“An enemy’s just a friend you don’t really know yet.”
That line above, spoken by the Doctor in this prologue, succinctly sums up his attitude toward every foe he has ever encountered. The Doctor has always been about trying to understand, trying to find common ground, and trying to mitigate a situation so everyone walks away happy, or at least alive. One of the greatest things about Doctor Who is the philosophy of universal acceptance, even of those who seek to do you harm. We could all learn a lesson from Gallifrey’s greatest citizen.
This cool prologue is very reminiscent of the pre-50th’s The Night of the Doctor in large part because it, too, takes place on Karn. The Doctor is having a discussion with one of the Sisters of Karn, and while they don’t say the name of the person they’re talking about, the implication is it’s the Master, but isn’t he now Missy? There has got to be more to it that we just don’t know yet.
There’s also the Doctor handing over a mysterious, disc-like object saying, “You know who to give that to.” And there is ominous talk about destruction and rebirth. You know, typical Doctor Who stuff.
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Doctor Who season 9 premieres Saturday, September 19!