"You need to get yourself a better dictionary. When you do, look up genocide. You’ll see a little picture of me there and the caption’ll read ‘over my dead body’!"
Can someone point out when TEN committed genocide? I’ve always taken this remark to mean his specific regeneration.
The Krillitanes (School Reunion), Cybermen (Age of Steel), Satan (The Satan Pit), Ood (The Satan Pit), Cybermen (Doomsday), Daleks (Doomsday), Racnoss (The Runaway Bride), Carrionites (The Shakespeare Code), Daleks (The Evolution of the Daleks), humanoid Daleks (The Evolution of the Daleks), Family of Blood (Family of Blood), Humanity (Utopia), Toclafane (TheLast of the Time Lords), Pyroviles (The Fires of Pompeii), Sontarans (The Poison Sky), Daleks (Journey’s End), Cybermen (The Next Doctor), Time Lords (The End of Time), the Eyeless (The Eyeless - book), Steggosians (The Eyeless - book), Witiku (The Price of Paradise - book), Hervoken (Forever Autumn - book), Swamp Monsters (Wetworld - book), Vurosis (Wishing Well - book), Geomatide Macros (Peacemaker - book), and Gappa (Snowglobe 7 - book).
Please note that this list a) may contain some species later determined to not actually have suffered genocide at the hands of the Doctor, and b) is incomplete.
Also keep in mind that genocide committed to save another species is still genocide.
Genocide is defined as the near annihilation of an entire race. I feel like the definition is being used a bit loosely, or else we’d never see these races more than once. Defeating the enemy of the week does not a genocide make.
Er. Vexaholic, my dear, it does, actually.
Where’s the bit about “near annihilation” in there? It’s not, because genocide is the act of singling out a specific group to be killed. It by no means must be completely. In the act of genocide, it’s the thought that counts.
Even if you insist on using your frighteningly inaccurate definition of genocide (it doesn’t include the Holocaust or any one of dozens other absolutely horrific real-world events, and there’s a good hint to that it’s really fucked up), then you’ve at the very least got to admit that the Racnoss are a genocide.
Debate about what does and doesn’t constitute genocide in the context of Doctor Who aside, can we please examine the events of some of those episodes mentioned as examples?
Regarding The Satan Pit, Rose is actually the one who killed Toby-as-possessed-by-the-Satan-creature (and saved the universe from it) not the Doctor. It also wasn’t the Doctor’s intention to kill the Ood workers, he was just not able to save them from the destruction of the sanctuary base.
The Carrionites were not killed in the Shakespeare Code, but trapped, the invading masses sent back to their banishment by “the Eternals” through the portal and the three Witches imprisoned in their sphere (we see it again in The Unicorn and the Wasp). Feel free to question the ethics of the Doctor acting as judge, jury, and jailer here, but as I interpreted the episode, they aren’t dead.
See also the Family of Blood; they are imprisoned, not dead.
Things didn’t go at all well for the last members of humanity after Utopia, but the Doctor didn’t kill them, he just enabled them to leave the planet they were on (where they would’ve been overrun by the Futurekind if they stayed anyway?). Whatever fate met them afterwards (lack of resources, etc) is not his fault.
The events of The Year That Never Was were undone in the series 3 finale, so the Toclafane were never brought to present-day Earth by the Master’s paradox engine. I always assumed they remained in their own time without the Master’s interference and didn’t even become the Toclafane. Citing Utopia AND the Last of the Time Lords blames the Doctor twice for killing the same group of people, and in my estimation he wasn’t responsible for their demise in either circumstance.
Citing the Pyroviles is tenuous - lots of people died in Fires of Pompeii, but the Pyroviles weren’t singled out. The eruption of Vesuvius (a natural disaster that would have occurred anyway without the Pyroviles’ actions) just killed everyone in the vicinity.
In The Poison Sky, the Doctor was negotiating with the Sontarans when Rattigan destroyed the fleet. You can say that the Doctor’s actions enabled this course of events, but he WAS trying to save the Sontarans and he didn’t actually pull the trigger here.
So, carry on debate with regards to the Racnoss, etc, but I really don’t think even the blackest interpretation of events can be considered genocide by the Doctor in some of the episodes mentioned above.