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.
@The G Unitt - It's my initial, I'm not a rap fan Eh... The Ran is barely known? I beg to differ. Anyone who's become a fan of the show should at one point hear or read about the Rani. And I think the Nestene Consciousness is less well-known than the Rani. Or the Zygons. Or what to think about new monsters? No one's ever heard of them before (Weeping Angels) and no one complained about that, did they? Give fans some credit. I'm sure they'd love the Rani if she was properly introduced, like one is wont to do when (re)introducing a (new) villain.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Steven Moffat: The Good, The Bad and the Timey Wimey
@The Raider Unfortunately, as you can discover when you do a bit of research, the show has always been intended as a family show, not a children's show. Some of the episodes in the Classic Era have been and still are genuinely scary, even for adults. It should never become an adult's show, but it should also not become a children's show. It should be for all ages, and truth be told, children can handle much more than adults give them credit for in terms of scariness. When it comes to Missy: Good for you that you liked the character. I don't. And a lot of other fans - yes, FANS - don't like her either. That's our prerogative, as it is yours to like the character. The same goes for Strax. The same goes for Clara of the Doctor himself. What I find irksome is the so-called 'fans' that cannot accept that being a fan means something different for everyone. From what I gather you will probably watch an episode, not think too much of it, like it and then be on your way. Whereas other fans like picking apart an episode, discuss it with others, come up with (crazy) theories, talk about what they think worked and what didn't. And... Crazy as it may sound... That is FINE. Really. It's fine that you enjoy a show in a certain way and that it's different than the way I enjoy it. Please, leave us be and we'll leave you be. We can co-exist, critical and not-so-critical fans alike. So could we please, please, PLEASE stop with talking down to one another and respect the fact that we have differing opinions and ways of watching? Oh, and the author has never said that his (her?) word is law. It states exactly what it is: An opinion. A fan's opinion. Nothing more.
@Tibere Well... if we're going that down road... I'm sure there are quite a few episodes where we could also remove the Doctor and still have a coherent story that's (pretty much) the same. I think the same goes for a lot of other companions, so... I don't quite get the point here. Don't get me wrong, people have their preferences and this article should really not be an article, because it's very opinion-heavy and almost no one will agree with it one hundred percent. However, as some examples in other people's comments state, you can say the same for lots of characters.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters
YES YES YES YES!
3 months ago on Barrowman Reveals New Torchwood Plans
The Listen 'entity' is - sadly enough - not a true monster, nor is it an entity. I only wish it would've been, then I'd have gladly voted for it.
3 months ago on Best of 2014 Awards #7: New Monster
@Typo42 "Magic Carrots" @the Ultimate Notsosmartguy @LiamTheFizz Please, not the Cyber Brigadier. That was such a disappointing idea.
3 months, 1 week ago on 9 Predictions for Doctor Who Series 9…
@LiamTheFizz @the Ultimate Notsosmartguy @Diana van der Pluijm I think a UNIT spin-off would be boring beyond belief.
@ElyotWren @Ocean Geek Without turning this into a 'reasons why I don't like River'-topic I can only say that I know that Jack is more than his flirting, as evidenced by Torchwood. But River... oh, please, dear lord, no. Just... No.
@Ocean Geek You're right, it's Jenny, I typed too fast. ;-) The only thing different between TW and the Paternoster Gang would be the fact that two of them are aliens, but other than that... it would very much be the same. Also, how interesting can you make a series that plays in Victorian times and revolves around a Sontaran that's not a real Sontaran any longer (but only a comic relief) and a Silurian that keeps reminding everyone about how she's married to another woman? Also, what's up with no one noticing that there's /aliens/ walking around in Victorian times, let alone the fact that two women are married, which was not common practice back then? That's part of the reason I'm not a fan of the Paternoster Gang, tbh.
@the Ultimate Notsosmartguy @Diana van der Pluijm I don't UNIT would be interesting, because they'd be too much like Torchwood, only with less alien tech or too much restrictions due to them having to report to the government.
@TazminDaytime Yes! That would be awesome!
I think a Paternoster Gang-spinoff wouldn't work. Not just because I don't like these characters, but also due to the fact that it would be (too) much like Torchwood, only in Victorian times. They'd solve crimes that have some kind of supernatural/alien factor to them and the whole series would revolve around Strax being as un-Sontaran as any Sontaran ever as a comic relief, Vashtra and Jenna would remind everyone that they're married every single episode, they'd probably fight in their tight outfits every episode and get either already-known villains from Doctor Who. Unless they'd somehow be able to travel through time as well, which would make it too much like Doctor Who itself. I really don't see this turning into a great series. The same goes for River Song and Jack Harkness in one show. I don't like River, so I'd rather see her return, but to top it off I don't think they'd work well together, simply because they'd be too much alike and their bickering/flirting/whatever would start to grate after a while. I'd much rather see the return of Torchwood (to Cardiff!) with a capable showrunner and writer(s) and either bring back Captain Jack OR focus on another Torchwood or maybe even on a 'new' Torchwood, lead by Gwen and Rhys (and/or their daughter). Or maybe even make a spinoff with Jenny, the Doctor's daughter, much more aimed at children perhaps (like the SJA).
