and yes the tardis is a character

Common answers to seemingly simple questions asked about Doctor Who:
  • You’re going to have to be more specific.
  • Yes. And no.
  • It happened in the books/comics/audios EU.
  • It happened multiple times (exept for that one time it didn’t).
  • It was… heavily implied.
  • No one can decide if it was canon.
  • Everyone ignores that it was canon.
  • Of course that was canon, STFU.
  • It literally got officially retconned.
  • Aliens?
  • Aliens.
  • Because something behind the scenes happened and they had to change/improvise/cut at the last possible second.
  • Multiple companions. Multiple times.
  • The show referenced it, but it only actually happened in the EU.
  • Because the TARDIS wanted to.
  • Because the TARDIS didn’t want to.
  • Canon AU.
  • Ummm…?
  • Alternate timeline.
  • Because multiple actors.
  • Because multiple writers.
  • Because no budget.
  • That character died (except they didn’t exactly die).
  • In classic Who, yes. In new Who, no.
  • In classic Who, no. In new Who, yes.
  • **[4-hour-long Powerpoint presentation]**
  • It happened, but not really.
  • It didn’t happen on screen, but a writer/producer/actor insists it totally happened.
  • …maybe…?
  • Because the entire franchise gets ridiculously meta.
  • Don’t question it, just go with it.
  • Because the BBC says so.
  • The Doctor is a genius.
  • The Doctor is clueless.
  • It’s fanon.
  • That trope was probably invented because of Doctor Who.
  • The fans are in denial.
  • Because Rassilon is a dick.
  • Because an old joke had to be repeated, regardless of the consequences.
  • Wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey.
  • No bloody clue.
Eight canonical facts about Clara Oswald

1. Clara Oswald gave the Doctor his inspiration and his mission statement, if you want to call it that, when she gave him encouragement as a child in Listen.

2. Clara Oswald scattered herself throughout the Doctor’s timestream in order to prevent the Great Intelligence from destroying everything he has ever done. This means every adventure prior to The Name of the Doctor has some manifestation of Clara nearby making sure all goes smoothly. This includes Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead - the adventure in which the Doctor first met River Song. How we know this is because we see a Clara echo gazing upon the Tenth Doctor at the library. The only Doctor she did not meet, as far as we know, is the War Doctor - but Clara!Prime helped him directly.

3. The Moment failed to prevent the War, Tenth and Eleventh Doctor from activating her and destroying Gallifrey. Clara succeeded, absolving the Doctor of what was, by that time, centuries of guilt. (Oh, and she also saved the lives of 2.47 billion children on Gallifrey, by the way.)

4. Every Doctor from Twelve onwards, every single one will exist solely because of Clara Oswald convincing the Time Lords to give him a renewed regeneration cycle.

5. In a purely technical sense, Clara Oswald was the Doctor’s companion for 4.5 billion years. There is absolutely no other character in the series - other than the TARDIS (and yes, she’s a character) - to match that.

6. She is one half of the Hybrid, a pairing that terrifies even the Time Lords. (I’ve watched Hell Bent enough times that there is no ambiguity as to who the Hybrid is. When the Doctor says “I became the Hybrid,” he’s confirming Ashildr’s second theory that it’s him and Clara.)

7. She’s functionally immortal. (We don’t know yet if she can’t be killed a la Jack or Ashildr, but odds are that applies.)

8. She is the only companion to have her own personal TARDIS (I think Romana eventually got one in the Big Finish stories, but that’s not TV).


I’m just leaving this here because I get the feeling some Clara fans are feeling a little abandoned right now. As I’ve written a few times now, it doesn’t matter what happens in Series 10 or Christmas. These facts about Clara stand.

(An important PS: this post is not in any way a reaction to Bill. Just want to make that clear. I’m looking forward to seeing her story unfold.)

anonymous asked:

Immortal space girlfriends is the best way to end...everything but I once again find myself frustrated because I really want a show about Bill and Heather, just like I also really want a show about Clara and Ashildr

They meet up by accident and it works out great because after a few centuries Clara and Ashildr were finally forced to admit They Cannot Read The Fucking Manual And Do Not Know How To Fly The Ship, so Heather decides to help them out. They run into Jenny, who crashed her stolen spacecraft roughly 40 minutes after taking off seeing as she was only just born and had never flown before, and after they hear her story they realize they have to track the Doctor’s ass down for her. They keep following leads but always end up just missing him, and then get roped into helping out the people he just left, the situations ranging from ‘Children of Earth’ level catastrophes to ‘hey this man just toppled our government and ruined our economy before putting on sunglasses and leaving What Do We Do Now’. The girls start to build up their own huge doctor-like reputations, to the point where he eventually knows their looking for him and actively starts searching himself (on his own show, of course) but they still keep missing each other. Clara, Ashildr and Jenny are all horrendously stubborn backseat drivers and Heather’s always exasperated. Bill takes to her new powers the way Peter Quil takes to his in gotg2 and keeps making weird shit. At some point Clara runs into that hot cyborg guy from the Ocean’s 11 episode and he becomes a recurring character, only because Jenny’s banging him but they’re pretending nothing’s happening, like ‘fuck off Clara it’s not suspicious I’m in your TARDIS shirtless’, ‘yes it is Psi tell me what you’re doing here’, ‘we both know I have memory problems’, but that’s like the entirety of what he does. River Song occasionally cameos, alive or as a data ghost is up for debate, to give them some cryptic messages. Ashildr keeps her promise to look out for all the people the Doctor leaves behind so this show is like the place to be if you want an old companion cameo. A recurring plot for half a season is Clara being torn between Ashildr and Jane Austen. They don’t ever need a sonic screwdriver dues ex machina because Heather and Bill can literally control atoms. When one of the other girls get mad at Clara they hold eye contact with her while eating slowly and deliberately since she’s pissed she can’t eat anymore. Everyone always has amazing hair for no explainable reason and they always get real excited if they have to hit up a place that requires fancy dresses. Bill and Clara are both super into PDA but their respective girlfriends are a bit more shy and it’s fucking adorable. Jenny supplies a lot of the more angsty arcs because she’s really worried she’s never gonna find her father, and she doesn’t understand why he left her on Mesaline in the first place. A recurring theme in the show is What It Means To Be Human, as all of the girls are no longer that (two goddesses, one immortal, one dead girl, and one almost-time lord) and struggle with the repercussions/trying to remember. The two shows finally converge into each other with the girls finding the Doctor during the next big anniversary special, and who knows how that could actually go. They accidentally adopt a space cat™ and that causes a running gag because their TARDIS doesn’t like it. 

