It’s taken me until today to realise: this isn’t the heroic statement it appears. It means “applying rules to people”, it’s an attempt to create a status quo.
It’s not a bad thing. Fairness is good. But...
In a show where Space Amazon is allowed to carry on unpunished after mistreating its staff, and where a Trump-alike gets to wander off with a gun after causing deaths through severe criminal negligence, what kind of fairness do we mean?
Okay, space mega-racist, go back to a time without humans and live out your life. Trumpalike and Space Amazon have seen bad things, so get another go at doing what they do.
“Go Be Who you are, try again.”
But crucially, there’s no implication that lessons are learned. You’re not punished karmically or literally. “Fair play” is apparently the choice to do what you like, so long as it’s legal.
Fair play is laws. Rules.
This isn’t a Doctor willing to affect change. Indeed, she seems to actively avoid it. “Locking up a giant spider to suffocate” is fair play, “Shooting a giant spider that kills” is an action, a hard choice.
Moffat’s Doctors have brilliant minds which curse them to feel superior and to lie, to not be the good men as they’d like to be..but they’re trying.
Isn’t that the show’s voice right now? A show that’s casting progressive, writing conservative? Fair play...but then step back.
I guess I don’t dig that in my Doctor Who.
Since Doctor Who almost certainly brought you here, my Tweetnotes on series 11 (and 5 to 10 for that matter) are all on my @medium page.
As a taster, here’s the entry for the Dalek episode Resolution: