Karen Page is so important like really

  • In the comics her character is the worst example of “fridging”, which is where a female character is put through trauma to cause angst for the male hero
  • Karen goes through plenty of trauma in the series however none of it is to facilitate Matt’s angst (he doesn’t even know about most of it???) it’s all to make Karen grow as a character and build her up as a hero
  • The kind of trauma Karen goes through is not the sort of shit you typically see a love interest endure
  • Literally: Karen goes through so much shit and it never even goes near rape-territory. She is proof that you can write a strong female character who goes through horrible things without having to sexualize her trauma 
  • On that note, there is this stereotypical scene in films where after a female character is raped, you see her washing off the shame in the shower. It’s a cliche, and it has sexist connotations because it implies that women should feel dirty after they are raped. Meanwhile, men will get this washing off shame in the shower scene after they do something terrible, like kill someone: they’re washing off the literal or metaphorical blood.
  • She definitely cannot be replaced by a sexy lamp - much of the plot is actually instigated by her investigating.
  • Which is really important? Because Matt has an actual legal parter who the writer’s could have chosen to push the non-Daredevil side of the plot forward and have him doing the investigating with Karen occasionally helping him out, but instead the writers decided to make Karen be the instigator
  • And they do it in such a way that they somehow avoid the “stupid nosy girl who gets in over her head and the hero has to save her from her own messes” cliche. Karen’s investigations are never portrayed as her being nosy, but rather her being tenacious and driven. Plus she gets herself out of her own messes.
  • Again: she kills a man. By shooting him. Several times. In a self-defense yet morally ambiguous way.
  • She’s morally ambiguous in a way women are often not allowed to be in fiction without being painted as a “femme fatal”, yet is still one of the most moral characters on the show.
  • There’s this roundtable that Emma Thompson was on where she said she wouldn’t do roles where the woman says to the man “don’t do that brave stupid thing.” Which is something you see in comics all the time. Yet in Daredevil, we often see the reverse of Matt telling Karen “don’t do that brave stupid thing.”
  • She is a strong character without being written with only qualities that are typically reserved for men. One of her most important qualities is her compassion, something that usually is shown as a weakness but in Karen it drives not only her plot line forward, but the entire plot line of the show.
  • It needs to be reiterated: WITHOUT KAREN PAGE THERE IS NO PLOT. Fisk would have razed Hell’s Kitchen with little to no problems  if Karen hadn’t investigated him and given Matt the information he needed to go after Fisk both legally and as Daredevil
  • Usually when a woman develops a sympathetic relationship toward a serial killing man, it’s because she falls in love with him. But Karen’s odd friendship with Frank was a result of her empathetic abilities and the fact that she killed a man and was projecting her guilty conscience onto him. Which is so much more interesting and compelling, and  typically the sort of well thought-out writing reserved for relationships between two men.
  • And Finally: 
    • “I believe in protecting women”
    • *dryly* “Thanks. From all of us.”
  • So in summation, Marvel movies need to take some serious pointers from Marvel netflix shows about how to write women. 
  • Also Karen Page is fucking incredible.

the defenders would be so much more fun to watch if netflix wasn’t so blatantly anti-asian

before I go off, I wanna say I am aware that the marvel netflix universe (and netflix in general) has serious varying issues of anti-blackness and racism across the board but this post will primarily focus on the clear anti-asian racism in the defenders (which in itself is in no way a new observation, but something I wanna talk about)

so, danny blands role as iron fist has been called out for its yellow-face before, but I was bordering on disgust when the scene where luke calls out danny’s privilege happened. while calling out privilege is all well and good on its own, it is completely undermined by the fact that danny is still a white man appropriating asian culture, wearing it like an outfit that supposedly looks better on him than an actual asian person. the privilege call out doesn’t actually address any of this but addresses danny’s lack of empathy as a rich white boy. despite of which, he continues to operate with no real consequences for his ignorance.

