Doctor Who and Another Confession…

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Okay so I haven’t written about the new series of Doctor Who on purpose. With a new Doctor, I thought it would be better to watch the new series before blogging my opinion. And now that series 8 is over.

Overall, I like Capaldi’s Doctor. He’s a breath of fresh air from the previous bouncy Doctors. He’s grumpy and a lot darker than eleven. Pete Capaldi isn’t the problem. *sigh* The problem is that it just doesn’t feel like Doctor Who any more.

The thing is, since the show’s revival, Doctor Who was almost always compulsive viewing. It was a show that you could have theories about and discuss them with other people. It’s always been the TV equivalent of a warm hug to me, but it increasingly doesn’t feel like that any more. It’s getting tired, and there are a lot of things that I find problematic about the show, like the way the Moff treats the female characters. (FYI Moff, you don’t need to constantly sexualise lesbians, it already happens way too much in the media. Also, in case you haven’t realised, most women want more than a boyfriend/husband and babies.) Oh, and I wished they would stop with the mysterious female character series arc that they seem to like so much. It gets boring after a while. Also, they did nothing to improve Clara’s character and I didn’t care about her leaving because she never had an actual personality. Her relationship with Mr Pink needed more time to develop as it felt too rushed and not believable.

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But this doesn’t mean that I’m ready to give up on Doctor Who just yet. It’s become entrenched in my life as much as Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter have. It’d be weird to not have it in my life. But, I don’t want to encourage shoddy writing by buying the DVDs and watching the show. Ah dilemma!

I think that’s enough of my thoughts on Doctor Who, that’s pretty much all I can write about them without repeating myself anyway. In other news, I’ve officially failed at NaNoWriMo. The work experience thing that I had to do to keep the Job Centre happy ended up being more hours than I anticipated (I spent four weeks, working full time for less than minimum wage. Yeah, I know. But I’m not going to rant about it because it will just make me angrier.) so by the time I’d get home, I was too tired to do anything aside from eat and sleep. It’s a lame excuse I know, but tiredness kills creativity (It’s a fact.) and I’ve fallen way too far behind to even hope to catch up with my word count now. On the plus side, I did manage to get a couple of chapters written that would have taken me much longer to write had I not taken part. So in the long run, maybe I didn’t fail at all?

I’m going to go with that.

In other news, things are starting to look up on the job front. In that I’ve actually been offered a short term contract. I don’t want to talk too much about it until I have a fixed start date (hopefully, soon!) and whilst it isn’t my dream job, it’ll be my first job where I’m being paid more than minimum wage so it’s still a huge deal to me. Also, it will take a huge weight off my shoulders and whilst it means organising my time slightly differently so that I can find something more permanent, it’ll be miles better than staying on JSA and having the Job Centre breathing down my neck all the time.

I think I’d better leave it there to be honest. I don’t have anything much more to say. But hopefully things are starting to improve. Once again, I’m sorry for neglecting my blog. It’s kind of hard to get back into the swing of posting things on a regular basis, but I will try. Though if you don’t hear from me in a while, it’s because Dragon Age: Inquisition is coming out on Friday and I’ll likely be playing that forever.

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Dear Moffat (Spoilers)

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This was going to be about the Christmas episode, but since that was a week ago and now slightly off topic, I shall now write about the new series. *Ahem* Okay, so Matt Smith is gone, and whilst that’s sad and quite frankly, he deserved a bigger send off, (Yeah I know it was a Christmas episode and it was never really going to be good.But still.) and we have a new Doctor, which means now is the time to make changes.

Okay, first thing’s first. I’ll be honest the seventh series felt a bit tired, a bit lack-luster for me. Most of the episodes felt a bit meh, though I did like the Journey to the Heart of the TARDIS. Anyway, I digress.

First off, one of the problems I’ve had with the show recently is the fact that the Doctor’s actions don’t have any consequences. For example, at the end of ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship’, the Doctor blows up the ship with Solomon on it and it is never mentioned again, it is never seen to weigh on his mind at point and the companions never call him on it. Another example would be when Amy’s baby is kidnapped and we never see the Pond’s react to this, they just continue on with their adventures. This is very lazy and sloppy writing as it means the story loses tension, there’s no moral conflict the characters become less real.

Not again!!!

Not again!!!

Secondly, please stop having every female character flirt with the Doctor. It’s annoying. Also it’s sexist. It’s sending out the message that the Doctor is such a brilliant bloke that almost every women has to throw herself at him and those who don’t, well, they’re clearly lesbians. It’s all rather immature, don’t you think? Hopefully, with an older actor playing the Doctor, it won’t happen as much. (I hope it means that the dynamic will change between him and Clara.)