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{Imagine stumbling upon the REAL Doctor and REAL TARDIS after you followed who you thought was a cosplayer at comic con} 

PART TWO

Read Part 1 HERE

(I tried to write this from the point of view of any Doctor)

His back was to you. Apparently he hadn’t heard the doors open, he was so wrapped up in sonicing something under the console. 

This is some seriously dedicated cosplay…. Was your first thought. With a real life-size console room…

But your eyes flicked up to the softly fading and glowing lights on the walls. You felt the vibrations beneath your feet. You felt the hum of a machine that was… a l i v e …

Realization dawned.

I’m standing in the TARDIS. 

A part of you always wanted to believe the Doctor was real. Ever since you began watching Doctor Who, he had fascinated you. The story- HIS story - and his character, was absolutely enthralling. The way he moved and talked and ran (a lot, you might add) and smiled, and how he was simply… amazing. The way he saw the good in every person and creature and gave his hearts to the prosperity of the human race. You laughed when he laughed and cried when his hearts were broken. You felt his pain, his sorrows, his joys, his journey. Your biggest wish was that you’d find him out there, somewhere, and that he’d take you away. 

Every cloudless night, you’d stare up (or very possibly down) into the deep black abyss of space, clinging to the skin of your tiny little world, and thought you might have seen a speck of blue twirling among those twinkling lights. You would find yourself staring out of your window, willing that box to materialize before your eyes in your yard, picturing how ridiculous you’d look running outside in your pajamas. You’d searched every street you’d ever walked on for any sign of a blue box, hoping the Doctor had just happened to discover some terrifying alien or other good fun in your own home town, and needed your help to stop it. You imagined yourself bumping into him on the street or in a cafe one day, where you would meet and talk and he’d ask you if you’d like to come along with him. You pictured yourself as the companion, taking his hand after some amazing adventure, laughing and running through the streets and back to the safety of the TARDIS somewhere… together.

But it wasn’t real. Others had told you that your wishes were stupid. It’s just a show, get over it. You need to keep your head in the real world. He’s a fictional character…

Until now.

He IS real… you finally realized.

The overwhelming impossibility of this moment exceeded your wildest dreams.

You touched the floor of the TARDIS, the railing, the wall, and looked up at this expanse of space, this other dimension. 

This is all real, seriously physically real. I am here. In the TARDIS… And in the smack dab middle of it all was, yes, the Doctor. 

He had gotten up from under the console, and walked to the side furthest from you to begin working there. Up until this point he had been looking down with a classic Doctor-y frown, trying to twist some sort of knob on the console. 

The reality of his presence came crashing down on you. In a choked whisper, the word “You…” spilled from your lips, louder than you had anticipated.

The sonic dropped to the floor with a crash and clatter. His head snapped up and met your gaze with a look of being completely taken-aback. 

“What?!”

The familiarity of this word being said by him filled you with indescribable emotion. “It’s you…” you started. “Oh, my God you’re real…”

He glanced behind you for a moment. Something came into his eyes, probably the realization of what you must have done to get inside. His eyes returned to yours with a look of incredulity and… discomfort. Like you’d caught him doing something… wrong.

“Erm… Yes. Hello. I’m-” 

“Doctor Who…” 

He was stunned. You’d cut him off just before his classic line. “…What?” 

“Doctor Who?” you asked again.

“Doctor… N-no, you’re… you’re… erm, I’m supposed to say ‘I’m The Doctor’ and then… you say…”

“DOCTOR WHO?” 

“Yes! Exactly! I’m the Doctor!”

“Doctor Who…” 

“Well, really it’s just the D-” 

“No, I mean Doctor Who? THE Doctor Who? You are Doctor Who. The ACTUAL Doctor??”

He paused, mouth slightly agape, and inhaled slightly, as if he was making a decision. He spoke finally.

“I am.” 

“But… the convention-”

“Oh yes, about that…” He leaned against the console in a classic Doctor-y way. He ran a hand through his hair, contemplating something, but intriguing and exciting you even more. 

“Yes, the convention. One of my best mates, he couldn’t make it. Got sick or something, so I thought I’d help him out and drop by in his place.”


10th and 12th Doctor gifs are mine, TARDIS and 11th gifs are not! I might continue this story still, thank you all for reading and requesting a second part :)

Tag: @lexi-chan17

EDIT: READ PART 3 HERE!

The Doctor’s Wife - Doctor Who blog

(SPOILER WARNING: The following is an in-depth critical analysis. If you haven’t seen this episode yet, you may want to before reading this review)

Neil Gaiman, the man behind The Sandman, Coraline and American Gods, is writing a Doctor Who episode?

Originally posted by larafernadez

The Doctor receives a distress call from a bubble universe that seems to indicate that more Time Lords have survived the Time War. Okay. Already you’ve got my attention. And my Whovian heart couldn’t help but give a little squeal when the distress call came in the form of a space cube similar to the ones used way back in The War Games during the Patrick Troughton era.

Also we get our first proper confirmation that Time Lords can indeed change their gender when they regenerate…

PROGRESSIVE!

…only to be undermined by a bunch of sexist dialogue about what a ‘bad girl’ the Corsair was the few times she was a woman.

NOT SO PROGRESSIVE!

