aerdnasarrih: Located on the way to Disney World (Default)
(Originally blogged at my Tumblr site.)

I’ve been going through some of the dialogue from some of the this season’s Who episodes that I’ve missed, and I just can’t accept the way the series is turning out so far. My disjointed and possibly incoherent objections are as follows:

One: last season we had the universe all restarted and Amy restored to her family and happiness. This season we have clingy, “has too much faith in the Doctor,” abandonment issues Amy, who suddenly seems to lose all interest in her own daughter once she finds out said missing daughter was best friend Mel, who regenerates into River Song. No wonder the Doctor seems to prefer to see her as little Amelia — I would too.

Two: the more I think about it the more the idea that River Song is Amy’s and Rory’s daughter just does not make sense. It just doesn’t.

Three: I really don’t believe in the “they made a baby in the Tardis and therefore it’s a Human Time Lord Magic Babby!” at all. If it was that easy to make more Time Lords, don’t you think the Doctor would have known about it? It’s his race and his Tardis, after all. Why does cool snake lady and her girlfriend get to be the one who figures this out? Where did the Doctor’s big brain that knows all things go?

Four: people keep saying that Steven Moffat doesn’t have really evil villains, but that Kovarian lady is a fucking evil bitch who needs to be put into the heart of the nearest sun. I’m not sure why I’m supposed to feel any sort of sympathy for her and her crusade against the Doctor because he’s so ooooh, scary.

Five: this whole thing where the Doctor has scared so many people across the universe with his awful awesomeness or something is fucked up and wrong. Maybe I’ve been watching a Doctor Who from an alternate universe, but I was under the impression that the Doctor was a hero who did good and helped people and that the sort of people who were afraid of the Doctor were bad people who should have been afraid of him and deserved to be scared. What fucked up shit is this speech River gives him at the end of Good Man Goes To War where it’s all his fault that the evil people have stolen the magic baby to make war against him because he lost his temper with quite a bit of justification. If you will recall, these people had kidnapped his friend and forced her to have a baby in a tube, and they kept his friend, letting her bond with the kid, all the while making sure the new mother knew they planned to take the baby away and do something horrible to it that would turn said baby into weapon to kill Amy’s best friend, the Doctor. You know, I do think that not only is there nothing wrong with the Doctor being a bit miffed that this happened, I heartily approve of his anger. Because it’s an actual normal emotional response (kidnap pregnant friend, force pregnant friend to have baby in tube, torment friend with knowledge that baby will be taken away and psychologically tortured into becoming killer of YOU — yeah, I’d be just a bit FUCKING PISSED OFF), in a series where most of the characters haven’t been having a lot of normal emotional reactions to anything. And I include River’s “your anger is wrong and it’s your fault all this happened” rant, because I don’t for one minute trust her motives at all. (If it turns out she’s just really their daughter it will both be squicky and boring, because it would be great if she was always the mastermind of this, from way back with Ten.)

Six: the Doctor’s depression. It’s getting very wearing. I know lots of the fans love it, because this isn’t the Seventies anymore and self-hatred and depression are cool now. I mean what the fuck, when do they show the Doctor cutting himself? I mean, self-knowledge of one’s own flaws is one thing, but to be continually down on oneself is not healthy, and it’s not healthy to be all accepting of your impending murder either. (The previews of next week give some hope that he’s fighting off this haze of gloom and trying to ask questions about it, but it’s a real downer all the same to see him moping about saying “good-bye” to everyone. We had that with Ten. It was shit then. When I said I didn’t like the way Ten dragged out his death forever because he didn’t want to die, I didn’t mean I wanted a Doctor who was all “accepting” of dying either. I can’t imagine what sort of effect this is having on the kids who watch this show.)

