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.
@Luna23 Well said. You can't pick and choose when to use facts and when to ignore them.
5 days, 18 hours 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.
3 weeks, 6 days 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
2 months, 2 weeks 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!
2 months, 2 weeks 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?
2 months, 3 weeks 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.
2 months, 3 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.
2 months, 3 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.
2 months, 4 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.
2 months, 4 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 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, 1 week ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally
I am very happy to hear this. Actions and decisions should have consequences.
3 months, 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.
4 months 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).
4 months, 1 week ago on WHOops! When Doctor Who Gets It Wrong
@stargazer0118 My thoughts exactly.
4 months, 3 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.
4 months, 3 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.
4 months, 3 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. ;-)
5 months 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 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.
5 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.
5 months, 4 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. ;-)
5 months, 4 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. ;-)
6 months 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. ;-)
6 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 ;-) ).
6 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?
6 months, 1 week 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.
6 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.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Unpopular Opinion: Asylum of the Daleks