Episode 4 saw the words Bad Wolf appear for the first time. I just made it up on a whim, cos I liked the idea of the TARDIS being graffiti’d. But then I spent the rest of the episode idly wondering who that kid was, why he wrote those odd words. And, having dismissed notions of Evil Super Villain Kid, a plan began to form, in mid-production. Knowing that Rose would become the Time Goddess at the end of the series, I wondered if a Time Goddess would imprint herself on the universe, creating things in her image, like the face of Jesus in a bagel. Better still, these signs would actually summon her into existence. That’s the sort of thing you think about in this job, late at night. And then I worked backwards, inserting Bad Wolf references into almost every script. Funnily enough, I never told anyone what I was doing, in case it didn’t work, but the design department picked up on it—they didn’t even ask what it meant, they just offered to stencil it on Captain Jack’s bomb, in German. The idea spread without anyone knowing what it meant. Which is very Bad Wolf in itself.
Fan-created “Twelfth Doctor” opening credits
Based on this
MAKE THE DOCTOR WHO TUMBLR FIND THE THING
WE FOUND THE THING THANKS TO EVERYONES CAPS LOCK
CAN THIS BE THE ACTUAL THEME
LIKE IT STARTS OFF WITH THE NORMAL ALL THE COLORS BUT THEN THEN MUSIC TAKES A DARK TURN AND THEN ALL THE CLOCKWORK IMAGERY STARTS
This is stunning :-o
*ahem- 50 year old…
But also that awkward moment when the Forest of Cheem’s sacrifice is relegated to unimportance in Moffat’s world. Her bravery and kindness don’t matter, and she’s turned into yet another cheap joke about women being infatuated with the Doctor.
That she fancied the Doctor did not feature at all in the season 1 episode. She was curious about his origins, she had sympathy for him, and she gave her life so he could save the rest of the people aboard the base. I personally don’t see her fawning over him (like so many of Moffat’s women do). Thus, with no real evidence to draw this from, Moffat seems to be interpreting her sacrifice as “fancying” the Doctor, which is immensely problematic: It suggests that she did this only for him rather than to save everyone on the ship, and it shows yet another example of Moffat thinking that any woman who interacts with the Doctor must be infatuated with him.
Even if she did fancy him, the fact that Moffat considers her actions negligible in comparison to her “crush” is pretty gross, especially when the payoff from this line is so small. All it does in the context of the episode is set up the Doctor as an object of desire. But in the context of the show, it undermines the agency and power of women to act with bravery and integrity without it being all for the Doctor.
lmao i remember complaing about this exact same thing on this exact same gifset back in 2011
additionally THAT’S NOT EVEN HER NAME
her name was Jabe??? this is like saying ‘i met the human race once. they fancied me’
MOFFAT. *side eyes*
I really liked Jabe, she was only a small character but vital, and I was saddened by her sacrifice.
steven moffat has an uncanny ability to come up with ideas that i didn’t even realize were the last thing on earth i ever wanted to happen
#what if river is amy’s baby#what if amy gives birth in a tube after not knowing she was pregnant#what if river is brainwashed to be obsessed with the doctor#what if we made a infinite duplicates of a companion to ‘save the doctor’#what if we added a secret regeneration#what if we unwrote the time war#wHAT IF i put lego in all of your shoes
Oh my gosh. I am now on tumblr in glorious gif form.
Yes, that is my face. And here is my blog.
(I’m totally allowed to promote on this. It’s my face.)
To add on a bit of my personal perspective, I loved Ten and Nine because they were in love with humanity. They believe in them, in their ability to be kind, to have empathy, to make a change, to be so much more. Eleven? Eleven looked down on humanity from his very first episodes.
Ten and Nine were in love with the universe, its coincidences, or seeming coincidences, its laws, its cultures, its diversity, its power. Eleven thought it didn’t care.
Yeah, its unfortunate. I absolutely adore Matt Smith’s performance, and the basic personality of Eleven- this perfect mish-mash of childish glee and the weight of an old man- is absolutely perfect. But then he (or rather the writers) do something like this and it super awkward.
positive lady characters meme → martha jones + powerful moments
THIS IS ACTUALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT.
NO BUT SERIOUSLY. MARTHA IS SO FUCKING HONEST THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE SERIES. She loves the Doctor, but he didn’t love her back. And instead of being upset about that, she accepted it. People are allowed to love or not love whoever the fuck they want. And instead of spending her whole life obsessive about him falling I love with her (if you look back on your childhood shows you’ll probably find a few female characters that did that throughout the show) she simply “got out” so that she could move on without hurting anyone, especially herself. We could all learn a shit load of things from Martha.
Martha is amazing. I just love her to bits.
Martha was a character who initially put others’ happiness and trouble before her own. But this moment was her saying “No, I need to help my family right now and I also need to move on.” Everyone wants to stay with the Doctor forever, which is fine. But it’s not what Martha deserved, under the circumstances she & Ten were in. So she got out, and she did it with grace, dignity, & class. She didn’t accuse the Doctor for anything, didn’t regret anything. I love it.
Because of him (Matt Smith) Doctor Who became a phenomenon and is now known in the United States and around the world. It was not because of another actor, it was Matt who took the show to another level.
you can understand it as you want, I understand like “Chris and David did nothing, and Matt is important just because I wrote the best Doctor ever.”
So I guess I just imagined me and all my American friends watching Doctor Who in 2007. Thanks for clearing that up.
man, fuck moffat
The episode also introduced a new female character who embodied many of the characteristics of a stereotypical “Moffat woman”: a sexy, powerful woman who flirts with the Doctor while he bobs around awkwardly like a confused child, before she is killed off, brought back to life, and then insulted by the Doctor for not being as good “a woman” as Clara—10 seconds after he kissed her without her consent. It was like a Greatest Hits montage of all the bizarre interactions between the Doctor and his various female companions and love-interests since Moffat took over as showrunner. And this was just a few minutes after Clara was forced by the Truth Field to admit that she first began travelling with the Doctor because she “fancied him.”
Dear Moffat: Can you just stop