Diana van der Pluijm
Avid SF-fan since I was old enough to read. Dutch teacher. I love gaming (WoW's my favourite). Sometimes writer and poet. Have strong opinions about the shows I like and they're not always positive.
I am a fan of Capaldi already and I haven't even seen the first episode yet! Go, mister Capaldi, GO!
2 days, 6 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8
Such a shame that quite a lot of countries that sport an impressive amount of Who-fans are again being left out. I won't be able to watch the episode live, but quite a lot of my friends would love to go and see it in a theater.
4 days, 2 hours ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
I am very happy to hear this. Actions and decisions should have consequences.
1 week ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences
There are so many counterarguments to this theory that I'll stick with a heart-felt NO.
1 month ago on An Earthly Gallifrey
@DonKlees @YaelMoise @wetsun That's what I keep saying as well. Let's NOT explain it. Leave it be. Like the little goof-ups mentioned in this article it's possible to just live with them. Not the big muck-ups, though (of which there have been a-plenty in both the classic series and the new series).
1 month, 1 week ago on WHOops! When Doctor Who Gets It Wrong
@stargazer0118 My thoughts exactly.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Why Bringing Back Gallifrey is Wrong
@Notsosmartguy @Diana van der Pluijm He'll take on the Council? Like he tried (and failed) to do before he decided his entire race should perish?
@Notsosmartguy @Diana van der Pluijm @Rani Nose Even in Futurama there was tension because something had to be resolved and it always involved an element of danger (running out of money and not being able to eat, for instance, is still a 'danger').
@Rani Nose If there is no fear for someone's life or even for someone's pain, then what is there to fear? What kind of excitement is there other than knowing there's a dangerous situation that has to be resolved? IF there's no danger, there's nothing to be concerned about. In every plot there's an aspect of danger, be it worry about someone's disappearance (and thus being in danger), about someone's well-being (be it physical or mental, probably brought on by an external danger), about having to find something of importance (due to someone or other being in danger of something), and so on and so forth. Without tension, no drama, no interest in what's going to happen. Good characters need good plots, otherwise it's just... watching everyday life in a sci-fi-setting.
@ilyootha @Diana van der Pluijm Why? Because I'd rather condemn one species than the entire universe? Yeah, very Dalek-like, to think of others.
@supermoff @Diana van der Pluijm And we know that, because...? It's all speculation of course, but I can't imagine the Doctor hating his own kind if it was 'just the ruling classes' that did this. Also, if there was a resistance... where were they?
@Malohkeh @Diana van der Pluijm Ah, but at that point in time he'd already made that choice, which was why he made a different choice with the Daleks.
@Notsosmartguy @Diana van der Pluijm It's hard to answer your last question, 'cause I'm pretty sure I'd never be in a situation such as that and even if I were to say what I would do, it would still be speculation. But yes. If I felt that taking humanity out of the equation to save countless other species, then I'd be tempted to do that. Even though it would mean that I'd try to make up for this horrible decision the rest of my life, then yes. Your first question... It was both logical and moral, because, to save the lives of countless other innocents - including children on all those other planets, both born and yet unborn - the sacrifice of a 'mere' billion would be acceptable. Or would you rather see the Time Lords emerge, unscathed, from their pocket universe and try the same crap again? Plunge the whole universe, throughout all of time and space, in another Great Time War?
@Notsosmartguy @Diana van der Pluijm @Oodkind She's a cardboard cut-out because there's nothing else there, other than some skill we didn't even know she had or was 'magically' imbued with when the plot demanded it. What is Clara? Nothing but a girl we know exactly nothing about, other than the information that was needed at some point to move the plot along. Or not even that.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Clara Oswald – A Question of Perspective
A World Tour. In seven cities. Wow. That's not a World Tour, it's a city trip. Sorry to be a bit underwhelmed by this announcement.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who World Tour To Promote Series 8
@Ollie Walton Harrod @HeyProfessor That's exactly the point. Well said! No one of importance dies. Not even River Song has truly died. No one dies, so there's no more danger, so why should I care about the characters, when I know that there's nothing they should fear, because in the end they all live long, happy lives? Even the bad guys (Time Lords) and Daleks?
Thank you for this article. I particularly agree with you on how neither the Tenth (or the Ninth, where is the Ninth in all this?) would NOT want their people to return, because - as I and other fans have pointed out - a large part of Time Lord society had been corrupted to the part of them being considered as bad or worse than the Daleks. People keep bringing up 'but the children?'. Of course children have no part in a war, yet, but when they're brought up to feel the same arrogance as their parents hold for the rest of the universe - of course some of them might've rebelled, but apart from the Doctor we haven't seen or heard any resistance, so one is almost forced to conclude almost the entire Gallifreyan population supported Rassilon's decisions - are they really innocent? And, if they are, couldn't they have been saved while the guilty adults would've perished? Was 'saving' a species that perpetuated a war that has killed billions or even more, that waged across all of time and space - something we can't even imagine - the RIGHT thing to do? Or do the needs of the many - in this case THE REST OF THE UNIVERSE - outweight the needs of the few?
