Kongosoha likes sea otters and BIONICLE
Bio not provided
"I’m going to make a not too unreasonable assumption that this is an amniotic fluid of sorts"
"Once more it would not be an unreasonable assumption to state that the creature within the egg also has its own bacterial life to sustain it."
Correct me if I'm wrong, as I haven't watched the episode since around the broadcast time, but weren't these ideas expressed within the episode? So they wouldn't just be assumptions; they would have in-story grounding.
Anyway. Ahh, "The Great 'Kill the Moon' Debate". Or, as it is known in some circles, "Case #807: Where Does 'Doctor Who' Fall on Moh's Scale of Sci-Fi Hardness? - Is it 'Chris Hemsworth's pectoral muscles,' or 'a floppy corn tortilla'? Or somewhere in between?"
Where do I sit on the issue? Well, personally, I still find myself content in the "doesn't mind the inaccuracies too much" camp. Now, truthfully, I stopped expecting scientific accuracy from Doctor Who as soon as we learned that there was a giant, living immortality vagina running through the core of Earth that controlled the lifespan of the entire human race, but whatever flimsy few scraps of expectation may still be left do abide by a certain standard. See, for me, suspension of disbelief kicks in as soon as something isn't real. For example, you show me a star in Doctor Who? Okay, I'll expect it to behave like a normal star would. However, if you show me a *sentient* star in Doctor Who, and tell me that it is behaving strangely, then I will roll with it, because setient stars are not real and thus, I cannot speak to how they would work.
Similarly, you show me the moon in Doctor Who, and I will expect it to behave like the moon. But if you tell me that the moon in Doctor Who is actually an egg containing a gargantuan alien being, then all bets are off. Gargantuan alien beings in moon-eggs are obviously not real, so how do I know how they do and don't operate? Sure, it broke the law of concervation of mass. But hey, the Doctor once broke the second law of thermodynamics. C'est la vie, accidents happen. Although in all seriousness, why isn't that enough? It was an alien being, and they even gave the people who wanted a side of technobabble with their nonsense shake something in the form of saying that it had "variable mass." I'll touch on that more in a moment, but for now, my point is, if it's alien, then isn't that enough license to say that we don't know enough about how it works? I have seen people say that if it were the moon of some other planet, then they wouldn't have had as much of an issue with it, even though that is ridiculous, as if moons in different galaxies are not subject to the same physics that ours are. But apparently, if it is an alien moon, then it is somehow better? But why not simply because it was an alien creature?
Perhaps this is an unconventional example, but for instance, in Pokémon, the law of conservation of mass is broken on a routine basis. Matter is constantly created from seemingly nothing, in the form of Pokémon attacks and evolutions. But the fans accept that on the basis that Pokémon are just really weird creatures that follow really strange rules. And believe me, there are some *very* scientifically-minded people in that fandom. And it isn't as if the Pokémon universe clings to some conceit about being a magical alternative universe with a completely different body of physics. In fact it often does just the opposite, trying to parallel our world in order to create a more relatable sense of adventure. Indeed, in the earlier days, it even seemed to *be* our world, as there were several references to real historical events (e.g. the moon landing) and locations.
But Pokémon are weird, so mass coming out of nowhere is all well and good. But not with Mr. Space Dragonfly here, with his "variable mass"? ¯\_(°_o)_/¯
As to the single-celled spider bacteria, who cares? The Weeping Angels "quantum lock" (that is, in this case, the proverbial "fries" to "variable mass's" "tater tots") attempts to ground itself in a real-world concept, but realistically it still doesn't make any sense. If quantum-locking were really anything like actual quantum physics, then the Weeping Angels would be pathetically harmless. *Any* kind of observation would render them inert, including touch... including them touching you... and how did the Angels acquire this fantastic ability anyway? Oh yeah... evolution (another concept that the show abuses horribly from time to time with few people piping up about it), nothing more. Which is excuable, of course, simply because they are alien.
People have said, "But it's *our* moon, so it should work like *our* moon." But... is it really? We already knew from the Silurians's backstory that the show's moon has its own history (one that "Kill the Moon" remains more or less consistent with). In fact, is the Doctor Who Earth even really "our" Earth anymore? Setting aside that DW!Earth even had its own twin planet, if the aforementioned subterranean life vagina somehow means that the Sheldrake theory can be an actual thing, then why can't the dragonfly in the moon-egg give known physics the slip?