then, there’s the hand and their members. 2 of which are of asian ethnicities and the fifth who is a white woman and yes you guessed it. Out of the 5 people leading a syndicate based on Asian history and lore, the WHITE WOMAN is the leader

and before you say “but Elektra killed her!” and yes elodie yung is Cambodian, the fact remains that the overwhelming majority of Asian people who appear on this show (with the exception of colleen) are framed as the antagonists even within the ranks of the hand organisation

which brings me to Elektra… now, I love Elektra dearly and have done since that objectively terrible Jennifer Garner film and was excited when Elodie was cast. But series 2 of daredevil left me quite wary of the way Elektra was being written. s2 of daredevil saw Matt torn between Elektra and Karen and in this scenario Karen whom is white was always portrayed as the delicate innocent girlfriend, while Elektra whom is Cambodian was framed as Matt’s sexy ninja ex who was here to lead him astray. the scenario was so stereotyped, derivative and racist i was stunned to see people Praising s2 in the same way as s1.

the defenders saw elektra’s violent death reversed and even tho that’s nice in its own way, there is something quite insidious about a white woman grooming a woc to be her warrior ninja slave that goes beyond the narrative of the show. especially when much of elektra’s plot barriers in the defenders revolve around Alexandria continuously stripping Elektra of her identity. even when Elektra begins to remember who she is, she is still written as a bad guy.

netflix really gives the “evil asian” trope a workout in this series. the idea that danny bland’s white ass destiny is to protect Asian culture from Asians is utterly ludicrous. the idea that a group of Asian people would allow a white woman to control them and violate their culture is just plain wrong. also, I really wish the netflix marvel universe would stop centering their antagonist’s plots on a white person controlling the mind of a poc, and then flex the ol white saviour trope to get poc out of trouble. lukes stint as killgraves golem was too far in jj, but clearly no one at netflix read the criticisms and learned from their mistakes.

diversity isn’t just about racebending white characters, it isn’t just about casting poc as antagonists and calling it a day. true diversity isn’t performative and it sure as hell isn’t just about giving your white protags a non white love interest or friend to motivate them. it is about authenticity both in the construction of the narrative, behind the scenes and in front of the camera and its past time for netflix to do fkn better than this white feminism bullshit.

Five years ago today, Jenna Coleman’s life changed forever

It is amazing how much can change in 5 short years.

On March 21, 2012, Doctor Who fans received the news that Jenna-Louise Coleman had been cast as the as-yet-unnamed new companion. With production under way on Series 7, the announcement indicated that Jenna, who was about to appear in a miniseries based on the sinking of the Titanic and had become well-known for her roles in Emmerale and Waterloo Road, and had also scored a bit part in the first Captain America movie, would be debuting in the 2012 Christmas special and taking over from Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill as the new companion for the second half of Series 7 in 2013.

Looking back, it’s intriguing that no one thought to question the timing of the announcement, with no Christmas special filming expected for months yet and in fact the episodes featuring departing companions Amy and Rory were still a  ways from completion too (I believe they still had Power of Three and Angels Take Manhattan to go yet). In what remains one of the best kept secrets in Who franchise history, Steven Moffat and his team managed to keep the fact that Jenna would actually debut in the series 7 premiere a secret right up to the broadcast day - even with several advance screenings!

As we learned more about Jenna’s career path, we began to see that her casting in Doctor Who was a hard-fought victory. She’d spent quite a while trying without success to find meaningful work in the US after her run on Waterloo Road ended (apparently she even had to work in a London pub at one point to save money to go to LA). She got a role in a short film that apparently has never been released (though it’s trailer is still on YouTube), and YouTube has some of the audition tapes she made for parts as varied as Max, the role played by Kat Dennings on the sitcom 2 Broke Girls, and also the character eventually played by Meaghan Markle on the legal drama Suits. According to an interview she gave on The Last Leg, she very nearly got cast as an Australian in a sitcom that never went past the pilot stage. At some point she even record a voice for the video game Xenoblade Chronicles (no I’ve never heard of it either). She eventually returned to the UK and things started to look up, even though she had to endure a few “rites of passage” along the way, including a topless scene in BBC post-watershed potboiler and a role in another miniseries that seemed to require her to do little more than look good in lingerie and be convincing as a typist. Her part in Captain America was little more than a cameo, though it certainly boosted her profile (I do remember seeing some online posts asking “who is that girl?” which isn’t bad considering she was in competition for attention with Hayley Atwell and Natalie Dormer). But her role in Titanic was more substantial and things were looking up. Even though she was only about 25 or 26 when she was cast as Clara (famously getting the word when she was at a grocery store - the identity of which appears to change from time to time! - while buying an avocado), I don’t think anyone can deny that Jenna had paid quite a few dues already.

