Let’s talk about the tragedy of Karvanista and how much I feel for him, Karvanista was a companion, a part of a team -- and Karvanista is loyal to a fault but then the Doctor left them. Left Karvanista, left Gat, as its winding down to it.
The Doctor only took Lee.
Thirteen and Karvanista are left in a cell together, and Thirteen comments how there’s enough time to talk now they’re alone. The Doctor planned it this way, and then the realization hits the Doctor and she asks, carefully:
“Were you my... companion?”
Karvanista carefully evades the question by bringing up an implant in his brain that would kill him in three seconds if he said anything about his past, about the Division.
The Doctor is aghast as she asks if the Division put it in his head.
Karvanista evades the question again and says instead:
“There was a time I’d do anything for you.”
“But you left me.”
It hits the Doctor right in the hearts because she doesn’t want to leave people behind not this her. It’s a poor excuse but she says, “I don’t have those memories.”
“I put the whole universe between us. And you come crashing back in, as if nothing had ever happened.”
And really what does the Doctor say to that? There’s nothing she can do to assuage his hurt and anger. Like, now it makes sense why the over kill -- because Karvanista has the measure of the Doctor and how they’d escape certain death.
But also, he’s so hurt and angry about being left behind.
It takes a lot to break a Lupar’s love and loyalty, and she hurt them that way. Gat said they had a funeral for Lee, for the Doctor too, maybe.
There’s so much there there.
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