People look down on McDonald’s employees but fail to realize that if all these folks left McDonald’s and pursued “better careers” your ass wouldn’t be able to get a McDouble with an Oreo McFlurry at 3am.
You can’t demand a service while simultaneously degrading those who provide it for you.
Done with Doctor Who
(Season 8 spoilers ahoy)
I’m giving up on Doctor Who. I just don’t like it anymore, and I fully blame Moffat for ruining a show I used to love. (My opinion on how he butchered Sherlock Holmes is for another rant.) The Season 8 premiere convinced me that there’s really no point in watching any more of the show until Moffat makes way for someone competent. Point-by-point:
1. The episode was twice as long as it needed to be and very, very boring.
2. Complete lack of respect for Clara, including the Designated Comic Relief and the Doctor himself constantly insulting her. (Uh…when have we seen any actual evidence of her being narcissistic, passive-aggressive, controlling, or an egomaniac?)
3. Bad writing and pacing. (How many times do we need to have Vastra-Jenny-Clara conversations that go in circles over and over and over again? And is Clara as a character ever going to morph into a relatable human being?)
4. Near-complete lack of POC. (The sole exception being a student who bullies Teacher!Clara on her first day…wow, thanks for that, Moff.)
5. Vastra and Jenny’s borderline abusive relationship and the stupid Predatory Man-Hating Lesbian stereotype.
6. General sexism. (Look, if it had been some comment to demonstrate how backwards the Victorian Era was it might have been tolerable, but…)
7. Boring, unscary, inexplicable monsters.
8. The pointlessly-combusting-then-forgotten-about dinosaur.
9. Peter Capaldi having almost nothing of substance to do and being generally inconsistent and not compelling. (Not your fault, Peter, I know.)
10. The Doctor is no longer the Doctor.
To be clear: I know that the Doctor’s regenerating causes a personality shift, and that this affects his choices and characterization. However, the entire point of each new actor’s introductory episode is to prove that, no matter how he looks or what different quirks he’s developed, the Doctor is still the Doctor. I don’t know who the fuck it was I saw onscreen, but it wasn’t the Doctor.
The last straw? The Doctor abandons Clara.
I repeat: The Doctor abandons Clara.
After having to spend an episode of people belittling her for being shaken by her best friend becoming unrecognizable, Clara gets trapped in a room full of killer robot…uh, things. The Doctor’s response?
"There’s no point in them catching us both." Then he takes off.
I think the “Bye, or whatever” is implied.
A developed Doctor like Nine or Ten (or Eleven when he has a decent writer) would have yelled something about how he would come back for her/figure out how to get her out of there, or gone with some kind of ”I’m making it look like I’m abandoning you to fool the monsters while I do something clever to save everyone” approach. This is consistent with the Doctor’s character.
The Doctor is supposed to care. The Doctor will risk his own life to save people he’s never seen before because that is who he is. The man chose to call himself “Doctor” for a reason. He rescues people. He heals them and helps them reach their potential. He shows random “ordinary” people that they can be magnificent.
And I’m supposed to believe that an asshole who leaves his “best friend” to die is the same person?
Clara was literally two yards away from a thing that could brutally murder her. The Doctor had no idea whether she’d make it out alive or not. It says a lot for Clara that she survived by her own cleverness, but the Doctor popping up at the last minute to help doesn’t make up for him demonstrating that he doesn’t give a shit about her. In fact, it looked like he helped her out only because he happened to be in the same room at the time.
The fact that every damn character in the episode accuses Clara of being wary of Twelve because "Waaaah, I don’t like him because he’s not hot like Eleven" (Moffat’s idea that older=unattractive is an issue in itself) is ridiculous and insulting. A better interpretation would be more like, ”I don’t like him because he’s an asshole who left me to die and therefore I really have no idea who he is anymore.” The only reason she ends up staying with Twelve is a phone call from Eleven that guilts her into it.
This is terrible writing. It’s inexcusable and I’m done with it, at least until Moffat’s gone, or if we finally get a female Doctor. Or a POC Doctor. Or both. Both is good.
But somehow I’m not very optimistic.
Note: I’m aware that I’ll probably get hate and lose followers over this, but I’ll let those of you know now that I’m not going to respond. Firstly, I’ve spent way the hell too much time on this post anyway. Secondly, if I gave a shit about what anyone thought of me, I wouldn’t be in performance (or on the internet) to begin with. Thirdly, if you can’t tolerate a differing opinion on a TV show, you’ve got a lot of growing up to do.
The difference in the way the Doctor is written by RTD and Moffat.
Companion: I am so rubbish.
RTD-written Doctor: No, you’re not! You’re brilliant! Remember that wonderful thing you did! Remember that special skill you have that nobody else has? Don’t put yourself down! Where would I be without you, eh?
Moffat-written Doctor: You are bossy, also a control freak, a narcissist, a game player, needy, and also your skirt is just a little too tight.
Companion: Excuse me???