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Real consequences? Or Moffat "consequences" where nobody dies and nothing bad happens? And man, isn't it terrible when women don't fall in love with men. This is really an obstacle Clara must overcome
1 day, 3 hours ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences
@Cone456 @supermoff @VortexDan @Notsosmartguy The big friendly button is just all of the problems coalesced into one thing. Only one episode LITERALLY had a big friendly button, but way too many of them had some form of get out of jail free card that kind of ruined the drama and buildup of the episode
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Why Bringing Back Gallifrey Is Right…
I hope she's a good and proper character and not "sassy and flirty"
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Series 8: Meet the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere
Hopefully pretty damn dark after 900 years of twee Christmas living. No saccharine wooden horses for this time lord!
1 week ago on How Far Into Darkness will the 12th Doctor Take Us?
@sontaran17 @VortexDan it makes all of 9 and 10's character development moot
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Why Bringing Back Gallifrey Is Right…
@conallmc2013 @VortexDan Well I admit they could have brought the timelords back, but gradually like the Daleks. But I suppose they were following the classic example of "many daleks, few time lords".
@Notsosmartguy @VortexDan I mean big friendly button. Honestly
@supermoff @VortexDan By ruining 9 and 10's character development and making the time lords seem like innocent delicate flowers instead of the bureacratic villains they were built up to be for 50 years?
I just don't know why they had to go back and invalidate the whole RTD era. Why didn't they just bring it back in the present. It's Doctor Who, anything's possible! You don't have to be lazy like Moffat!
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Why Bringing Back Gallifrey Is Right…
I hope they don't kill her. I just want her to get mad at the Doctor and leave. Or get tired of running and leave. Or just live a normal life without some contrived crap to get rid of her
1 month ago on Does Clara Hide a Secret that is Bigger on the Inside?
@twoheartsonemind I should have read it better. I'm so used to being told to sit down and shut up when I have any sort of criticism that my reading of this was a bit colored by that :/
1 month, 1 week ago on Yes, I’m a Whovian, but I’m one of the nice ones
I really don't think you should try to silence people critical of the show as extreme. It just feels like you're trying to say the show is perfect, just without the knee-jerk defensiveness of other people with that sentiment. And often the reason the fandom gets mad is because people try to convince the middle ground people of their concerns and the other end tries to shout them down. I think the middle ground people should try listening instead of telling everyone to just calm down
Thank you! A very good article that articulates most of my complaints about the Return of Gallifrey! It's really refreshing to read this
1 month, 1 week ago on Why Bringing Back Gallifrey is Wrong
@Malohkeh @VortexDan @G_Unitt That's not the implication at all. She's clearly attracted to him beyond his mind.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Sexism and Doctor Who: The Truth
@Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom @VortexDan But that doesn't mean we shouldn't keep pushing. Just because the sexism isn't on the nose just makes it more insidious and, arguably, scarier.
@Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom @VortexDan I'm sorry that I don't accept my media as is, and want it to be better
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Sexism and Doctor Who: The Truth
@Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom @VortexDan I don't know how they don't make sense. All of those things happened
@G_Unitt Except for the whole "I'm a lesbian but OMG shelock so sexy" plot that wasn't even in the damn source material
For like 5 minutes I genuinely thought you were going to have a refreshing opinion...and then you started jumping and twisting through the justification hoops. You don't mention the lack of agency, the fact that we know nothing about Clara, the entire "let's not tell the pregnant lady she's pregnant because it's her body but lol I'm the doctor" storyline, the women can't drive and "is it a demon? no, a woman! *crosses self"" jokes from 7b, the doing stuff "for Clara/Amy/River's own good. Your only justification for Clara isn't what she does for herself it's what she does for the man! And you top it off with the LOVELY idea that the Doctor can't be a woman because "that's the way things are". so what if it changes, maybe it would be worth it for a strong FEMALE role model was there to look up to for once. It might ruin the "white man club" but hey, who needs that anyway
I guess I'm in the extreme minority of fans who dislike the 50th. Oh well, I'll go sit in my corner
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Top Stories & Doctors (According to DWM 2014)
Eh. We wouldn't get Series 5 or the Gaiman Episodes. Otherwise not much would have been lost
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who Could Have Ended With Tennant
@Malohkeh @VortexDan I mean it's a forced kissing. It's forcing a sexual act on an unwilling victim. that's textbook
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Why I Love… Series 7
@Malohkeh @VortexDan @Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom @stargazer0118 what do we know about her? Compared to every other companion what do we know about Clara? All we know is she's a mystery for the doctor to solve who "was born to save him" which completely reduces her to her usefulness to a man
@Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom @VortexDan @stargazer0118 I get tired of people disregarding all attempts to look at the misogynistic and problematic parts of Doctor Who as "trolling". I am sick and tired of a show that once featured strong women and people of color becoming white as hell with 2-dimensional women who seem to exist just to serve men. I'm tired of the Doctor, once personal hero of mine, being turned into a sexist child with a superiority complex. I've reached a point where my favorite show is now not my favorite, and that's incredibly sad
Really terrible series. Clara was a badly written glorified plot point during pt 2, who's only purpose was for the Doctor to "solve" her. We had the lovely sexual harassment of a married lesbian in "The Crimson Horror". The pond storyline actually ended ok but "Angels" was the final straw in Moffat's quest to ruin what were arguably he scariest monsters he's created. The Pond storyline STARTED out really stupidly and badly done, what with the sexism and lack of actual handling of their divorce Not even a Gaiman episode could save the pretty weak storytelling in part two and the horrendous attempt at an Arc where Moffat just sort of slammed us in the face with references to the end of the show. Also the deus ex machina count jumped to 11. I honestly hope Capaldi gets some input in Series 8 because otherwise we're screwed.
