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.
@LaraHarris I know how you feel. I want to stay a fan, I want to keep watching as well, but after this season it's become so hard for me to overlook what I see as flaws. And it gets so tiring to have to defend yourself against other people who like the show. Good for them. I am envious at times that I can't enjoy the show like I used to. But why do I always have to explain why I don't like it, while people never ask why someone else does like it? I also don't get why people keep saying that 'a large majority still loves the show'. Even some of my hardcore Whovian friends, who watched the show from the moment it aired and have been fans ever since (listened to the audios, bought the books, bought lots of merchandise, know A LOT of facts by heart and I mean A LOT) have either stopped watching or have made it known how incredibly disappointed they are by the quality of this last season. And these are people who love this show more than any other show out there.
1 week, 1 day ago on Moffat on Series 8 Ratings: There is no drop-off
What about a MALE companion? Or, I don't know, at least someone from another era than ours? Or hey, how about an alien? Or better yet, two or three of these combined? With the earlier Doctors it wasn't always about a female companion (who almost always happened to look attractive). I mean, look at Jamie McCrimmon. One of the longest-running companions if I'm not mistaken, and he was a male, from a different time period. More Jamies please, and less Amys/Claras.
1 week, 1 day ago on Moffat Mulls Future Companion Not Being Another Earth Girl
@McTardis Well said. It's something people tend to forget often: Popularity doesn't equal quality. If that were the case, then all those talent shows would be the epitome of quality television and we all know that's not exactly true.
1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
I had high hopes for Capaldi, but his Doctor has been sorely lacking. I never saw the 'darkness', only the out-of-character demeaning remarks. I still think Capaldi is an accomplished actor, but the scripts have been going from bad to worse, with a few exceptions. Frankly, I've taken a break from watching Doctor Who after Time Heist. I may watch the remaining episodes before the Christmas episode airs, but right now, I'm just not up to it. I really tried to keep an open mind and I refused to look at who wrote which episode to make sure I wouldn't be prejudiced in any way, but the fact of the matter is that I have been disappointed one time too many by scripts that for me were filled with plot holes and inconsistencies. I will however support the show, I will watch the whole season before the next starts, but right now I'm not as invested as I once was. And that, to me, is something that saddens me a great deal.
1 week, 4 days ago on Poll: Capaldi’s Doctor – Hit or Miss?
Make it go on a tour, so people in other (European) countries can enjoy it as well without having to pay a lot of extra money to travel to another country and having to stay there. There are fans in other countries too, you know.
1 week, 4 days ago on Symphonic Spectacular UK Tour in 2015
Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. That's all I have to say about that.
2 weeks ago on Capaldi and Moffat on the Master’s Gender Change
@MarlonJBonnici Woops! That should be "... male-wired brain be happy with..."
2 weeks ago on A Study of Regeneration: Lord or Lady?
@MarlonJBonnici Well said. I agree with you wholeheartedly. I don't see the point either. Why do Time Lords have to be able to switch genders? What would be the point of a species having such an ability? Besides, haven't we learned that it's always the brain that's either more male or more female, which has lead to there being transgender people, who feel unhappy in their body because they know in their every fiber that they should be the other gender? How can a Time Lord male-wired body be 'happy' with a female body? I just don't understand it and I don't see why this should be sexist in any way.
@Twist of Fate This is one of the few very well-written comments about this series and why someone doesn't like certain characters and characterizations and decisions (writing or otherwise) that I've read in the past few, well, months. It's a critical text, which explains - with good arguments - why you aren't a particularly big fan of certain aspects of the show, which happens to coincide with my opinions on it. Thank you.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Poll: The Missy Reveal
@Luna23 Well said. You can't pick and choose when to use facts and when to ignore them.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@Huknar That is something I agree with wholeheartedly.
@Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things Who's worrying?
@The Trickster's Brigade Strangely enough I haven't heard anyone who's not happy with the current incarnation of the show claim that the show's in a decline or that the BBC would cancel the show. The only time I read something like that is in comments such as this one, when people say 'well, now no one can say that Doctor Who is going to get cancelled!'. That's because no one is actually saying it, perhaps?