If there's one thing I've learned it's to never say never. You can't predict the future. Of course I don't WANT Doctor Who to disappear, but let's be realistic; if something were to change in the next five/ten/twenty/however much years, Doctor Who will at some point stop or at least take a break. And even if it were to cause an uproar, as long as the producers say that it won't continue, it won't continue. Let's not delude ourselves that we can stop them from stopping a show.
3 months, 1 week ago on RTD: It’s Now Impossible For Doctor Who To Ever Be Axed
@TheDaleksDaughter I completely agree with you. The word 'hate' is much too strong a word and people use it in ways that make me believe they have no idea how vicious and violent and 'angry' real hate is. Why I don't like... sounds much better, much more like a regular opinion, rather than 'Why I HATE...' I keep asking people to not use this word to refer to critical fans or to episodes. You can dislike something with a passion, but to truly hate something you'd have to have feelings that go so deep, are so dark, that there would be no option to talk to you like a reasonable person.
3 months, 1 week ago on Why I Hate the Tenth Doctor’s Regeneration
I seem to recall a very similar article like this a while back, so my question is... Why this again? Why now?
This is the theory that would make quite a few of my fellow fans jump with joy, 'cause that would mean as soon as the Doctor wakes up, the entirety of Twelve's season and a lot of Eleven's season could be erased. After all, 'it was all just a dream'...Before people start to (viciously) attack me for this opinion, I don't think this is a real possibility and I'm just stating that some of my friends would love this. As for me, I'd be extremely disappointed, because that's the laziest kind of writing someone could ever use. For some episodes I'd love for them to be erased from existence, others I actually quite like. Now that I think of it it's actually very idiotic for me having to defend myself before someone responds, but that's the way the fandom works nowadays, on this site and on others. As soon as someone criticizes the show (and has quite good arguments as well), they have to defend themselves, whereas fans who think everything's amazing and awesome and superduper are never called out to defend their opinions. At least not in the same way/amount that critical fans are. But apparently a 'good fan' doesn't criticize the show he/she loves, but swallows the whole kit and caboodle without doubt. Right?
3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Impossible Girl: An Impossible Theory
1. Another CompanionYes, yes, YES! Please, let's get another companion, who's NOT a feisty/stubborn/know-it-all/good-looking/other all-too-familiar traits female. Let's get a male. Let's get an ALIEN male. Let's get any kind of companion, as long as it's NOT someone from the 21st century.
2. More MissyNope. Just... No. As much as I love the Master, I don't like what's been done to the character and, as you pointed out, let's get some other (old) villains to return instead of rehashing the same ones over and over again.
The series has gotten darker and scarier? I'd beg to differ. If anything it's grown more unbelievable and anything but scary or dark. The Doctor's not dark. He's a bit of an ass to everyone, most of all Clara. After 1100 years (or however long Moffat's made him live) he still doesn't know how to behave around humans, his most favorite species in the entire universe? The Doctor's supposed to be pretty smart, but he can't figure out that it's not okay to keep telling a person that he/shee looks fat or old or always looks the same or what-not? I might've bought it from the Fourth, but certainly not from the Twelfth.
Yes, please! Let's leave the Cybermen and the Daleks (and the Master) alone for a while. Same goes for the Weeping Angels (who've gone from scary to ridiculous) and the Silence (Silents?). Let's get some more 'golden oldies' to return in a new form. Why not have the Rani return? Oh wait, no, Moffat thinks that people wouldn't know who she (they) are and as such wouldn't like them. I bet not a lot of people knew who or what the GI was. Or the Nestene Consciousness. But that didn't stop fans from liking them and getting to know them.
I'd love to see Kate return. The same goes for Saibra, I really thought she was interesting. More recurring characters would be great, no argument there.
Yes and no. I'm still not happy with the way Gallifrey was suddenly brought back into the picture again. If Gallifrey comes back, it would have to be a majorly epic story that would bring as much suspense and thrill and happiness and dread with it as, well, I can't think of another story in the Whoniverse with which to compare it, actually. It can't we done in an adequate or even a good way. It was to be done in a GREAT way.
