Oh man, oh man. Are we gonna get a short trip called, The Doctor's Scarf one day? And/or The Doctor's Celery? Honestly, I'm kinda looking forward to it....
Anyway, I found this to a be a solid, if unremarkable story. Colin Baker does a bang-up job with the material, as usual (honestly, for him, I'd be absolutely shocked at terribly disillusioned to hear him deliver anything even slightly less than a perfectly Doctorish performance). That said, the little coda at the end was reall well-done--the bit about setting some things aside, while fighting to hold on to others, and the Doctor's knowledge that eventually, inevitably, everything gets set aside.
I kinda wanna see a sequel Or at least a follow-up scene. That speech made me think of McCoy's Doctor rummaging about in the TARDIS, and finding the garish coast neatly folded up and stowed away wherever the 6th Doctor last put it. Maybe he'd pick up up, brush some dust or strands of hair of it, and consider it for a moment... before once again setting it aside.
Anyone else voyaging through these early Short Trips with me? Am I the only one up for more stories built atop similar premises? Anyway, if you've listened recently, or remember it well enough to weigh in, what'd ya think?
I like to think that the Doctor's belongings operate on the principle of "the special thing". This is probably a concept that parents and guardians are familiar with. Your child has a thing. It can be a blanket, a teddy bear, a whatsit from Alpha Centauri, but whatever its shape, they take it with them everywhere. It's their favourite thing in the whole wide world. Naturally, a keen observer would take note and buy a truckload of replacements, but the transition from "ordinary" to "special" is usually subtle enough that the opportunity passes long before they're able. And sometimes it's not immediately clear that this is "the most favourite thing" until it's gone.
It's a nice story. Light, but apposite. The Sixth Doctor's lost a lot by this point in his lives. That coat has seen almost as much as he has and it's his tie to a better time when things were, for want of a better word, simpler. Before everything came crashing down around his ears with Trial. I like to think it's this tiny tale that convinces him to go seek out Frobisher again for The Maltese Penguin.
I don't really care much for "the Doctor has ASD" discourse (I mean, I get it, but still... it doesn't quite fit for my interpretation of the character and personal experience), but I think an argument could be made that the Doctor has ASD-style fixations, which might explain why some Doctors are so enamored of their Sonic Screwdrivers, robot dogs, or specific articles of clothing. Like, I know the "real" justification for the Celery, but it only really works as an adequate explanation for the first time the 5th Doctor pins it to his lapel. Clearly he must have some other reason for wearing it.
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