@TheMetalWhovian @MatthewBagnall No, there are eight million viewings per week. That's not eight million unique people watching, but rather the overnight viewing figures plus the amount of time someone clicked 'play' on the episode. This doesn't account for one person viewing it four times afterwards, or someone watching it live and then viewing it on the player two more times. If the eight million were verifiable unique persons, then I'd be cheering along with everyone, but unfortunately there's no way of verifying that, especially not when people have variable IP's or watch the same episode from different locations (friends/family/somewhere else).
@MatthewBagnall @Burgess Shale I've stopped watching Doctor Who overnight since the third episode. Even if I watch an episode, I'll do it when I feel I have some time for it. The fact that I - and lots of other friends of mine - don't feel excited enough about a new episode to watch it live, well, that says enough, to me at least. Where before I couldn't wait to see a new episode and was on the edge of my seat, now I think 'why bother, I'll wait until I have a few spare days to watch it all in one go and then probably wait for the next season to be as mediocre as this one'. And please, don't start with the 'you're nothing but a hater'-comments (not aimed at you, Matthew), because I'm getting sick and tired of people misusing the word 'hate' and 'hater'.
@tom colman @MatthewBagnall @Terileptils On The Orient Express Could we please stop using the word 'hate' and reserve it only for when people actually, truly, deeply despise something? Hate is such a strong emotion that I dare to say that not many if any people truly /hate/ a show, a character or a producer. People dislike certain aspects of a show or certain aspects of a script or even certain aspects of a person's personality, but hate is such a vile, deep, irrational feeling that I really wish people would stop using it to refer to fans who disagree with what other fans think is the 'popular' opinion.
@Planet of the Deaf I doubt that you'll find a lot of fans who didn't like this season so far on this site, seeing as how they tend to be treated in a very poor way or are told that they're not true fans. When you go to other sites or visit groups on FB the opinions differ wildly. Some people think this is the best, others think it's abysmal and there's lots of opinions in-between. I'm still not convinced by Capaldi's Doctor and I haven't truly enjoyed one single episode as of yet, at least not as much as I enjoyed The God Complex, Midnight or Waters of Mars. For me it feels incredibly mediocre and I really want to see what another showrunner would do with the show. Quite frankly, I've stopped watching after Time Heist and will wait for the season to finish, like I did with season 6. Then I'll go through the remaining episodes, see where that leaves me and hope for a better season.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Thoughts on Series 8 at the Halfway Point
@LucasW You cannot like an era if it doesn't speak to you on some level, be it intellectually or emotionally or story-wise or character-wise. I'm with you; I haven't enjoyed the latest series as much as I'd hoped and it's gotten to the point that I decided to stop watching, wait for all episodes to have aired and then watch them in succession. I did that during the sixth season as well, 'cause I couldn't stand River and some other stories. In the end that worked for me in getting through the season, finding some episodes that I could enjoy and then moving on to the next season. However, you CANNOT - and I can't emphasize this enough - you CANNOT suddenly start liking or loving a writer/showrunner just because you want to. For the same reason there are fans who didn't like Davies' era (or those of earlier showrunners) there are fans who aren't a 'fan' of Moffat's era. But that is okay, it really is. Don't doubt yourself, don't doubt that you're still a fan. It'll pass. There will come a showrunner, there will come a Doctor, when you'll be able to say 'OMG, this is why I love this show!' again. So, my advice: take a break. Wait for the season to finish. Watch it alone, or with some friends, and move on to the next season. Maybe you'll find episodes or characters you'll like; maybe you'll find stories you like. Or not. But, as I said. That's okay, that's alright. It doesn't make you less of a fan, although there are 'fans' out there who claim otherwise. Good luck, and above all: have fun!
@Dalek Jin I was starting to think I was the only one who thought that the ending in particular made this episode meaningless, so I'm glad to see I'm not alone in that regard. I had hope after watching the previous episode, but this one, to me at least, was awful. Boring throughout and the ending just sucked. It didn't make ANY kind of sense at all. I don't feel like going into details right now, but damn, this was really not my episode, not at all.
2 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
@Cyberbloke You're certainly not in a minority, although the comments on this site might lead you to believe you are. To me this was the best episode so far, exactly for the reasons you listed. Yes, it was kinda cliche and I'm getting a bit tired of robots (again), but I laughed at the bantering and the Robin/Doctor interaction and for the first time in quite a long time I wasn't bothered by plot holes or inconsistencies while watching an episode.
