Doctor Who Meme || 2/8 scenes
Advantages of being an android.
#i finished the shalka book yesterday and oh maaaaan#the webisode is pretty fun and it’s great to have richard e grant and sir jacobi but THE BOOK#you kind of get the ‘mostly contently married’ vibe from the animation but it’s not really accurate#you miss out on funny details like them hosting a dinner party in the TARDIS and the master’s face falling into a bowl of soup#but there’s still so much tension#because the master hates being an android - he hates being only part of what he used to be#and the TARDIS console room is clearly meant for the two of them and there’s a chair and fireplace#and wine/tea stains on the table#but every piece of furniture is somehow damaged#evidence of violence and discontent between them#they probably still haven’t moved past that completely#and the answering machine part is a LIE#damn it i expected d/m emotions but not like this#not like this
WELL HOW FORTUITOUS THAT I HAPPENED TO ORDER THE BOOK LAST WEEK, BECAUSE NOW I WANT MORE THAN EVER TO READ IT. *vibrates with Shalka!feels*
Also your art is adorable.
Ten and his companions, requested by doctorwhogurrrrrrl.
Seizure First Aid.
Learn it. Share it. Know it. Use it.
100% correct medical information on tumblr for once; also consider calling 911 if you don’t know how often the person has seizures and ESPECIALLY if the seizure has lasted 5 minutes or more (which is why the watch is critical)
How did they even come up with ‘vworp’
who heard ‘rhhhhnnnnnnt rhhhhnnnnnnnt rhhhnnnnnnnnnnnnnt *eldritch pinball noises*’ and thought ‘ah yes vworp vworp’
On Comparing Feminists and Engaging with Critiques
An interesting discussion broke out earlier today on Twitter about how we discuss feminism and Doctor Who. I was supposed to be spending the day studying for a midterm, but instead, I woke up to this Tweet:
.@WhovianFeminism Question: If Steven Moffat is sexist, why do feminists work with him?— Thomas Ahearn (@Slughorn42)March 2, 2014
It’s an argument that presumes itself to be a clever rebuttal of all feminist objections to Steven Moffat’s writing. If other feminists have worked with Steven Moffat and defended him against claims of sexism, people say, then clearly he can’t be accused of sexism and misogyny. But it’s actually a really simplistic way of ignoring and dismissing those critiques.
The fundamental flaw with this type of argument is that it doesn’t actually address the issues that those who criticize Moffat have raised. This argument instead turns the focus on the individuals involved and erases all complexity and nuance. Instead of asking me to engage with a particular person’s defense of Moffat, you are asking me to judge that individual person. You are asking me to judge whether they are suitably feminist, or whether they are the right or wrong type of feminist.
Furthermore, this type of argument assumes that the existence of one feminist who defends Moffat somehow negates the existence of another feminist who criticizes him. This argument also operates within a context where feminists are sorted into “reasonable” feminists and “hysterical” feminists, with many people assuming that the women who have defended Moffat are the “reasonable” feminists and that those who continue to criticize him are the “hysterical” feminists who are inventing reasons to be mad at him.
As a result, the argument becomes very simplistic. Rather than engaging with the critique and judging it based on its merits, someone can just say “Well, [X] feminist says this show is okay!” and safely dismiss all other critiques without actually engaging with them.
This argument has been making the rounds on the internet again, in part because Karen Gillan was recently asked about fan critiques of Steven Moffat’s female characters. She replied:
I just don’t understand that because I feel like I had a very rounded, interesting, flawed and layered character to play. And I wore skirts but Steven Moffat had nothing to do with that! He doesn’t care about costumes. So I don’t really understand that if I’ve got to be honest.
Instead of actually engaging with the merits of her defense, many fans have simply held up this statement that Moffat isn’t sexist. But it’s not that simple. Sure, we can agree that Moffat is not responsible for Amy’s skirts, and if anyone thinks its sexist that Amy wore short skirts, then I’ll defend Karen Gillan and Amy Pond till my last breath.
