one of the things about Moffat is he’s not a particularly brave writer, is he?
actions have no consequences, nobody dies in a way that’s not gently in their beds unless they come back two minutes later, the Doctor himself can’t get his hands dirty and commit genocide because think of the children.
Moffat wants big, emotional moments and plots, but he’s afraid to commit the Doctor or the companion to real reactions or emotional fallout. Everyone just bounces back in an episode or two. The constant overuse of timeloops removes half the risk from the situation and ensures the Doctor never has to make difficult choices because he’s reading off a script.
There’s barely even write a proper goodbye for a recurring character called River because she dies in her first episode then is a ghost or something(?). And the preference for romance with one-offs doesn’t help - no need for emotional vulnerability when the Doctor only spends 10 minutes screen time with whoever’s into him this week (and he will have forgotten her by next week). The writing skips from scene to scene (particularly between seasons) because the alternative would mean actually putting some work into his job and writing them out of a corner.
and the non-destruction of Gallifrey just seems like more of the same. Heaven forbid the Doctor make the choice to kill his own people because they’re trying to explode the universes. No, that’s upsetting and hard to deal with and doesn’t have a simple one-episode resolution. easier to just wish it away with magic.
I feel like if Moffat would grow a spine and commit the Doctor in particular to some actual emotions or consequences there might actually be something worth watching. maybe.
No, but wait, the more you think about it, the more “Gallifrey stands” plot gets even better.
So, what do we have now, thanks to “The Day of the Doctor”.
At one point of his life the Doctor decided to destroy both Gallifrey and the daleks, because the Time War became too horrible and there was no other choice.
Then, after some time, he regenerated into Ten. Ten was still pretty much traumatised by War memories, but prefered to remember only good things about his home planet (which can be understandable. Don’t believe me - turn on Gridlock and listen to his conversation with Martha).
Obviously, all that positive Gallifrey thinking didn’t do him any good, when he met Eleven and War Doctors. The beauty of the red grass and two suns in the sky suddenly overcame all the horrible things time lords’ve ever done or were going to do (hey, Rassilon, I’ve heard that you were a bad guy even in the Classic Who!). Somehow all Doctors, including Ten, save the Gallifrey. Not the innocent children only or the innocent people in general - EVERYONE. The military, for example, or Rassilon himself.
THEN Ten’ve lost all the memories about this messy event… Only to find himself back in London with the resurrected Master and Gallifrey in the Earth sky, free from the time lock, which was actually never created, so there was no point in putting the drumbeat inside the Master’s head, so not only TEoT, but whole S3 of New Who automatically couldn’t have happened at all… Wait a minute.
… I guess, certain someone can always say that the crack ate it. Anyway, leaving aside this immediate nonsense, let’s think only about poor Ten (we can imagine that for some reason Gallifrey still appeared). Actually seeing Time Lords in person helped Ten to get his priorities straight. So he and the Master got rid of the time lords again, knowing that War Gallifrey in its current condition would bring only harm to the whole Universe.
… In the end poor Ten regenerated, never realising that actually he tried to kill his own people not once, but THREE TIMES, and failed in doing so. Because the time was “rewritten” therefore everybody will be back. All bloody-soaked, changed for worse during the War time lords. I may have slightly tangled writing, but one thing I know for sure - this return was NOT supposed to be good and “the Doctor finally gets back home”-like. Period. I get the idea of Gallifrey returning as the very tempting one for the writer, but at least not like this. It supposed to be the SAME Gallifrey in TDotD and in TEoT. Rewatch “The End of Time” like I did right now. See the utter horror on the Doctor’s face. Do you still believe it’s a good idea?
If you do… Well… Keep thinking about the children.
PS. Did I tell you, that THE DOCTOR’S OWN MOTHER wanted him to destroy the entire planet? No? I did now.
To the people who keep reblogging my post to ‘tell’ me that the War Doctor forgot what really happened and that Nine and Ten (and pre-special Eleven) don’t remember and think they destroyed Gallifrey:
Yes. I know. That is exactly why I am upset. You’re wrong when you say it “doesn’t intrinstically change the show” because yes, it does. Because every time we rewatch those episodes now, every time we see Nine’s rage at the Dalek, his guilt at having killed them all, his pain at being the last one left… every time we see Ten explain how his planet is gone, when we see the pain in his eyes when Donna tells him that his people burned… we will know, thanks to this special, that it didn’t. That it never really happened. That his guilt isn’t over a real thing, that it’s cheapened, that this man, our Doctor, will suffer for 400 years over something that has now been ret-conned and never happened.
And that is why people are so upset.
