Wherever perfectionism is driving, shame is riding shotgun. Perfectionism is not about healthy striving, which you see all the time in successful leaders, it’s not about trying to set goals and being the best we can be, perfectionism is basically a cognitive behavioral process that says if I look perfect, work perfect, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid shame, ridicule, and criticism. It’s a defense mechanism.
So, I’ve been waiting for someone to explain this extremely simple concept to me my entire life.
"When I interview leaders, artists, coaches, or athletes who are very successful, they never talk about perfectionism as being a vehicle for success. What they talk about is that perfectionism is a huge trigger, one they have to be aware of all the time, because it gets in the way of getting work done."
(bear in mind, I never read ‘spoilers’ or ‘hints’ from beginning of season or gossip, so this is going solely on what I’ve seen in the episodes).
The Promised Land, or heaven, or paradise, whatever you want to call it, IS a place. Or rather, was. Or rather, is?
It’s the Eye of Harmony, the star suspended on the cusp of becoming a black hole, which exists in Gallifrey (under the floorboards, you silly Time Lords), but ALSO exists as an aspect in the Tardis, powering her. Everyone metallic is trying to get there for…reasons? Not sure yet, but the fact that you’ve got a load of tick-tock men of various shapes and sizes all trying to get there, and the only thing that connects them is the Doctor…what if the Eye of Harmony could power their metallic races forever?
No more scrounging for body parts in pre-revolutionary France and Victorian London, no more melting down gold for busted circuitry in Crusade-era England. Aaaaaaand, those pesky radiation leaks that cause benevolence (oh yes, Moffat, don’t think I didn’t notice that twice in 3 episodes you’ve specifically mentioned radiation leaks causing kindness and benevolence)? A star the magnitude of the Eye of Harmony would have oodles of radiation pouring out of it, creating such pure delight and goodness one could consider it…heaven on earth.
Why, if the robots (or the person controlling the different robot races) could get to the Eye and unleash it, letting it transform, they could turn all of time and space into The Promised Land. Sure, they’d destroy the Tardis and probably kill everyone in the interim, but considering Missy is just the Saint Peter/Welcome Wagon to paradise, I’m reckoning her boss (*cough* The Master? *cough*) is pulling the strings, and he’s never struck me as the think-plans-through type.
(And no, I haven’t a clue how the Pink and Blue folks (Colonel Morgan and Journey Blue, Danny Pink) work into it. )
And thus ends my wild Doctor Who theorizing for the season.