Peace on Earth (or Whichever Planet You Happen To Land On)
We’ve put up a new billboard in the Meatpacking District of NYC.
In case The Doctor visits New York City again.
You know, the one without the time paradox.
Soo…is no one actually giggling to themselves because that snowflake is make of sonic screwdrivers or…
We were waiting for someone to notice OUR FAVORITE PART!
When is a BBC holiday a happy one…
Right up until the episode airs. That’s when it’s happy
Steven Moffat, Grief, and How “…Why It’s Killing Doctor Who” Is Mistaken
(Dedicated to ladymaryandmatthew - have a lovely Christmas, dear!)
I have been asked to address “What Steven Moffat Doesn’t Understand About Grief, and Why It’s Killing Doctor Who”, a wordpress post which you might have seen because links to it have been posted a sheer endless number of times on tumblr. It’s fairly short, so if you’d like to understand my points better, you might want to read it - although I will refer to all major arguments made in the article and, where appropriate, quote from it.
In summary, the article laments what it calls Steven Moffat’s “fear of consequences”, for which it finds evidence in his tendency to reset events and his relatively lower “proper” death count when compared to RTD. Based on this, the author ends on this rather dramatic note:
“When you cannot deal properly with grief or loss or change, you cannot write believable characters or interesting stories. And as long as this show lacks believable, real, characters and engaging stories, it will continue to suffer. So please, for the good of Doctor Who, shed a little blood and actually deal with it. Revel in consequences. Let your human characters behave like humans. In short: restore the heart to a dying show.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, I strongly disagree with these remarks. Overall, I find the argumentation sloppy, with the inclusion of storylines Moffat was not in charge of and a somewhat incorrect presentation of RTD era Doctor Who. Throughout it all, I can’t help but wonder whether the person who understands grief less might not be Steven Moffat, but the writer of the article. She also decides to ignore much of the complexity and growth which distinguish Moffat’s characters, but seeing as she only touched upon this subject matter in side remarks, I do not have the appropriate space here to discuss this to its full extent.
Instead, I will question the equating of bloodshed with consequence or character growth and discuss some of the instances mentioned in the article. I will come to the conclusion that Moffat’s era does not lack grief and that we do in fact see characters grieving or being deeply affected by the death of a loved one. For Moffat’s Doctor Who, even the “reset button” never truly represents an obliteration of the events that happened. Instead, they retain their meaning through character’s memories and the impact it has on them.
I mean, take a look at our crown princes.
You have Tom Hiddleston, British Shakespearean Actor:
Ben Whishaw, British Shakespearean Actor:
David Tennant, British Shakespearean Actor:
Benedict Cumberbatch, British and also has done Shakespeare back in the days:
And then there’s Misha Collins, the king of them all, who as near as I can figure is a Russian megalomaniacal smurf unicorn with a twitter account.
There’s logic lost here somewhere.
Reblogging for Haymitch.
HIS FUCKING NAME IS WOODY HARRELSON IM DEAD
(Peter Jackson directs) “Dragon is about to breathe fire, and it’s gonna breathe fire, flames! Cut.”
Guys, this is acting. (x)
i like your face - tenth doctor [3x04 daleks in manhattan]
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