But that hasn’t been my critique of Amy’s short skirts, or her character as a whole. I objected to the way Amy’s scenes in short skirts were shot: most started at her feet and slowly drifted up her legs, an example of the male gaze objectifying female characters. I objected to the way other characters shamed, criticized, or objectified her for wearing short skirts. And I’ve been very uncomfortable with the way that Steven Moffat has discussed her body. In one infamous interview, Moffat indicated he wasn’t thrilled about hiring her because he thought she was “wee and dumpy,” but immediately changed his mind when he realized she was “5’11”, slim, and gorgeous.” She may be personally flattered that Moffat has complimented her for looking attractive, but what message does that send other girls who aren’t conventionally attractive about whether or not they could be suitable companions? And if you look in my Amy Pond tag you’ll see I have a number of other critiques about Amy Pond’s storyline that have nothing to do with short skirts.
Let me make one thing clear: this is not a personal attack on Karen Gillan or an attempt to discredit her. When I criticize her statement, I’m not trying to say that she’s a horrible, terrible person. I am engaging with her comments, and continuing a discussion about feminist critiques of Doctor Who. I am disagreeing but not dismissing. I am trying to think about her perspective when making these comments and then offering up my own, differing perspective.
This amazing, wonderful, outrageous fandom can have some of the greatest conversations about our show. We have blogs and forums and books and academic papers and podcasts and vlogs all dedicated to engaging with the source material and imagining it complexly. Yet discussing feminism in Doctor Who has become something so controversial and so emotional that critiques tend to be interpreted as personal insults and attacks.
I don’t care if you disagree with me. In fact, I welcome it. Disagreement forces me to think more critically about what I’m about to say and as a result makes my critiques stronger. But we need to stop trying to dismiss each other with simplistic attacks like: “Well Moffat can’t be sexist because feminists work with him.” It does nothing to advance the conversation and simply perpetuates the notion that critiques are personal attacks.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go back to studying for that midterm…
An Unexpected Companion - Child Verse
Susan took one lollipop that looked a tiny bit like the monkey she just bought and dropped a small princess-curtsey, like she sometimes liked to do when she felt all giddy like this.
"We’re gonna let Papa name him," she decided seriously. She liked picking her own names, so Papa would like it, too. And he always picked the funniest names!
She closed her hand about Mama’s fingers and tugged. “Come on, we need to get back to the Tardis and give it to him!”
"Okay, alright, calm down," Rose laughed, allowing herself to be pulled from the shop. "Thank you!" she called over her shoulder; the woman in the shop waved goodbye.
"So you’ve had enough of the zoo now, then?" Rose asked Susan, dragging her feet until the child slowed to an impatient walking pace. "D’you want to see any more animals, or get back to the TARDIS and see what the Doctor’s gotten up to there?"
"Let’s go to the Tardis, please. Papa’s all alone and I want to give him our souvenir!"
She slowed down a bit further and began searching the area for the blue box with her eyes, getting on her tiptoes. “Where is it?”
In a multi-chapter fic, it’s important that little details from earlier chapters be not forgotten later such as if a character had been reading someone’s journal and comes across the same handwriting later that they don’t forget.
Unfortunately, nobody ever told this to Harry. He had been reading instructions from a blackboard for five whole years, but when finding notes in a schoolbook, he apparently couldn’t connect the two.
Let’s assume, for Harry’s sake, that Snape’s handwriting changed a lot. It happens between 16 and 31…
Coriolanus has got the moves
and the mOTHERFUCKING JEANS
OMFG reblogging for reasons…damn those pants…
No, really…..I’m begging you.
references made to the sensorites , the invisible enemy , the visitation , cat’s cradle: time’s crucible , theatre of war , lungbarrow , cold fusion , war of the daleks , the book of the war  zagreus , the end of time , and probably other things.