Seven: again we have companions fobbed off with expensive presents. I just find that weird. One of the things Doctor Who was all about was there was more to life than material gain. I’ve nothing against material gain and nice presents, but it just looks weird in context. I mean, didn’t Rory and Amy already live somewhere? And they did have a car, though I imagine it was impounded by the police after being left in that field. (And what happened to that? They were being chased by cops, courtesy of Mel. Surely the car, registered to the Williams, would have gotten them some sort of questioning by the authorities. Not to mention where was their friend who was wanted for stealing a car. Not to mention they were using their own car to trespass in a field and basically vandalize it. I guess we’re supposed to just forget about that.)

Eight: this is more for fan reaction than anything going on in the show — it concerns complaining about how the Doctor is dumping another companion and telling her what to do and so on. Look. It’s the Doctor’s boat. No one has any right to travel with him. If he decides that the companion needs to go home now, that’s it. I don’t care how said companion decides, all on her own (it’s been her — in the new show anyway all of the guys were only traveling with the Doctor because they were either girlfriends or husbands — more on that subject someday), that she wants to travel with him “forever” (I’m looking at you, ROES, and, sadly, Donna) and wants to devote her life to him, if he decides that’s not what HE wants, that’s too damn bad. The Doctor is not obligated to let people travel with him for the rest of their lives just because they went about with him for a while. Yes, even if they’ve been a help to him. Because it’s HIS spaceship. It’s like this: if I ask you to come with me to the grocery store and help me shop because I’ve got a bad leg, that doesn’t mean you get to ride in my car forever everywhere. And as a matter of fact, what sort of help has Amy been to him? Rather, he was the one who helped her — he sealed up the crack in her wall, and actually sacrificed himself to put the universe back together which resulted in her having a life again. Sure, her remembering of him brought him back too, that was nice. I’d call it even-steven, not “now you must take me across space-time always.” (I’ll just add here that this isn’t actually the way the Amy character is acting — it’s the way fans are acting about her.)

Nine: speaking of Amy’s use as a companion; I do wonder why she was still going about with the Doctor, reluctant husband in tow. Because Rory was reluctant. Sure, he seemed to enjoy himself a bit, but he clearly would rather be home on Earth. The thrill of traveling through space and time didn’t seem to be present in the breast of Rory Willliams. (In many ways, he’s like a lot of Who companions across the ages — male ones especially — at least if they were from contemporary Earth and British. This blasé attitude seems to be some sort of British thing. Girls get excited; men affect a stiff upper lip and ask for a cuppa. I dunno.) Some of his attitude could be justified by the whole 2,000-year-old-plastic-Roman thing. And he did make himself useful, so he wasn’t a drag or a load. Amy I don’t get. I guess she and the Doctor were just best buds, and she cheered him up, but really, the Doctor needs companions who do more than cheer him up — and then drive him into paroxysms of self-hatred and depression when their lives get endangered because after all, he’s a danger magnet. He needs someone who doesn’t go around the bend (or get pregnant and kidnapped) when things go south. I would once have said he needed someone like River Song but her story has gotten all squicky with the whole “the Tardis maded a girlfriend for you” thing.

That’s all for now.

aerdnasarrih: Located on the way to Disney World (Default)
Really, the Cult of Moff is getting as tiresome as the "I heart Russell T. Davies because he maded the Doctor more like a human!" tribe of zombies. I still prefer Steven Moffat's take on the Doctor -- he's an alien, remember? not a heartbroken loser with a posh ride -- but he seems to be getting bogged down in this whole domestic thing he's got going with the Family of River. It's not as annoying as the Family of Blood (though getting Karen Gillan's cousin to show up again with a balloon would be awesome)

Oh wait--

What if the Family of Blood escaped from the various prisons the Doctor put them in and were behind this whole thing? What if Rory, Amy, and River are actually Father Of Mine, Mother Of Mine, Son Of Mine (for that sex change frisson everyone seems to want from Who these days), and Karen Gillan's cousin could play Sister Of Mine? (She's older and thus probably a bit taller and less little-girl-looking now, but as I've cast Alex King as Son Of Mine I don't see how that matters.) And there's always "Prisoner Zero" to wonder about. Really, there's this whole prison issue in the background that people seem to have forgotten in their urge to get the Doctor and River Song in bed. The more I think of this scenario the more I like it. Hey Moff, you can get rid of your dolls and statues now -- I've just turned the Doctor's best buddies into zombie cannibal aliens intent on revenge.