In fact this episode has a lot of sexist dialogue as well as scenes where the Doctor objectifies the TARDIS, which I really could have done without. I don’t blame Neil Gaiman for this. Apparently Steven Moffat had an input in some of the rewrites in order to accommodate budget constraints, and frankly it shows. Some of the more cringeworthy moments of casual misogyny in this episode have Moffat’s fingerprints all over it. While yes he did effectively lay the foundations for there to finally be a female Doctor now, it doesn’t change the fact that his attitude toward women in general is fucking disgusting.

Anyway, let’s ignore the crappy Moffat bits and concentrate on Gaiman, shall we?

The plot is really good and I love how the hope that the Time Lords are still alive impacts the Doctor. He’s overjoyed, sure, but he’s also extremely guilty for the things he did in the Time War and is worried about how he’s going to explain all that. Matt Smith does a really good job conveying this, as well as the Doctor’s reaction when he discovers this was all a trap to lure unsuspecting Time Lords and their TARDISes to their collective doom.

Which brings us to the villains. We’re first introduced to Aunty and Uncle, played by Elizabeth Berrington and Adrian Schiller respectively. Patchwork people created from Time Lord body parts. Neil Gaiman has always been a very macabre and eccentric writer, and Aunty and Uncle fit into that perfectly. Both Berrington and Schiller do a wonderful job bringing these weird characters to life. Conceptually they’re really grotesque, but you can’t help but find them charming in their own twisted way. It’s a shame they don’t hang around for long.

The main threat is of course House, voiced by Martin Sheen. Not the most complex villain ever. It’s an entity that eats TARDISes. But it’s execution that counts, and they do a sterling job. Gaiman’s dialogue coupled with Sheen’s brilliant vocal performance turns House into a chilling foe. And that’s before he steals the TARDIS. Once House escapes, taking Amy and Rory with him, the fun really begins. The sequences where Amy and Rory are running through TARDIS corridors while House taunts and torments them for his own entertainment were incredibly unnerving. Most of the focus is placed on Amy as House separates her and Rory and alters their perception of time so that Rory thinks Amy has abandoned him for 2000 years, no doubt referencing Amy running off with the Doctor on the night before their wedding. On the one hand, yes we have to put up with another Rory death fakeout, but on the other hand we get to see some of the underlying problems in Amy and Rory’s relationship get taken to their absolute extreme. House takes Amy’s guilt over the way she treated Rory and Rory’s jealousy toward Amy’s bond with the Doctor, and magnifies them under a very dark microscope. It’s legitimately disturbing at points and offers a very different kind of threat we’re not used to seeing in Doctor Who. One that’s purely psychological.

One thing I wasn’t too keen on however is Nephew, the Ood. Initially Gaiman wanted to design his own monster, but had to settle for an Ood due to budget constraints. Personally I don’t think there was a need for any monster at all, Ood or otherwise. Don’t get me wrong. I love the Ood. I’ve mentioned in the past that they’re my favourite New Who aliens. I just understand why you would want to go back to the bog standard ‘run away from the monster’ plot we’ve seen millions of times in Doctor Who when House’s psychological mind games were infinitely scarier and more interesting.

But of course the highlight of this episode is the Doctor and Idris. Or rather the Doctor and the TARDIS. Yes, kudos to Neil Gaiman for exploring the one idea that’s never been explored throughout Doctor Who’s long history and yet seems so obvious when you think about it that you’re amazed nobody has ever done it before.

It’s very easy to forget that the TARDIS is more than just a spaceship. It’s a living creature. It’s arguably a character in its own right. The only character that has been with the Doctor since the very beginning. We know the Doctor is very fond of his TARDIS, but what does the TARDIS think of him? And what would it say to him if it could talk to him? As interesting an idea as this is, it could have gone disastrously wrong if handled incorrectly. Luckily they cast the perfect person to play the TARDIS incarnate. Suranne Jones is absolutely phenomenal. She’s everything you’d expect the TARDIS to be without tipping too far into overly wacky or whimsical territory. The TARDIS inhabits all of time and space, and Jones portrays the character as though she’s operating on a different plain of reality to everyone else. She gets her pronouns and tenses mixed up due to her not being used to experiencing time linearly and her love for the Doctor is apparent. I love the little detail that she in fact stole him all those years ago and that the reason why she’s so unreliable when the Doctor pilots her is because she only takes him to places he needs to go rather than where he wants to go.

The reason why this relationship works so well is because it takes everything we previously knew about the Doctor and the TARDIS and puts delightful new spins on them without betraying the original dynamic. What draws them together is the fact that they’re both renegades (the Doctor was an outcast amongst his people and the TARDIS was a faulty model) and both share a desire to explore the wonders of time and space. They stole each other for their mutual benefit. The Doctor and Idris’ joy at finally being able to communicate with each other is overwhelming as we see them bond over their shared traits and we see them realise that they actually have so much in common. I love Matt Smith and Suranne Jones’ chemistry together and their final goodbye was incredibly touching. They care about each other deeply and will always be together, but it’s legitimately heartbreaking knowing this is the one and only time they’ll ever get to properly speak to each other and let their feelings for each other truly known. I was holding back the tears at the end.

While The Doctor’s Wife isn’t perfect, it’s nonetheless a very special episode that’s funny, emotional and at times tragic, exploring the most important relationship in the entire show as well as shining new light on the little blue box that made the Doctor’s adventures possible in the first place. This episode deserves to be ranked as one of Doctor Who’s best. In short, a modern classic.

River in Christmas Special: The Matt Smith edition

(…as told by Alex Kingston :P)

“I’m actually going to share something with you guys that I haven’t shared with anybody, but of course you’re all filming it, it’s all going on youtube, so I have to be very careful.

I didn’t tell anybody because I knew it wouldn’t go down well with Matt. He had literally made Steven Moffat promise that he wouldn’t write for my character again because River was his Doctor’s wife, and not anybody else’s. The thing is that Matt is a really passionate and sentimental person. He really carries his emotions, and his emotions are absolutely genuine. Such a nice man. But I think it was a much bigger deal for him to play the part of the Doctor, and I think it sort of changed his life. And I came in, and I was working with him on his very first episode, and was sort of effectively there holding his and Karen’s hand. 