@Oodkind That's exactly the reason why I still can't really see Clara as anything but 'that companion that's conveniently present whenever the plot needs someone to move it forward'. I still don't like Amy either, but I somehow respect her character more than I do Clara. She's just a cardboard cut-out of what someone thought a perfect companion should be. But she's suddenly a teacher, suddenly brave enough to sacrifice her own life (but not really, because she doesn't die), suddenly smart enough to help move the plot along, suddenly special enough to give a leaf the power to defeat a sun-parasite, and so on and so forth. I don't have much hope for this becoming any better with Capaldi, truth be told, and the sooner she's replaced, the better.
@BeyondThePolice @Seaborn W Deadman Amy is the longest-serving companion? I think Jamie McCrimmon would like to have a word with you. ;-)
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Sexism and Doctor Who: The Truth
Alright, I admit: This comment of his has been taken completely out of context and whoever did that should at least be given a stern talking-to about how proper journalism works. On the other hand, as Moffat has admitted a few times, he should really be a bit more tactful about what he says at times. Not everyone understands or appreciates British humor and sometimes, well, he just says things that make me go 'really, Steven, is that really the smartest thing to say?'. This also goes for other famous persons, btw, who say (and do) things at times that make me want to triple facepalm myself (and that's hard to do, with glasses). So, maybe, just maybe, he should watch his words at times. BUT, again, in this case? Who the heck could've taken such a diplomatically worded opinion and turned it into "MOFFAT THINKS ALL DOCTORS ARE UGLY!"? That's... that's really something.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Moffat Clarifies “Ugly Doctors” Comments
@robohappy That's what I keep telling people - about how the Time Lords were considered to be so damn evil that no one could tell the difference between them and Daleks any more - but all I get is 'but think of the children!'. Eh, what about all those innocent children that were killed (or wiped from existence) because their own kind fought a bloody Time War - you know, a war throughout ALL OF TIME AND SPACE, not just on their planet - because of the Time Lords? How about the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few? How many times has the Doctor killed children of other species by committing genocide? But no. The Doctor is /good/, the Time Lords are good (except for a few who happened to be in charge and no one ever stood up to them?) and the rest of the universe, well, that's not important. I for one also think that McGann could've pulled of a magnificent battle-scarred veteran, they didn't need John Hurt for that. Also... I'm sorry to hear that until this episode you were okay with Moffat, only to have this disappoint you so badly. I haven't liked Moffat's showrunning for quite a while now, so the impact wasn't as great (not as much as I /hated/ the whole 'Clara saves all the Doctors'-story), but I can imagine this must've been quite a shock.
2 months, 1 week ago on Smith on 50th Classic Doctor Criticisms
Yes. It's about time. Even though I (still) don't listen to Big Finish (I just can't find the time, har-de-har), I know enough people who do and who'd be thrilled to hear 'their' Doctor have all sorts of new adventures.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Is it Time to Give Big Finish the New Who Licence?
"I don't think we can ignore it." Yes, yes we can. Fans are very good at ignoring things they don't like. If we ignore it long and hard enough, it will simply cease to exist. ;-)
2 months, 3 weeks ago on RTD: Fans Can’t Ignore “Half-Human” Doctor
I'm not entirely sure I want to read about the Time War. I'm afraid that however good the writing will be, it will detract from the wonderful, amazing images that still fill my head whenever I think about The Nightmare Child and the Would-Be King and his army of have-beens and never-weres. Besides, it's a Time War. A war that's not just waged throughout time, but in time itself. I don't think it's possible to capture the utter insanity of this in a book or a movie. I think it's best left in the realms of imagination. But... I could of course be proven wrong. ;-)
2 months, 4 weeks ago on The War Doctor Returns in “Engines of War”
Thank you so much for writing this insightful article. Rose has been getting a lot of undeserved hate (I don't like that word, but there it is), especially when people pull the old 'Davies vs. Moffat'-card. If you look at her without all the prejudice from people (who may or may not have seen the actual episodes) what's left of Rose is actually a pretty well-rounded and realistic character. She's flawed, dear Lord yes, but aren't we all? It's the (semi-)perfect characters I don't like or the ones who are nothing but a plot-device or are devoid of any real characterization. With Rose, well, it's personal preference of course, but at least she was a human character. Like Sarah-Jane, like Donna, like Martha (what's up with all the negativity about her anyway?), like the Brigadier and many, many others. They weren't perfect, they had their flaws, but that's why they're likable (or unlikable, when it comes down to it). So, again, thank you. Now I'm curious to see if someone can write a similar piece about the character even long-time Whovians love to hate: Adric. ;-)
3 months ago on A Bad Wolf or Just Plain Bad? Addressing Rose Criticisms
Finally. Let's all just put to rest this Eccleston-hate. He made a decision and now it shows that the producers not just accepted it, but respected it as well. Of course I would also have loved to see Christopher's face, but I understand now why they didn't even use stock footage or CGI. Let it go, people (and enough with the song references please ;-) ).
