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Theory: Bill’s Mom in Series 10

Warning: another long-post incoming, but apparently I keep on having Doctor Who theories and I’ve got to get them out somewhere.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   Hopefully some of you will enjoy it/have some thoughts of your own!

So as Series 10 has gone along, I’ve been slightly suspicious regarding Bill’s actual parentage. I mean, true, we have pictures of Bill’s mom, but that’s only because the doctor went back to take pictures of “Bill’s mom”… which would be a perfectly lovely moment if that’s all it was, but we only have the Doctor’s word (well, photo) to go on that she is, indeed, “Bill’s mom.” And remember rule 1: the Doctor lies.

As I’d seen someone mention, there is a young girl in one of the “world enough and time” trailers who looks a bit like a younger Bill (trailer here: [x] ).  They’ve also made several very pointed allusions to the importance of Bill’s mom which again, could just be a very sweet character trait, but… they have referenced it.  Like ALOT (see:  hanging photos of her mom in Knock Knock, screaming for her mom in Oxygen, using her “memory” of her to save the day in Lie of the Land, etc)

At this point, I’m still conflicted at this point as to who Bill’s mom (assuming she isn’t the one shown in the pictures) might be.  My thoughts on who would be most likely have shifted as the series went on, but my main suspicions have been that she’s either River/the Doctor’s daughter (I mean they did spend 24 years on Darillium), that she’s simply related to the Doctor in some way/shape or form, or that she’s the daughter Missy/The Master talked about in Witch’s Familiar (though at that time, Missy would have technically been her Father, so the woman in the picture might actually be her mom: however, I’ve grown more uncertain with this theory, which I’ll explain in a bit).

In terms of visual clues, there are several that could suggest a relation to the Doctor (possibly River), especially in The Pilot: For example, one of the first things we see Bill do is look at a picture of River and Susan (about 1 min in exactly).  Secondly, when Bill asks the Doctor “Why me?”, the Doctor’s reply (“Well I noticed you”) is immediately followed by a shot of him looking at Susan’s photograph (about 3 min 20 seconds in).  Near the end of the episode, we also see shots of her with River’s picture clearly featured in the frame ( about 44 min 40 secs in).  There’s also the “grandad/father/grandfather” references in Knock Knock. It is, however, possible that those cues are simply intended to build an onscreen relationship where the Doctor views Bill LIKE a daughter/granddaughter,and not a literal relation. 

Also, going back to the most recent episode: in addition to the shot of the Bill-ish looking girl in the trailer, there was a curious shot about 32 minutes in World Enough and Time: When Bill and Simm!Master are walking outside the hospital, there are lots of camera cuts to sad, impoverished looking kids.  Near the end of that sequence, there’s a shot where they pass a little girl standing in an alley: Looking at her, it seems possible that she could be the same kid as in the trailer, (though I’m not 100% sure: perhaps someone else can say for certain). However, instead of keeping focus on Simm!Master and Bill as they walk by, the camera allows them to leave the frame and makes a strangely deliberate zoom on the little girl.  Could be reading way into that, but just throwing it out there.

Apart from the visual clues (which, again, could just be sentimental), something happens at around 9 minutes into the Pilot that struck me as odd: when she’s following The Doctor and Nardole into the vault, the door opens automatically. When she’s heard crashing about, the Doctor asks Nardole “The door upstairs, how did you set the security?”, to which Nardole replies: “Friends only”. My question would be: what does the “friends only” setting mean? Is it just that the machine picks up that Bill’s a decent/friendly human being and lets her in (which she is, but that seems a bit lax on security), or is there a genetic component involved? If the security has a genetic basis, it  would probably have a bioprint that would allow the Doctor and Nardole (and maaaybe Missy) to access the vault. At this point Bill doesn’t know anything about the “sci-fi” elements of the Doctor’s life (he’s just her tutor), so he has no reason to deliberately grant her access. Could it be that she has enough genetic similarities to someone that’s already been granted “friends” status?

