so you’re telling me there’s an alien who regenerates into a completely random form, that he cannot control or determine himself, and who understandably could take millions of different appearances, but who all 13 times just turned into a different skinny white guy
I think this is it.
I think this is my favorite post on tumblr.
#god fuckin bless#MOFFAT WE DO NOT CARE FOR YOUR DOCTOR-ORIENTED SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE CHARACTERS OKAY#NORMAL PEOPLE HAVE BEEN RUNNING AROUND WITH THE DOCTOR FOR AGES#AND BEING SPECIAL JUST BECAUSE THEY WERE THEMSELVES IS WHAT MADE US LOVE THEM#WE COULD RELATE TO THEM#AND AS MUCH AS I LOVE AMY AND RORY THE LOVE TRIANGLE BIT WAS A REALLY LAME CHARACTER ARC SORRY#YOU COULDA SKIPPED RIGHT PAST AMY HAVING TO OVERCOME HER ATTRACTION TO THE DOCTOR TO HER BEING A BAMF BUT NOPE#I’M GONNA CALL BULLSHIT ON THAT ONE#AND WE DON’T GET TO KNOW CLARA REALLY #BECAUSE SHE KEEPS DYING#SHE HAS ZERO BACKSTORY BESIDES A LEAF #AND SOUFFLES#AND I CAN FEEL HER POTENTIAL GREATNESS#AND MOFFAT JUST KEEPS SQUASHING IT BY KILLING HER#WE DON’T GET TO KNOW CLARA WE GET TO KNOW THAT SHE WAS BORN FOR THE DOCTOR AND DIES FOR THE DOCTOR JUST LIKE RIVER#RIVER WHO WAS GREAT BUT DIDN’T GET A LIFE#SHE GOT DOCTOR-KILLING TRAINING CAMP#AND THEN GOING OPPOSITE WAYS THROUGH THE TIMELINE WITH THE DOCTOR#AND KILLING THE DOCTOR #LONG TAGS SHORT FUCK YOU MOFFAT#YOU CAN WRITE A DECENT MONSTER BECAUSE MONSTERS AREN’T SUPPOSED TO HAVE EMOTIONS OR LIVES OR STORIES#THEY DON’T HAVE PERSONALITIES #COMPANIONS DO #THE DOCTOR DOES#AND THE SHOW DESERVES A BETTER HEAD WRITER THAN YOU (tags via the-fandoms-are-2spooky)
fem!doctor au - tilda swinton as the doctor
you’ve got the entire universe on your shoulders - so where would you like to go first?
YES. I WANT THIS SO MUCH, YOU HAVE NO IDEA.
the oncoming storm. the destroyer of worlds.
i love nine so much
[you know thing that impossible well now IT HAPPEN]
Spunky Assistant: BUT DOCTOR NO THAT IMPOSSIBLE
Doctor: YES SPUNKY ASSISTANT IT IMPOSSIBLE
Doctor: …BUT HAPPEN
[title card doo wee ooo HAPPEN OF THE DOCTOR by STEVEN MOFFAT]
i’m so sad that the doctor who 50th is coming at a time when i am totally disengaged and could not possibly care less about any of the storylines or characters
OMFG I DIDNT REALIZE THIS WHAT
A* FOR HIDDEN HUMOUR I AM DEAD
oh look Moffat’s male protagonist sexualizing a queer woman. so original. so funny. oh ho ho. boners. it’s hilarious when men objectify women like me.
This is why I will never buy into Moffat’s or his fans’ explanations about how Eleven is super naive and childish and doesn’t understand sex and sexuality.
Also why I don’t buy into Moffat’s outspoken attempts to be queer inclusive. Jenny is explicitly a queer woman in a queer relationship and yet she’s being objectified by a man on screen. Moffat continuously objectifies and sexualises queer woman with a male gaze in his shows even when it’s supposed to be their moments of power (like with Irene Adler in Sherlock).
I know I’ll probably get rotten tomatoes thrown at me for this, but I’m not really a fan of Amy Pond. And that’s not her fault, but the fault of the way she’s written, as a constant foil for the Doctor and as yet another woman who falls hopelessly in love with him and doesn’t quite know when to quit. Even as she’s married in heterosexual dreamland with Rory (look at how fast that ended), she’s still thinking about the Doctor. Her whole life is basically defined by him, and when she attempts to strike out on her own—say, as a model—she gets punished for it by being, you know, whisked away to a Dalek prison planet/asylum. When her characterisation isn’t about her relationship with the Doctor, it’s about her relationship with her fiance and later spouse; nowhere in here is there room for Amy to be herself.
1st Doctor (William Hartnell)
2nd Doctor (Patrick Troughton)
3rd Doctor (Jon Pertwee)
4th Doctor (Tom Baker)
5th Doctor (Peter Davison)
6th Doctor (Colin Baker)
7th Doctor (Sylvester McCoy)
8th Doctor (Paul McGann)
9th Doctor (Christopher Eccleston)
10th Doctor (David Tennant)
11th Doctor (Matt Smith)
8 examples of why Steven Moffat is NOT a feminist
Gif 1: Fetishizing motherhood and reinforcing patriarchal binaries and hierarchies—So much wrong with this one. The Doctor argues that mothers are “more than female”—i.e., better than—those who are not. It plays into pernicious patriarchal myths that women aren’t really women until they’ve given birth, until they’ve had children. Not every woman wants children. Not every woman can have them (for a variety of reasons—including (duh) the fact that some women don’t have uteruses—they’ve had them removed, or they just have penises instead). It doesn’t make them in any way inferior to those who do.
