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philsandifer:

A new update to my actual, like, writing of stuff blog, Philip Sandifer: Writer

Yet another wonderful essay by the fantastic Philip Sandifer. All Whovians owe it to themselves to check out his work.

philsandifer:

shabogangraffiti:

I think its amazing that hardcore oldstyle fan Capaldi has bullied Moffat into putting the show back into black and white.

I hear they’ve really dialed back the CGI effects and ditched the Murray Gold score too.

faebug:

when you try to push up your glasses but forget you took them off so you just kinda hit your face

(Source: xyct)

I hate people generally, but I like people individually.

- introverts (via janesblueheaven)

Reads rumor that Jenna Coleman is leaving at the end of Season 8. Has an instant idea for a replacement.

Reads rumor that Jenna Coleman is leaving at the end of Season 8. Has an instant idea for a replacement.

tillthenexttimedoctor:


The Character Development of River Song
Let’s Kill Hitler
(Dedicated to Belen – I love you and I hope you have the most wonderful Christmas!)
It seems to me that a lot of the criticism of River Song’s character and Steven Moffat’s writing of her is based on a lack of attention paid to her timeline. The opinion that River started out as a character with a lot of potential and that Moffat somehow ruined her character throughout his run is often brought forward by people who appear to assume that the way River is portrayed at one point in time can be fully applied to an older River’s behaviour, opinions, or aspiration. Instead, I would argue we are seeing a lot of her character development in a back-to-front manner. Consequently, what often looks like devolution on screen instead represents the evolution of River Song’s character.
For this reason it is useful to look at River’s growth as a character from her own perspective, by putting the glimpses we see of her over the course of her timeline in the context of her own story. Let’s Kill Hitler takes on an especially significant role here, because when one doesn’t follow the chronological episode order from our perspective, Let’s Kill Hitler is where her story truly starts. While Melody Pond might have been born at Demon’s Run, River Song came to existence in Berlin in 1938. This is where she begins to claim the name for herself.
Consequently Let’s Kill Hitler offers a wealth of insights into her character. In addition to showing the beginning of the path which would lead her to become River Song, the flashbacks of the episode also add further to our understanding of River’s backstory and provide context for the events of this episode from Melody’s point of view.
 
The episode is called “Let’s Kill Hitler”, a title which is much more than a playful use of the three words which got the journey started. It is not only a reference to a plot thread which gets dropped as soon as the man in question gets locked into a cupboard - because Melody Pond is on a mission to kill someone who in her eyes is something a lot worse than Hitler. What started out as an amusing little scenes in the flashback is transformed into insights about Melody Pond’s motivations and mind-set when her true identity is revealed. Mels’ answers in school do not represent a character quirk. She knows that the Doctor is more than just Amy’s imaginary friend. She knows that he is as real as the events she mentions and she sees the Doctor at fault for any and all of them.
The Teselecta crew might believe her to be the war criminal for her supposed murder of the Doctor. However, for Mels in the larger scheme of things the place of “the biggest of them all” is reserved for the Doctor. She recognises that he is a “man of peace”, but in her mind his inaction is the worst offense of them all. The Doctor didn’t stop Hitler’s rise to power, the Doctor didn’t save the people on the Titanic. And with this lack of intervention where he – the time traveller, the supposed hero – failed to do what she believes to be in his power the Doctor is implicated in all major crimes and catastrophes in history. And she has come to do what she was quite literally born to do, raised to achieve from birth on: Kill the Doctor.
This is where the episode starts. It will end on a much different note. Because instead of murdering him as planned Melody Pond does something really quite extraordinary.  She changes her mind – an act which requires a rather substantial sacrifice on her part.
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tillthenexttimedoctor:

The Character Development of River Song

Let’s Kill Hitler

(Dedicated to Belen – I love you and I hope you have the most wonderful Christmas!)

It seems to me that a lot of the criticism of River Song’s character and Steven Moffat’s writing of her is based on a lack of attention paid to her timeline. The opinion that River started out as a character with a lot of potential and that Moffat somehow ruined her character throughout his run is often brought forward by people who appear to assume that the way River is portrayed at one point in time can be fully applied to an older River’s behaviour, opinions, or aspiration. Instead, I would argue we are seeing a lot of her character development in a back-to-front manner. Consequently, what often looks like devolution on screen instead represents the evolution of River Song’s character.