2 months ago on Why I Love… Series 7
@Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom @stargazer0118 No see series four had an actual companion, not a plot point in a skirt
@Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom @VortexDan Women should not be put into a damsel in distress role. It's old, tired, and sexist
2 months ago on An Opinion Divided: The Time of the Doctor
@TheNightmareChild @VortexDan My issue Is I want Clara to have a say in it, like Rose did. I want her to fight it and show the Doctor he's wrong and stupid for sending her away. I want the show to look at the companions as equals to the doctor, not playthings for him to protect and mess with. It's about agency
@supermoff @VortexDan Rude and untrue
@Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom @VortexDan My issue is that no sort of idea is put forth for what CLARA wants. It's all What HE wants, all about him. He knows best for her and she can't do anything about it because the doctor is perfect and lovely and infallible and sexy. And I think they should have had her do the harkness rodeo and that was it, but they had to say "Bad girl. You disobeyed the Doctor and you shall be punished. How dare you try to have agency" and so they sent her back. And I don't try to be an RTD fanboy, but at least when he was running it women were well written and we had some POC!
@TheNightmareChild @VortexDan There is a lot to pick apart, you're right. But I just want Clara to have had a say. When she didn't, I'd have liked the show to say "that was bad, she should have a say in things" but it didn't. When Rose was crying part of it was sad but part of it was anger at the doctor and anger at being stuck at home. And she wasn't just sad because the perfect loverly clever boy was gonna die she was sad because she'd gone beyond herself and seen the stars and universe and she'd lost that. Unlike Clara, she was sad for herself not the man she has a crush on
Can we mention the fact that The Doctor was complete jerk who shunted Clara away "for her own good" and despite everyone being convinced that she's so strong and clever she just sits in her flat and cries about it? Rose broke the damn TARDIS when the Doctor told her what to do. Why the hell does 11 get a free pass?
John Hurt doesn't count. It was just Moffat sticking his face in canon so that whenever we discuss the history of Doctor Who HIS ego shaped it and made it what it is
2 months ago on Smith on 50th Classic Doctor Criticisms
Didn't work, and it's hard to call it a dark chapter when you put a big friendly button in the middle of it to make it all shiny
2 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Day Was My Most Difficult Script Ever
@Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom @VortexDan @JackArtaganMackenna They're different like 5 cars of the same make and model might have different pain jobs.
2 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Handsome Actors don’t suit the Doctor
@Malohkeh @VortexDan @JackArtaganMackenna No. The life experiences and such of women are often much different from men and thus their personalities are different. Can men and women have the same personality? Yes. But that doesn't mean that all male or female personalities have an equal and opposite counterpart
@Malohkeh @VortexDan @TheOncomingHurricane Production yes. but storytelling isn't usually the producer's job
2 months, 1 week ago on Rachel Talalay Directing Series 8
@TheOncomingHurricane @VortexDan I guess I mean working more directly in the shows actual production, affecting the quality of storytelling etc.
@JackArtaganMackenna I'm honestly just parroting opinions by female fans who are much better at articulating themselves than me. And no, I don't know anything about being female. But I know a lot of females and I know that women don't fit into one or two molds. All of them are different and I like when fiction reflects that. There tends to be no problem reflecting male diversity
@JackArtaganMackenna @VortexDan That sucks then. Then again without flirting Moffat can't write female personalities so...