Additionally, he asserts that women are better than men, which simply reverses the patriarchal binary and thus evinces a fundamental misunderstanding of what feminism is. Feminism holds that everyone is equal, members of every gender, not that one gender is better than all of the rest. That’s a patriarchal notion. Hierarchies are patriarchal—privileging certain groups of people over others. Communities where everyone is equal, valued, and respected are feminist.Gif 2: Reinforcing patriarchal stereotypes of women as irrational, overly emotional beings, while men are, of course, the sane, rational ones, which is generally used to justify the notion that women should be denied positions of power. “It all makes sense to her”—i.e., women apparently have some strange sort of emotion-driven non-logic that is fundamentally different from that of men, and that compels them to want to seduce/marry men and then, like the flighty, irrational creatures they are, want to kill them on a whim. This moment is deeply and unforgivably misogynistic.
Gifs 3 and 4: Romanticizing stalking—Both these women, Kathy Nightingale and Madge Arwell, eventually married the men who were stalking them, which sends the message that stalking is normal, romantic, and acceptable. Also, what if Madge had said no to marrying a complete stranger who finds it acceptable to stalk young women who are walking home alone through fairly isolated woods? Would Reg really have kept stalking her—a complete stranger—until he coerced her into agreeing to marry him?
Gifs 5 and 6: Victim-blaming and contributing to rape culture—In Time, Rory drops a thermocoupling after looking up Amy’s skirt, and Amy, Rory, and the Doctor all place the blame on Amy for wearing a skirt rather than Rory, who apparently has zero self-control (also problematic), or the Doctor, who seems not to have entirely thought through the potential ramifications of having a glass floor. And in gif #4, from Space, the Doctor’s ultimate solution to the problem is to order Amy to change into more conservative trousers—i.e., policing a female body—rather than urging Rory to exhibit some self-control. Or altering the desktop theme so that the floor is no longer transparent. The fact that Amy immediately accepts the blame without attempting to argue for a moment is particularly sickening. Essentially, then, this entire skit contributes to rape culture.
Gifs 7 and 8: Demonizing women, which has been par for the course in patriarchy since biblical Eve was first vilified for biting the apple. The implication that River’s attractiveness is why she is “hell” is therefore fairly problematic, since it is rather explicitly harking back to those patriarchal myths, as is the Doctor’s tacit endorsement of the medieval monk’s fear of women. Why did he not correct or contest the monk’s rather terrified reaction at learning that the Doctor was conversing with—the horror!—a woman? A simple, “No. No. Don’t be silly. Women aren’t evil at all.” from the Doctor would have been enough. Also, back to gif 7, how exactly is River’s attractiveness at all related to her decision to save the Doctor’s life? Are they implying that it is because she is sexy that she is so dangerous, which is incredibly misogynistic? The Doctor and Churchill are objectifying and belittling her by speaking of her in such a way. River, like every other woman/being in the universe, deserves more respect. To be treated like a human being, not a piece of meat. If Rory had been the one inside that suit, would they be speaking of him so dismissively?
It’s fairly obvious that Moffat likes to think of himself as a feminist. But anyone who is capable of writing the above moments (and each and every one is from episodes he wrote himself) clearly does not have a good grasp of what feminism is. Perhaps he should have done his research.
The issue is NOT that Moffat didn’t cast a woman (or a non-caucasian of either gender). It’s that the thought of casting one NEVER SEEMED TO ENTER INTO THE EQUATION. It’s as ludicrous to him that a woman would be the Doctor as a man would portray The Queen. Both represent a type of drag performance that might be amusing but certainly not authentic. And given that science fiction/fantasy is a place where “what if” and “why not” have their safest homes, it’s disheartening to see limitations put on a show that is, by its design, utter limitless […]
Had I not heard these rumblings before today’s special, Moffat’s comment about The Queen probably wouldn’t have raised an eyebrow. Had Moffat’s companions been strong, independent figures that weren’t ignorant of their own origins, Moffat’s comments would have gone unnoticed. Instead, his comments formed a triptych along with the other two elements that suggest a large, systemic problem that has absolutely no bearing on Capaldi’s capacity to play the Doctor but everything to do with Moffat’s ability to steer that ship.
Instead of focus on the new Doctor, maybe we should be focused on getting a new showrunner. The TARDIS can go anywhere in time and space. But Moffat seems stuck on the same patch of antiquated soil.
Sometimes you find an article that’s so incredible you just want to copy-paste the entire thing into a post and put giant flashing neon signs on it that scream:
This is one of those posts.Seriously, go read the whole thing.
the doctor is an alien who travels in a police box and has two hearts and turns into a different person every few years and has been alive for nearly a millennium
are you really going to justify that it’s impossible for them to be anything other than a white british man when they aren’t even from this solar system much less england