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Moffat’s favorite writer used “Redbeard” as a random plot device 20 years ago.

Ready for a little background that will blow your mind? @squirrelwithoutparentingskills dropped by my inbox just now to share some juicy information.

One of Moffat’s favorite screenwriters is William Goldman. He wrote The Princess Bride. Moffat always tells you to read Goldman if you want to learn anything about writing.

Well, in 1996 William Goldman adapted a book called “The Ghost and the Darkness” into a movie.

And in this story, he had a little problem. He needed to make the hero seem brave. He needed a way to boost esteem of that main character.

So he invented a side character and called him “Redbeard”.

Redbeard was to be killed off – he was a plot device.

What I’m saying is Moffat’s favorite writer took a book and turned it into a screenplay but added a character called Redbeard that wasn’t in the originals in order to teach the audience more about the hero.

Also the story is set in the late 1800s with a focus on trains.

Neat. isn’t it?


How was your day?
I dunno. Fine. Inarticulably grim.
What happened?
I saw Ty for lunch. He’s fine, he says hello. I had a very boring meeting about search engine optimization. And Braden died. Braden is dead. So that’s a thing that happened.


Following my post about the Starkid Women Appreciation Day, there was an idea that it should be for an entire week. Whilst I think this is a great idea, I think a week might drag on too long for some people. So, Starkid Women Appreciation will begin on the 20th of April and end on the 24th. 


20th: Favourite Female Character 

21st: Favourite Female Song (Solo or group) 

22nd: StarKid Female Friendships (Selfies, quotes, cute convos between them etc)

23rd: Favourite Female StarKid 

24th: General StarKid Women Appreciation

Can’t wait to see who takes part! Love y’all. 

- thewalkerqueen 


ok listen up my homies 

i propose we have a day where we appreciate our sk ladies and i want it to be soon because i know there is a lil bit of controversy atm with the amount  of recognition between the boys and girls 

feel free to pitch some ideas but i was thinking maybe 20th of april? this way, we have enough time to spread the news that this day is going to happen but it’s still very soon. 

now this day will be for ALL starkid ladies. not just lauren lopez, meredith and maybe a bit of jaime, i wanna see lovely posts about ali gordon, julia albain, lily marks. all of the women in starkid are talented as hell and massively unappreciated. 

this does not mean, however, that it’s shading the lovely gents of starkid. in fact, we could have a day where we appreciate the less popular guys of starkid. i kinda feel like the lovely richardcampbell could use a little love :) 

lemme know what you think. love ya’ll. <3

- thewalkerqueen