For Jenna (who dropped the -Louise a year later), it was the start of an amazing journey that saw her mature in many ways as an actress and as a public figure as she first began working with Matt Smith, demonstrating incredible chemistry with him. And then, most remarkable of all, her partnership with Peter Capaldi that not only paid off handsomely on screen, but it also launched one of the sweetest real-life friendships many of us have ever seen. 

Jenna would go on to surpass Karen as the longest-serving of the Modern Era companions, along the way placing herself among the greats not only of the revival, but she holds her head high alongside the likes of Katy Manning, Carole Ann Ford, Janet Fielding and Elisabeth Sladen, as well. One couldn’t have asked for a better Golden Anniversary Companion, a title that is Jenna’s and Jenna’s alone. And although other characters may claim to have met every Doctor in dialogue, Jenna remains the only actor to - thanks to digital editing and a bit of body doubling - share scenes with, in some form or other, every Doctor from Hartnell to Capaldi (and who knows, maybe she’ll be there when Thirteen arrives). She’s also played more individual characters than any other one actress in the show. (Clara, Clara Oswin, Oswin, the TARDIS interface (Hide), Saibra (Time Heist), Bonnie, multiple other Clara echoes, several different Clara Primes in Clara and the TARDIS, and Alice Watson in the audio book Destiny of the Doctors: The Time Machine - in which she also gave voice to the Eleventh Doctor himself!)

Today, of course, Jenna remains a bright-shining star, leading her very own TV series, the acclaimed Victoria, and there’s no doubt more greatness awaits for her. Will that include a return to Doctor Who in some form before Peter leaves? Who is to say? But it’s been a great ride so far.

I wonder if she ever got round to buying that avocado, though.

Daredevil fic writers!

Want to write fic, but not totally clear on the New York details?  Fear not, my friends; here’s the relevant 411.

New York City consists of five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn (hi Steve!), the Bronx, Queens (hi Peter!), and Staten Island.

Manhattan is the long skinny island between New Jersey and Brooklyn.  It’s the heart of NYC and in fact was all of NYC until 1898 - the others were separate cities until then.  People in the outer boroughs still sometimes refer to Manhattan as “the city.”  But you don’t really have to worry about the other boroughs at all for fic purposes, because everything on the show takes place in Manhattan.

Hell’s Kitchen is a neighborhood in Manhattan.  It is not a separate borough, or city, or suburb.  It’s not even a very big neighborhood.  It’s located on the west side of the island, in Midtown, and stretches north-south from either 59th or 55th Street (depending on who you ask) to 34th Street and east-west from 8th Avenue to the Hudson River.  (See the red rectangle on the map below.). That’s about one square mile.  It’s small.

Columbia University is also in Manhattan, in a neighborhood called Morningside Heights.  It’s also on the west side, about three miles from Hell’s Kitchen (the avocado on the map), just south of Harlem.  It’s about a 30 minute trip by subway.

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Moffat Era Rewatch: The Power of Three