On a psychological level, I was there to protect them, and I remember, I took them out for supper while we were filming that first episode. I sat them down and said ‘Enjoy this now, because after this your lives are going to change forever, and you won’t be able to enjoy this freedom ever again, and just be the people you’re right now.’

They were like, ‘Oh it’s not going to be like that for us.”

And of course it was, and it is.

And Matt - he is so sweet. He sort of really holds on to that. Remembers that I was concerned for them, and wanting to really guide them through. So I think that’s why he is possessive. It’s not anything other than - he feels like mine was the special relationship and nobody else is allowed to have that.

So I didn’t tell him. I didn’t tell anybody - I swore to secrecy. And then I got married in summer - Karen couldn’t make it, but Matt and Arthur were there. And my goddamn daughter went and told him!

It was like 4 AM, and we were all completely smashed, and he came up to me, and put his arm around me. I thought he was just going to give me a nice hug, say ‘Congratulations on being married’. He’s like [mimicking a very cross Matt] ‘Are you doing Doctor Who again?’

‘Uhh…yes. Who told you?’

‘Your daughter!’

And I said, ‘Well, yes, I am’

‘You’re not allowed to do Doctor Who again. I’m your Doctor, nobody else is allowed to be this. ME.’ He was cross. I had to say it to him, ‘Look, get me another job, but I am still going to do this one. It’s alright for you - you go be the Terminator, but I’m still stuck here!’

And I went up to Steven to ask him ‘Did Matt tell you not to ever write my character again?’

He said, ‘Yes, he did.’

So it’s absolutely true! But the truth is, they’re one and the same man! And that’s what I keep saying to Matt. ‘You are the same person, just with a  different skin. I’m not being in any way disloyal. In fact, I’m being more loyal than ever!’

Should I Be Watching: Class

Welcome back everyone to another exciting edition of “Should I Be Watching”! Today I have for you the “Doctor Who” YA spinoff “Class”! If any of those words instantly made you uncomfortable then I can just cut to the chase right now and let you know you should NOT be watching “Class”. See how easy this is. Technically "Class” has already aired out on BBC 3 this past fall, but for us Americans/legal television watchers it is currently airing on BBC America as a companion to the new season of “Doctor Who”. I have watched the first two episodes that have aired on BBCA in order to give you MAXIMUM information.

“Class” is an 8 episode series (super manageable!) written entirely by Patrick Ness, the novelist behind last year’s film  "A Monster Calls", in his first television outing. The show follows four school youths who are in whatever the Brit equivalent of high school is (despite best efforts I continue to have no understanding of the UK’s schooling system), who are unexpectedly plunged into a world of sci fi danger. As you may have already guessed, our young heroes must  battle the forces of evil, while also dealing with the trials and tribulations of being a teenager. Although this isn’t a groundbreaking set up, the shine on this apple is that all of these surging hormones and genocidal aliens exist within the larger Whoverse.

The show takes place at Cole House Academy, where the ill-fated Danny Pink and Clara Oswin Manic Pixie Oswald taught in the mothership series. And the first episode also boasts an appearance by the man himself who swoops in to save the day and deliver a TARDIS-full of exposition. As an aside I will admit I briefly rage quit watching “Doctor Who” somewhere in Season 9 but am newly reunited with it in Season 10 and enjoying it MUCH MUCH MORE. Bonus: if you are wondering if you should be watching Season 10 of “Doctor Who”, the answer is yes!

As far as British teen dramas and Doctor Who spinoffs go, the bar is fairly high in both departments. Where “Class” excels is in it’s cast of characters who represent a diverse swath of London youth and also talk like real teenagers. The show is charmingly loaded with pop culture references and also refreshingly aware of it’s place in the pop lexicon (in the first episode they compare the rift in space/time causing their problems to the Hellmouth. At least they know). However when compared to the wealth of  other Brit teen dramas it comes up a bit short. “Class” lacks both the irreverence of a “Misfits” and the unabashedness of a"Skins" which results in the show feeling a bit buttoned up and stiff. And while the show does it’s best to take on serious teen issues, the dialogue can sometimes veer onto After School Special Boulevard.

That isn’t to say the show is without it’s quirk and charm. Two of the central core cast are aliens forced to hide out as humans on Earth and they are easily the most compelling part of the show. Greg Austin adorably plays Charlie, an alien Prince Charming who is touchingly clueless and casually into dudes (who isn’t) offers both a much needed comic relief and also very gentle eye candy. Meanwhile a delightfully homicidal Katherine Kelly is forced to be his reluctant guardian by night and begrudging teacher by day. These characters are the only elements of the show that feel utterly unique, and the conceit of it feels most worthwhile while they are on screen.

It’s the sci fi elements of “Class” however that most closely ties it to “Doctor Who”. The first episode boasts a host of genocidal monsters that live in your own shadow, which is SO “Doctor Who” I’m surprised it wasn’t a two part Moffat special already. So far the capers and badies all feel very much in line with the Whoverse with the monsters of the week feeling like they could be just as at home on the main series. This is positive if you come to a spinoff hoping for more of the same. However it’s impossible not to compare to the other Who spinoff “Torchwood” that was able to accomplish staggering sci fi storytelling (specifically with Children of Earth) in a way that was totally original while still playing off the larger Who world.

While “Torchwood” was a show that was able to at times achieve greatness, “Class” is a show that has so far achieved good. But if you are into sci fi, Brit TV or Doctor Who in general, good can be good enough!

You should watch this show if you love Doctor Who and one hour of space hijinks a week just isn’t enough. You should watch this show if you have been flirting with re-watching Misfits for the third time and need something to spice up your life. However if you are a newcomer to this genre of television and are looking for your new favorite show, there are many more interesting offerings to devour first.