Finally a woman is working somewhere in this show. She's not writing but this is still a step up.
PRAISE RASSILON! THE FLIRTING IS OVER
I really feel like you completely ignored the good parts of Rose and Martha to make them look horrible while doing the complete opposite with Amy. I agree with you on Donna and Clara. I just think this whole article requires a lot more thought to be put into it to actually be worth listening to
2 months, 1 week ago on Comparing the Female Companions of Revived Who
@TheOncomingHurricane @JackArtaganMackenna @VortexDan Oh no I want well written stories and diverse representation in my media. I R STOOPID
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Who Mysteries: What Happened to the Kovarian Chapter?
@Malohkeh @VortexDan @Zakk Williams I don't include the RTD moffat characters because they had the benefit of someone else being in charge. But the Moffat era women tend to not be varied and exist purely for the Doctor
@Zakk Williams @VortexDan That's all they have
@TheOncomingHurricane @VortexDan @supermoff How is it sexist to say characters that are all basically the same...are basically the same?
@Zakk Williams @VortexDan He just needs to write them independently from each other.
@Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom There are articles upon posts upon analyses of this stuff, just run a google
@supermoff @VortexDan It's not unfounded, and I'm sorry you won't critically analyze the show both for what it does right and wrong. And she still falls into the exact same mold the majority of moffat's major women are cast from
@supermoff @VortexDan Outside of Day season 7 has lower UK viewing numbers than series 5 and 6 was worse than 7. And 7 is only brought up by the first half which was definitely better than the second half because Amy and Rory were handled like people(ish) as opposed to the plot device in a skirt that was Clara
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Bring Back… Helen Raynor
@whovian101 I mean that's basically what the 50th was
@Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh Might help keep the sexism and badly written women from being as bad as they are
But she comes back every time Moffat pulls another strong, sassy female out of his box of infinitely overdone archetypes. I mean the woman they revealed for S8 is basically Kovarian without the Eyebatch. Maybe we can get her, Tasha, River, the new lady, and Amy in a room and cause ALL OF SEXISM TO VANISH WITH THE POWER OF MINISKIRTS AND FLIRTING
We need more female writers in general, and Helen would be fantastic to bring back. Doctor Who is rapidly becoming a boys club which doesn't reflect society, the fanbase, or sci fi in general. The effect of this on the writing is noticeable and has contributed to many of the things turning more and more fans off of the show
I'd stick Miss Jenna Coleman in the #1 spot if it were me
2 months, 3 weeks ago on 10 Misused Actors in Doctor Who
Ah the HugBox returns with the abysmal Day and Name of the Doctor beating extremely superior episodes
3 months ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Dream Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
I'm glad at least one Moffat episode made it out of the hugbox
3 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 9-13, Specials)
Good. I'm glad we agree
3 months, 1 week ago on Smith: The best storytelling was in Series 5
@HisNameIsTheDoctor @VortexDan the point is he developed past the moaning and groaning. Because that's how good writing works. Now the moaning and groaning is meaningless and the Doctor never really developed. YAY
3 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Moffat Specials
Day's going to win because everyone has been sucked into the black hole of illogic and blind faith surrounding that episode, but I do hope Christmas Carol wins. Well written, well acted, good special *cough* didn't ruin everything meaningful about several years of character development *cough*
@Notsosmartguy Tbh the War Doctor wasn't that huge, but the thing he participated me fills me with pointless nerd rage
3 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 13
One thing you left out was the monstrously bad storyline that was Amy and Rory's divorce. Sexist reasoning, bad set up, horrible pay off, more of the Doctor being some morally perfect that fixes everything that inconveniences him, and the removal of what could have been fantastic bit of character development after a lackluster at best Series 6. Otherwise thank you so much, it's good to get a critical eye on more recent episodes
3 months, 1 week ago on Unpopular Opinion: Asylum of the Daleks
@The book of spoilers no it had two, john hurt, eyebrows, and 8 cardboard standees
@Notsosmartguy Maybe, I'm kind of biased because it DID lead into Day of The Doctor and is thus an accessory to the great and terrible canon defilement and thorough ruination of so many things that WAS the 50th buuuuuuuuut I thought the GI was kind of a dumb villain, it doubled down on the "clara isn't a character" thing and the "women only exist to save the doctor" thing that had been building up. And the War Doctor in retrospect shouldn't have happened but at the time this aired, poor naive me, thought it would be cool
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 13
As long as we get good plotting and a decent arc and better writing and actual female characters, i don't care how Capaldi will develop
3 months, 2 weeks ago on How Could Capaldi’s Doctor Develop?
