feasible doctor

One day, I hope I’ll be able to write exposition half as good as this…

anonymous asked:

Bones is blind. He's always been blind his whole life and he's learned to function normally without his sight. Surgeries are out of the question, but he can still make diagnosis with no problem. Thing is, Jim's never known. No one has really. Well maybe except for Pike. One day, on the bridge, they hit turbulence and it jostles everyone. Bones clutches to Jim's chair, but his equilibrium is thrown off. He doesn't know where things are. "Jim where are ya?" "Right here, can't you see me?" "No."

The world’s been black and shifting gray ever since Leonard first opened his eyes, and it’s not until he’s three that he finds out he’s different from anyone at all. But even as a kid, he knew how to resign himself to the fact that life’s a hard-ass bitch and sometimes you have to learn to roll with the punches.

Blindness is a pretty heavy punch, but he learns to roll with it nevertheless.

He learns to count steps and listen for the direction of voices so he knows where to look where someone’s talking. When in doubt, look down at the floor and fidget so that the movement distracts from the lack of eye contact. To this day, he’s not certain if his friends from childhood even knew he was blind.

He can still see blurry shapes under bright lighting, dark smears of shadow that he learns to recognize as furniture, people, cars. It only takes him a couple of times around a room to learn its layout, as long as he doesn’t get turned the wrong way unexpectedly, he’s just fine getting around on his own.

Medical school is interesting.

Leonard becomes something of a legend there, despite all his attempts to discredit that particular bit of bullshit before it went viral. Surgeries are impossible, naturally, but sit him down in front of a patient file and a list of symptoms and he can turn up a solution in a matter of hours.

Of course, all the genius in the world couldn’t save his marriage, and he’s never been more grateful to not be able to see the expression on Jocelyn’s face when she slams the door on her way out.

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Here is the problem: the new Doctor being a woman is not like casting a female James Bond. It is not like gender bending or gender swapping a character. The Doctor regenerating as a woman is a TRANS NARRATIVE. To write it as anything else you have to either erase the realities of transition from one gender to another (or existence as no gender or multiple genders, which is also feasible given that the doctor can apparently regenerate as any gender) OR, more likely, you have to turn it into a joke. While I realize this is almost certainly what will happen from the BBC perspective, I can’t believe that I haven’t seen a single person say anything about it? 

I am frankly disappointed in people I know to consider themselves cis allies to the trans community jumping up and down like this is a win for women and never once mentioning the word trans or questioning if it will deal with trans themes or address trans narratives? 

Obviously the BBC isn’t going to bill it as a trans narrative. But the fact that so much of a community of people who claim to be allies to the trans community haven’t spoken up and said “So the doctor is trans or nonbinary or genderfluid then?”. Haven’t put that label on it, and celebrated the reality of a trans lead (because however you may want to try to pretend that’s not the case that’s what this is) in a major scifi franchise is….kind of disappointing?

Not that I expect everyone to constantly consider things the way trans people would, but I’m sort of amazed that I’ve seen four threads about WOC being excluded, but no threads except my own asking why this is a win for women and not a win for trans people? 

anonymous asked:

What would you say are the most important parts of writing the Master in general?

Depends on the incarnation, since each one is different. I know you said in general but I’m going to focus on Delgado a bit since he was the one I was talking about in my previous post.

Something I find interesting is the shift in the way Delgado is perceived, because we all think of him as the reserved, serious one, but based on interviews with Anthony Ainley that I’ve read, it seems Ainley was considered the serious one back when he was playing the role and Delgado was the fun one. And I can see why, because Delgado’s characterisation was in many ways lighter and more playful than Pratt’s, Beevers’, and Ainley’s. I think Roberts and Simm are probably the ones who changed this perception amongst fans, since Delgado does indeed seem very serious and restrained compared to them. But seeing him as only that misses an important side to his character.

I’ve read too many EU stories where the Master is just… boring. A dull, cliche villain with nothing noteworthy to offer. If that’s who he’d been in the TV show, I wouldn’t care about him at all. I mean, conceptually, the Master has never been that unique a villain, which is why it’s vital he written and acted in a compelling and entertaining way. No one likes the Master because he’s a megalomaniac trying to take over the universe—we like him because he’s fun, or because of his relationship with the Doctor, or because the actor makes it work. That’s what got me invested in him when I watched Terror of the Autons. Roger Delgado could completely sell any line he was given and keep you totally hooked. He could do sinister, he could do funny, he could do charming, and he could chew the scenery in a way that never seemed too over the top.

Unfortunately, many writers only focus on his role as an antagonist and write his whole personality around that. But the thing is… I don’t really care about that. I don’t care what his evil plan of the week is, especially when they don’t even give him entertaining plots like deadly plastic daffodils or disguising as a vicar to summon the devil. I’m not interested in watching him simply strut around gloating, serving as nothing more than an obstacle for the Doctor to overcome. But this is how he’s so often used. For example, what prompted my previous post was the recent DWM comic where he meets Twelve. There are a few good moments there, but ultimately it turned out to be rather a let-down. You could have some amazing fun with Delgado and Twelve—so much wonderful banter, little moments of friendship, a bit of angst depending on how you played it, foreshadowing for the Master’s future interactions with Twelve as Missy, etc.—and all that potential is basically wasted. The story is only interested in using him as a one-note antagonist.

The thing is, villainy isn’t actually the Master’s best/strongest trait. As an antagonist he’s rarely all that threatening. If that’s the primary aspect of him you play up, he’s going to get boring very quickly, and it will make the moments when you should play up his villainy less effective. This is something Moffat got right with Gomez, by establishing her first as a villain, but then using her as an uneasy ally (which was always a fun part of many Master stories in the Third Doctor’s era) and thus adding another layer to her characterisation, but ultimately keeping her darker nature intact with moments like her trying to make the Doctor kill Clara.