“Class” airs Saturdays on BBC America after “Doctor Who”. So an hour after whenever that’s on. 

XO MD

Reasons you should read the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica
  • Dragons
  • So many dragons
  • Time travel
  • ALL OF THE MYTHOLOGY!
  • ALL OF THE THEOLOGY!
  • ALL OF THE LITERARY REFERENCES!
  • Did I mention the Dragons? And the time travel?
  • Talking Badgers armed with pastries
  • Interesting and well written female characters
  • At least two Monty Python references
  • At least 2 Harry Potter references
  • Dead authors and poets having a convention and being sassy as fuck
  • Jules Verne is basically Mycroft
  • Edgar Allen Poe has a TARDIS
  • Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini are BFFs
  • Don Quixote knows Shrek
  • Archamedes (yes, that Archamedes) is actually an owl
  • Peter Pan fights the lost colony of Roanoke
  • And this quote (by Jules Verne, no less): “My war leader, Elly Mae,” he said to the others by way of introduction. He scratched the goat behind the ears and pointed at one of the smaller iconic statues, which stood only twenty yards off to the left.
    “Elly Mae!” he commanded the war leader. “Bonk! Bonk the noggin!”

If this post gets at least one person to read this series I’ll be really happy

I Can’t Loose You, We Just Met (Tenth Doctor x Reader)

    Request: @br422ify   I went a little off your request but I did the best I could! Sorry it took forever!

Originally posted by lilymiller1

     “Y/N! RUN!” Someone called from behind me. Fire blared around me, screams sounding in my ears, the rising smoke filling my nostrils. The building was burning down. I was not going to run. This was my fault entirely. I did not do this on purpose, I did not know how to stop it. It just happened. Why? Because of my so called “gift”. I would not exactly call my abilities a gift though, they were more of a curse. I can predict the future, see the past, and change the present. My powers screw with my life everyday. I do not know what else to do. I have tried, really I have to keep my powers under control but nothing can contain them. 

       Time had passed. Most of the screaming had stopped, making me believe everyone was out. I let myself slide into a sitting postition against the wall, the smoke making me cough roughly. My eyes were slowly closing, I was fading. My surroundings turned blury. Suddenly I heard a faint voice. It was a man. “Hello? You alright?” The man spoke waving his hand in front of my face to see if I awake. He silently picked me up then whispered in my ear “You’re going to be okay.” 

     I woke up on a stretched out bed, wires hanging above me. Where the hell was I? “Y/N! Thank god” The same man from before said from the side of the room. “Who the heck are you and where the heck am I?” I almost screamed panic forming over me. “Calm down. You’re in the TARDIS, I’m the Doctor and you are safe, don’t worry.” the man explained walking over to me. “Doctor? As in?” I asked weakly. “Doctor, as in the doctor, a time lord I travel to space and through time in this TARDIS. And well you are here because you’re the time lady. I’ve been looking for you over centuries and finally here you are.” the so called “Doctor” blabbed on. “Time Lady? Really?” you questioned a confused look on your face. “Yup, Time Lady. Tell me you don’t have wierd visions of the future or flashbacks of the past.” The Doctor said while powering up his TARDIS. I nodded, suddenly scared. How did he know so much about me? “See you’ve got powers just like mine. I don’t mean to scare you, it’s just, I’ve never met anyone who was like me. I was the odd one out. I’m happy to know I’m not the only one.” The Doctor confessed his eyes finding their way to the ground. “I-I-” I stuttered but nothing came out. “One offer, just one, would you want to travel the world with me? I just saw you sacrifice yourself for that entire building. You’d do great here in the TARDIS.” The Doctor asked. “Yes..” I felt myself say. Finally, maybe I was going to fit in here. What I did not know was this choice was going to change my life forever.

jemsauce  asked:

How about a Labyrinth AU, with Rose as the goblin queen, and the Doctor trying to solve the labyrinth to get his Tardis back?

YES!! Yes please!!! Imagine a goblin queen combining Bad Wolf-type powers with the insouciance of Jareth’s character. And the Doctor’s certainty that he would make it through the labyrinth would infuriate her. 

This prompt is… dare I say it? A piece of cake.

Originally posted by tamakoapplehead

A Year Older, A Year Wiser

(That’s the title of the piece. It in no way describes Tim + I, who are both still dumb enough to be doing this and still as reliably tardy as ever.)

Hey, it’s a new year, both in the comic and in real life. Funny how these things work out, eh?

We’re now waist-deep in ‘Imperial Phase’, but that New Year spirit remains. There’s debauchery and excess and the hangover that follows, yes, but also resolutions and the promise that things will be different this time. That being a year older means we have changed, moved on, evolved.

One character for whom that is true, if just in the most general sense, is Minerva. When she appears in issue #24, she’s rocking a brand-new style and a new sense of agency in the story. Having your parents splattered into a fine paste in front of you will do wonders for shaking you out of your routine.

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Behind the Scenes of The Runaway Bride (Part Three)

Excerpts from the Radio Times article by Nick Griffiths

Rose has gone, but the Time Lord remains. Surely he can’t be lonely this Christmas?

“Well, the Doctor’s in mourning, really,” says David Tennant. “Although Rose is alive and well, she’s dead to the Doctor. He can never see her again. And this is someone who not so very long ago lost his entire people [when the Time Lords were wiped out]. So he’s coming to terms with that, and at the same time dealing with Donna, who’s a bit of a handful.”

There’s the answer: no. He won’t be lonely. Quite the opposite. Donna, the title character of Doctor Who’s festive special, The Runaway Bride, is played by Catherine Tate. Fans will recall her surprise appearance in the TARDIS right at the end of series two.

“I got a call from my agent saying [writer] Russell T Davies had been in touch and would I be interested?” recalls Tate. “I said, ‘Yes, absolutely, whatever it is!’ I thought I might be a Cyberman on the corner of the screen or something.”