This is the hardest one, actually. Put a gun to my head it's either Waters for the "Time Lord Victorious" bit, a character development I really miss in the 11 era.; or it's the End of Time because GOOD LORD David's acting. The way it talked about regeneration and put the emotions of it were just heartbreaking, and combined with Donna's tragic post-mind wipe experience this episode makes me at least tear up. Also: WIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFRRREEEDD MOOOOOOTTTTTT!!!!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: RTD Specials
Name is probably going to win, but I SINCERELY hope it doesn't. Even "The Wedding of River Song" was a better finale than that.
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring Well really Pandorica was kind of weak from a story standpoint when put up against some of the others on this list. It's very good and probably one of the best and one of my favorite Moffat episodes. And "Time of The Doctor" is not a good comparison because that is a genuinely flawed piece which you can find a lot of debate over, but it definitely got the bias bump
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 12
@supermoff @Jamesss @VortexDan near perfect? It's nowhere near perfect. And "LKH" continued the ruination of River Song while making Rory and Amy's a bit worse in retrospect. Also The Teselecta is not exactly an original concept, and it led to one of the biggest cop outs until season 7 was "Cop-outs: the season"
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat Explains Doctor’s Timey Tomb
Oh god I hope he's not a love interest
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Danny Pink: Recurring How?
@supermoff @VortexDan At least RTD's plots had reasonable, well explained twists rather than twists that exist for the sake of themselves. Also RTD's run was a lot darker with it's handling of things
@TARDISkey221B Hey I LOVED series 5. It's just someone started replacing bits of Moffat's brain with coked up monkey bits and at this point I'm convinced nothing coherent comes out of him now
Wow! it's all code for "I'm really bad at plots but LOL it's Doctor Who. You want good plots go watch RTD's Run"
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat Explains Doctor’s Timey Tomb
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring @VortexDan And you need glasses for all of the issues you are blind to
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Why “Time” was the Perfect Summary of Smith’s Era
@DW_girl @VortexDan Rapid fire, no breathing time, only emotional impact was a damn robot head. More "everybody lives" BS. Truth field is inconsistent as hell, and why doesn't the doctor leave instead of endangering all of these people. Why does he age now and not before (like in the gap between 6 and 7). Clara continued to act as a plot device, with absolutely no agency. Rose actively tried to return to the TARDIS when sent back but Clara just sat and cried (also the Doctor gets NO repercussions for this, unlike every other doctor who acts so egotistical). Also they reuse the "companion fancies the doctor thing" that has been played out to hell and back and continues the fixation with making the doctor some kind of in universe sex symbol. And the forced kiss on Tasha and the bum pat (both without consent) are just continuing the problems earlier with Rory in 'Dinosaurs' and with Jenny in 'Crimson Horror'. And honestly I'm still very pissed about the horrid retcon from "Day of the Doctor" and this episode just doubled down on that stupidity.
@Notsosmartguy I'm getting sick of this ignoring the sexism BS
It was ALSO a perfect example of the bad plotting and pacing, vague story arcs, sexism, wrong characterization of the Doctor, helpless Companions, cookie cutter side character (esp. women see:sexism), ruining of monsters, horrific pay offs, references to random bits of the past while mishandling the bits the writer didn't like, and use of sexual harassment for comedy that has plagued Smith's era getting worse and worse from series to series. Yes, "Time" had some the good bits; but by GOD did it have all of bad bits ruining the good stuff for us
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring @thelonelycenturion But she ALWAYS is, she's never her own character
I would have put "Day" out of the Top 20, and that's if I'm feeling generous. Rest of these are spot on
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (5-1)
The question is not whether Capaldi can win people over, it's if Moffat can stop hemorrhaging fans at the rate he is. Or whether the BBC realizes how bad Moffat is at writing and replaces him
4 months ago on How Can Capaldi Win Over Previous Fans?