When the world is invaded by little black boxes, the Doctor comes to stay…

Warning: Spoilers Sweetie 

  • As an invasion story this one is pretty flimsy. Many have said it would’ve been improved by making it a two parter, but I don’t see how. There’s barely enough story here for one episode let alone two. But as a character piece for the Ponds and their relationship with the Doctor it is almost perfect.
  • Amy’s reading glasses are ready. 
  • Karen is obviously wearing a wig here. 
  • My favourite thing about this episode is how it focused on Amy and Rory’s struggle to balance their TARDIS adventures with their regular lives back home, something the show would explore further with Clara in season eight. 
  • “Of course I’ve got a job. What do you think we do when we’re not with you?” “I imagined mostly kissing.” 
  • Amy is travel writer now. 
  • 10 years. 
  • “There are soldiers all over my house, and I’m in my pants.”
  • Hello, Kate.
  • Hard to believe Kate and the Doctor have never met before considering how close he was to her father. 
  • “That’s impressive. I don’t want them to be impressive. I want them vulnerable with a nice Achilles heel.”   
  • “Twitter.” Said with the same level of disgust he usually reserves for Daleks.
  • “Patience is for wimps.” He says to the man who waited 2,000 years. 
  • Rory and the Doctor are at odds and Amy is noticeably staying out of it. 
  • Karen is wearing the wig again. 
  • I love that real life is no longer treated as this boring or horrible thing that companions need to escape from. For Amy and Rory is is not simply a case of Doctor life good, home life bad. Home life is good, home life is happy, and just as important to them as their time with the Doctor. 
  • So no one at this hospital noticed that the same little girl was hanging around the place unsupervised for almost an entire year? 
  • Okay, leaving the cubes in with the knives and forks is just unsanitary. I mean, they literally don’t know where they’ve been. They could have all sorts of alien germs on them. Someone get the health inspectors on these people.
  • So either Old Chibs ships Doctor/Rory or Matt and Arthur just really like kissing each other in his episodes.  
  • I know this is a money saver, but I really wanted to see Zygons. 
  • “Some left me. Some got left behind. And some, not many but, some died. Not them. Not them, Brian. Never them.” Don’t make promises you know you can’t keep, Doctor. 
  • “I miss you.” Amy’s face at the end is priceless. 
  • Awww, they’re all eating fish fingers and custard together. 
  • “Oh, if Fred Perry could see me now, eh? He’d probably ask for his shorts back.”
  •  “Don’t despair, Kate. Your dad never did.” 
  • Obvious fake background is obvious. 
  • “I’m not running away. But this is one corner of one country in one continent on one planet that’s a corner of a galaxy that’s a corner of a universe that is forever growing and shrinking and creating and destroying and never remaining the same for a single millisecond. And there is so much, so much to see, Amy. Because it goes so fast. I’m not running away from things, I am running to them before they flare and fade forever. And it’s all right. Our lives won’t run the same. They can’t. One day, soon maybe, you’ll stop. I’ve known for a while.”
  • This is just a lovely little scene. If Matt and Karen seem genuinely emotional it is probably because this was actually the last episode they filmed together. ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’ was shot in the previous production block.
  • “Because you were the first. The first face this face saw. And you’re seared onto my hearts, Amelia Pond.” *Sobbing*
  • A third of the population dead? Does she mean just Britain or the entire planet, because if it’s the entire that’s like 2 billion people. Rather low key way to speak about such a massive death toll.  
  • She just saved her son in law’s life and now looks like she instantly regrets it. 
  • “Wow. That’s some seriously weird bedtime story.” “You can talk. Wolf in your grandmother’s nightdress?”
  • This has to be one of the most generic endings in the show’s history as a bland looking alien bad guy mumbles a load of nonsense before the Doctor saves the day with a wave of the sonic. 
  • Wait, wouldn’t all those people whose hearts were restarted have brain damage from being dead so long?  
  • “My! A kiss from a Lethbridge Stewart.” Don’t like, Doctor, you’e been wanting one for a long time. 
  • “Go with him. Go save every world you can find. Who else has that chance? Life will still be here.” Oh, Brian, so much heartache could’ve been avoided if you’d just stayed silent.  

 Next Time: The Angels Take Manhattan

anonymous asked:

Karen made no difference at all. She was lost in the show. I feel like they put her there just to please Kastle shippers. Their scenes were like fillers, straight out of a fanfiction. It practically added nothing to Karen character-development wise. You can tell she was kinda wedged in there almost like an afterthought. Hell, she's not even mentioned outside of episodes where she appears. Frank only cares about Karen when she's in danger or he needs info.

Honestly, I think that they put her in there to please Steve, who specifically requested her away from Defenders to film things lol. I have to say that I don’t agree, though. I think that she did have purpose in the show, she just wasn’t part of the main story line. She was part of Lewis’ side story line and part of Frank’s general story and development. Was it super heavy on development for her? No. But, there’s only so much you can do when you’re fitting someone in around their other schedule.