This is an adventure, Tennant explains, that “happens at breakneck pace”. Tate agrees. “There was lots of running for the Runaway Bride,” she says. “David would be off like a whippet and I’d be lagging behind going, ‘Can’t you just pretend to run fast?’ Then wardrobe would go, ‘We can see your trainers. Can you put the satin court shoes on again?’ I think what they’ll do in post-production is slow him down and speed me up. Get an average speed.”

“They start off at loggerheads,” says Tate, “because he doesn’t want this woman shouting and slapping him. And she doesn’t want this madman ruining the biggest day of her life. But they end up…” she falters, wondering how much she should say.

Well, you can’t help but love the guy, we venture. “Exactly. Exactly.” 

Thank you to everyone who shares set photos!

Other parts of this photo set: [one]  [two]  [three]  [four]  [five]  [six]  [seven]  [eight]  [nine]  [ten]  [ eleven ]
[ All of by Doctor Who Behind-the-Scenes photo sets ]

"Steven Moffat is a douchebag," hell yeah. "RTD's era was perfect" hell fuckin nope.

A list of shitty things RTD did for those of you who don’t know how to criticise Moffat without implying that RTD was perfect.

  • His brand of female companions who feel worthless are irrelevant until they meet the Doctor
  • Treat the N word like a huge joke because RACIAL SLURS LOL!!
  • Had Rose use the word gay as an insult and no other character took issue with it
  • No, his companion titles are not less problematic that Moffat’s, let’s explore shall we: Martha (only woc to travel with the Doctor) doesn’t even have a canon title, her title is one the fandom attributed to her. Rose had to be part TARDIS to become Bad Wolf. Donna had to become part Doctor before she became The Most Important Woman in the Whole of the Goddamn Whatever. Yeah, Moffat uses the word “girl” a lot in his titles. Yes that is infantilizing. Yes, Amy’s title makes her a passive agent and isn’t befitting at all because Amy Pond did a helluva lot more than wait. Yes, Clara’s title degrades her to the “mystery” she was treat like throughout series 7 as opposed to an actual person. NO, RTD’s are not any better. As standalone titles they sound pretty great, but add a little context and they take on entirely new meanings.
  • The whole dumping Rose with Tentoo thing and “he needs you” enforces the idea that women exist to fix men
  • Male Gaze, even if less present that the Moffat era
  • Martha lives in the shadow of pretty white woman, Rose, for an entire season. “But he was still in love with Rose!! He couldn’t help it!!” He could have not treat he like crap. He didn’t have to love her back but he didn’t have to compare her to the pretty white girl all season, and it’s worth noting that as soon as he meets another pretty white woman, everything’s ay-okay again
  • Landing Martha in an era where she was obviously going to be forced into being a maid and suffer extreme racism at the hands of privileged white folk, I mean COME ON
  • In Turn Left -  the entire planet is a mock exoticised China, evil lurks around every corner and Donna falls victim to the bad, bad fortune teller as soon as the Doctor leaves her side
  • The kiss between Ten and Matha - suprise kisses are nonconsensual. Someone kill this fucking trope.
  • Said there could never be a female doctor because then fathers would have to explain sex changes to their children. God forbid.
  • Removed Rose and Donna’s agency by having the Doctor decide the fates for them
  • Martha/Mickey - why? Of course it isn't implausible and I’m sure you all have your headcanons (I have mine) but in reality, we don’t get to see any development of this relationship which makes it seem as if these two characters are only shoved together because they’re both black, whether that was the intention or not. This isn’t to say you can’t love them as a couple, there’s certainly a lot that could be shared between them, but all of this is absent in the show, and the conception of this relationship is awful.
  • Mickey is treat like crap pretty much through the entire show
  • Also worth noting that as the head writer and showrunner, he is partly responsible for anything that Moffat did during his run. He may not have been the douchebag that wrote it but it is the responsibility of the head writer and executive producer to oversee episode content. He saw the problematic content and he approved it.

Non-DW

  • Used date rape as a plot device in an episode of Torchwood, treat rape like a casual joke, enforced the idea that the only way rape happens is if a bad man jumps on you in a dark alley and implied that any other kind of rape eg. date, spousal, or by someone you know isn’t a real thing
  • Once again, treat rape like a joke when Tosh is raped through alien coercion and it isn’t even acknowledged as rape
  • “The ‘controversy’ over Ianto’s death is just nine hysterical women.”

And two million other things I don’t have time to write about because I’d have to quit my job and postpone my entire life. Of course, it makes far more sense to put effort into critiquing the guy in charge currently, in the hopes that things can change. And for all of this, Moffat is still worse than RTD in pretty much every regard. But when we criticise Moffat’s writing, we do not have to idolise RTD and we still have to be aware of the things he’s done in the past that have been problematic. 

Matt and Karen's Panel at Calgary Expo 2014 ( April 26,2014)

