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Premiering in 2012, Doc McStuffins entered the world as a chance to celebrate children interested in the medical profession. Inaccurately described by the creator as ‘Cheers’ for kids, it holds a darker theme. It would better be described as ‘Silence of the Lambs – or Lamby’ for kids. That’s because Doc is a Serial Killer with Split Personalities, and here’s the proof.
Season 1 shows us a little girl living in the shadow of her Mother, a successful Doctor. She’s created a persona where she ‘fixes’ broken toys with a crew of revolving friends that only she can hear speak. But how did these toys get broken in the first place? They ARE her toys after all. All we see of the initial damage is what they tell Doc, but since she’s the only one that can see or hear them, we have to question everything we’re shown.
The truth is, DOC is the one breaking these toys so she can fix them. She’s accompanied by her stalwart cohorts that represent the feelings and qualities she lacks. Stuffy, the brave, Chilly the coward, Hallie the decision maker, and of course, Lamby, the empath.
After every toy gets broken off camera, presumably in terror and pain imbued by Doc, she then fixes them and craves their thanks. With each episode Doc hones her destructive skill, until Season 3. This is where Doc McStuffins gets much, much darker.
Season three opens with Doc being voiced by a different actor, but also a new theme. Doc has opened a toy veterinary clinic. Her toys now have pets of their own, for which they feel love and pain. Why is this significant? Well, we know that serial killers have an established path to the pain and suffering they cause their victims. Before they take on human targets, they practice. They practice on animals. I posit that Doc has reached this stage, and is using her imagination to omit the fact the animals she’s ‘curing’ are not toys at all – they’re REAL.
Doc is now on a path that will lead to an ever dangerous future, one made horribly real, the day the McStuffins clan makes a mistake they will regret for a lifetime. Not recognizing the dark passenger she carries, or the blood lust growing inside her, they decide to adopt a baby. Little do they know, Doc is sharpening her deadly skills on creatures not much smaller than the one they only call Baby McStuffins. They never need give her a name, because she never grows old enough to need one.
In the Season 4 opening, Doc is left alone with the baby, and her Grandmother. Before leaving the room Doc touches Baby McStuffins, then says, “Sorry Grandma”. Grandma puts her hands on the baby quiueting it, saying “Shhhh… my sweet girl.” Grandma then reveals that she too is magic, and can transport herself, Doc, and the toys to a magic place. A toy hospital where Doc will never have to be around humans again, Just broken toys in need of her unique abilities.
But Grandma isn’t real. She is just the final step in Doc’s psychotic break. She has been institutionalized after murdering her new baby sister, and has warped her reality to fit the hospital, in which she’s now destined to live the remainder of her life.
When she speaks to her mother for fleeting moments throughout the season she’ll say things like, “I have to go back to the hospital.” Her mother brightens, hoping she’s final climbing out of her drug and guilt induced haze. She smiles and asks “What was that, Doc?”
“Oh, nothing. I’m off to play with my toys. See you again soon, Mom.”