anonymous said:

What do you think about writers like Jamie Mathieson (Mummy on the Orient and Flatline) on Reddit and Neil Gaiman on Tumblr coming out saying that Moff has been constantly looking for female writers but they keep saying no/scheduling issues.

It’s frustrating. I honestly believe they are looking for more women writers, but then again, it’s been six years. Actually, even if a woman writes an episode for Series 9, it will have been seven years since a woman wrote for Doctor Who. That’s just…I don’t know.

I’m not doubting Neil Gaiman or Jamie Mathieson when they say that Moffat and the Doctor Who team has been making a sincere effort to find women to write for the show. And I don’t really want to try to make “recommendations” about what else Moffat or the Doctor Who team could do because I have no idea what they’ve been doing, who they’ve been asking, and why those writers who have been asked couldn’t make the commitment.

But still, it’s frustrating. And it’s really just a symptom of a much more massive problem within the sci-fi community and the broader television industry. 

To start with, there’s a massive gender gap in television writing. The Writer’s Guild of America found that during the 2011-2012 season, 30.5% of staff writers were women. I can’t find data for the number of TV writers in the UK broken down by gender, but the British Film Institute’s 2014 statistical yearbook found that about 14% of British film writers were women. So my guess is the gender gap is about the same, if not worse, in the UK television industry. This Guardian article compares the number of women who have written for Doctor Who to the number of women writing for other popular UK sci-fi/fantasy shows and finds it to be pretty comparable.

The science fiction community in particular has a huge problem with recognizing and nurturing women writers. And don’t even get me started on the problems within the community regarding the outright harassment, abuse, and misogyny directed at female creators and fans.

I’m not discussing this to excuse the fact that no women have written for Doctor Who for so long. I just want to point out that when we talk about the lack of women writing for Doctor Who, we need to be mindful of the fact that this isn’t a problem isolated to one particular show or showrunner. It’s an industry-wide, community-wide problem.

But we should keep talking about the lack of women writing for Doctor Who. Keep pressure on the team to find women to write for the show, and make sure that they know that we think this issue should be a priority. There are so many amazing writers that I would love to see on the show, and Doctor Who can be be a real leader on this issue by promoting women writing for science-fiction.

in the last couple episodes, clara oswald lied about:

  • danny telling her to stop travelling — he didn’t. we know this. stopping was her idea, as we saw in “kill the moon”, while danny tells her to “enjoy her space train”. she lied to shift the attention away from the fact that the real reason she had been planning to stop was because she knew, after “kill the moon”, that it might go badly.
  • danny then being okay with travelling now — i mean, he always was okay with it, but since she lied about him being the reason she was going to stop, she also lied about him being the reason she was now going to continue. she lied about this to, again, deflect from the fact that deep down she knows her “wobble” in kill the moon was much more than a “wobble”.
  • travelling with the doctor, to danny — if the end of “mummy” wasn’t explicit enough, we see this in “flatline”, when she’s on the phone with danny. she allows danny to think she’s broken it off with the doctor like she intended to at the start of “mummy”. she has not told danny she is travelling with the doctor again, not because he told her to stop (he never did), but because she’s embarrassed or ashamed that she’s continuing to travel with him after “kill the moon”. her travelling is being framed as an addiction by this point, remember. she is trying to save face by hiding that addiction from danny.
  • danny being “territorial” — she lies about this to the doctor to explain why she isn’t keeping any of her things on the TARDIS. she blames danny, when in reality she isn’t keeping her things on the TARDIS because she is lying to danny as well about not travelling anymore. she is lying to both the doctor and danny; twelve figures this out during “flatline” and they expressly discuss it. danny is not actually being “territorial”, clara is using him as a scapegoat in this lie, again

stop blaming danny pink for any of the above when we have been shown and told that clara is lying in all of these instances and that clara is in the wrong.

The reason that series 8 has been so good is very simple. 

Character development. We’ve seen more character development in the last four episodes than we’ve seen in any four episode spell, arguably more than we’ve seen in an entire series of New Who. Over the course of The Caretaker, Kill the Moon, Mummy on the Orient Express and Flatline, we’ve seen the Doctor and Clara’s relationship, alongside Danny’s involvement, evolve, twist and turn.

What makes it so good is that after each of those last four episodes, we’ve looked at the relationship differently and where this series is heading differently. The last scene of the last three episodes have vastly shifted the way we see the Doctor and Clara. But despite the twists and turns, it still fits as a coherent whole and is leading us down a certain path. 

