five minutes later, they’re dull as a brick? Then there’s other people, and you meet them and you think, ‘Not bad; they’re okay.’ And then you get to know them, and their face sort of becomes them, like their personality is written all over it. And they just turn into something so beautiful. Rory’s the most beautiful man I’ve ever met.”

— Amy Pond, The Girl Who Waited 

I just love this quote. I love how it focuses on the personality, the whole person. It doesn’t negate how first impressions work, and our tendency as humans to make initial judgments based on appearance. But it goes deeper. It goes to the way that a person’s appearance can seemingly change the more you get to know them. It’s the idea of beauty being in they eye of the beholder. Sure, some people might seem to be beautiful to everyone. But that’s only surface beauty. And true beauty goes much deeper than that. True beauty requires an understanding of more than the what our eyes can see.

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Something About Sundays #8

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
— e.e. cummings
e.e. cummings is one of my favourite poets, and this is one of my favourite love poems.

Doctor Who Wednesdays #7

“I am not a good man! I’m not a bad man. I’m not a hero. I’m definitely not a president, and no, I am not an officer. You know who I am? I… am… an idiot. With a box and a screwdriver. Passing through. Helping out. Learning. I don’t need an army. I never have. Because I’ve got them, always them, because love is not an emotion; love is a promise, and he will never hurt her… You didn’t notice, did you? While you were doing all your silly orders, while you were showing off, the one soldier not obeying?”

— 12th Doctor, Death in Heaven

**Spoiler Alert**

The important part of this quote comes towards the end. But you need to know a little something to fully understand the impact of the quote. You see, one of the characters had been turned into a Cyberman. And Cybermen are “upgraded” to have all emotions removed. They are no longer themselves, and they are to obey the head Cyberman. And the head Cyberman wanted the other Cybermen to threaten and perhaps kill The Doctor and another character. But one of the Cybermen loved that other character. He loved her a lot.

Now, the Cybercontroller thought that they had everything covered because Cyberlover had his emotions erased. But the Cybercontroller was wrong. Because, as the Doctor said, love is not an emotion. It is a promise. And before that Cyberman was “upgraded,” he promised that other character that he would protect her. And he didn’t forget that when he became a Cyberman. He remembered. And that promise made all the difference.

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