As well composed and constructed as this presentation is, in The Doctor’s Daughter with Jenny, she was produced very similarly in such a manner. Biologically generated through technological reconfiguration of DNA. Considering the technology at hand, that is probably the closest anyone has every canonically gotten to that system of reproduction. And yet the Doctor was in denial of her traits as a certifiable Time Lord/Lady. Now this could be accountable for the fact that she may have not gazed into the untempered schism, or that she was free from all of the knowledge and suffering other Time Lords have gone through. But it could also mean that The Doctor was in denial of her certifiable existence due to her peculiar manner of reproduction. Now I am basing most of this off of the Russell T Davies era. I do not have full knowledge of the current and classic Who. So if you have anything that goes against my information or proves this theory more acceptable, feel free to present it.
well, she’s not a time lord. without the imprimatur, without an education at one of the academies, etc etc etc, no, she isn’t a time lord. she’s a chronarch, and i wouldn’t at all say the doctor is in denial of her traits as a time lord.
DONNA: Who is she?
DOCTOR: Well, she’s… Well, she’s my daughter.
ten very quickly accepts her as his child; the only questioning really shows up when she dies and doesn’t appear to regenerate:
MARTHA: She’s like you, but maybe not enough.
DOCTOR: No. Too much. That’s the truth of it. She was too much like me.
why that line? well, the doctor’s not technically gallifreyan. back in the pythian era of gallifrey an alien showed up, whom the gallifreyans called “the other” in a burst of creative insight. this alien was very intelligent, and helped the neotechnologists (the rebel group lead by rassilon) out a lot. later, rassilon began to see the other as a threat, and killed them, throwing them into a Loom. a couple million years later, the other’s mind gets dumped into the body of theta, a prydonian. fast forward another 600 years or so, and theta’s on earth with their charge arkytior, who’s now going by “susan” to fit in. her teachers were given the impression theta was a doctor, and called them such. the name stuck.
the doctor isn’t in denial of her gallifreyan traits. if anything, he’s in denial of her lack thereof.
DOCTOR: Two hearts. She’s like me. If we wait. If we just wait.
Just to add to this: he does spend a lot of time disowning Jenny, but that’s mostly due to her actions in the fight scene and not her biology.
Here’s her birth:
CLINE: Arm yourself.
(He hands the newcomer a rifle.)
MARTHA: Where did she come from?
DOCTOR: From me.
DONNA: From you?. How? Who is she?
(The woman checks the rifle is ready for use.)
DOCTOR: Well, she’s, well, she’s my daughter.
At this point, he’s focused on Jenny’s existence. The gun doesn’t factor into it.
CLINE: You primed to take orders? Ready to fight?
JENNY: Instant mental download of all strategic and military protocols, sir. Generation five thousand soldier primed and in peak physical health. Oh, I’m ready.
(She takes her place with Cline and the other soldiers at a barricade.)
DONNA: Did you say daughter?
DOCTOR: Mmm. Technically.
He’s starting to get a little bit worried and to distance himself… then the fight scene happens.
CLINE: We have to blow the tunnel. Get the detonator.
DOCTOR: I’m not detonating anything.
(The Doctor goes to help a wounded soldier. The Hath breach the barricade and one grabs Martha. Jenny takes on another hand to hand, then gets the detonator.)
CLINE: Blow the thing! Blow the thing!
DOCTOR: Martha! No. Don’t.
(Jenny hits the button. A klaxon sounds and everyone runs before the big KaBOOM brings down the roof.)
DOCTOR: You’ve sealed off the tunnel. Why did you do that?
JENNY: They were trying to kill us.
DOCTOR: But they’ve got my friend.
JENNY: Collateral damage. At least you’ve still got her. He lost both his men. I’d say you came out ahead.
DONNA: Her name’s Martha. And she’s not collateral damage, not for anyone. Have you got that, GI Jane?
Ooh, now somebody’s pissed off.