And it helps that Peter and Jenna’s chemistry is absolutely electric. Moff was right, we’ve never seen a relationship like this before. And it’s bloody engrossing as hell.

petercapaldish said:

One thing that concerned me about 'Mummy' was that almost all the experts that were left behind after the holograms dispersed were men. I think I saw one woman. I don't know if it's just a generic TV thing where the default for background characters is male, or if it was a conscious choice, but it really threw me. It feels like they're really concentrating on developing Clara- which is fantastic- but they haven't really clocked on to the fact it's not just that. 1/2

2/2 - It’s a space train set hundreds of years in the future, is it really that unbelievable that women could do science too? Would love to hear your thoughts, thanks

I actually took a look into this and I think this perception brings up a fascinating point.

So, if you take a second look at all of the scientists, the group is actually a little bit more diverse than you remember.

Here’s half the scientists:


And here’s the other half:


Ignoring the four named characters (Quell, Perkins, Moorhouse, and the Doctor) I count eleven unnamed scientists. Seven are men, four are women. So men definitely outnumber women, but there was definitely more than one woman scientist.

So why, thinking back on the episode, do we forget the other women are present? Why, when we remember the science scenes, does it feel so heavily male? I think it has to do with which characters were named and which characters got to speak.

As I said above, there are 15 people present in the room but only four, to my recollection, are named and have lines, and all of them are men. They are the ones who are most actively involved in the science and deductions. Quell and Moorhouse provide data as they die, and Perkins bounces off deductions with the Doctor. For most of these scenes, the other scientists sit in the background with lab coats on. We’re meant to infer that they’re doing vaguely science-y things, but we don’t actually know what they’re doing for the most part. There is one woman who provides information about who they’ve deduced is the next victim, but that information is passed on wordlessly to Perkins, who then passes that information on to the Doctor.


When we look back and think about these scenes, we remember the characters which are most distinctive, particularly those who are named and have lines. None of the female scientists are named and have lines, and there’s only one who does something that appears to contribute to the plot. I think that’s why we forget how many women were actually present.

The Bechdel Test isn’t necessarily designed to capture things like this, but it can provide a useful framework for how to think about representation of women in situations like this. Remember, the three conditions of the Bechdel test are that the female characters must 1) be named, 2) talk to each other, and 3) talk to each other about something other than a man.

The Bechdel test touches on three important elements of representation in film: which characters, by virtue of being named, are given extra importance by the narrative; which characters get to speak; and what do they get to talk about? It is important because it helps illustrate how few women are given prominent roles, and that when they do get prominent speaking roles, they tend only to talk about the male characters.

The female scientists are present. But most of the important scientific and deductive work is done by the men. There are a lot of scientists in the background who don’t get any lines, and Clara and Maisie do contribute to uncovering the mystery of the Foretold and the Orient Express, so I’m not particularly bothered that those female scientists didn’t get any lines. But I understand where your perception that most of the scientists on the train were men comes from. The female scientists just didn’t receive that much attention.

(For the record, “Mummy on the Orient Express” passes the Bechdel test. And the Bechdel test even received a subtle call-out in the episode! Clara, trying to get Maisie to stop talking about the Doctor, says “Seriously? We’re stuck in this carriage, probably all night, and all we can talk about is some man?”)


30 Days, 30 Monsters day nineteen
↳ Mummies

Why are mummies so sprasely used? Of the big-time Universal monsters, I suppose they’re ultimately the least frightening. While they’re often portrayed as more powerful than their zombie brethren, they’re also centuries old. That’s cool and all, but once you’re that decomposed the overall threat factor is pretty minimal. Mummies are also very regional. Although one typically thinks of Egypt, there’s a wellspring of awesome Mexican-based mummy films as well. Aztec mummies! Still, unless the mummy comes to life while on loan at a local museum, the overall likelihood that you’ll run into one is pretty slim. 

All the same, I love mummies. I was obsessed with them as a kid. There’s something about the ritual that goes along with creating a mummy that is very appealing to me. There’s a part of every person, whether secular or religious, that fancies the idea of maintaining some semblance of self after death. Mummies are a bold representation of that. They’re very often romantic monsters, as well—longing for their loved ones lost centuries ago. 

As with many monsters, mummies are also yet another example of “white men fucking with shit they ought not.” Read that ancient text? Desecrate this sacred tomb? Go for it. What’s the worst that could happen.

Oh yeah, that. The mummy. That could happen.