  • Matt Smith kept his costume from the show. He sometimes dresses up in it j/k!
  • Matt Smith: “We’re the same as you. we’re fans of the show.”
  • Karen Gillan: Matt used to hide on her trailer, jumped out shouting absurdities.”
  • Matt Smith: They used to play “the uncomfortable touch” with guests. They’ve done it at duo photo ops here.
  • Matt Smith and Karen Gillan are cracking each other up. Smith: “It was my life’s work to annoy Karen.”
  • Aww. So pleased Matt Smith named @OldRoberts953 as his fave Who writer after Moff - put a big smile on Gar’s little face
  • “It was my life’s work to irritate Karen.” Matt Smith on backstage shenanigans during Doctor Who filming
  • Matt to Karen: “And now you’ve just got unnervingly weird hair.
  • Matt and Karen both speak highly of Peter Capaldi. They’re "fans” of the show proper now!
  • Matt Smith: “So many fezzes. I always love a fez”
  • Matt Smith: best thing to take from set: stories and memories. Karen: lots of laughter.
  • Smith: Stephen’s writing is very precise, so not much improv. Gillan: there was a limited window for improv.
  • Steven Moffat was not a fan of Karen Gillan arriving on set with a shaved head, says Matt
  • Matt Smith says he improvised a lot more than usual during the shooting of The Time of the Doctor
  • Matt Smith, to Karen: “You were really good in Doctor Who.” (Applause) Karen: “You were ok.”
  • Matt Smith is asked about his love scene with Eva Green in Womb. Matt is cagey…
  • Karen & Matt want to do a stage version of Macbeth. Karen wants to play Lady Macbeth; Matt thinks she would be a better witch
  • Matt Smith wants to play a villain in the future.
  • Matt: “I’ve always wanted to play a villain.” (fan yells out “the joker!”) Matt: “Ohhh, the Joker! Yes.”
  • Smith: Doctor Who is a great character to live with. If you run a bath as the Doctor, it’s a much more interesting experience.
  • Playing the Doctor “categorically changed” Matt’s way of looking at the world. He loved the Doctor’s “lack of cynicism”.
  • Matt would love to appear in The Tomb of the Cybermen (via a real TARDIS). “Troughton is the coolest!”
  • Matt: “Tomb of the Cybermen is my favourite Doctor Who episode of all time.”
  • Gillan: “You’re a trout!” Smith: “I am an Alaskan salmon.”
  • “Run the bath as the Doctor would, walk in the park as if you were the Doctor, makes life more interesting!”
  • Matt loves the idea of Doctors coming back because “it gives way for me to come back”.
  • Matt loved getting “Tom, Dave, and Johnny Hurt” in Day, but “it would have been nice to get Chris (Eccleston)”.
  • Matt: “I love Chris Ecclestone’s Doctor. I think he’s great!”
  • Smith on Doctor transitions: “There’s a weird handing over of the guard, but you have to get over it.”
  • Matt: “I’d love to see the Doctor meet Billy Bob Thornton in FARGO.”
  • Smith asked the audience which show Doctor Who should cross over with: Supernatural. Second opinion: Game of Thrones.
  • Karen: “Imagine if #DoctorWho visited the show Girls?!” (Everyone laughs) Matt: “What if #DoctorWho went into Friends?!”

It really bothers me when Moffat fans try to defend him by insulting the Slitheen episodes, Aliens of London/World War Three and Boom Town. They weren’t the best aliens and yes the farting was dumb but that doesn’t matter. What matters is everything happening around the Slitheen. Those episodes give us the first visual mark of ‘Bad Wolf’, Harriet Jones and most importantly the inclusion of Roses family (Jackie and Mickey) into her new life. There was so much development in that two parter. Boom Town gave us even more character and plot development with the heart of the TARDIS, the acknowledgment of 'Bad Wolf’ and more proof of how uncomfortable the Doctor is being the cause of someones death even if they do deserve it.  I love those episodes not because of the farting aliens but because they are fun and also had plot progression. It’s not the last we see of Harriet Jones and she eventually becomes a rather important character in the end. The inclusion of Roses family and the families of future companions continue, you know, because the companions had a life before the Doctor and those lives and the people in them are important. 

Moffat fans shouldn’t even bother mentioning the Abzorbaloff from Love & Monsters since that alien was created by a child. Even with an unexciting alien RTD still wrote an episode around it that had character development. We got to see how Roses absence was effecting Jackie. It’s hard on those left behind. 

The Silence are really cool looking but that’s about it. Moffat created them to be “scarier” than past Doctor Who villains but to me they are a symbol of plot holes and let downs. With the Silence we also get Madame Kovarian, she didn’t leave much of an impression on me either. Honestly, all I’ll remember her for is wearing an eye patch and stealing a baby. 

To me the actual alien in an episode really doesn’t matter. It’s how everyone reacts to the alien and situation that matter. The aliens are there to help drive character and plot development and because it’s a science fiction show. Aliens of London/World War Three, Boom Town and Love & Monsters can all be considered as silly episodes but underneath the silliness was a lot of heart. I’ll take farting aliens with a great story any day. 

8 Reasons Why You Should Watch Doctor Who

Series 8 is almost upon us, so I have compiled a list of 8 reasons why you should definitely watch Doctor Who

  1. The Doctor is an amazing character. He’s funny, witty, and clever.

    He’s also loyal, brave, and he faces his problems head on. He makes mistakes and he pays the consequences. But he always tries to do the right thing.

  2. Time Travel. Okay, so who doesn’t like going to Victorian England or Ancient Egypt???? What about the the end of the world?? You can do ‘em all in the same day with the TARDIS
  3. Space Travel. YES, it does space too! Strange planets in the far reaches of the galaxy – no problem. The TARDIS goes there too – the Doctor after all is from a different planet

  4. 51 years worth of Doctor Who. They say things get better with age? Well Doctor Who DEFINITELY got better with age. It’s been around since 1963 and it’s the longest running TV show. If it wasn’t good it would’ve been canceled, just sayin’.
  5. The Companions. The companions are all mostly ordinary people, along for the ride just like you are. You’ve got the spunky Rose Tyler, the fierce Amy Pond, the loyal Mickey, the stalwart Donna – plus a bunch of others (there’s not room to list them all!). You’ll want to be a companion by the time you’re done watching.

  6. Diversity. This show has diversity, especially in its early seasons.  There’s plenty of well-written female characters, main characters of color, and lesbian/gay/bisexual characters.

  7. Great show. Doctor Who has won a Saturn award, a BAFTA, and has won 5 Hugo awards for best dramatic presentation.
  8. This show will make you laugh and make you cry and will make you think about life – in a good way. 

And that, my friends, is why Doctor Who is awesome, and why if you don’t already watch it you definitely should. Series 8 comes out August 23!

I’m so interested to see where this Clara/Ashildr thing goes. I mean, we won’t see it on screen, but what do people think?