DONNA: I’m Donna. What’s your name?
JENNY: Don’t know. It’s not been assigned.
DONNA: Well, if you don’t know that, what do you know?
JENNY: How to fight.
DONNA: Nothing else?
DOCTOR: The machine must embed military history and tactics, but no name. She’s a generated anomaly.
DONNA: Generated anomaly. Generated. Well, what about that? Jenny.
JENNY: Jenny. Yeah, I like that. Jenny.
DONNA: What do you think, Dad?
DOCTOR: Good as anything, I suppose.
DONNA: Not what you’d call a natural parent, are you?
DOCTOR: They stole a tissue sample at gunpoint and processed it. It’s not what I call natural parenting.
DONNA: Rubbish. My friend Nerys fathered twins with a turkey baster. Don’t bother her.
DOCTOR: You can’t extrapolate a relationship from a biological accident.
DONNA: Er, Child Support Agency can.
DOCTOR: Look, just because I share certain physiological traits with simian primates doesn’t make me a monkey’s uncle, does it?
JENNY: I’m not a monkey. Or a child.
DONNA: She belongs with us. With you. She’s your daughter.
DOCTOR: She’s a soldier. She came out of that machine.
Two things. In order:
1. I’ve seen this held up as an argument against Looming, but look where his focus is: it’s the ‘at gunpoint’, not the ‘processed’. It’s not natural parenting if it was forced on you.
2. Wow, really, Doctor? Because a few minutes ago ago she was… well, she was your daughter.
The Doctor does not deny Jenny as his child based on her manner of conception: he accepts her unequivocally for that and then disowns her based on her behaviour. Important difference.
And then, yeah - she’s not a Time Lord because she’s a chronarch. The Imprimatur isn’t inheritable. He never says she’s not Gallifreyan. In fact:
JENNY: What’s a Time Lord?
DOCTOR: It’s who I am. It’s where I’m from.
JENNY: And I’m from you.
DOCTOR: You’re an echo, that’s all. A Time Lord is so much more. A sum of knowledge, a code, a shared history, a shared suffering. Only it’s gone now, all of it. Gone forever.
He’s not saying she’s not biologically Gallifreyan. He’s saying she’s not culturally or socially a Time Lord. Which she isn’t.
So how does any of this account for how Susan had a kid on Earth with a human? It wasn’t likely through technological means since humans were like massively technophobic at that point.
Humans aren’t technophobic at that point: they’re xenophobic (which is why she had to hide the fact that she was an alien). In fact whole parts of Alex’s character arc surround the fact that people desperately want him to help rebuild their society. Being short on tech in the wake of a Dalek apocalypse doesn’t mean you dislike it. And Susan’s easily clever enough to jury-rig herself a machine of some kind.
It was technological. Definitely. The Eighth Doctor flat-out asks her how she managed it in An Earthly Child, heavily implying that it’s not possible by biological means. And heck, even Ten says that there’s never been a half-human, half-Time Lord before.
(And no, Alex is not half-human. He is 93% human, which would be a pretty unlikely split if he’d been womb-born. Susan displays an astonishingly deep awareness of his genetics, in fact - that he’s not telepathic would be easy enough to work out however he’d been born, but she also knows that he won’t regenerate and exactly how much of her species is in him. If that’s not evidence that she created him from scratch, I don’t know what is.)
I love how the Ood is like ‘Dammit translator ball!’ and just hits it
This is why I really, really love the Ood.
Favorite Doctor Who scene.
The most misunderstood creatures in the fandom…
I love what Who did with the Angels and the Ood.
They’ve taken something that people would automatically want to trust, an angel, and made them creepy as fuck.
And they’ve taken a thing that people would automatically respond to the visual of with revulsion and fear, and made them the sweetest, most peaceful creatures in the universe.
If that’s not the best “looks can be deceiving” ever done I don’t know what is.
I guess you could say they’re misunderstOOD.