In terms of a possible relation to the Master/Missy, I was more keen on this theory earlier on, but have cooled on it a bit as the series went on.  In The Witch’s Familiar, Missy explicitly states that she has a daughter when she’s talking to Clara about the brooch (“the doctor gave it to me when my daughter…”).  When I saw that she wasn’t wearing the brooch in the promo photos (and before Extremis aired), I thought it might be possible that Extremis!Missy was at an earlier point in her time stream than WF!Missy and the event involving the brooch and her daughter hadn’t happened yet.  However, after watching Extremis (which is pretty clearly set after WF), and rewatching WF (she specifically mentions the brooch being given in the “olden days of Gallifrey”, which I’d missed the first time) this theory seems increasingly unlikely.  

Now: If we accept for a moment that Bill is related to either the Doctor/River, just the Doctor, or Missy/the Master, the one main snag is that she appears to be biologically human, as shown by the fact that the Cyberman “patients” singled her out in World Enough & Time, and by the fact that she (apparently) grew up living a fairly normal life with her Foster mother (I’m pretty sure one of her doctors would have noticed if she had two hearts).  In this scenario, the two main solutions would be (1) the chameleon arch, which could rewrite her biology and give her a normal human life or (2 )her physiology is close enough to human to pass without any obvious differences.  At this point in the series, I think Option 1 is increasingly unlikely:  if they were going to reuse the chameleon arch, you’d think they would have (a) made a passing reference to it by now [since not all current Who fans have seen episodes from 10 years ago], or would have left a visual hint (like with a brief shot of a watch/similar object in her home or on her person. I haven’t seen anything like this, but do correct me if I’m wrong). Option 2 could be possible, since we haven’t yet seen what the physiological result would be if a Time Lord and a Human were to procreate, in terms of heart number, dominant qualities, etc., and there might be a way for more “Time-Lordy” qualities to be suppressed.  If River were the mother (versus the woman we think of as “Bill’s mom” or another human): while she did gain time lord qualities from exposure to the time vortex, both of her parents were biologically human, meaning she would likely have one heart as opposed to the Gallifreyan two.  

Another thought that popped into my head was that, instead of the little girl being young Bill, perhaps that girl was Bill’s mother.  If so, that would make the physiological problem a bit simpler:  Even if her mother were Mondasian as opposed to an Earthling, it’s been heavily implied that the two species are pretty much identical in terms of their genetic makeup (after all, Mondas and Earth are twin planets, and Bill’s “human” genetic makeup was automatically detected when she stepped on the ship).  In that case, it might be the case where the Doctor rescues her from the ship and resettles her on Earth, where she later has Bill.

Anyway, those are the options that came to mind, though I can’t say what the answer is.  The only thing I know for sure is that they’ve made a pretty big deal of Bill’s mom , so she’ll probably show up again one way or another.  We shall see.  If you have any other thoughts, would love to hear them!

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“World Enough and Time”

So when I first saw this episode title the very first thing that came to mind (and in fact, the first result that pops up in Google when you type that phrase into the search bar) was the first line of Andrew Marvel’s incredibly sexy poem, “To His Coy Mistress,” in which the speaker is trying to urge a woman to throw off her resistance to his efforts to seduce her, saying that he would spend centuries wooing her if only he had time, but since life is short they should make the most of the brief time they have by succumbing to passion and loving each other.


“To His Coy Mistress (1681)”

Had we but world enough and time,
This coyness, lady, were no crime.
We would sit down, and think which way
To walk, and pass our long love’s day.
Thou by the Indian Ganges’ side
Shouldst rubies find; I by the tide
Of Humber would complain. I would
Love you ten years before the flood,
And you should, if you please, refuse
Till the conversion of the Jews.
My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires and more slow;
An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze;
Two hundred to adore each breast,
But thirty thousand to the rest;
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should show your heart.
For, lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate.
      But at my back I always hear
Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
Thy beauty shall no more be found;
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound
My echoing song; then worms shall try
That long-preserved virginity,
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust;
The grave’s a fine and private place,
But none, I think, do there embrace.
      Now therefore, while the youthful hue
Sits on thy skin like morning dew,
And while thy willing soul transpires
At every pore with instant fires,
Now let us sport us while we may,
And now, like amorous birds of prey,
Rather at once our time devour
Than languish in his slow-chapped power.
Let us roll all our strength and all
Our sweetness up into one ball,
And tear our pleasures with rough strife
Through the iron gates of life:
Thus, though we cannot make our sun
Stand still, yet we will make him run.