I mean, the Ashildr we see in Hell Bent is yet another character entirely from Mayor Me of Trap Street. I’m assuming she got to the End of the Universe the long way round, and she’s been by herself for quite a while now. But look at how happy she looks at the end when she’s in Clara’s TARDIS, and they’re about to zoom off on an infinity of detours. There are many Clara/Doctor and Clara/Ashildr parallels that ought to be explored, yes.

anonymous asked:

Rose Tyler didn't immediately attack the console to try to get back to the Doctor. She needed time to realize that she could get back, and then tried to get back. Clara knew she couldn't get back without the TARDIS. We don't know if she was thinking of something or if she had given up. And I realize this isn't real life, but false reactions from characters can make the show look cheesy and signify bad acting/writing.

…yes, Rose did. Literally as the hologram fades Rose is banging on the console trying to work it and screaming at it to take her back:

(The hologram flickers out.) 
ROSE: You can’t do this to me. You can’t. Take me back! Take me back! No! 
(Rose tries to use the controls, but the engine stops. She runs outside into the Powell Estate, then back inside.) 
ROSE: Come on, fly. How do you fly? Come on, help me!

And again. AGAIN. CLARA IS NOT REAL. IT IS WRITING. THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO WRITE THE TARDIS DISAPPEARING AFTER IT DROPPED HER OFF. The point is that the BAD WRITING was writing it that way at ALL. We don’t know what she was thinking because IT WASN’T WRITTEN TO SHOW US.

I’m sorry, I’m done. I’m not answering any more of these, three times is enough.

anonymous asked:

I was wondering how you felt about Clara. It just seems to me like she is much less developed than any of the other companions and really has no character other than "that girl who literally exists for the doctor," instead of herself. I know (cont)

(Cont) that the companion’s lives revolving around the doctor is a common theme in Doctor Who but with the others it seems like they had more substance and character than just being with the Doctor, but not Clara. At least, not yet. Thoughts?

So, so many thoughts.

The main theme of Clara’s tenure so far has been “potential.” Her potential was an enormous part of her narrative arc in Series 7. We (the audience and the Doctor) knew that Clara was somehow an extraordinary individual, but when we properly meet her for the first time in London she’s just your average girl. This drives the Doctor to obsession, as he tries to figure out exactly who Clara is and how she exists at different points throughout time and space. All along she was just your average, ordinary girl, but she had the potential to do something extraordinary under the right circumstances.

Potential was a recurring theme in many of her episodes. There was that tortured souffle metaphor based off of her mother’s saying that “a souffle isn’t a souffle; a souffle is a recipe.” The recipe is the potential souffle, and how you apply it changes the final end product; the original Clara was the recipe and the potential for the other Clara’s, and due to her sacrifice and the various conditions under which the other Clara’s lived, they all were just a little bit different.

Then there was the recurring leaf motif. The leaf was potential. Thanks to the exact right sequence of events, it brought her parents together, which allowed Clara to be born so that one day she could commit an extraordinary act to save the Doctor. It also symbolized her mother’s missed potential, after she died tragically young.

Unfortunately, missed potential is the phrase I’d use to describe Clara. Her characterization lurches from one episode to the next, and every time she obtains a unique ability or special knowledge, she immediately loses it.

There’s very few character traits that carry over with Clara from episode to episode. The most prominent are her mothering tendencies and her bossiness. And, yes, I know we’re supposed to “ban bossy,” but I use the word “bossy” because I think her controlling, assertive tendencies are specifically written to be grating and/or cutesy, rather than positive. I’m thinking specifically of the time she argues with the TARDIS (something specifically written to be catty—at one point Clara calls the TARDIS a cow), her self-characterization in “The Time of the Doctor” as a “bubbly personality masking bossy control freak,” and Steven Moffat’s off-putting eagerness to “mess her around” and put her in a situation she can’t control.

But most of the time, I find Clara lurches from trope to trope. At first she’s the super-genius computer geek, then the self-sacrificing mother figure, then the Independent Girl calling the TARDIS a “snog box,” until finally she’s the jilted girl with an unrequited romance.

Now, I’m not a big believer in suddenly giving a character magic powers and saying that’s the only thing that makes her special. I’m a big fan of the companion’s discovering their own strength in extraordinary circumstances and putting their existing skills to use (even Donna Noble, best temp in Chiswick, who never thought her skills would be useful). But I’m equally disturbed by the plot giving Clara super-special skills and then removing them immediately from her when it’s no longer convenient for the plot, or so that they can just get her to say a line for a promo piece.

This has happened three separate times that I can think of. First she gets the super-tech skills in “The Bells of Saint John” that surpassed even the Doctor’s own skills, but she doesn’t get to keep those once the episode is completed. Then in “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS” she discovers the Doctor’s identity just long enough to get fans riled by the line “So that’s who,” but she doesn’t get to remember that knowledge. Finally, she walks into the Doctor’s timestream, splintering herself along the Doctor’s life, and seeing him in all of his past regenerations. For a brief moment in “The Name of the Doctor” she appears to indicate that the original Clara has recollection of these past lives as she’s falling through his timesteam, but in “The Day of the Doctor,” she appears to barely remember this experience, and in the teaser trailer for Series 8 we have a distraught Clara saying, “I don’t think I know who the Doctor is anymore.”

First of all, I don’t even understand how this line is going to come about given what we know to be canon. How completely different is the Twelfth Doctor going to be that Clara, who has directly interacted with THREE of his different regenerations, will be driven to say she doesn’t know who the Doctor is?

But for imagination’s sake, let’s think about how incredible it would be if Clara remembered all of her experiences with each Doctor? What if she remembered all of her alternative lives, and how they worked to save the Doctor? What if she was allowed to remember what each regeneration of the Doctor was like? How incredible would it be if, instead of putting Clara in a position where she will be confused, distraught, and apparently slightly afraid, she feels confident and truly in control of the situation thanks to her knowledge and insight?

Here’s the thing. I want to like Clara so badly. I see a lot of myself in pieces of her characterization. But I’m just consistently underwhelmed by her narrative. There is so much potential in her character that is completely underutilized, and it really disappoints me.