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Yep. Also, evolution doesn’t create species that are PERFECT at anything, just better at leaving descendants than the competition.

Other problems with this episode (beyond the Doctor’s logic about evolution being really faulty, and the fact that his “universal” dream is far from that and wouldn’t even apply so whole swaths of society without elevated beds)

  • the TARDIS can just fucking land on Gallifrey??????????? WHAT???? IF IT’S THAT EASY TO GET TO THEN LIKE IT CAN’T BE THAT HARD TO LEAVE SURELY??? We’d have Time Lords from at least before the war popping about all over the universe, right? 
  • we are never getting an explanation for what that thing on the bed was, are we
  • would the adults in this series please stop using time travel to imprint on the people they know as children; it’s creepy
  • Time Lords wore late 19th century farmwear apparently

Watching the latest episode of Doctor Who and thinking “There are whole societies that sleep on the floor. Elevated beds are a relatively modern and Western thing. What about futons? I slept on an air mattress on the floor for a year.”











aka “Elitism is my middle name”

I like how Moffat would say that Reinette - a female character that he wrote into the show - is obviously a perfect match for the Doctor based on her level of ‘civilization’ and education.

As opposed to oh say…Rose Tyler - a lower-class girl who never went to university - whom the Doctor actually fell in love with and did settle down with in another universe.

This quote just has it all, doesn’t it?

- The elitism

- The dig at Rose Tyler and RTD, by extension

- The elevation of ‘his’ character at the expense of existing ones.

- The implication that Madame de Pompadour - one of the most powerful women in the country - would of course drop everything she had worked for to go and ‘settle down’ with a man who is basically a homeless spacehobo.

People who call Moffat a talentless hack are mistaken.  It takes some skill to cram that much fail into just three sentences.

Hah, excellent Moffat-criticism here. He is so petty, and so unequipped to write insightful sci-fi.

Like, okay, let’s pretend for a second that by “educated and civilised” he means “has a lot of knowledge and social insight” (which is a valid thing to look for in a romantic partner) rather than, you know, “rich, fancy and subservient” (which is what Moffat expects people to look for in a romantic partner).

… I really don’t think that an 18th century aristocrat has more understanding of science and society than a 21st person without A levels but with a working television. And in any case, if the Doctor was really looking for people who are Intellectual Equals, he’d surely look in the future, when people understand time travel, and have wikipedia installed in their brains, or whatever. Or AIs! I can’t imagine anyone more educated and ‘civilised’ than AI people!

Just, one thing I really loved about RTD’s Who arcs - which Moffat clearly didn’t understand at all - was that EVERYTHING the companions knew was useful - Harry Potter trivia! Game-show quickness! Fast typing! - and that the, like, real-world hierarchy of skills and marketability was always shown as less important than courage and compassion.



I’m imagining the real Madame de Pompadour and how very unimpressed she would be by Steven Moffat declaring his ~admiration for her, but


did this man just admit that he think the position of Companion is actually the Doctor’s maîtresse-en-titre?  Jesus wept.

That is exactly what this man thinks, and what he writes also. He thinks women are wired to ‘cling’ and men are wired to want to escape them, and the only way a relationship can be agreeable to both parties is if the woman accepts that they can only spend time together when the dude initiates it.

… Suddenly I am kinda surprised that Sherlock and Irene didn’t set up a long-distance relationship where she spends her days in an orientalist parody of a villa, waiting for Sherlock and passing the time taking luxurious bubble-baths and emotionlessly spanking female nobility.

Oh my god this is some sick shit— and really, really, really highlights how much Moffat doesn’t understand the fundamental heart of the show he’s fucking running. If the Doctor was so hot for intelligent, well educated, civilized women why the fuck did he ever leave his home planet? Why has he only ever had one Gallifreyan companion after he left his granddaughter to go her own way? Romana was foisted on him by the time lord ellimist, he didn’t go picking her out of a catalogue. 

The Doctor runs around with soldiers and schoolkids and teachers and sailors and students and journalists and shop girls and alien refugees and orphans and robot dogs and barbarians and private detective penguins and renegade archaeologists. If he wanted a slice of properly civilized girlfriend he had the whole universe to go pick one out from, and he never did till Moffat wrote him launching himself smooch-first at the lady in the fancy dress and historically inaccurate boobies.

Goddamn I am so mad. 

Oh my god. OH my GOD. If you even like moffat, just read this. WHAT A FUCKING ASS> I AM SO MAD

People who call Moffat a talentless hack are mistaken.  It takes some skill to cram that much fail into just three sentences.

when is moffat gonna stop trying to suck his own dick

when is moffat gonna stop trying to suck his own dick

I mean I get the Rose Tyler criticism but let’s talk about the fact that Martha FUCKING Jones was an actual doctor and totally devoted to the doctor but NOPE NOPE NOPE that’s not educated and like “civilized” enough I wonder why

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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.

i’m so writing this as a fanfic…


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.




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 issssssssssssss

It isssssssssssssssss thaaaaat

Oh my…

i had the exact same reaction. the whole time it was like oh hey, this is familiar, and the the “reveal” came and it was like NO MOFFATT THAT IS NOT HOW YOU REUSE A BAD GUY.

not to mention that there are wayyyyyy more efficient materials they could have used, even in that time.


Girl in the Fireplace worked because they were in space with no resources and the whole “They’re programmed to fix the ship using whatever supplies necessary oops” thing kind of made sense. But when they’re not in space??? Whattttt???? Like they weren’t iconic monsters they were iconic programming mistakes trying to do the best they could and Moffat just fucked up. He fucked up. 

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.

Carpaldi’s performance has been 100% excellent throughout this though.

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