3 months ago on Moffat on Why Hurt to Eccleston Regeneration Was So Short
Too bad it's yet another man. Where are the good female writers? I'm sure they're out there, so why aren't they contacted or even considered or asked to write a trial script or something?
3 months ago on Peter Harness Writing for Series 8?
Apart from the crappy CGI this isn't a bad episode, as you so eloquently put it. Doctor Who has never been about top-of-the-range special effects, it's all about the stories. And the story in this one is, to me at least, one that is very good. Not amazing, but very good.
3 months, 1 week ago on Do you want to live forever? The Lazarus Experiment In Perspective
Thank you for writing this. Eloquently put. Also, the stalks that come out of people's heads... stupid. But that's a personal nit pick I think.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Unpopular Opinion: Asylum of the Daleks
Just let him be a male friend that goes on all sorts of adventures with the Doctor. No romances, no bromances, no nothing. Just a guy who's helping another guy deal with all kinds of adventure-y stuff.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Danny Pink: Recurring How?
Yay, a 'people like you' comment. As if you can discern my entire personality, likes and dislikes, beliefs and morals from one comment. I applaud you, good sir (madam?). As for gun control: It's a good thing to live in fear of being murdered by someone else your whole life. The only thing to do is not to take away that fear by trying to take away weapons, no, the best course of action is - of course! - to give EVERYONE weapons, 'cause then EVERYONE gets to live in equal fear. Yep. Sounds like a great plan. To be afraid to be shot when you give someone a strange look or say something another person doesn't agree with. Or because you wear nice shoes. Yep. Sounds like a world I'd want to live in, for sure. As to the rest of your comment: I'm not quite sure what you're saying? About a mirror and show and tell (it's "show, don't tell"). I'd like to either agree or disagree with you, but I'm not sure about what.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Gatiss on Gallifrey & Time Lords’ Return
Ah, so the Doctor ordering every human to kill every Silent they ever meet is okay. But exterminating his own species to save AN ENTIRE UNIVERSE from them and the Daleks is wrong? Good to know.
So, if people don't understand (part of) his story lines, he just /assumes/ they aren't intelligent? Or am I now assuming something as well?
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat Explains Doctor’s Timey Tomb
So he also lied to Moffat? ... Sorry, I really, REALLY hate that line.
Did he ever actually say the entire time period is fixed? As far as I could discern, it was only New York, which is still accessible via VM or he could, you know, land somewhere else and take a boat. Or hitch a ride on a spacecraft. In any case, why would he even want to 'rescue' them? They've lived happy lives together, what's there to 'rescue' them from? As far as companions go, they ended up with a pretty good ending.
That's what's been bothering me ever since that episode. And I'm not even going into the other unresolved story lines and plot threads (holes) that haven't been addressed and probably never will.
And yet again a writer who completely dismisses the fact that the Time Lords were considered every bit as bad as the Daleks. THE DALEKS, for heaven's sake! Between these two arrogant species almost the entire universe suffered horrendous wars, throughout time, and yet people say they want Gallifrey back? No! The Doctor KILLED his own species for a reason and that wasn't because he disliked them a bit. He hated what they'd become and felt it was the only way for him to be sure the universe would be safe. Which is why to me the whole 'I saved my world' just feels wrong. Why would he feel inclined to save his own people, but order the whole human race to kill every Silent (Silence?) on sight? Even /children/? When later it turns out there's also good Silents. Are they killed by humans as well? I really don't get this decision at all, no matter how hard I try.
4 months, 1 week ago on Gatiss on Gallifrey & Time Lords’ Return
Doesn't surprise me to see Day at the top, which I still feel is an overrated episodes. Oh well. A list is a list is a list, nothing more. Moving on, and waiting for more news for the new season!
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (5-1)
Her outfit looks a lot like Miss Foster. And Madame Kovarian. And the woman The Bells of St. John. Why? Can't they think of an original outfit to give to a possibly evil woman? And those glasses, blegh! Look, I don't know the actress, never heard of her and I'm not judging her acting abilities, especially since a few friends of mine have told me that she's a great actress. But come on... the outfit! It's like there's a mold for evil women?
