Re: Doctor Who - The Lie of the Land

Date: 2017-06-05 05:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] peasant
It's an interesting choice to redeem Missy, as opposed to just killing her or keeping her as the recurring villain like they've done with the Master.

Yes, it is. I am very much looking forward to seeing how it will play out.

Stories don't follow the same rules as real life (I have yet to meet a real person with a character arc) so redemption is definitely a possibility. They might also go the 'ha, fooled you, I'm still evil' route. That might work better for the kids and would keep the Master/Missy character available as a nemesis. We shall see.

In reality, psychopaths and sociopaths don't tend to be redeemable, mainly because they don't possess the capability.
I wouldn't begin to claim to know enough about the subject to contribute sensibly. I certainly have never met a real diagnosed one, let alone a convicted criminal one. I just have a, perhaps rather naive, belief that the human brain is a remarkable organ, astonishing in its plasticity, and capable of rewiring itself to a truly astonishing extent. So surely there is always some hope? Small, maybe laughably minuscule, but surely always there.

I have a friend who works with the probation service helping convicted criminals recover from drug addiction. He says that age has a lot to do with it - they get to their late thirties or forties and they want to change and start to find change possible. The younger ones, under exactly the same programme of support and supervision, keep re-offending.
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