First off, Karen’s the reason that Frank even gets any information on Micro. Before he goes to speak with her [after six months of silence oh my poor soul] Micro is just this ghost who wears ugly sunglasses and calls him a hipster. He’s got no clue who this guy is. He has no clue how he’s been tracked down. He’s openly shows her that this guy is scaring him. So, she’s the one who spends her time hunting down information on David, she informs Frank who this guy is, what he does, what he’s capable of. He finds Micro’s family, through Karen. And if he didn’t go to Micro’s family, off of Karen’s information, I think the starting point with them would’ve been much different. 

Karen’s also there to represent one of his tether’s to humanity and to life. At the very beginning of this, he’s killed off everyone that he believes is involved in his family’s death and now he’s just living with his nightmares and his random construction jobs. He’s drifting in between worlds. It’s where his entire struggle of life or death comes from at the end. And Karen is one of those tethers to show us that he has connections to this world. That he has reasons to stay here. [Along with Curtis and the Liebermans get added to that list as well]. It’s important to show that he cares for something for some people and Karen’s one of those people. I don’t think he only cares about her when he needs something or she’s in danger – I just think the adrenaline of potential loss forces care further and further to the surface. Karen did yell at him, last time they saw each other, that he would be dead to her if he killed Schoonover, after all. And that on top of his definitely knowing Matt died, probably just kept him away.

I don’t think their scenes were filler, either. His reuniting with Karen leads to the intel on Micro. The waterfront scene in Gunner is there to really nail home that Frank isn’t thinking of life, he’s just thinking of the next hour or two. He’s not thinking of his after, in fact he’s avoiding thinking of it, until the last bits of the season. Karen and Curtis are probably the driving forces to getting Frank to know that at some point he will have to confront the end of this revenge tour, if living is his choice. [Sarah and Leo and Whats-His-Face (can’t remember the boys’ name) are more of confronting the past – when he’s with them, it’s like being with the ghosts of his family].

[I will give you the fanfiction, though, ahahah. But, like, really really good fanfiction that’s totally in character.]

@fadedtoblue​ Thank you so much for all your thoughts on these characters so far, I love these discussions so much! Some of my thoughts on one Mr. Matt Murdock since we’re going there…

Favourite thing: Probably his sheer force of will. You can say what you want about how Matt copes, but he has been through A LOT, still goes through a lot, but just… Keeps. Going. In the face of that, Matt has a lot of reason to be hateful and hopeless but he still manages to maintain a will to fight on and this extends beyond the literal powering through all his injuries. Also I guess this ties in with what you were saying about his inability to give up on people because he always holds fast to the notion that life has inherent worth and I admire that.

Least favorite thing: I’m with you whole heartedly on Matt kinda being a sanctimonious arsehole. He is such an interesting character and I love him but to quote Claire, “Climb down off that cross of yours and spend some time with us normal people for a change”. He has this habit of a) lying to people and b)distancing them from any problem (even ones that involve them) then taking on all the responsibility involved and inevitably getting crushed under it. I sort of want to shake him like ‘Talk to people! Be honest with your friends! And let them take responsibility for their own actions!’

Ngl a tiny bit of why I love Claire (and BOY do I) is her zero tolerance of Matt’s bullshit. It’s very refreshing to see a female character who is possibly involved romantically with the protag, actually step back and say ‘you know what? You have your problems but I don’t exist to fix them. I’ll still support you where I can, but I’m going to do the healthy thing and back out of this relationship because that’s what’s best for ME’.

Favourite line: Man there are so many… The Matt/Elektra ones you named KILL ME everytime, also I think I messaged you before about his line on the couch with her when he asks “Where did you go?” Ouch, my heart… Another I like is in the S1 finale when Fisk yells “I’m gonna kill you!” And he just smirks and says “Take your shot” because if that doesn’t sum Matt up what does.

On a less serious note:
“How many fingers am I holding up?” *Foggy giving middle finger*

brOTP: Matt and Jessica are bros 4 life I will fight on this one. I’m slowly uploading a fic that among other things is a whole lot of their developing friendship. Like probalby 20k of it SO FAR. Sorry not sorry

nOTP: Probably Karen and Matt :/ I like them as friends, but as many have pointed out he can be such a hypocrite and we see that carry over to her even without romance involved (e.g getting pissy when she digs into things yet he’s literally on the streets beating people up for info) I also kinda feel like their attempt at a relationship was based on infatuation on Karens part and I’m not sure about Matt? Maybe a misguided attempt at what he thought was a ‘normal’ relationship? It feels awkward and unbalanced to me.