Perhaps this is my way of saying I think the scenario where River is the Doctor's soul mate and Amy and Rory are her mom and dad just seems too cozy and cute to me. This is Doctor Who, not Coronation Street. I think (hope actually) that Moffat has something more sinister up his sleeve than what's been going on so far.

Another scenario I have been thinking of to explain what's been going on in the series so far to my own satisfaction is the possibility that it's Amy, not River, who is the child brought up to be his assassin. It's just odd that the universe crack opened in this kid's bedroom. Oh sure, the whole "Amy is the mom of his future/past girlfriend" but that explanation doesn't satisfy me. And actually, River Song herself has become problematic to me, going all the way back to her encounter with Ten in Silence In The Library/Forest of the Dead. For one thing, why a team of archaeologists? You have a planet that's been shut down for 100 years (and no one decided to figure out what happened immediately? They just waited a century? Yeah.) from some mysterious event. It could be anything -- a disease, raiders, aliens. But you don't send a team of archaeologists to investigate something like that -- you send scientists and the military. It could be that since the planet was privately owned the family that owned it was able to stave off any official investigation for a hundred years, but that's some sweet political power. Any government worth its salt wouldn't let a possibly dangerous situation go uninvestigated for long. And when they finally were able to get things going, they wouldn't send a team of archaeologists. Despite what movies and tv tell us, archaeologists aren't like Indiana Jones.

One other little thing bothered me about that episode, or serial, or whatever I'm supposed to call it: why didn't River and her crew ever take off their space suits? They had dehelmeted, yes, but they kept their suits on. How could they run about on a planet with presumably Earth-normal gravity? Space suits are made for low-gravity environments. They're uncomfortable as hell to wear otherwise. But that could be explained away in that they are futuristic space suits with all sorts of gravity-compensators and built-in air-conditioning so you won't feel like you're wearing a toaster oven turned on high, so I've decided to accept it as artistic license.

Also it's a neat setup for the Impossible Astronaut and the return of the Vashta Nerada that we're obviously going to get at some point. What if the Vashta Nerada figured out a way to escape from the Library planet? Maybe with the help of the Silents/Silence. Ooh. Remember the episode was called Silence In The Library! Or maybe the Silents and the Vashta Nerada are allies, or aspects of each other, or something. Anyway, they can obviously "read" the knowledge in the Library (how? they don't have eyes -- but then again how did they "see" the Doctor using the skull of a dead person whose eyes and brain they'd devoured?). He did tell them to "look him up," and they obviously found out enough to scare them. In fact...

Now that's interesting. He told them to look up anything written about him, obviously knowing that there were published accounts of his exploits on hand -- though why he would let those exist when he was so careful, as Nine, to wipe the entire 21st century Earth internet clean of any reference to himself (I believe that was in the episode Rose). I guess he had decided that 51st century (as I think it was in the Library episodes) was mature enough to be allowed to publicly acknowledge his existence? Anyway, getting back to the Doctor telling the Vashta Nerada to look up accounts of his activities in order to frighten them. And now we have an ongoing conspiracy, starting with the Pandorica affair, to destroy the Doctor because to someone he has become the most evil monster in the universe. And if that trailer bit was any clue our little "piranhas of the air" friends are back. And don't forget he "saved" River when he was Ten -- by uploading her into a computer on a planet that was inhabited by the creatures he had told to look him up in order to scare them off. A computer run by a child. If there is not something going on here beyond "Amy and Rory have a baby and it grows up to marry the Doctor" I'll be disappointed.


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