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8: Keeley Hawes cast as Ms Delphox
Of course he would! Such a missed opportunity if you ask me, to not have McGann star in more episodes.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on McGann Would Return Again
I could totally go for that as well. Although I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't like to see Danny turn out to be the Master. But yes, a normal companion (and a male one at that!) would be awesome as well. ^^
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Danny Pink – Master of Disguise?
That's yet another reason why I don't buy into the whole Face of Boe-thing. Also, he's a fixed point, which means he can't change. Ever. Becoming a head would constitute a major change.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on River Song & Captain Jack: Five Favourites
Absolutely agree with you on the Toraji Sun monster. It can take over the Doctor, it has the Doctor scared, damn, that must be some scary creature! Even though you end up sympathizing with it a bit, since it didn't ask to be taken from its home. Still, the way it went about expressing this anger, well, that was scary stuff indeed.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on 5 Underrated Doctor Who Monsters and Villains
Like a few other people who have posted here I feel apprehensive about posting my opinion, because I'm also one of /those/ fans who didn't like this episode at all. Sure, it had a few good moments, but overall I couldn't enjoy it, even though I WANTED to so badly. I tried not to get my hopes up, tried to give it as objective a view as possible, tried to find the good things, but in the end I ended up deeply disappointed by most of the episode.
And I'm afraid that both sides of the fence will never agree about this episode, so, in essence, this episode only ended up dividing the fans instead of uniting them. I'm pretty sure that I can expect quite a few (very) negative responses to this, since that seems to be the default response whenever someone says they didn't like an episode at all. I'm also expecting a few 'then don't watch the show" and "you're not a fan" to be thrown in at some point, since - again - that seems to be the sort of standard comment fans like me get.
It's almost as if quite a lot of people/fans don't even want to try to engage in a meaningful discussion or perhaps they don't even know how to do that without resorting to name-calling, accusing people of being 'haters' and other such nonsense. I see less and less critical posts on articles here and I can understand why. What fun is it to share your thoughts when every time you do you get shot down?
In any case, as I said, I wasn't blown away by this episode at all for numerous reasons (for instance, the way the Time War was portrayed was absolutely disappointing to say the least) and I'm not even sure I'll want to watch this episode ever again. The 50th Anniversary deserved to be so much more.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Day of the Doctor
I expected it to be about a journey through the TARDIS. Instead we got... a few generic corridors, a very illogical Eye of Harmony, time zombies(?), bad acting and... well... that's it. Where are all the wonderful rooms we always hear the Doctor talking about? Where is the journey? This felt more like a generic 'run through abandoned haunted mansion'-episode. I was so disappointed.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
I sort of quit the show before the start of this half of the season, but after a while I came back and watched the remaining episodes. However, I just couldn't set myself to watch TATM, because of what I'd seen and read beforehand (about The Weeping Angel Statue of Liberty). When I watched it my blood pressure spiked due to how much illogical things happened straight at the start. To this day I still cannot watch it again. I know exactly how you feel when it comes to having to defend your opinion on not loving each and every one of the show's episodes since the reboot. It's gets so very frustrating after a while.
5 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Angels Take Manhattan
If you're really interested in reading arguments about why at least parts of Moffat's writing are sexist, then I'd suggest visiting one of those 'awful' blogs, like Whovian feminism or (am I really going to suggest this?) STFU Moffat (on tumblr) or just using Google. I'm not going to type out all those arguments, because then it'd become an article and I'd rather submit it than post it in the comment section.
Also, if I were to write such a lengthy response, then I'd want to make sure it's written well (since English is sadly not my native language) and I'd want to have it proof-read first. Which is something I quite simply don't have the time for at the moment, since I'm very busy with other things that take precedence over discussions such as these (even though I always love a good discussion).
But if you'd like you can also find me on FB where I'm always up for a good chat about these things.
5 months ago on Is Steven Moffat a Feminist Writer?
Yes, yes, YES! This so much! I don't want to know that the Doctor is regenerating, I want to be surprised!
5 months ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Missed Opportunity: A Surprise Regeneration
Unfortunately, due to the massive backlash that people who don't like Moffat's writing have been receiving and are still receiving (just look at all the comments on this article, where they are called 'haters' and 'trolls' and 'stupid' for holding a different opinion) I don't think a lot of them will come out and write an article.
There is just so much vitriol between those who think Moffat is a very good writer and those who criticize his writing. Oh, and could we please STOP with calling people who criticize someone a hater already (this is not aimed at you personally, btw)? I for one have seen many a good argument on why Moffat's portrayal of female characters is quite sexist. Another thing: you can just say which blog you're referring to.
I mean there are quite a few blogs out there who think Moffat's not feminist at all, not just 'that one blog'. Also, they have quite good arguments about why they think he is. It's not just a bunch of rabid 'haters' who just say that they hate him because of undisclosed reasons.