2 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
I'm getting a bit fed up with all these teasing, to be honest. I understand why he'd do this, like Oodkind explained, but come on... Can we stop with this already? It's getting to the point of not being funny or endearing any longer, but rather be annoying or infuriating.
3 months, 1 week ago on Capaldi Unclear on Series 9 Return
I agree with you completely. I don't think is necessary to explain, but we'll probably get an explanation, whether we like it or not. I for one think that any explanation, be it a short, subtle or a long, contrived one, will not be satisfactory. I just don't see WHY, when these coincidences have never been explained before today.
3 months, 1 week ago on Why Capaldi’s Previous Appearances Shouldn’t Really Matter
Thank you for this lovely article. I keep hearing from a friend that Colin is amazing in the audio books and I've been thinking about listening to the Big Finish audio books, but you've convinced me to start RIGHT NOW!
3 months, 1 week ago on In Defense of Colin Baker
That's a strange statement, considering the Master, like the Daleks and the Cybermen, is as iconic an enemy as they are. To say the Master would never return 'because his story is done' is the same as saying the Daleks or the Cybermen would never return 'because their story is done'. Ridiculous. Perhaps Moffat doesn't want to 'revive' the Master, but I sure as heck believe that a next showrunner might think differently. Oh, and Moffat lies. Seriously, we should all stop saying that right now, because, as House always says: "Everybody lies." Can we be done with that absolutely empty phrase now?
3 months, 1 week ago on Moffat on Why the Master Won’t Be Back
Quite a lot of Earth stuff. ... Sigh. I want to see less Earth stuff, not more. I want to see the universe, you know, what every Doctor promises his companions? To see wondrous things and such? Not hop around in Earth's time line all the time.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat on Series 8’s Smaller Story Arc
I'm still firmly of the opinion that it doesn't have to be addressed or explained in any way, shape or form. I do understand certain people would like that, but really is it necessary? I believe it's completely unnecessary and instead of having to deal with this, let's rather put a bit more effort into the plot, which is far more interesting than some arbitrary explanation about why the Doctor has a face we've seen before. Suspense of disbelief, I believe it's called.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who and the Doppelganger Dilemma
I was of the opinion that 'Clara is not a good companion' was the more 'popular' opinion, but perhaps I'm mistaken.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Popular / Unpopular Opinion: Clara Oswald
Then perhaps it's due to English being my second language that I misconstrue the way 'popular' is used. In Dutch 'popular' doesn't necessarily mean 'the opinion most people agree with', just that it's one that's better-known or that its 'followers' are more vocal about. Which is what I view the 'popular' opinion about Clara to be: better-known and its followers are more vocal about it. Although that's been changing quite a lot lately.
Don't. Please. Don't explain ANYTHING. It's fine the way it is. We get that one actor can play more parts. I don't need to have it explained, 'cause any and every explanation will come across as just that: an explanation, tacked-on as an afterthought. It's not necessary. Really. Just... don't.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi’s Familiar Face Addressed in a Low-key Way
I don't see why one is the 'popular' opinion and he other is the 'unpopular' one. They're both just that: opinions. I don't like Clara, but not necessarily for all the reasons stated in the 'unpopular' article. I see her potential and how it's not fulfilled at all. I also think she's what one of my teachers used to call a 'cardboard cut-out'. But that's neither here nor there. That's my opinion. Someone else might have another opinion altogether and that's FINE as long as we can talk about it in a constructive way. Neither opinion is more popular than the other one. It might be that more people feel one way or the other, but that doesn't mean the opinion itself is /popular/. Could be please stop using those words in articles that merely state someone's opinion instead of already having an article be biased by the mere use of the word 'unpopular' or 'popular'?
I am a fan of Capaldi already and I haven't even seen the first episode yet! Go, mister Capaldi, GO!
3 months, 3 weeks 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.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
I am very happy to hear this. Actions and decisions should have consequences.
4 months 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.
4 months, 3 weeks 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).
5 months ago on WHOops! When Doctor Who Gets It Wrong
@stargazer0118 My thoughts exactly.
5 months, 1 week 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.
5 months, 1 week 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.
5 months, 1 week 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. ;-)
5 months, 3 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.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat Clarifies “Ugly Doctors” Comments