Random headcanon: On the anniversary of Jack’s death Matt visits Fogwell’s; not to work out or punch a bag but just… be there. He never says anything but will stand there for an hour or so, praying or lost in thought or a bit of both. And when he goes out as Daredevil that night and takes on a few more criminals than is safe, or hits a little harder than he needs to, well, who’s there to judge him?

Less angsty: He gets very clingy and tactile when drunk

Unpopular opinion: Hmm not too sure I have one?

Song I associate with them:
Beautiful Crime by Tamer has to be #1 for obvious reasons
Arsonists lullaby, Hozier
Silver, The Neighbourhood
Who Will Save You Now Les Friction
Who are you really, Mikky Ekko

Too many? Oop

Favourite Picture Image(s):


It’s just such a beautiful shot and my lord, the aesthetic


I could write an entire thesis about this whole scene from a film makers perspective alone. Nothing quite like it.


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Apart from hello abs I fuckin love my girl Elektras reaction: That cheeky smirk, she knows what she likes

Best highlights from the Doctor Who panel at MegaCon 2015.

Featuring Tony Curran (Vincent van Gogh), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), and Alex Kingston (River Song). (I’ll use T, K, and A to designate who’s talking). 

I basically wrote down everything I thought was noteworthy, including stuff I found to be really hilarious, interesting, or important. I didn’t write down the questions in exact quotes or necessarily in order because I didn’t want to miss the answers, but these are the basics of what happened. Exact quotes will be in quotations, my narrations/summaries are in italics. (I’ll probably end up putting some of the really hilarious quotes and other things into their own posts as well). 

At the beginning of the panel, they introduced themselves and got off on a little tangent about Vincent and Doctor. 

A: “That episode makes me cry every time.” She said she didn’t really know why, but she watches it with her daughter and she’s cried every time at the end when the Doctor takes Vincent to the museum. 

Q: Off screen did you ever act like each other’s characters, and can you do it now?

K: Laughed and said she would do it. She imitated River by saying “Hello, Sweetie” in a really deep voice. 

A: Didn’t want to do it at first, but Karen convinced her. She imitated Amy by yelling “Doctor!!!!” (Also imitated Vincent by saying a line that was in the original script about being a painter and being chased by a giant chicken, and she did it with a Scottish accent). 

T: Had Karen say “Your hair is orange” and responded with, “So is yours” in a pretty good Amy impression. 

Q: If you were the Doctor, who would you choose as your companion (in all of time and space)?

K: “All of time and space? I’m thinking…Jesus.” 

Moderator: I think Jesus would be the Doctor…

K: “No, he’d be my companion!”

A: “I wanted Jesus!”

K: Well you can have Buddha.

A: Yes, that’s true, I could have Buddha. But I think I’d really choose Bob Marley. 

Me to my friend: “Imagine all the hair!!” 

T: So do I take Mohammed now or something? 

Q: (To Karen and Alex) Did either of you know that River was Amy and Rory’s daughter before it happened? 

A: Said she knew way ahead of time, an entire season before the rest of the cast knew. She teased the rest of the cast with knowing something they didn’t, but she never told them. 

K: Arthur (Darvill) figured it out though, didn’t he?

A: Shook her head and said no. Apparently he pretended like he had figured it out but he really hadn’t. Also Matt pretended like he knew something Alex didn’t know to try and get her to tell him what it was. She also said that they kept the revealing scene really, really secret and there was something about the crew even using a fake piece of paper or something in relation to filming the scene and keeping it so secret.

Q: If you weren’t famous, would you go to conventions and cosplay?

K: “I love Star Trek.” I would definitely go and dress up as a Klingon. 

A: “I would go as an anime.” (The crowd asked her which one, exactly). I don’t know, I haven’t really seen any animes but I just love the wigs. I have five!

K: Laughed and asked, “When do you wear them?” 

A: I wore one for Halloween one time, I’ll show you a picture after this. (The moderator asked her if she could show us now, but she didn’t have the picture with her on stage). 