Now, if viewers are mistaking in-show science as *real* science, then maybe those people need to spend less time watching the telly, and more time studying. Or, maybe not. Honestly, I have no shame in admitting that I couldn't really begin to tell you what the inherent problems are with the show's portrayal of a shuttle landing on the moon's surface. Laugh if you want, but it's not something that I need to know in order to do my job (not that I would really make a huge issue out of the show misportraying the copy-printing process, but I digress), and I would have thought that it was even less of a thing I needed to know in order to sit down on a Saturday evening and enjoy an episode of Doctor Who. But then, I guess that just explains everything right there; the intensity with which these things will bother you is proportionate to how much you care about them.
Well, either way. I enjoyed the episode, and for me, the fact that it was an alien being is enough license for me to look the other way on it. But I suppose that's just my opinion, after all. Anyway, Mark, I enjoyed the article. It was a good read, and I even followed along with your bit about imaginary numbers. Now to go vote on stuff.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Kill the Moon
Going for Anthony Ainley on this one, although Delgado and Beevers are great too. Not a huge fan of Pratt or Roberts.
2 months, 1 week ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)
2 months, 1 week ago on Christmas Special: Santa is Real, Not Evil
2 months, 1 week ago on Steven Moffat: 10 Triumphs
Is Moffat not capable of changing his mind?
2 months, 1 week ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Plan to Regenerate “For a While”
Ultimately, I understand the logic behind the Space Jesus Doctor (although I do wish people would quit saying that The Shakespeare Code foreshadowed it by establishing that words have power, because it's not the words that are giving him power in that scene; it's the psychic interface). That's not where my issue with the episode lies. My problem is more to do with the House of Lungbarrow Elf Doctor. The hyper-aged make-up looked just fine on Tennant and was perfectly convincing, and tied into The Lazarus Experiment in a way that made sense. The Master had already reduced the Doctor to a feeble old man. Turning him into Dobby was not only pointless and beyond silly, but also a waste of money on bad CGI despite them having a workable and convincing practical effect. To say nothing of the anime-eyed Hob-Doctor being kept in a flipping bird cage. I honestly don't know what drugs RTD must have been on when he came up with that. Because now we have it that in the DW universe, humans could have evolved into giant red scorpion monsters and Time Lords into dewy-eyed Yodas. And then another minor issue is that the paradox machine is stopped by... Jack shooting it up with an AK. Alright. I would have expected something more but I can at least let that one slide. But not the DoctorDobby. I honestly believe that it is one of the most ridiculous and unnecessary moments in the history of the show. It's not even ridiculous in a fun way, it's just outright weird, and pointless, and redundant after the Doctor has already been forcefully aged.
2 months, 1 week ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)
These are simplified, if anything. The End of Time and The Time of the Doctor are classified as specials and have never been referred to as series finales in any official capacity. Only the listed choices have been.
I'm not sure... which point you're trying to argue, sorry. <:P
Both made heroic sacrifices before killing themselves. "This will work, this will kill the Angels." vs. "I will burn."
Moffat clearly has a fetish for roboticizing men. Rory the Roman Auton, Dan the Cyberman...
"And biting them NO* less," LiveFyre!!!!
Possibly not - remember that Amy was visiting psychiatrists regularly as a kid (and biting them, not less). She may not have been deemed fit to adopt, but even then, it's clear that they never discussed the particular issue of Rory wanting kids. When Amy talks about it in Asylum is clearly the first he's hearing of it, because the problem was that Amy kept her emotions bottled up within her and her bubble, and assumed that she wasn't good enough for Rory (and there are people who do develop self-worth issues upon finding out that they're infertile). I agree that the patching up of the relationship was mishandled and that yeah, YaelMoise is spot-on about a separation being a better way of going about it, but the problem itself was very realistic, I feel. Communication is massively important in a relationship, and this was them failing to communicate.
She didn't have much time to *try* and stop him before instinct kicked in (because she's not just going to let it plummet to the floor, is she?), and no, she didn't, because she was acting on impulse and emotion, and the Doctor promptly reprimanded her for it.
Yesterday, The Name of the Doctor probably would have gotten my vote, but while I still love it, somebody on the "in Perspective" article (apologies to them if they're reading this, I can't remember the username) made a strong case that it's not really a "finale" so much as it is a "turning point." It resolves the Clara mystery for that Series, yes, but functionally it's more of a set-up for the next two episodes, and that's just not quite what I want from a finale. So Series 5 won out for me, although that was still a difficult choice between it and Series 1.
Personally, I think it's just the Pete's World Bunch (Tyler Bunch? There are options.) that push it past the breaking point... maybe Sarah Jane as well. Martha and Torchwood being involved makes sense, as they represent U.N.I.T. and, well, Torchwood, which are both important government agencies that would get involved in something like that. Sarah Jane, lovely as it is to have her, doesn't really contribute anything beyond some Plot-Advancing Tech and a nice call-back to Genesis of the Daleks. Whereas having the Tyler Bunch only serves to overload the cast list and trample all over Rose's character development.