@Notsosmartguy There's a lot wrong with it
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 7 (2012-2013)
This season had the biggest quality drop from opener to closer. All of the problems of Moffat's run started cropping up slowly during this season, and it went from an absolutely brilliant opener to one of the cheapest and badly executed finales in television. Several episodes (the opener, Doctor's Wife, Girl Who Waited) are fantastic but the rest were average and had a couple bad episodes (Closing Time (except Stormageddon) and Night Terrors) and we got a taste of the monstrosity that would be season 7
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 6 (2011)
@TheCapaldiMasterplan @VortexDan@Anthony RetondoIt really set the little hints of the horrific misogyny in later seasons. Like it wasn't that bad YET and it's not bad enough to ruin things as it does later
4 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: Series 5 (2010)
@Anthony Retondo @TheCapaldiMasterplan@VortexDanIt's really a lot of the the Amy revolving around the doctor, obsessing over him from age 9, the Doctor not telling her about Rory "for her own good"
Best of Moffat's seasons. While it still has some of the sexism, it hadn't ramped up and Amy an Rory and River all still felt like characters. Plus he still clung to the basic idea of what a plot was, and the running storyline wasn't a bunch of "twists" and "clever" plot devices that make his later seasons so unbearable. Also Vincent and the Doctor is one of the best Who episodes ever, new or old
@Gustaff @VortexDan@Sir James BondI'm not trying to be rude, I just would like some articles on this site that look at the series critically rather than trying to wave off "haters". I also remember your article on that episode and looking back over it you don't exactly deconstruct any counter arguments you simply parrot the "party line" as it were as set in story without looking at it critically or metafictionally
4 months, 2 weeks ago on The Actual Plot Holes in Doctor Who
@Nightmarish tbh there are much huger fish to fry regarding The Day of The Doctor than that, but I still think of it as a plot hole. And by no means are you wrong for thinking that, btw. I get a bit tetchy about writing, sometimes more than others
@Gustaff @VortexDan@Sir James Bond But you ARE taking sides here! You're making a blatant article called Actual plotholes of Doctor Who with a blanket description of covering the whole thing. But you specifically note your annoyance with it's use in Moffat's time and it's clear that you are using the past to sort of "Even out" the field to deflect the Moffat criticism.
And on your blog you don't even touch the greatest sucking plot black hole in the Universe: The Day of The Doctor
@Nightmarish I firmly believe that it's possible to love a show and criticize it. In fact, I think it shows more love to a show when you want it to be better and don't blindly accept everything it does. The argument should be "Doctor Who is a big jumble of good things and bad thing and we should love the good things and try to fix the bad things" rather than "There are no bad things that's the show you don't like it leave"
@Gustaff @VortexDan@Sir James BondI'm confused. You don't take sides, yet you specifically decide to deflate an argument against one side of that debate. And if you REALLY wanted to deflate it I'd pick some of the plot holes the people are using as excuses and maybe attempting to decipher just how they are NOT plot holes so that your argument holds better water
@Gustaff @Sir James BondI really think you ignored more plotholes in the Moffat run and nitpicked for RTD ones
@PrisonerZeroIsACybermen @VortexDanLater they're not in the Time War and it's explicitly stated that in The End of Time the Time Lords are bringing the Time War with them
@Amy the Consulting Key Ring @Huknar@VortexDan this is one of my biggest problems with the whole "the time lords are still around" notion. Like that ruins so much tension and drama in the series. The time lords making sure the past happens feels less like an in-story reasoning then a flimsy way to hold up the past so that we keep using the constant escalation BS we've seen all series
@Nightmarish Paradoxes don't make up for lazy/bad writing
I feel like we're ignoring the entirety of the Season 7 plot holes about the Doctor's death on Trenzalore. If he didn't die there, why do Oswin and Victorian!Clara still exist? Further, during The Derp of the Doctor, what was going on with the high time lord council and the moving of gallifrey to earth?
@The8thDoctor Or like RTD did god wasn't that horrible
4 months, 2 weeks ago on The Speculator’s Guide to… The Next Showrunner
@KingOfTheInterWebs has Kidneys If he's not out of ideas I'm scared for season 8
@flyingcatman7131 @VortexDanToo bad that's her whole character, and making the woman's character revolve entirely around that of a man. Women aren't people, they're puzzles
I feel like they need someone New to Who, like RTD was. I'd love a woman to write the show, maybe clean up the rampant disgusting sexism all over Moffat's series
It seems pretty sexist to think that Clara NEEDS somebody to fawn over. Moffat is convinced women exist to fall in love with men, but that shouldn't mean we do
4 months, 4 weeks ago on A Few Thoughts On Danny Pink
They can't be evil! All the time lords are children who dance around maypoles and never hurt anyone!
5 months, 1 week ago on A forecast on Capaldi’s Doctor: The Frustrated Optimist