Q: If you could star on Star Wars, Star Trek, or Red Dwarf, which one would you choose to be on and who would you want to play? 

K: Star Trek, specifically Voyager. 

T: Star Wars. I’d want to play the Emperor. Then he said, in a really good Emperor impression, “Jedi…” Then he added that he would also like to play Boba Fett.

A: Star Wars. I think I’d like to play Chewbacca! At which point everyone Chewbacca roared. 

Q: What was your most memorable moment from Doctor Who?

A: Talked about when they were filming The Time of the Angels when River flies into the TARDIS and lands on top of the Doctor. In one of the first takes, she landed on him and “kneed him in the nuts.” (If you haven’t seen the video where Alex talks about this, you need to so here it is. Go watch it).

Q: (I actually don’t know the question for this one, I think it might have come from a tangent they got off on from the “most memorable moment” question. Alex was talking about working on Silence in the Library with David Tennant and said one of her favorite moments was whispering the Doctor’s name in his ear). 

K: “What did you say? Did you actually say his name?” 

A: Smiled that “spoilers” River smile we all love and said, “Yes.” 

K: You actually know his name?!?! “What is it?” 

A: Didn’t say what we all thought was the inevitable response but continued on talking about how they had actually told her the Doctor’s name. 

Q: (To Alex) Are you coming back for series 9?

A: Now time for the inevitable response, and we all knew it was coming. “Spoilers.”

Q: If you could travel with a different Doctor other than the one you’ve experienced, which one would it be. 

A: Immediate response. “Well I’m the only one who actually experienced the Doctor.” (Yep, that just happened). 

K: Said David Tennant at first, then debated between Tennant and Capaldi because they’re both Scottish, but finally stuck with her original choice because “I think he’d be funny.” 

T: Said he’d like to go back to Tom Baker. 

A: Said she would like to go back to when Doctor Who first began and be in the black and white episodes. 

Q: If you could choose another profession besides acting, which one would you choose?

K: I’d want to be a therapist. 

A: “I wouldn’t go to you.” 

T: “It’s sort of like Jesus,” but I think I’d want to be a carpenter. 

A: I think I’d like to do claymation. She talked about how she had to do a short claymation film for a project and said she really enjoyed it. 

Moderator: So you know about Gumby, right? 

A: “I have no idea what Gumby is!”

Q: What was the most challenging moment you had on Doctor Who?

K: Talked about how she had to do a lot of stunts on Doctor Who and specifically recalled, in Angels Take Manhattan, when she had to be suspended upside down for 1 minute with Arthur Darvill and kiss him. She said blood vessels were popping in her face and her face was all red after they shot the scene. 

A: Talked about a scene on a beach but didn’t mention a specific episode (I’m thinking maybe The Time of the Angels but I’m not sure). She said it was pouring rain and they only had one large umbrella for the whole cast and crew and they were all huddling underneath it. Then she said to Karen, “I remember you were sitting on that rock just freezing!” 


As an overall summary, all three cast members were really funny and very kind to the people asking questions. They were all very inspirational when it came to talking about tips for people who wanted to be actors. I hope you enjoyed these little snippets! The panel itself was absolutely awesome, and I hope I at least did it a little justice. I wish I could have recorded the whole thing, but we weren’t allowed, unfortunately. 

Daredevil 101: Karen Finds Out

Welcome back to Daredevil 101! We’re moving out of the Silver Age (1955-1969, roughly) and into the Bronze Age (1970-1985, roughly), and that means equally silly plots told with about ten thousand times more melodrama and angst. Get ready for lots of drawings of Matt standing with his shoulders bowed under the weight of the world. Also, ugly ties.

After five years now of love triangling around, Karen is getting good and sick of waiting for Matt to make a move, so she puts on her best Annie cosplay (no lie, I love that dress) and quits Nelson and Murdock:

What a patronizing asshole Matt is.  Although “I don’t deserve [person] so I will be as awful as possible to them so they won’t think they love me anymore” is Classic Murdock.

Also Classic Murdock: agonized thought-bubbling alone at night:

Yeah, this was all pretty much your own fault, Matty-Matt.

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