Anonymous asked: In no particular order, I suggest talking about Batman and watching 'An Adventure in Space & Time'. Query: If you were to lead a revolution, what would it be called, what would you revolt against, and what would your symbol and motto be? I hope this constitutes a talk.
This came like two days after my request, but okay.
Batman is great, but you know what is even greater? Reading the Batman Annual #2 and Batwoman Zero Year. Also while you’re at it you can throw in Lobo #1 because Marguerite Bennett is pretty darn great.
I was just about to watch ‘The Day of the Doctor’, actually.
Uh, I wouldn’t want to lead a revolution. I’m not much of a leader, I don’t think and it just seems a bit much (I am in the middle of watching the second season of Continuum and we just got more backstory on Theseus). And I think the symbol would be dependant upon what the revolution’s goal was. Though if I were writing a fictional revolution, I’d modify the pentacle so the anarchy symbol was more evident.
I sometimes want to tell all my dumb secrets to someone who doesn’t know anything about my life and will never enter it but then I realize no one cares.
So I made a TV feels blog instead. I have no idea if I’m going to use it. Or for how long.
It’s going to be much more chill than SciFe so maybe I’ll use it more. Less pressure and all that. I’ma still post to SciFe sometimes though.
I’m really torn over the Doctor Who fiftieth anniversary special, as my reblogs probably indicate. Because it actually does look like it’s going to be a really great celebration of the show that I love, bringing back characters and storylines from previous years… But it also appears maddeningly to be focused on New Who alone. And that’s such a bizarre choice for what is ostensibly supposed to be a celebration of the past fifty years of this program.
I think I understand Moffat’s comments about wanting to open up a new chapter of the program, rather than simply rehashing the old… But it still feels like a slap in the face to the people who watched and worked on the show in its earlier eras to limit the Classic Who elements of the anniversary special to Zygons alone — especially when so many of the Classic Doctors indicated that they would be willing to reprise their roles.
A caveat: obviously I haven’t seen The Day of the Doctor yet. Maybe it really will involve more nods to the canon of Classic Who. But it certainly doesn’t look that way from the images and trailers that have been released, or from the interviews that Steven Moffat has been giving.
I’ve been feeling similarly to lesserjoke about this. It is the 50th anniversary after all and failing to represent an entire era of the show seems wrong to me. Something that should be saved for a 10th anniversary special of New Who or something like.
Now, I haven’t seen Classic Who and I do openly dislike Moffat’s writing since he became show runner, but what especially bothers me about this, is that fandom often justifies Moffat’s move away from some of the staples of RTD’s run is that it was like that in Classic Who. I think that’s a pretty terrible excuse for most things (both society and television has changed a lot in 50 years), the fact that Moffat has snubbed everyone before the most recent two doctors just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I don’t know how fair this is to say, but it really feels to me like this is proof that Moffat sees Doctor Who as his show rather than a tradition he gets to play an important part in making.
WOULD ANY SANE PERSON think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”?
Part of the problem is that we’ve been victims of a campaign of systematic misdirection. Consumer culture and the capitalist mindset have taught us to substitute acts of personal consumption (or enlightenment) for organized political resistance. An Inconvenient Truth helped raise consciousness about global warming. But did you notice that all of the solutions presented had to do with personal consumption—changing light bulbs, inflating tires, driving half as much—and had nothing to do with shifting power away from corporations, or stopping the growth economy that is destroying the planet? Even if every person in the United States did everything the movie suggested, U.S. carbon emissions would fall by only 22 percent. Scientific consensus is that emissions must be reduced by at least 75 percent worldwide.
Or let’s talk water. We so often hear that the world is running out of water. People are dying from lack of water. Rivers are dewatered from lack of water. Because of this we need to take shorter showers. See the disconnect? Because I take showers, I’m responsible for drawing down aquifers? Well, no. More than 90 percent of the water used by humans is used by agriculture and industry. The remaining 10 percent is split between municipalities and actual living breathing individual humans. Collectively, municipal golf courses use as much water as municipal human beings. People (both human people and fish people) aren’t dying because the world is running out of water. They’re dying because the water is being stolen.
…Personal change doesn’t equal social change."
Anonymous asked: Quick question. Moffat is the guy who pretty much ruined Doctor Who and has occasionally written off criticism by stating something along the lines of "it's a kid's show' (check to be sure I'm not imagining it) . . . but he's including a penis measuring joke in the 50th anniversary. Am I over-thinking this?
You’re not over-thinking it. The sonic screw driver has been used as a stand-in for a penis in the past too. I remember at least in ‘The Crimson Horror’ Jenny shows up in a catsuit, saves the Doctor’s ass and he kind of raises the sonic and then looks at it askance.
There’s also been quite a few other sex jokes thrown in, though I can’t think of any others right now. I mean, the show has a wide audience, so normally I wouldn’t mind, but if Moffat wants to package it as a children’s show and that’s why he makes all his choices, I really do have to wonder about some of them, or about how much he believes that and how much he’s just using it as an excuse.