Kill the Moon: About Responsibility

While the recent Kill the Moon is considered one of the worst episodes since the Doctor regenerated and borrowed the face of Peter Capaldi, there are still some things that can be saved from it, some statements that should be emphasized for what they mean for our current society: after all is said and done, who is the one that actually has all the responsibility?

Of course, at this point, it doesn’t really matter for what one should be accounted for. Usually, in the series, Doctor Who is the one that makes the ultimate decision and saves the day. However, in Kill the Moon, he leaves it all to Clara: she must decide whether or not to do something that will alter the lives of every human being on Earth.

The problem which I see right now is double edged.

First, a vote is held and a consensus is reached. The question which appears here is a rather philosophical one: if there is such a being as the doctor (thousands of years of experience, virtually immortal, that has saved the Earth countless times and so on), can he leave a race that doesn’t know any better to take any decisions at all?

And this is a problem which was depicted in many ways until now, even in comic books (where the equivalent of this supernatural being is the superhero).

The second problem is a socio-political one (so to speak). When the consensus is reached, do the people actually have an influence on the one that has to see the job done? Doesn’t this mean that a singular person will be overburdened with (in this case) unwanted accountability?

In other words and with a direct reference to Kill the Moon, doesn’t this mean that voting is actually casting your own responsibility on someone else?

Even more, I can even say that there is a problem when it comes to choosing the perfect person for bearing the responsibility an entire world should. In the case of this particular episode, it is easy: it was all an accident that Clara was the one to actually decide whether or not she will do what the world has agreed upon.

In a way, it is easy to see why the Doctor left. But then again it is quite hard to understand why he did that, especially since he was so close to Clara (and, as others say, it contradicts what he did in a previous episode).

As a conclusion, I can say that these are the biggest questions one should ask himself: do I know enough in order to make a reasonable decision? If I am the one to see things through, will I be able to do it?

Even for this idea alone, Doctor Who’s Kill the Moon was a great episode.


  1. Leave the philosophy alone. We want monsters who are bad and a brilliant Doctor to save the day and a companion to be impressed by his genius and ask questions so he can answer them and explain the sciencey bits to the rest of us – A simple formula really, you wouldn’t think the writers could screw it up so badly. This episode was in no way “great” it was unquestionably awful. Clara is the worse companion in Dr Who’s history and I was a fan from the first one till Jon Pertwee and stopped watching it after it got silly. Please kill her off. The Captain in the moon episode would be a better companion for the Doctor.

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