And… I just… now I’ve spent weeks thinking about this text framed by Missy and the Doctor’s Series 10 story arc (and the Master and the Doctor’s relationship in general, honestly) and it just fits SO WELL – because what is he doing all season if not trying to seduce Missy to see his point of view and follow his own morality? 

I refuse to believe that a blatant, verbatim reference to such a widely known work is unintentional. Anyway. It hurts so good and if I’m going to go down on this burning ship then I at least wanted to share this with you here because I don’t want to go down alone. 

theguardian.com
The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life: the new sleep science
Leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer’s – and what you can do about it
By Rachel Cooke

Read this article. The whole thing, because the mental health effects are pretty far down.

(Also, Walker gets 10 bonus points for making a Doctor Who reference.)

I’m already doomed; I have a diagnosed sleep disorder and have averaged around four hours of quality sleep per night for the last twenty years. (The disorder can be traced back to high school, when I had to be up at 5:45 to catch the bus and was up doing homework until after midnight each night due to my AP class workload and extracurricular activities. I trained my still-developing brain not to have proper sleep cycles, and it never recovered.)

But there may still be time for the rest of you! GO TO BED EARLY TONIGHT.

Oh look, I actually managed an Inktober!

Rather than kill myself trying to get through one of these Inktober lists floating around the internet, I thought I’d kill myself trying to get through my various documents of unrealised drawing ideas. This was one of my favourites.

10 points if you recognise the reference without looking in the tags!

Happy Inktober everyone. This year, I will do the final day!

Hannibal Re-Catch: Fromage

Welcome to the eighth edition of my Hannibal Re-Catch project. This week I rewatched Episode 1.08 Fromage

Here’s a summary of what happens this week:

The KILLER OF THE WEEK displays his victim in a MACABRE yet SYMBOLIC manner. Hannibal is CURIOUS about this crazy little thing called FRIENDSHIP. Will is UNSTABLE, HALLUCINATING, and highly CONFUSED. Jack is SUSPICIOUS. There are DOGS and at least one MURDER MONTAGE. Things get DARK, both SYMBOLICALLY and LITERALLY. Sound like every other episode of Hannibal? Uh, yeah, you’re right, it kinda does. But it is SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT.

Join me while I revisit Fromage and view it through the lens of the entire series thus far. So don’t read this if you haven’t seen all of Season 2 yet. It wouldn’t be good for you, and you wouldn’t be good for it tbh.

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anonymous asked:

how does one gain followers ( apart from selling your soul, think everyone's learned that never turns out well )

mmmm I’m no expert or anything but okay here goes….

*Disclaimer: Your blog should be about what you like. Your blog is your place, and you can make it anything you want. So make it your version of perfect. But I’m not gonna leave you hanging, I understand the fun in reaching follower goals, playing ask games, and making tumblr friends, so here’s what’s worked for me…*

1. Post regularly. Set up a queue, but don’t go crazy. Over-posting can get annoying. For example, my queue usually posts between 8-10 times a day, and then I additionally post throughout the day whenever I’m on.

2. Tag your posts. Tagging is great for a couple of reasons. 1) Navigation (see below), 2) Blacklisting (allows people to follow you but avoid things they don’t want to see like spoilers, triggers, nsfw, etc.) 3) Extended commentary (most of my commentary never makes it to the comments, but I always love it when people write a little something in the tags, it sets you apart, and makes you a worthwhile blog to follow).

3. Navigation. The easier your blog is to navigate, the more likely you are to gain followers. I have my most popular links next to my sidebar, but I also have a navigation page that lists a lot more of my tags.  For example, if you like Destiel, you can check out my destiel tag to see all related posts. This also includes a clean, legible, easy to navigate theme (and no instant play music—please!).

4. Create original content. These are some of my favorite blogs to follow, just because they consistently post original content, like gifsets, ficlets, and edits: livebloggingmydescentintomadness, casthewise, condemnedcas (These are just a few right off the top of my head! There are many other blogs I love to follow like these ones.) In my case, my first series of original posts came from Young!Verse… now most of my original posts are meta and my fanart. Come up with an idea, and run with it! What’s popular right now?

