WARNING! SPOILERS: This post contains spoilers and speculation for the Doctor Who series eight episode Dark Water. Death is banal. The act itself contains no mystery. We walk with it every single day. We forget to water the plant, casually crush the many-legged pest and ignore the mangled piece of fur lying in the roadway. Death is such an innate part of our existence that we pay no heed until it snatches away what we are desperate to hold close. Then we are lost. This is a cataclysmic event. Everything and everyone must stop and take notice of our loss. They never do. Theres nothing special about dying. It is the most common act of all. Steven Moffats Dark Water is a subversive reimagining of an epic tragedy. The hero experiences no moment of heightened glory and dies without fanfare or redemption in the most ordinary way. HIs romantic interest spurns her traditional selfless and pining role to bully her way into getting what she wants. The setting is pure fantasy but the emotion is raw, brutal and realistic. Hell is for those left behind. But what happens when theres a new queen of the underworld and she delights in pulling the most painful of strings? Its time to talk about the Doctor and his dance with the devil he knows.
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