YES! This, oh, so much this! Yes please! Give McGann a chance to shine again! I don't care how or why or when, but please, let us see the Eighth Doctor a few more times (or in his own mini-series). All in all, I really hope the next season will be better than this one. Although that shouldn't be hard. I kind of lost the incentive to watch DW due to this last season, so anything's bound to be better than that. I hope. Although I'm convinced (sadly) that I will enjoy the show only after a new showrunner will make his (or her?????) debut. We'll just have to wait and see.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on 7 Things I’d Like to See in Series 9
@LaraHarris @BJAMES @Planet of the Deaf And that is exactly what's been bothering me ever since I /dared/ to say that I didn't like some aspects of Moffat's writing (which was pretty soon after he took over from Davies). Why aren't critical fans allowed to be critical about a show they love (otherwise they wouldn't be fans)? Not one of those fans ever says they think the show's rubbish in its entirety, it's just that they think that some aspects of the show - or a certain episode - are, in THEIR opinion, as good as they'd wanted it to be.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on 12 Great Moments From Last Christmas
@ElyotWren @divya12 But, again, everything you say about Amy's horrible childhood is just that: text. Words. We never, ever see her having a flashback, or some extreme reaction to something the Doctor does for instance. It's all off-screen and that is bad writing to me. Also, a lot of that has been retconned due to the Doctor repairing the universe.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat on Criticisms that Doctor Who Is Too Dark
@Notsosmartguy But that's just it: It would be a big deal, because we're all humans. And to humans gender is a big deal. It's what defines us, what defines our outlook on life, defines our life experiences, in short, it's a big, BIG part of who we are and how we regard the world. I feel fine as a female. I know there are people out there who, for whatever reason, don't feel comfortable in the body that was given to them by nature. Some merely want to be addressed with the pronoun of the other gender; some want to go the whole way and have a sex change. Sometimes people are somewhere in-between or perhaps they view gender in another way entirely, a way that I at this moment cannot imagine (but I'm always interested to learn more). The fact of the matter is that it's something deeply personal and even though I can imagine growing up in a world where it's considered the norm that people can be gender-fluid, I can also imagine that not everyone in such a world would be gender-fluid. I was a born a female and I'll die a female and I'm perfectly fine with that. In a society like that of the Time Lords wouldn't it also be possible that you have Time Lords that are born male, regenerate into male bodies and eventually die as a male? I'm pretty sure that not every Time Lord is gender-fluid. They probably are way more accepting of it than we are, but wouldn't it be logical for some Time Lords to be perfectly happy with their gender and never feel the need, not even when they regenerate because of an emergency, to change it? Why would that be so strange? The Corsair is a Time Lord who changes gender because he (she) apparently feels female one time, male the next. But the Doctor has never, EVER shown such thoughts or feelings to us, so for him to suddenly become a female would be as shocking as it would for a male human (who's perfectly happy with being a male) to suddenly be a female, or vice versa. Because it's not a superficial change, especially not for a Time Lord. His whole body chemistry would change (think of the hormones!?) and his personality would perhaps change in more ways than the fairly superficial changes he's undergone each time he became a new male incarnation of himself. Long story short: There is absolutely no discernible reason other than 'but we want it to happen' for the Doctor to become a female.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Female Doctor Poll Results & A Case For
@91 Queen of Evil Depends on how believable the reason is, how well the script is written. I wouldn't care one bit which actress would play the role cause quite frankly I wouldn't be interested. I like the Doctor as a male. I wouldn't like him as a female. If I want to watch a show with a female protagonist, I'll go watch a show with a female protagonist. Doctor Who's protagonist is male. And it would have to be one damned good reason for him to be a her and even then I probably wouldn't watch.
@RobertHancock I keep saying that as well. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should, especially not when there is no logical reason within the show for it to happen. Every argument boils down to meta-arguments: The writer wants it, the public wants it, for numerous reasons - some of which I really don't think are good reasons at all - but no one has said 'well, because in this universe of Doctor Who this-and-this happens which would make it plausible for the Doctor to suddenly be a woman, even though he's been a man for well over 1100 years'. And even then I'd be hard-pressed to watch the show, 'cause I like the Doctor as a male.
@Samarkand While I don't agree with you on River Song - if she never comes back that's not soon enough - but I applaud you for being open and honest in this debate and I like the way in which you try to explain why a female Doctor would be a bad idea without resorting to examples like Janine Bond and such. Well said.
For every argument there is an equally valid counter-argument. I still dislike how people who advocate a female Doctor call those who don't want it, regardless of their (at times very valid) reasons for it, sexist. Can we please stop with this name-calling already? To each their own and for me a female Doctor would be, well, I'll be honest here, one more reason to stop watching (as I've done for the last half of the last season; still haven't seen those episodes). If that somehow makes me sexist, even though I'm considered an equalist by almost everyone who knows me, well, then I guess we're done talking. If however people want to discuss their point of view with me or others in a rational way, without resorting to pulling the 'sexism-card', then I'm all for it.
