- 14th June
- 13th June
- 11th June
I will take this opportunity to give my professional journalistic opinion, as the mod of a news blog, to note how on this day Sony absolutely kicked Microsoft’s butt, and also congradulations on the Kingdom Hearts 3 everyone. May you share the game amongst yourselves with your shiny new PS4s.
- 4th June
- 1st June
- 31st May
- 22nd May
This is not going to be a post to spew blind Moffat hate. I love my Moffat. This is also not a post hating on Clara. I love my Clara. It is a critique on the lack of balance between the heart and the plot of series 7.
That being said, I am disappointed in the second half of the season. By eliminating two parters, while at the same time trying to be really ambitious, it took the heart out of Doctor Who. And what exactly is Doctor Who without the heart?
Sure we saw Clara and the Doctor cry, but why exactly should I care? What are you giving me to give a damn about Clara? And why does the Doctor all of a sudden love Clara so damn much? Last time I checked he had a wife who would “be around”, and then all of a sudden she was his ex? I don’t know about you, but I missed the memo on that one.
You can’t just all of a sudden magically declare that someone loves someone like an 11 year old declares how he or she loves that new boy in English class! And it might be okay if this immediate attachment to people was part of the Doctor’s character, but it is not! There is simply no explanation given to why they are so hot for each other.
By focusing on the BIG FLASH BANG BOOMS, we are missing out on what makes Doctor Who what it is— the complexity and depth of the characters. There was no heart to these last episodes, it was all surface.
While I am not complaining about the complexity of the plot lines (I love them and they are what has made Doctor Who the success it is today), there must be a better balance between the Big Flash Bang Booms and the heart. The only person who managed to capture even a sliver of heart in Clara’s episodes is the terrific Neil Gaiman with the wonderful character of Porridge.
I’m almost ready to accept that the Doctor and Clara are the Doctor and Rose 2.0 (and totallyyy dissolve into a mess of wonderful shipping feels), I just need to have reasons why this is so. Take some lessons from RTD. Give me eye sex. Give me wordless looks of “You.. you are a complete idiot and I hate you in the most passionate and loving way.” Give me the nervous vulnerability of two people in love. Give me fear and trepidation. (Arguably the Doctor does have these last two parts, but Clara is lacking) Give me a reason why the Doctor just can’t go out and find another girl with a pretty face and easily replace Clara.
And speaking of Clara, for goodness sake, GIVE ME HUMANITY. The companion is supposed to be this avatar for the audience to experience the world of Doctor Who, and that cannot be done by stuffing sass and flirtation into the script and calling it Clara. Okay that may be simplifying it a bit, but right now Clara is much more of that quirky stock character that you find in every crime show then a real character with depth that you expect from a show like Doctor Who.
And do not get me wrong, I really do like Clara. She’s funny and smart and witty and makes the Doctor happy, which makes me happy— they just need to take the speed and ambition of the episodes down from 20 EFFORTS to like 10 EFFORTS, in order to focus on the character development that is so crucial when introducing a new companion. We need two parters back. We need the slow burn of the still complex, but more character focused plot lines of series 5 and 6.
Think of character development and plot line as a perfectly balanced stick on the edge of a cliff. You’ve got some rocks that represent your character development and plot line. You have to make sure you carefully measure out the precise amount of rocks to put on each side of the stick so the whole thing does not fall into the abyss. Moffat, my dear, dear Moffat, YOU WENT AND PUT A FREAKING BOLDER ON THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT SIDE. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT MOFFAT? GO PICK IT UP.
All that being said, I still have great hope that things will go back to normal in the eighth season. Moffat, you are getting a one season pass of “Oops I tried too hard” because I love you and you are a bloody genius -but if this goes on past the 50th anniversary I don’t know what I am going to do. I love this show with every damn part of my soul. If you are beginning to lose me, then there is something seriously wrong.
Less plot. More character development.
Writing for Doctor Who.
Super simple stuff.
- 18th May
- 17th May
- 15th May
Here are a bunch of new images from next Saturday’s Doctor Who season finale: The Name of the Doctor
They’re a little spoilery so we’ve hidden them beneath a “read more” break so that you can choose to see them or not.
The problem is that if you’re browsing Tumblr using the mobile app, the images won’t be hidden so in this case YOU SHOULD SCROLL PAST THIS POST REALLY REALLY FAST UNTIL YOU GET TO OUR NEXT POST THAT SAYS:
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