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All things Sherlockian & Moffatian
  • December 26, 2013 3:36 pm

    Why this year's Doctor Who Christmas special was everything fans dislike about the Moffat era

    A couple of years ago, disliking showrunner Steven Moffat was a niche interest in Doctor Who fandom, mostly the realm of feminists who objected to seemingly misogynist themes in his writing, and die-hard fans of his predecessor Russell T. Davies. Now, it seems, Moffat’s anti-fans may be in the majority.

    Reactions to this week’s Doctor Who Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor,” have been decidedly mixed. Along with the predictably tearful mourning for the departure of eleventh Doctor Matt Smith, the episode was widely criticized for being incoherent, confusing, and sexist. 

    There’s a reason why this fake TV listing has been retweeted almost 500 times:

    View image on Twitter

    The episode included (spoiler alert!) the Doctor spending 300 years in an isolated village called Christmas, which did not develop culturally or technologically during the entire time he was present. Essentially, the Doctor has now spent about a fifth of his current lifespan inside a Dickensian snowglobe. Another baffling detail was the fact that his companion Clara was touched by one of the previously notorious Weeping Angels but survived unscathed, despite the fact that a Weeping Angel directly caused the final disappearance of beloved companions Amy and Rory last season.

    The episode also introduced a new female character who embodied many of the characteristics of a stereotypical “Moffat woman”: a sexy, powerful woman who flirts with the Doctor while he bobs around awkwardly like a confused child, before she is killed off, brought back to life, and then insulted by the Doctor for not being as good “a woman” as Clara—10 seconds after he kissed her without her consent. It was like a Greatest Hits montage of all the bizarre interactions between the Doctor and his various female companions and love-interests since Moffat took over as showrunner. And this was just a few minutes after Clara was forced by the Truth Field to admit that she first began travelling with the Doctor because she “fancied him.” [READ MORE]

    Hey, its ok to dislike the episode but a lot of these plotholes were addressed or rectified in previous episodes.

    1. Christmas is basically a snowglobe because a. its a designed trap for the Doctor b. because its an audience trap designed by Moffat. A cyclical Dickensian hell (basically Christmas, hello.)

    2. The weeping angel also touched River in that same episode where Rory and Amy die. Because it did not have enough temporal juice it could only move and not send her back in time. Those angels were stuck under the snow on a basically deserted, fake planet.  I doubt they had much energy to do anything.

    3. The truth field worked when the person inside the field was asking a question of another person inside the field. The timelords are trapped in a parallel dimension and are not present on THAT dimension.

    4. The blatant sexism. Sigh. I feel like no one will ever be right, or get this right in a television show, and no one gives a shit about what I have to say so here I go.

    If you’re expecting a perfect society in a television show you NEED TO READJUST YOUR EXPECTATIONS. I want to see more scripts out there that treat women and men on equal footing in both appearance, importance, and sexual authority. I want to see more shows out there that show minorities as capable leaders and not side schticks. Basically I want television to show what society refuses to believe. But if you’re looking for utopia from a show that has shown it can’t and won’t accomodate that then WHAT DO YOU REALLY EXPECT?

    HOWEVER, penis jokes are funny for me. Erection jokes, nudity jokes, fart jokes. I find those funny, im not sorry. So please don’t paint them as something taboo for a feminist to enjoy. Stop stereotyping female opinion, feminists, just stop. No, stop.

    I also find it hilarious that there is more outrage about nudity joke than the lack of minority representation in this episode or really any episode in the last two seasons…. but ya know… lets freak out over a fucking I’m naked joke. 

    (Source: hellotailor)

  • December 25, 2013 10:32 pm

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  • December 25, 2013 10:27 pm

    Oh shit. Crying on Christmas. Goodbye Eleven. Owie my heart. I feel a little heartbroken.

  • December 25, 2013 10:27 pm

    I will always remember when the Doctor was me.

    im filled with so many emotions.

    all of them are crying.

    (Source: liz-comstock)

  • November 11, 2013 11:21 pm
    Doctor Who themed drink and draw at TNT bar!!
108 N 6th Street, Williamsburg Brooklyn
Tuesday 7:30 to 10pm
Drag bingo right afterwards
Weerrrk timelords! View high resolution

    Doctor Who themed drink and draw at TNT bar!!

    108 N 6th Street, Williamsburg Brooklyn

    Tuesday 7:30 to 10pm

    Drag bingo right afterwards

    Weerrrk timelords!

  • August 3, 2013 9:01 pm

    Can’t wait to find out which white, male, English actor is the new Doctor tomorrow. 

  • July 6, 2013 2:20 pm

    Stitchy needs a new machine

    stitchnik:

    So, my sewing machine is in dire need of replacing. It was never made or intended to do the mass of production it’s put out. If I’m gonna replace it, I ought to sink some money into a machine that can keep up with me using it full time for years to come. The sooner the better- and the fewer things I had to make on a weary machine, the better my workload will be, and the less stressful for me.

    Anyway, if you wanna help- take a look at these ready-made things I’ve got in my shop- they’ll ship as soon as Monday if you’re interested.

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  • June 28, 2013 2:27 pm

    Dr. What vs. Master Mondalek, A Doctor Who-Themed Burlesque Show in San Francisco

    Oh My Gallifrey

    My dreams have become reality

  • June 21, 2013 6:58 pm

    221b-bag-end:

    everybodyandtelevision:

    A Message From Detroit for Doctor Who Fans 

    sobs

    teared up

    realized that we are going to have to watch him die and regenerate

    sobs

    remembers how I felt when Tennant regenerated

    sobs into the sun

  • May 29, 2013 6:46 pm

    I have a bizarrely work related, Doctor Who canonical question for you guys.

    Creating a graphic about destroyed worlds in tv and cinema. 

    Gallifrey is being used as one example.

    Two notable survivors are the Master and the Doctor.

    However, which version of the Doctor do you think is accurate to show?

    Should it be Tennant’s since he sealed away Gallifrey a second time?

    Or Smith because he the most reincarnation.

    Or all the incarnations since 8?