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I mostly was okay with and even sorta liked that episode.
If it hadn’t been for the series history I may have been less put off by the Doctor rejecting Blue as a companion, but I will admit I was rooting for her and I don’t like that we had the Doctor outright rejecting one of the biggest speaking roles for a woman of color as unsuitable for companion. :/
All other objections are personal taste (I hate the sending them home thing, though at least we saw her go home at the end of this one) though I did like the parallel of touching the two wires with that iconic 4th Doctor moment. That’s the kind of callback I like. And I liked Clara a lot this episode though I think it’s worth noting that she was better written this episode and oh look we’ve given her a love interest. He was cute. I don’t mind. But I did notice. That like Moffat only knows how to write women when they’re in a love story. Or a mom story.
But he was a cutie so that’s neat.
Is Clara back teaching again? What???
This is one of my least favourite things that keeps happening in Moffat’s era. We start episodes where the companions are back home again, but we never see them go home or find out why and it’s mostly, so far as I can tell, because Moffat really likes weird call to arms moments, but I don’t like it because it breaks up the emotional continuity and flow.
But in this episode it’s especially egregious because last episode ended with that whole ~will you stay with me~ angst and we’re simultaneously meant to think she said yes and yet opening this episode with her not with him, having gone home. I just really wish Moffat would stop doing this.
a few people have asked me to elaborate on my tweet about how “jessica raine as verity lambert” should be the doctor’s next companion…
OK… here’s my pitch… as a child growing up in canada, sydney newman spent a lot of time traveling through space and time in the company of a man he believed at the time was his grandfather.
upon his return — following the unexplained disappearance of his grandfather — newman’s parents quickly convinced him that his adventures were simply his dreamlike embellishment of a series of travels taken to historical landmarks…
newman was so taken by the man he believed was his grandfather that, upon becoming the head of drama for the BBC, he pitched a series based on his memories of childhood adventure. this pitch eventually became “doctor who”…
…and when a man showed up at the BBC… in a blue box, claiming to be newman’s grandfather but looking nothing like the doddering, white-haired man described by newman, no one believed him…
…no one, that is, other than a very talented young woman looking to break free from the patriarchal order around her and find new worlds of adventure…
- strax sees clara as a boy, and usually identifies people by a wrong gender
- strax sees “young men” doing sports in clara’s subconscious
- you cannot convince me that clara oswald is straight thank u bye
- "I have never had the slightest interest in pretty young men"
Oh my god, when she said “I have never had the slightest interest in pretty young men” I got reeeeaaaaaaally excited.
It’s really sad that my main thought at the end of that was just well I suppose that wasn’t as bad as it could have been
but I mean that’s just because I have the lowest expectations in the world so like no one was making too light of sexual assault and no Doctor Who mythology belonging to some other writers was destroyed and at this point Moffat playing out old monsters until they’re completely overdone and having no idea how to give Clara a definite personality is pretty much expectation so
at least it wasn’t as bad as 11’s final episode.
Tagged #timemachine wuz here #one day this will go back to being my favourite show #and I will be one of a long line of cranky older fans with an era they don't like #and the younger fans will be like 'why do older fans have to be so cranky?' #until someone starts writing an era they don't like #and the cycle will go on #doctor who #spoilers Posted 1 week ago by timemachineyeah
Carpaldi’s performance has been 100% excellent throughout this though.
She hangs up? Clara that’s rude he’s literally dying you don’t hang up on a call like that even of they’ve said bye you wait until the phone disconnects what if he had a sudden thought he’s dying for fuck sake.
seriously oohhhh my god Moffat get new ideas stop trying to replay your greater hits “remember when you liked this?” I cannot I just refuse to believe these are what this episode is implying they are like whyyyyyyyy
It isssssssssssssssss thaaaaat
Oh my fucking god
"remember that time I wrote an episode before everyone hated me? Please tell me you remember"
This is the wrong kind of continuity Moffat. Call backs to a popular stand alone episode from 8 years ago when your characters can’t remember what happened two episodes ago and you seem to be trying to combat the criticisms that Clara doesn’t have a personality with dialogue and flashbacks that give her like seven conflicting personalities because you still have no image of who she is beyond “companion” and like
you’re combatting all your problems with exactly the wrong solutions