Pregnancy Series #13 Interacting With The Baby/Babies

Finally a preference again for the Pregnancy Series. Sorry for the wait, but I am so busy with school, I have no time to write. Also sorry the preference is not that long. I hope you like it and thanks for reading Xxxx

Liam: "Can we go for a walk in the park?" you asked Liam. He looked at you from his phone and smiled. "Yes, of course" he said. After a while, you felt exhausted. "I need to sit down for a minute" you said, grabbing onto Liam’s arm. "Come, let’s sit down by that tree" he said to you. You sit down between his legs and you rest your back against his chest. He put his hands on your belly and started rubbing it. "Hey little girl, how are you in there?" Liam said. You looked down and you put your hands on his hands. "Are you being sweet to your mummy?" he said. "She definitely is" you said to him. "You are going to be a very good girl" you said, smiling at your belly.

Niall: You and Niall were shopping for the nursery and clothes for the baby. “I like the wooden crib” you said, looking at different cribs. “I like the white crib more” Niall said. You looked at each other and you sighed. “This is not going to work, we both want different things” you said to Niall. “I have an idea, we are going to ask the baby” he said, smiling broadly. You burst into laughter. “Are you serious?” you asked Niall and he nodded. “Okay, Niall Junior, you have to choose” Niall said, placing his hands on your belly. “White or wooden” Niall repeated a few times. Eventually the baby kicked at white. “Yes, it is going to be white, you have good taste, just like your dad” Niall said, laughing. You just laughed at his childish actions.

Harry: You and Harry were visting his mum, stepdad and sister at his hometown. “You look amazing, Y/N” Anne said. “Thank you” you said smiling. “We have some presents for you” Gemma said, excited. “Ah, this is so cute” you said, looking at the clothes. “Can I touch your belly?” Anne asked. “Of course, I think she would like to meet her grandma” you said, rubbing your belly. Anne placed her hands on your belly and Gemma was soon to join her. “She is going to be so loved” Harry said. “Do you like your grandma and aunt?” Harry said, putting his hand on your belly too. You felt your babygirl kick and you saw the smiles on their faces. “I think she does like you” you told them.

Louis: You were taking a nap when you heard Louis talking and touching your belly. “Are you being good to mummy?” you heard him say. “You two are making mummy tired, she is sleeping all the time” he whispered. The babies started kicking. “No no, stop kicking, don’t wake mummy” he said, rubbing your belly. “I am already awake” you said in a sleepy voice. “Oh, you have been bad, waking up mummy, that is not nice” Louis said in a childish voice. “Actually you woke me” you said to him, giggling. “Oops, sorry” he said, giving you a kiss. “It’s okay, you were cute, talking to the babies” you said to him, both laughing a bit.

Zayn: You and Zayn were watching TV on a normal Sunday night. You felt Zayn looking at you a few times. “What are you looking at?” you said, looking at him. “Our babies” he said, with a big smile on his face. You said nothing, you only smiled at him. He put his hands on your belly and brought his face closer. “You two are going to be so amazing, I can’t wait to see you” Zayn said to your belly. You felt the babies moving and kicking. “They are excited to hear you” you said to Zayn. He nodded and put a kiss on your belly. “Now babies, you need to go to sleep, it is way past your bedtime” Zayn said, laughing at himself. He started singing softly and the moving and kicking stopped. “You are going to be such a good dad” you said, giving Zayn a kiss.

Doctor Who: ‘Flatline’ was watched by 4.55 million viewers on BBC One last night, according to early overnight figures.

Series 8 ratings so far:

Deep Breath - 6.8m (overnight) 9.17m (final)

Into the Dalek - 5.2m (overnight) 7.29m (final)

Robot of Sherwood - 5.2m (overnight) 7.28m (final)

Listen - 4.8m (overnight) 7.01m (final)

Time Heist - 4.93m (overnight) 6.99m (final)

The Caretaker - 4.89m (overnight) 6.82m (final)

Kill the Moon - 4.81m (overnight) 6.91m (final)

Mummy on the Orient Express - 5.08m (overnight) 7.11m (final)

Flatline - 4.55m (overnight) TBC (final)

anonymous said:

"Sherlock!" John exclaims when he comes home to find Sherlock wearing a Halloween jumper with a big ghost on it, "if you didn't get me one too you're in huge trouble!" "I didn't get this one," Sherlock replied, "Mummy sent it, she's taken up knitting, yours is over there." "Oh my god it's amazing!" John said when he saw the dark purple jumper full of black bats. "I know, apparently my jumper was the test to see if she was ready for a project this big and when she saw she could she made yours."