I am by no accounts a Rose fan, but it's not as if she actively picked up Baby!Rose after being told not to. Pete shoved her into Rose's arms.
It reverted a Slitheen to its base element. Rose reverted the Daleks to atoms. Same basic principle, except in Rose's case, all of that power was bent to her will.
And as far as the woman in the shop resolution goes, I think it's obvious that it was only made relevant later on in the game when Moffat saw that he had the opportunity to do something with it. Personally, I was never really invested in that particular mystery to begin with, but I suspect that Moffat never had any specific plan in mind for it, and that he probably just decided to address it now so that people wouldn't be asking him about it at cons and panels for eternity. I mean, are we really to believe that way, way back in late 2012 Moffat knew that he would 1) bring back Gallifrey, 2) bring back the Master, 3) as a woman), and 4) that Jenna would still be on as the companion? If so, then that's a lot he was banking on everything going according to plan, which I don't think he does. And besides, it's the Master we're talking about. The same Master who once hid out in a random field on 1820s Earth, disguised as a scarecrow, just on the off-chance that the Doctor and Peri would happen to stroll by. Her own blood probably takes the most convoluted and roundabout path possible just to circulate throughout her system.
They could probably use a hand.
Frankly I thought her "exit" in Death in Heaven would have been a perfect ending for her; I guess I'm happy to see more but I think they missed an opportunity to leave it on a strong, bittersweet note. And if she doesn't at least leave at Christmas, I think they'll be overdoing it. Not that I don't love her; I do. But you've got to know where to stop.
I'm a rare case of someone who doesn't really care for his pre-Series 5 work (except for the Library two-parter, of course, which is stunningly good - the WWII two-parter is pretty good too but not a favorite of mine, while The Girl in the Fireplace is dull and overly sappy and Blink is solid but nothing to write home about), but loves most of what came after. :P
2 months, 1 week ago on Moffat’s Best Monsters, Tricks & Stories (So Far)
Maybe he counts Turn Left as a part of the Series 4 finale instead. :P
2 months, 1 week ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 8
There were three threats for the bulk of the episode. Just because we found out in the end that they were imagined doesn't mean that we didn't spend most of the episode with the characters dealing with what they perceived to be threats.
2 months, 1 week ago on BBC Declares Series 8 A Triumph
Moff makes the offer every year, but RTD is content to just enjoy it as a fan.
2 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who TV Readers’ Final Series 8 Episode Ranking
Except it was the Time Lords who changed it, and they've shown that they can rewrite time without creating paradoxes like that.
2 months, 1 week ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 7
It's been said plenty of times before, but they got out of the timestream by walking out. The Doctor says that him *not* making it out is only a possibility, because if he's in there for too long, then his presence will cause the timestream to collapse due to the paradoxes. And I would imagine that no, he wouldn't be split apart, because he is already, by definition, distributed along his timeline (as it's *his* timeline). And that's probably why his presence in the timestream would cause it to collapse - because it's trying to break him apart (hence his outbursts of pain while talking to Clara), but it can't because he already exists all over his timeline. Him being there again at every moment would be too big a paradox.
1. No, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they have to be different in every respect. I would argue that The Day of the Doctor tried to make a point of Eleven and Ten being quite similar in some ways, but different in others.
2. While I think that Ten's breakdown made sense for him at the time, make no mistake - context is important here. While their reactions come from the same place (the fear of dying or being faced with an inevitable fate), the reactions themselves are not the same. Ten throws a tantrum, while Eleven has a very brief loss of his collected cool. This illustrating perfectly point #1, that the two are both similar and different. They respond to the same thing in a similar vein, but the way that they express it is different.
People have suggested the Master and Davros before, but I don't think either would have worked without significant changes to the plot. The Master can't bear to imagine a universe without the Doctor (so why would he try to erase him from it?), and Davros slowly wheeling his Kaled Hoveround into the timestream would have been Narm of the highest degree, in my opinion. :P
But the was only a book about the Time War, wasn't it? And she looked at it for like five seconds.
I'm sure it came up at some point. The Doctor and her seem to have lots of personal chats in their off-time, hence Clara knowing so much about his personal details.
But the Tenth Doctor had essentially the same reaction, no? When Eleven was faced with his "death" in Series 6, he freaked out and went on a cross-universal road trip. Just like Ten at the end of The Waters of Mars. When Eleven thought he'd managed to avoid his prophesied death but then found out that he hadn't, he had a breakdown on Clara's couch. When Ten thought he'd sent the Time Lords away and avoided the "four knocks," and then Wilf banged on the door, the Doctor had a breakdown. I think it was in-character under the circumstances.
