The number one reason I love the show is because they value life. It doesn’t matter what species or race, life is to be protected. Trees? Yes, trees are important. Spider-like things? Yes, those are important too. Spaghetti-faced Oods? Yes, Oods are important.
Every single one of you is important. I don’t care about where you come from and what you’ve done; it’s not my place to judge you when I’m just as screwed up as you are (if not more). Color, religion, and sexuality, and whatever else should not affect my love for you.
Most important on the show is human life (obviously, since it was made by humans). The Doctor reiterates how important humans are. They are a brilliant species when they try, they attempt to bring organization from the chaos, they have strong emotions, etc. (To a degree, the show explores what it means to be human.) Anyhow, the Doctor fights for all humans, pure-bloods, mixed-breeds, half-humans, humanoids, sub-humans, human flesh grown in a lab by cats… You name it. He defends them because he sees their potential.
This is where the unpopular conservative opinion comes up. I love the Doctor because, with all his valuing of human life, I don’t think he’d support abortion in most cases (except saving the life of a mother or possibly rape/incest for the sheer amount of emotional trauma). Human life is to be valued and preserved at all costs—the reasoning that a child would have a sub-standard life for reasons A, B, or C pale in comparison to the idea that it is a vital part of the human nature to rise above those circumstances and become great. At the very least, if they never become great, a pre-human clump of cells deserves a chance at life, just like a human-ish being grown by cats in a laboratory.
Or maybe I’m just a conservative idealist with my head in the clouds.
You’re comparing an acknowledged potential for already autonomous beings to do well/be good with the potential to live?