“Freedom” said The Doctor, “is the attainment of The Past as a resource. What came before was your confusion, your hurt, lashing out.”
He looked his new companion over, appraising them. They felt unnerved, patronised.
“You’ll figure it out.” he said, “Then we’ll be ready.”
“Ready to be a team.”
“We save Earth.”
The Doctor frowned. “I’ve done it once or twice before, you know. Even saved a whole solar system of Earths.”
“There’s no such thing!”
The Doctor smiled. “That’s what you think, is it?”
He set the controls and The Tardis came fully alive.
When a species overcomes the reactionary stage, when they begin to understand their own stories, they become members of The Alliance, which opens the gates to The Future and the free use of Time itself.