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Eleventh Doctor ashamed of his feelings to Clara is everything

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With apologies to those who saw my post about this video the other day, Syfy removed the video from their main channel and moved it to Syfy Wire. I’m posting this again so it shows up when people look through the appropriate tags. If you’re a fan of Neil Gaiman or Doctor Who, this is a wonderful biographical story which was illustrated by the Syfy Channel.

I LITERALLY CANNOT EXPRESS WITH WORDS HOW EXCITED I AM FOR THIS OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GODDDD (or Oh My the Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan and Lord of Darkness, etc, whatever :)

I made a fan cover, checkit

My breath is being HELD for the horsemen casting to be announced especially war

BUT SERIOUSLY
THIS

WILL

BE

FUCKING
EPIC
JESUS CHRIST (OR ADAM)

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I really don’t know what ‘I love you’ means

I think it means ‘don’t leave me here alone.’

                                                                                                      - Neil Gaiman                                                                                                                            

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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?

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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.

To be, or not to be, that is the question. Weeelll….more of A question really. Not THE question. Because, well, I mean, there are billions and billions of questions out there, and well, when I say billions, I mean, when you add in the answers, not just the questions, weeelll, you’re looking at numbers that are positively astronomical and… for that matter the other question is what you lot are doing on this planet in the first place, and er, did anyone try just pushing this little red button?
—  Neil Gaiman’s joke regarding Tennant playing Hamlet, imagining The Doctor playing the role. (best if read in Tennant’s Doctor Who voice)
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Yesterday I went to the Doctor Who World Tour in NYC and this incredible thing happened - I got to meet Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, and present them with a portrait I did of them! (More photos at my Twitter and Instagram!) OH MY GOSH prepare for some rambling storytime now

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My ideal Mr.Right

-heart as golden as Newt Scamander
-friendly and helpful as Remus Lupin
-intelligent like  Artemis Fowl
-inventive and funny as Tony Stark
-sexy as Loki
-chivalrous as Captain America
-righteous as Doctor Strange
-loving unconditonally like Edward Scissorhands
-gothic as Morpheus (from Sandman)
-cool-headed like Sherlock
-protective and cheeky as Tom Ellis’ Lucifer (that sounded so wrong)
-adventurous and nice as the 10th Doctor
-adventurous and quirky as the 11th Doctor
-faithful and brave as Aragorn

no wonder i’m still single af

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10 Things You May Not Know About ‘The Doctor’s Wife’

“The Doctor’s Wife” is the kind of story idea that draws all of its emotive power from being entirely unrepeatable. An episode in which the Doctor’s iconic mode of transportation is given its own human body and allowed to express emotions, it’s the sort of tale that is supremely fascinating for Doctor Who fans but could easily have missed its mark with casual viewers unless given a very special script and some particularly fine actors.

Luckily it is blessed with both, with a script from Neil Gaiman that proves to be a total geek-out for fans and a delightfully fresh tale for first-timers. And then there’s the palpable chemistry between the Doctor (Matt Smith) and Idris, the personification of the TARDIS (Suranne Jones). Small wonder it became the first Doctor Who serial to win a Hugo award for a story that was not concocted by the showrunner.

Here are 10 points of interest, some of which may be new to you:

1. Whereas Richard Curtis (writer of “Vincent and the Doctor”) was already known to Steven Moffat as a Doctor Who fan, Neil Gaiman’s feelings on the topic had not been made entirely clear to him. But having read his novels over the year, a certain shared point of view became apparent, as Steven explained to Doctor Who Confidential: “It occurred to me—not for the first time, knowing Neil’s work—I just thought ‘this guy’s a Doctor Who fan. I can tell, I can smell it! He loves Doctor Who. He’s practically writing Doctor Who in disguise.”

2. Neil’s idea for the story came from a key moment of confrontation, as he told Doctor Who Confidential: “The central idea of the story was what would happen if the Doctor and TARDIS actually got to talk. I thought there has to be a point there where the Doctor would say, ‘Y’know you have never been very reliable. You didn’t always take me where I wanted to go,’ I thought if he said that, then I know what the TARDIS would say: ‘No, but I always took you where you needed to go.’ And knowing that, it’s like the entire episode grew around that conversation, like a pearl around a piece of dust.”

3. The location of the story, in which the Doctor materializes in a junkyard of TARDISes outside the known universe, shares some similar ideas with a 1989 Seventh Doctor comic book story called “Nineveh,” in which he is confronted by a killer of Gallifreyans called the Watcher of Nineveh, having been delivered there by the TARDIS. The story ran in “The Incredible Hulk Presents” issue #12, but there’s no distress cube, no sentient TARDIS, no “sexy,” no Uncle, Auntie and Nephew, and none of the exploration of the TARDIS corridors towards the end.

The Doctor’s Wife airs tonight at 9:15/8:15c on BBC America as part of the Doctor’s Finest. The rest of this article however can be read at any time of day.