High five for lesbian marriage on doctor who.
High ten for the implication that they are the original Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.
What they said.
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- The current Doctor Who is a continuation of the classic series that originated in 1963. It is not a reboot, a reimagining, or a spinoff. It is the same show.
- Every Doctor is different. Yes, they’re all the same man, but each incarnation differs from the last. This means that, while the Tenth Doctor can abhor violence in all forms, the Third Doctor can still be an expert in Venusian Aikido.
- Every companion is different. Rose isn’t Martha. Martha isn’t Grace. Grace isn’t Peri. Peri isn’t Vicki. Vicki isn’t Zoe. Zoe isn’t Ace. Don’t ever expect one to act like another. Yes, they’re overwhelmingly female, and yes, they tend to play the role of damsel in distress. The idea of companion as a love interest is also a new development. You can thank Davies for that.
- Every show runner runs the show differently. The Barry Letts era is significantly different from the John Nathan-Turner era. The JNT era is nothing like the RTD era. The RTD era is light years away from the Moffat era. None of them have done it wrong, just different.
- Every show runner’s take on the Doctor is different. To Moffat, he’s a mad man with a box. To Davies, he was a lonely god. To Nathan-Turner, he was The Other. To Letts, he was intergalactic Sherlock Holmes. Again, it’s not wrong, just different.
- There is no one objectively best or worst Doctor, companion or show runner. It’s all a matter of taste.
- There is no established canon. Time can always be rewritten, and continuity is always in flux. This is a franchise that deals with higher dimensions, alternate realities, and rewriting historical events. Moffat is just as guilty of ignoring Davies’ contributions to the universe as Davies is of ignoring Nathan-Turner. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing.
- Doctor Who has been around since 1963. It has a long history of low production values, bad writing, cheesy effects, flubbed lines, shoddy camera work, and overt melodrama. So, when you talk about unconvincing visuals or poorly constructed characters, please understand, that’s been the norm for the overwhelming majority of its run.
- While I’m at it, I should also point out that William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Paul McGann were just as legitimately the Doctor as Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith. This doesn’t mean you have to go back and watch them all. It just means you need to acknowledge their contributions to the character and the franchise. Also worth recognizing are Peter Cushing, Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Grant, Richard E. Grant (twice), Jim Broadbent, and Joanna Lumley.
- The Master, Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, Silurians, Autons and the Nestene Consciousness were all carried over from the classic series. They have an established history which is built on in the new series. They are not inventions of Davies or Moffat, and they are treated respectfully with regard to their initial inceptions.
- Doctor Who is and always has been written for a young audience. It originated as a children’s show, and in the UK, it still is one. That means it was written so that a child could follow it. Less sophisticated and more simple.
- With the notable exception of the Brigadier, companions were never revisited until School Reunion. That Moffat hasn’t brought back Rose or Donna is no more an indictment of his writing than the fact that Davies never brought back Jo or Ace.
- There is no one right place to start watching. Sure, there are some places where it’s inadvisable, like, for instance, I wouldn’t want anyone starting with The Doctor Dances, since it’s the 2nd part of a 2-parter. But generally speaking, The Eleventh Hour is just as good a place to start as Rose, or the 1996 TV movie, or Logopolis, or Dragonfire, or An Unearthly Child, or Spearhead from Space.
- Doctor Who has gotten much less sexist over the years.
- Unless you’re over 50 years old, I guarantee you have not seen every episode of Doctor Who. It’s ok. Neither have I.
[DOCTOR WHO SPOILERS AHEAD]
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Right, so, anyone who follows me knows that I am Not A Moffat Fan.
I have absolutely no expectations or high-hopes for the new season of Doctor Who, (he’s put me right off Sherlock, I probably won’t even watch the new season of that), and to be honest, I am exhausted with pointing out his poor writing, his use of queers as punch-lines or to ‘sex things up a bit’ and his horrendous portrayal of women. Not to mention the fact that he has utterly destroyed a show that was a part of my childhood, hugely important to me, and influenced my further explorations into fantasy and sci-fi. I have made and reblogged countless posts about how disappointed and angry I am, and at this stage I really just feel like ignoring everything until someone more competent replaces him.
I can remember the exact moment that I realised how bad the writing in Doctor Who had become:
“I don’t get it, one minute she wants to marry you, the next minute she wants to kill you!”
“She’s been brainwashed, it probably makes sense to her. Plus, she’s a woman. Oh, shut up!”
That scene was like two slaps in the face for me. First I am told that the Doctor (my Doctor) now considers my sex to be irrational and over-emotional. Then, after that, I am told that I am not allowed to complain about this. I am not allowed to say anything. I am told “Oh, shut up!” in manner which suggests that if I protest, I clearly just don’t have a sense of humour.
By the Doctor. The Doctor said that. I can’t even imagine 10 or 9 saying anything like that. It was like the Doctor had become Moffat’s mouth-piece.
After that scene, I literally just sat there, practically in shock, going Oh, wow. That one cut deep. Oh wow that was bad.
So when I watched Asylum of The Daleks, I couldn’t even be bothered. I could not. Even. Be. Bothered. I watched as the pointless, nonsensical plot meandered along, not even able to gather the strength to wonder
- Why the hell there are suddenly shitloads of Daleks,
- Why the Doctor has a new nickname (The Predator) that is also apparently age-old that we’ve never heard of,
- How Skaro has magically appeared again,
- Why Moffat thinks we all have the attention span of five-year-olds (a continuing theme)which means he has to break up an important couple off-screen and then BOOM reunite them in the same episode before it even sinks in and we can actually Give A Fuck (Again, a continuing theme – Moffat, I am not going to Give A Fuck about Mels if you cram her down my throat in a montage, and then shoot her, and then have her be River Song all in the space of ten minutes),
- Why Amy’s only concern with the whole children thing is ‘oooh poor Rory’ and not ‘actually I was trapped by a freaky cult and forced to give birth against my will so yeah, no, won’t be doing that again’ – Seriously, when she said “I can’t have children” I IMMEDIATELY assumed she meant that it would be mentally too traumatic for her.
- Why the hell Moffat thinks he can smugly claim that he represents queers in the show when he keeps pulling shit like “I went through a phase” and then has the character say that they only mentioned their girl-on-girl experience because they’re flirting.
- How the fuck Rory thinks that it is healthy, and not at all passive-aggressive to say “I love you more! We both know it!”. Seriously, that is some fucking Mr. Nice Guy TM behaviour right there. I previously liked Rory, though he had his flaws (e.g. his constant inability to trust Amy when it came to the Doctor), but that was a disturbing insight into the way his mind works. He clearly ‘keeps score’ of the things they both do for each other, and that is just wrong. 2,000 years, Rory? You weren’t ASKED to wait. You didn’t HAVE to. But now you’re going to hold that over Amy’s head as Proof I Love You More And You Can Never Top That forever? After everything Amy has been through? Jesus.
- Plus there was the weird implication that if Amy did love Rory less, that means she has less love in her for the Daleks to erase. So if she can’t love Mr. Super Perfect Rory, she can’t love anyone? What about her family, her friends? Get over yourself, Rory.
- So many other things. Too many other things.
And to be honest, I wasn’t even going to bother complaining about it. I am just shit sick of Moffat, and his failure to listen to any criticism whatsoever, and his brushing off of the concerns of the show’s fans.
But then something happened that has made me very angry, and I feel the need to share.