Well said, mister Gatiss. Well said.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Gatiss: I don’t see why people are so obsessed with ‘Wholock’
@ElyotWren @AdamDanielJohnThompson Wait. The Doctor had to save Gallifrey 'because of the children' (I won't go into how much I still dislike that whole 'retcon'), but letting children die because otherwise they'd lose their parents and other loved ones is okay? ...What? Sure, they'd be grief-stricken, but living out your life and being able to have the species and culture eventually survive sounds like a better plan than 'hey, let them bring to their parents so they can die'. Again... what?
4 months ago on Moffat Explains “Clara Who”
Jack? YES! River? Please no. I know there are quite a few fans who like her character, but for me the show would even be less interesting the moment she were to set foot in another episode. Her story is done, it's over, no need to bring her back again. Jack, however... Jack is the perfect companion for the Doctor. Not because people want to see a relationship between the two (honestly, I'm against that idea, even though I like reading stories about it), but because he's immortal. Who can understand the Doctor better than a human who's lived longer than any other human? And no, the whole Face of Boe-thing doesn't factor into it. In this one instance I'll go with 'time can be rewritten', although I'm normally not a big fan of that line. ^^
4 months ago on “Jack & River Returns Would Have to be Seismic” – Moffat
@ElyotWren @divya12 And yet we see almost no emotional trauma after that episode. It would've been so absolutely terrifying emotion-wise to see Amy try to cope with the horrible things that have happened to her, but instead, well, other than her off-screen falling-out with Rory due to her not being able to have more children (was that ever explained, can't remember?) we see nothing. Such a shame to let such a huge character-building event essentially go to waste.
4 months ago on Moffat on Criticisms that Doctor Who Is Too Dark
@The Genie, Agent of JACKIE I'm female and I'm against a female Doctor. Why? Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. And this show has been running for over 45 years without ever having any mention of Time Lords being able to become another gender. It's only been implied ever since Moffat took over and to me that's just too much of an 'I want to do things my way' to be comfortable with.
4 months ago on Poll: A Female Doctor
@MechaPotatoAlex "It's very easy for male fans to dismiss the idea..." It's not just male fans, though. There are a lot of female fans out there, myself included, who are not supportive of this idea.
4 months, 1 week ago on An Opinion On Gender Regeneration: Plot or Politics?
@King of Ravolox Eh, more female viewers if the Doctor were to become a woman? Sorry, but I'm female and I would stop watching the instant that happened, along with several of my female friends.
Thank for you this article. As you said it's not aimed to change people's opinion, but rather encourage both sides to look at this, let's call it a 'dilemma', in as neutral a way as possible. It's not a matter of people being sexist or not when being for or against a female Doctor, there's so much more that's behind this to make this such a black-and-white issue. Again, thank you.
@HeyProfessor @Diana van der Pluijm As it says in the quote: "... who think they MIGHT hate this..." I am one of those people who think they might hate this (well, I don't like the word 'hate', that's too strong for me, though I do think I might dislike it because I haven't been a big fan of the current season and I should now close the, eh, brackets?) so, as said, might be a nice experiment.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat: Last Christmas is the Strangest Thing I’ve Ever Written
"... that the very people who think they might hate this, won’t hate it at all." Ah, right. So, I'm guessing I'll suddenly be a fan again once I've seen this episode? Even though I already dread it? Might be an interesting experiment. If I watch this and actually can say that I liked this, then all the more kudos for Moffat and his team. If I don't, well... nothing gained, nothing lost, methinks. We'll wait and see.
The first Doctor I ever really watched on television was the Tenth (David Tennant). Only after watching one full season with the Tenth did I decide to 'go back' and watch the earlier season with Eccleston. After all this time, even after watching the classic series, the Tenth Doctor is still my favourite, although I have to admit that the Third Doctor was awesome as well.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?
@YaelMoise @NotsoSmartguy @Grotnes @Angie Whodini has Ravio's bracelet Awesome. Just... awesome. Well spoken. I'm going to use the rubber band-comparison from now on.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
Well said. I agree with you every step of the way. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should is something that I feel, with this change of the Master, should've been taken to heart.
@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.
5 months 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.
5 months 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.
5 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) 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.
5 months, 1 week 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.
5 months, 1 week 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.
5 months, 1 week ago on Capaldi and Moffat on the Master’s Gender Change
@MarlonJBonnici Woops! That should be "... male-wired brain be happy with..."
5 months, 1 week 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.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: The Missy Reveal
@Luna23 Well said. You can't pick and choose when to use facts and when to ignore them.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) 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?