It warms my heart to know that all the anguish and pain suffered by Eccleston’s, Tennant’s, and Smith’s Doctors (who I guess are now Ten, Eleven, and Twelve?) was just a hilarious case of cosmic gaslighting.
It’s also good to know that Rassilon was just kidding when he was faffing about with all those plans to ascend his Chosen at the expense of the universe right before the Doctor used the Moment, and that the Doctor never really needed to destroy the Time Lords as long as he could get rid of the Daleks with a massive slapstick gag.
Yup, I totally agree that that was some amazing writing, and fail to see how anyone could be the teeniest bit unhappy about that giant bitter dose of retcon.
What a fantastic and masterful piece of
I may have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but at the time, so did the Zygon!
a line written by a man who is consistently shocked when people call him a misogynist (via theumbrellaseller)
It’s paraphrasing her and missing the point of that line. The full sentence is:
"I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm; to which rather than any dishonour shall grow by me, I myself will take up arms, I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field."
But instead, it was “I’m weak but so was the alien so I managed to kill it”, which is a completely different meaning and makes Elizabeth a lot less badass.
and a lot of the major problems with the episode have obviously already been stated by more eloquent people than me but like, it was supposed to be (partly) set in 1562 and around 1562 in england ruffs are already a thing and high-collared gowns were the fashion nearly all over europe (and if you wore a low neckline you’d probably at least wear it with a partlet) so like it’s almost like they put elizabeth in that dress for boobshots oh wait
Steven Moffat Doesn’t Understand Grief, and It’s Killing Doctor Who
There’s a popular joke I’ve seen floating around on Tumblr for a while now. It goes like this:
“Joss Whedon, Steven Moffat and George R.R. Martin walk into a bar and everyone you’ve ever loved dies.”
Here’s the problem, though:
SOMEBODY FINALLY FUCKING SAID IT THANK YOU
"But more importantly than that, when you have no death, when nothing truly has weight or scale, when decisions don’t stick and nobody feels the consequences… it’s hard to care about anything. The stakes on the show feel so low at this point that a once addictive program is unengaging, dull and hollow."
It lists EVERY COMPANION EVER in song form!
To celebrate Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary, can this picture of the man that started it all get a million notes?
77 milion people watched it yesterday, what is 1 milion for us. Let’s do this.
It’s a testament to his work, and the show, that this has got so many notes so fast. I saw the post not a few hours ago, and it had about half the 22,000 or so it has now.
I’m the Doctor - the original, you might say.
Let’s also take a moment to celebrate Verity Lambert, the woman who produced Doctor Who.And Waris Hussein, the first directorAnd Ron Grainer who wrote the theme music:And Delia Derbyshire, who took that original melody and used ground breaking techniques to make it into the iconic DOOO WEEEEE OOOOO we all know and love:
It got better.
Let’s not forget Sydney Newman, who originally came up with the idea for Doctor Who.
new doctor ladies and gents
"Doctor, the Daleks are getting closer."
"Give me a second while I look up my little file of things I really don’t give a fuck about. Ah, yes. Daleks. Right next to the fuckity angels and the god damn cybermen. I’m done, Clara. Get back to the fucking TARDIS, we’re going home. Fuckity bYE."
The problem with the 50th ret-conning isn’t that the Doctor’s emotional integrity re: his post-Time War angst disappears. Obviously, he really believes he sacrificed Gallifrey, believes all those people burned, etc. He’ll still feel really, really bad about it.
The problems are that:
A) OUR response as the audience to the first seven seasons of NuWho has been compromised because WE know that it’s all a lie. The emotional resonance of those scenes is irrevocably altered because instead of feeling the weight of that choice and empathizing with and/or shuddering at the Doctor’s actions, we become sympathetic — the poor dear just doesn’t know the truth. Don’t worry, though, he’ll find out in time that it was all a lie, the wee lamb.
B) It has fundamentally changed the nature of the Doctor’s character. Before he was actually capable of causing that much destruction. Now he is not. That detracts hugely from the character because it erases one of his flaws — that in the right (wrong) circumstances, the Doctor could be terrible, fearsome; he has the capacity for that inside him. That he chooses to be otherwise, as much as he is able, is what makes him heroic.
Think about the conversation in Boom Town between the Doctor and Margaret the Slitheen. He has her number, absolutely understands her motivation, calls her on all her bullshit, and what does she say? ”Only a killer would know that.” The truth of that moment was brilliant, powerful, and a little disturbing — we are meant to fear him a little because of it. Now we know we don’t need to, we never need to, because the Doctor?
Oh, he’d never do a thing like that.
Sometimes I think about how Martha Jones was offered all of Time and Space and endless adventure and walked away from it because she’d have to spend it with a person that didn’t respect her.
You talk about role models…