One of the many strengths of Doug Liman’s The Bourne Identity (spoilers ahead) is a character called the Professor. Like Jason Bourne, he’s one of the Treadstone program’s assassins, a laconic piece of work who says nary a syllable until he finally catches up with his quarry. And once Bourne has gunned him down, he uses his dying words to reflect on the terrible bond they share:
Look at us. Look at what they make you give.
Bourne himself will repeat those words in The Bourne Ultimatum. It’s a commentary on the way Treadstone has leached the good from them both, in the name of a supposed higher purpose.
And after seeing the latest Doctor Who, the road from the Professor to the Doctor might not be as far as you’d think. Or hope.