For this reason it is useful to look at River’s growth as a character from her own perspective, by putting the glimpses we see of her over the course of her timeline in the context of her own story. Let’s Kill Hitler takes on an especially significant role here, because when one doesn’t follow the chronological episode order from our perspective, Let’s Kill Hitler is where her story truly starts. While Melody Pond might have been born at Demon’s Run, River Song came to existence in Berlin in 1938. This is where she begins to claim the name for herself.

Consequently Let’s Kill Hitler offers a wealth of insights into her character. In addition to showing the beginning of the path which would lead her to become River Song, the flashbacks of the episode also add further to our understanding of River’s backstory and provide context for the events of this episode from Melody’s point of view.

 

The episode is called “Let’s Kill Hitler”, a title which is much more than a playful use of the three words which got the journey started. It is not only a reference to a plot thread which gets dropped as soon as the man in question gets locked into a cupboard - because Melody Pond is on a mission to kill someone who in her eyes is something a lot worse than Hitler. What started out as an amusing little scenes in the flashback is transformed into insights about Melody Pond’s motivations and mind-set when her true identity is revealed. Mels’ answers in school do not represent a character quirk. She knows that the Doctor is more than just Amy’s imaginary friend. She knows that he is as real as the events she mentions and she sees the Doctor at fault for any and all of them.

The Teselecta crew might believe her to be the war criminal for her supposed murder of the Doctor. However, for Mels in the larger scheme of things the place of “the biggest of them all” is reserved for the Doctor. She recognises that he is a “man of peace”, but in her mind his inaction is the worst offense of them all. The Doctor didn’t stop Hitler’s rise to power, the Doctor didn’t save the people on the Titanic. And with this lack of intervention where he – the time traveller, the supposed hero – failed to do what she believes to be in his power the Doctor is implicated in all major crimes and catastrophes in history. And she has come to do what she was quite literally born to do, raised to achieve from birth on: Kill the Doctor.

This is where the episode starts. It will end on a much different note. Because instead of murdering him as planned Melody Pond does something really quite extraordinary.  She changes her mind – an act which requires a rather substantial sacrifice on her part.

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Aug 9
Aug 9
master-of-foolhardy-plans:

I found this gif I made a few years ago… Don’t know why, don’t know how, but apparently waiting to find out, who River Song actually is, was messing with my mind more than I seemed to remember. 
But, since the Doctor Who fandom is once again waiting and waiting for the new series, I figured I shall bring you some joy and happiness with this… rather strange thing of a gif.
River! Dance!

master-of-foolhardy-plans:

I found this gif I made a few years ago… Don’t know why, don’t know how, but apparently waiting to find out, who River Song actually is, was messing with my mind more than I seemed to remember. 

But, since the Doctor Who fandom is once again waiting and waiting for the new series, I figured I shall bring you some joy and happiness with this… rather strange thing of a gif.

River! Dance!

Aug 9
Aug 6

cleowho:

"Alas…"

Image of the Fendahl - season 15 - 1977

Aug 6

andromedalogic:

Do you ever just sort of die inside because if you were a fictional character, fandom would chalk up all your weaknesses and faults and blunders to misogyny on the authors’ part

Heh

Aug 6
the-tenth-planet:

drjamesmccrimmon:

Reasons why the Highlanders should be found: Doctor in a dress

DOC-TAH IN DIS DRESSBRING IT BACK NOW WE WON’T TAKE LESS

the-tenth-planet:

drjamesmccrimmon:

Reasons why the Highlanders should be found: Doctor in a dress

DOC-TAH IN DIS DRESS
BRING IT BACK NOW WE WON’T TAKE LESS

Aug 6
  • TURLOUGH: look after him, won't you?
  • PERI: *falls into a pit of raw spectrox getting both her and the doctor infected with lethal spectrox toxemia and then getting caught up in a drug war and the half-dying doctor goes to get some bat milk DONT ASK ME HOW HE GOT THE BAT MILK I DONT WANT TO KNOW to cure them but he only has enough for one so he gives it to peri obviously and promptly regenerates while the disembodied heads of his former companions float around*
  • PERI: lol nope
bringmeknitting:

I contributed one of these, I think it’s the “or kidnap them” one.Ah never gets old.

bringmeknitting:

I contributed one of these, I think it’s the “or kidnap them” one.
Ah never gets old.

(Source: hotspicecandies)