  • Destiel (this is always popular, tbh)
  • demon!dean
  • Season 10 Predictions

5. Stick to your roots. Most people, including me, say post what you love, your blog is for you and it really doesn’t matter how many people follow you, as long as you’re having a good time! But, since you asked, I’ll tell you that I pretty much only follow blogs that post 99.5% Supernatural.  The more consistent your blogging, the more likely you are to gain followers who also like what you like (be it Marvel, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Homestuck, etc.). However, that being said, I do know of a few very popular multifandom blogs, so this “rule” is not law. (None of these are rules per se… they’re more guidelines. 10 points if you can name that reference.)

6. Stay hate free. No one likes a hater. That’s just common sense. A friendly blogger makes for happy followers.

7. Interact! If you like a blog, talk to them! I still check out every blog that puts a nice comment or tag on my posts because if they like what I post then I probably like what they post, too. I’ve become great friends with people here just because they stopped by my ask box to say hello. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.

8. Selling your soul. This is a last resort, it’s not highly recommended. But you know, sometimes you gotta do what ya gotta do. Souls are overrated anyway. Amiright??

10 Things You May Not Know About ‘The Day of the Doctor’

Trying to create a storyline that celebrated and venerated 50 years of Doctor Who was always going to be a tall order. There are so many things fans would expect (or quietly hope) to see, and yet they would also be the first to complain if the story was not thrilling enough, or failed to live up to the show’s imperially high standards. A high stakes game, then, and the world was watching.

Luckily “The Day of the Doctor” delivered on all fronts. It managed to reference the past and celebrate the future, tie up loose ends and create thrilling new additions to the mythology. It’s a story that allows the Doctor to put the guilt of the past behind him without deleting any of the things he did while wracked with that guilt in the first place. It’s a story that forgives the Doctor for having to do a dreadful thing, then reminds him exactly who he is, all twelve—no, thirteen!—of him.

You can read BBC AMERICA’s recap of “The Day of the Doctor” here, but before you do, here are your 10 points of interest:

1. The original title for the story was “The Time War.” This, it was felt, might’ve given too much of the game away before the story had even got started, and so the title was changed during production.

2. There are an astonishing amount of hidden references to Doctor Who—classic and modern—littered throughout the story. Never mind that all 13 Doctors make an appearance, there’s Foreman’s scrap yard, where the TARDIS was first discovered in 1963, Coal Hill School with Ian Chesterton (the Doctor’s first companion) as the chairman of governors; Headmaster W. Coburn (a combination of W for Waris Hussein, who directed the first ever episode, and Anthony Coburn, who wrote it)… and that’s all in the first few minutes.

Also: The activation code of Captain Jack Harkness’s vortex manipulator is 1716231163. Which is the time and date of broadcast (17:16 on the 23rd of the 11th, 1963, using the British convention of arranging dates in day/month/year order) of “An Unearthly Child,” the very first episode of Doctor Who.

3. There are also nods to the future. Particularly the quote Clara is teaching as her lesson draws to a close at Coal Hill. It’s from Marcus Aurelius, the Roman philosopher that we will later find out—in “Deep Breath”—she’s so partial to he was the poster she had on her wall as a teenager. And what does the quote say? “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”

Which would be a decent response to the question the Twelfth Doctor asks her at the end of “Into the Dalek,” namely: “Clara, be my pal. Tell me: Am I a good man?”

The Day of the Doctor airs on BBC America tomorrow, September 5, at 8/7c as part of The Doctor’s Finest

To find out what the other 7 facts are, head on over to Anglophenia’s website or click right here. 

Monkey feathers!

The doctor I was hoping to see isn’t seeing any new patients. Thankfully I have a friend from high school who is a doctor and he knows other doctors. I am hoping he can possibly find me a psychiatrist to see. Otherwise I might have to start cold calling doctors from the internet again (lord help me I don’t want to do that) but I will figure something out. 

*heavy sigh*

Nothing is ever easy.