That’s what makes the lighter side to Delgado’s personality so important, because it contrasts wonderfully with his terrible actions. Not only does his charm make us like him, but it makes watching him murder people all the more unsettling. Something that bugged me in the comic was a scene where Twelve remarks, “I’m always angry in this body!” while he’s confronting the Master, and the Master replies, “Intoxicating, isn’t it?” which doesn’t really make sense, because Delgado wasn’t prone to anger at all. He has occasional flashes of anger that pass quickly rather than being constantly moody. If you study the way he interacts with his henchmen, you’ll notice he’s frequently very lenient with them when they mess up—usually just a brief “you incompetent fools!” telling off, and then he sends them off on another task. He would probably have more success if he weren’t so congenial towards them.

It’s not that he actually cares about any of them, of course, he just knows that sometimes people are more likely to do what they’re told if you ask nicely, and he does enjoy playing the smooth, dignified, impeccably polite gentleman. If you’re going to work for an incarnation of the Master (which is a bad career move that has a 99% mortality rate, so I wouldn’t advise it), go for Delgado. He’ll still kill you, but at least he’ll treat you well until then.

An important thing about Delgado is that he doesn’t have the same desperation or darkness to him that later Masters have, because at this point he hasn’t been through all the ordeals they have. He hasn’t struggled to stay alive in a decaying body or fought in the Time War or any of that. Life is still mostly a game to him, one he thoroughly enjoys playing (especially with the Doctor), so he’s not all that put out if he loses a few rounds. He’s just having a good time doing what he does. Sometimes he messes up really badly and that shakes him a bit, but as long as the Doctor’s around to fix things it’s all good, right? At this point he still genuinely believes that he can do anything, control any terrible force from the dawn of the universe that he chooses to summon, and make anyone do what he wants and see things his way, just because his will is just that strong and he’s that awesome.

I don’t think he’s even all that malicious/sadistic at this point, though there certainly is a bit of that from time to time. It’s more a case of using any means necessary to achieve his goals rather than actually wanting to hurt people (unless he has some beef with them, in which case he will definitely make them suffer). I think part of him honestly believes that his offer in Colony in Space—a benevolent co-rulership of the universe with the Doctor—is a good, feasible idea and the Doctor is being thick for not getting it. In reality, it would never actually work, and his reign would remain benevolent for maybe five minutes at most, but at this point the Master isn’t quite so set in his role as a villain (at least not in his own mind) and wants power and the Doctor’s approval more than he wants to inflict harm on anyone. Killing people is often a necessary part of his plans and he has fun with it, but he doesn’t see it as a goal in and of itself.

Anyway, I feel like I’m rambling on here, but what I’m trying to say is that when writing for Delgado, you can’t just write the “mwahahaha I’m going to take over the universe because I’m evil” side of him. You can’t write him as purely cold and serious. You need an element of fun and playfulness to his character, and you need a certain level of friendliness between him and the Doctor. You need to understand his point of view and why he actually does the things that he does.

This kind of applies to the Master as a whole. You need to incorporate the specific elements of each one’s personality, you need to keep in mind their motivations (which are more complicated than they appear and are wrapped up in a desire for power, a superiority complex, and the Master’s dynamic with the Doctor which can take on many forms ranging from competitiveness/antagonism, a desire for approval and/or the Doctor to admit they were right, and a simple need to restore their previous friendship), and above all you need to make sure they’re entertaining. They don’t necessarily have to be having fun—I love a good story where the Master suffers, or better yet a nice helping of internal conflict—but whatever they’re doing has to be compelling. If all they do in a story is act as an obstacle they are going to fall flat because, like I said, it’s not the concept of the Master that’s interesting, it’s the presentation. If you want a conceptually interesting villain, go with the Monk or the Rani instead. The Master serves an entirely different purpose.

I do not at all support the Twelve and Clara ship. I posted something about this earlier, but it was quite vague and I didn’t back it with any reasoning. I’ve noticed that the Doctor Who fans are getting quite testy about their ships right now, but I’m just going to throw my two cents in here. Before I begin, I do not appreciate being called ‘dumb’ or 'blind’ because some folks are so hurt by the fact that I don’t support their ship.

To me, Whouffle never really made much sense. I know that River is essentially out of the story arc, but that was only after Trenzalore. River was not in any of the episodes with Clara and The Doctor, I don’t believe, but that doesn’t change the fact that The Doctor was married to her. I did not appreciate any of the flirting in between him and Clara during that time, because he was a married man and he knew it.

Now, River is gone from the story arc and that leaves shipping open. Unfortunately, The Doctor has regenerated into Peter Capaldi. When River left Whouffle would’ve been okay, considering that The Doctor was young in appearance and could’ve feasibly dated Clara. The Doctor appears older now, and that’s why I draw the line again. The Doctor is probably not that old at all in equivalent human years, but in his own case in the series it’s more appearance than age that matters.

Capaldi, despite being only fifty-five, looks slightly older in my own opinion. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a handsome older man, but Clara is about twenty-five. That’s a thirty year age difference in real years, and the same in looks in the show. People are going to come and say, “Well, Matt and Alex had the exact same age difference.” I know they did, and I wasn’t okay with that either. Frankly, River was playing Mrs. Robinson and Peter will be too if Whouffle becomes a thing.

Sure, a ten year, even fifteen year age difference in looks would be plausible, but I just don’t like the idea of Clara dating a man who looks so much older. I know I’m going to be chewed up about this, but oh well. I mean, I know my opinions make you vastly uncomfortable, but you’re just going to have to deal with it.

Thank you, and goodbye.