It's because he's heard the prophecy of Trenzalore. He thinks this is where he's going to be confronted with it. He's scared of his fate, and ever since the Series 6 finale, even though he knew that cheating death at Lake Silencio meant that Trenzalore was still to come, he took it for granted, flippantly indulging in every reference to the Question that came up (see Asylum of the Daleks, The Bells of Saint John). But now he can't run from it because the GI has forced his hand.
Personally, I think that it was written in such a way that it could be seen as the solution to the Trenzalore "prophecy," but for the purposes of being a red herring so that when Time came around, it would seem like a bigger shock.
I don't see why people get so hung up on this. It's Doctor Who. Time can be rewritten, and things can be erased, but as long as the Doctor and (most of the time) the companion remember it and experienced it, then it doesn't matter. THEIR personal timestreams are the only ones that should matter to the audience. Nobody laments The End of the World overwriting The Ark.
"Trenzalore" is delightfully alien and haunting.
Well, exiting the timestream was never presented as an issue. The risk of the Doctor going in there was that his presence inside of his own timestream would cause a mass of paradoxes and would cause it to collapse, trapping/killing the Doctor and Clara in there. It wasn't so much "How will we get out??" so much as it was "I've got you, now let's hurry before me being in here brings the whole place down!" I think us seeing the [Eleventh] Doctor turn around and walk away from the shadowy figure is supposed to be shorthand for "they're stepping out and leaving now," but the could have been made more clear (although that'd have been tricky to do without undoing the WHAM of the Hurt reveal). My solution would be to throw The Last Day in the bin because really, who cares, and instead do a minisode with the Doctor stepping out of the timestream and taking Clara and the Paternosters back to the TARDIS. That way, you could even discuss the effect of the timestream on Clara have the Paternosters ask what they saw in there, and even get a tension-building tease about the Doctor's secret in as a lead-in to the 50th. And you wouldn't even need more than the TARDIS set to shoot it; you could just cut from them in the TOMBDIS to the TARDIS. And that would allow you to both 1) retain the epic tension of the Hurt reveal at the end of Name, and 2) let Day remain a standalone.
A good point. I've often thought about that. I think it would have felt more justified, at least, if Series 7 had explored more of the whole "deleting himself from history" thing. Because if he's going to survive Lake Silencio while still maintaining a lower profile so as to avoid hurting people, then that's what he has to do, is go into a sort of "hiding." That's one of the few things that I like about Asylum of the Daleks, is that we get a bit of pick-up on that in the very beginning, when the Doctor and Darla are talking. "They say you can help." "Do they? I wish they'd stop." A very reserved, but powerful, moment in which we see the Doctor trying to preserve his silence. But that was never really followed up on (and having the obscenely fluffy The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe in between the two doesn't help matters, especially since it opens with the Doctor helping Earth against an invasion). Although there was at least one big consequence - the Doctor knew that surviving Lake Silencio meant that he would still have to go to Trenzalore and face the Question one day. I'm guessing he was hoping that he'd get lucky and avoid it, which explains his breakdown when the issue is forced in The Name of the Doctor.
2 months, 1 week ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 6
But as I said, they've seen Time Lords survive certain-death situations. The Master did it. Heck, the time before last when the Daleks faced the Doctor, one of them managed to kill him, and then an hour later, there were TWO of him, who along with his newly-empowered Distaff Counterpart Time Ginger, proceeded to blow up their entire empire. Whereas the Pandorica was a specially-made prison built with all the resources and brainpower of the entire BBC costume and prop department.
2 months, 1 week ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 5
Well, the real reason why they didn't attack him was because they were leading him into a false sense of security. They wanted to trap him in the Pandorica so that they would know for certain that he couldn't one day cause the TARDIS to blow up. The Daleks in particular have tried executing a Time Lord before, and that one managed to avoid it with a CGI Horcrux Snake. The whole episode is supposed to subvert the notion of the Doctor being an all-powerful wizard god who can give a big speech and turn armies way. So the Alliance let him talk his head off, knowing that they retain the upper-hand. Or plunger.
I don't disagree, although this is one of those instances where it's inconsequential enough (and yet simultaneously so beneficial to Rory's character development) to the point where I don't mind that the logistics are essentially just "timey-wimey, now watch the show."
Yes, see, *that* was the problem. There was no reason not to mention it in Series 6, particularly in The Doctor's Wife when hey, look at that, the TARDIS can communicate openly for once. It was obviously the Silence who did it, but not addressing it until the very end made everybody expect some huge revelation out of it. I honestly have no idea why Moffat chose to do it like that.
The Doctor *could* do that in every scenario, except he would create a massive paradox in the process. He was only able to get away with it here because most of the universe was gone anyway.