Oh and another thing, please stop with the Doctor making sexist remarks. It goes against his character, the whole point of the Doctor is that he accepts people for who they are, regardless of sexuality, race, species or gender and that everyone is important in their own way. Also stop sexualising the female characters and for the love of God please don’t let the Doctor force himself on a women again. The episode I’m a referring to is ‘The Crimson Horror’ where the Doctor kisses Jenny, who he knows isn’t even interested in his gender and doesn’t even show remorse after she slaps him. It is very harmful for the kids who watch the show and look up to the Doctor because it normalizes sexism, which is bad for everyone. Also it’s giving boys the message that men are entitled to do what they like to women’s bodies without their consent which is contributing to rape culture.

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On the subject of female characters, PLEASE PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD IN THE WORLD, give Clara more to do than just run around after the Doctor and ask him what they’re going to do next and for Pete’s sake give her a freaking personality. Have her actively take part in the story instead of just milling around in the background whilst everyone else (mostly the male characters, I’ve noticed) is running around trying to solve problems and save the day. A character’s personality is often revealed by her actions and having her do nothing; you are making it difficult to like and relate to her because there is nothing to relate to. Please just make her into a proper character with quirks and flaws, not one of the stock female characters that you love to use so much. Also, a word of advice, a strong female character doesn’t mean that the character has to carry around weapons and kick ass, it just means they have to be realistic. If you need help with this, just write a male character and switch pronouns. Yes, it’s that easy!

I miss the days when the Doctor chose his companions because they were smart.

I miss the days when the Doctor chose his companions because they were smart.

Okay, so you’re probably wondering who the hell I think I am. I mean, I’m just some aspiring writer who’s also a blathering feminist (Blah, blah, blah feminism, blah, insert insulting feminist stereotype here) and I’ve never written for a TV show in my life. In fact, I haven’t written anything worthy of note, so who am I to criticize, right? Well, this may be true. I do read and write a lot, I know what makes a good story. Yes, it is a kid’s show, but if kids can handle the fact that cyber-men are human brains in metal suits, I am sure they can handle more complex plots, emotions and moral dilemmas. Also, whilst it’s true it’s just a TV show, kids get a lot of their principles from the people they look up to. They look up to the Doctor. Wouldn’t it be good to have a generation of men who respected women (not in a chivalrous, I’m going to wrap you up in cotton wool kind of way) and treated them as people and not sex objects? Wouldn’t it be good to challenge gender roles and show little girls that they can be valued to? Sexism is bad for both genders and if you don’t think that feminism matters, then you, my friend, are missing the big picture.

Don’t worry, I’m still a fan, I just want the show to be good. That’s all. I’m sorry this post got a lot more ranty than intended. Here’s a picture of a cat to make up for it. 🙂

See even this cat wants these changes. How can you deny that face?

See even this cat wants these changes. How can you deny that face?

Allons-y! 50th Anniversary Episode Review…

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Yes, I know it is a little late to be talking about the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who, but I feel that I must. Doctor Who has been one of my favorite TV shows since it came back on in 2005. There’s something comforting about turning on the TV and watching it, like putting on a warm hoodie or drinking a cup of tea. The Doctor himself is always a character who intrigues me. He’s capable of doing terrible things (like wiping out his own race) but he always seems to have hope no matter how bad the situation gets. He never ends up using violence, always trying to solve the problem with intellect and tries everything to save lives.

Anyway, I digress. I could go on and on about how and why I like Doctor Who so much, but it would probably be boring. Right, as for the 50th episode. I loved it. I loved how they managed to get Rose (well, Bad Wolf) into the story and how they acknowledged the past Doctors without getting too cheesy. I also liked how they introduced Twelve briefly and the banter between Ten and Eleven. Though it did get a little twee and times and the fact that they didn’t push the big red button seemed like a cop out to me. Also Clara wasn’t really given a lot to do. Granted the 50th Anniversary is meant to be all about the Doctor, but why bother having her there at all if all she does is run around after the Doctors? It didn’t really endear her to me as a companion as she was little more than a plot point in the seventh series.

The thing I liked the most was Tom Baker’s cameo at the end. It was unexpected and funny. Also it created the impression that Tom Baker was congratulating Matt Smith on his tenure as the eleventh Doctor. It more than made up for the lack of Paul McGann or John Barrowman (though I guess we’ve seen plenty of Captain Jack in Torchwood) but you can’t get everything you want in life I guess.

So yeah, it definitely put to rest any doubts that I had about the show after a frankly disappointing and lack-luster seventh series. I am now looking forward to the Christmas special and I’m hoping that it will be a good one. (it being a regeneration episode) Hopefully, Clara will have a personality by then and the Moff will do Matt Smith’s exit justice. (Which he didn’t do for the Ponds. Dammit!) Also, I’m looking forward to seeing what Pete Capaldi’s Doctor will be like.