I’m sat here at work, behind the bar, on a very slow day. As I’m sat here, I’m listening to a conversation about the 13th Doctor, between a friend of mine and her sister. Mind you, Stephanie(my friend) is a lesbian, staunch feminist and HUGE Doctor Who fan…Christa is fan of the show. Now, this conversation took a turn I hadn’t expected it to, being as it centred round how wonderful it was to have a female Doctor. Roughly about 15 minutes in, Stephanie switched gears so quickly, even Christa was caught off guard by it, as was I.
What made Stephanie switch gears so fast, was something Christa said about Peter Capaldi, and the 12th Doctor, and how wrongly cast the Doctor had been. Stephanie stopped mid-sentence, glared hard at Christa, and very calmly said “How do you figure it was badly cast?” Christa, without missing a beat, “Capaldi was too old, and definitely not hot enough looking for the part.” Stephanie goes, “Anything else?” “His acting was very wooden, dull and repetitive. Comes from being too old. Bad idea to cast him as the Doctor.”
Stephanie simply says, “Were you even watching the same show I was? Because, I very highly doubt you were.” Christa didn’t answer, so Stephanie continued on. “So, what you’re saying is, had they cast a younger, hot looking man, regardless of how good, or bad, his acting was, this younger, hotter looking man would’ve been better casting?” Christa nods, “Definitely.” “Ok, so we have a female Doctor now. You and many others, are gushing over this fact, right?” “Yes.” “It’s thrilling, I get that. I’m thrilled by it, too. But, what I do not get, is how every single one of you are so surprised by some of the backlash over this casting.” Christa, stares at her for a second, “What do you mean?” “What I’m saying is, did you forget something very crucial here?”
Christa looks rather confused by this question. Even I’m not sure, at this point, where Stephanie is going with this.
Christa finally says, “I’ve no clue what you’re talking about.”
Stephanie, “The crucial point is, every single one of you, who are now waxing poetic about getting a female Doctor, were also the same exact ones tearing down Capaldi and the 12th Doctor. Bitching and moaning about how he wasn’t young enough, how he wasn’t good enough looking to be the Doctor. Did you all of sudden, forget doing that? Did you collectively forget being superficial, shallow ageists? Or, is it something you’d rather forget, now that it’s being said about this Doctor, and the fact they are female? You’re so surprised by the sexism being tossed around, and why is that? Why? Because you’re looking in a mirror at yourselves, and it’s not a very pretty image, is it? Was it perfectly okay when you were doing it? No, it wasn’t. It was mean, cruel, cold and narrow minded. Is it perfectly okay for those doing it now? Absolutely not. It’s never okay, period. Everyone has a right to their opinions, doesn’t make them right. Just because you, and many others, did not like Capaldi, or his Doctor, doesn’t mean that no one did. And, just because many are thrilled to get a female Doctor, doesn’t mean everyone is going to feel the same. They are nothing more than opinions on how YOU, as an individual, see it. It does not make your opinion the be all, end all…you can’t throw out ‘everyone better agree with me, or else,’ bs. You end up looking the fool, if you do. You end up mighty surprised, and very angry, when someone else goes, ‘No, I don’t agree.’ Again, why the surprise? Why the anger? How can you be, when YOU were doing the same thing to them?”
Me and Christa were both sat with our jaws in our laps.
“So let’s go back to Classic Who, which you’ve watched numerous times. Now, you even had opinions on all those Doctors, same as many others do. Again, many of you have tossed about the ‘not good looking, too old, too young, too this, too that,’ nonsense…’the acting is wooden, dull ‘blah, blah, blah. Same utter bs is going on now. The reboot comes along, they give us Eccleston, Tennant and Smith. And guess what they were? Good looking and young. But what happened? Along came Capaldi, and oh my god, every single one of you flipped your shit over it! Instead of going, ‘It’s the Doctor, our hero still lives!’ what did you do? You started tearing him down before you even knew what he’d be like. You screamed ‘Too old! He’s ugly! He’s not Tennant or Smith!’ Because that’s where the so-called loyalty lay. It was with the good looking, younger guys who ignited wet dreams. You collectively went ‘Ewwwwwwwwwwww’ and stopped watching the show.”
(let me add, that about half way through that last part, Stephanie stops, grins widely and says, “I’ll admit, even though I’m a lesbian, I’d go bi in a heart beat for Capaldi! Good lord, that man is beautiful!”)
All Christa has said up to this point is, “This isn’t the same thing! They don’t compare at all!” Stephanie shrugs, “They are the same thing. Just worded differently to fit the situation. All those who were tearing Capaldi down, and who still are, even now, don’t understand where the one is, you’ll have the other. Sexism, ageism, superficiality, bigotry etc, are all nasty and narrow-minded thinking. We are ALL guilty of this thinking process.”
Finally, I think Stephanie realised I was sat there. She looks at me and says, “And, your thoughts on everything I’ve said?” I was like, “Er, well…” She grins, “You are part of the Capaldi camp, right?” “And, proud to be.” “And, you had shit lobbed at you for liking him? “Yeah.” She shook her head, says “I’m seeing all kinds of hate thrown at him now, even more so the ‘Finally! We’ve a GOOD Doctor, a cute Doctor. And, we will finally have GOOD stories again!’ I’m sure you feel like these people are comparing the 12th Doctor to a annoying road bump on the way to the amusement park.” I nodded. “It feels that way, yeah.” She smiles, “Oh, now don’t you feel that way! Without 12,without all his grumpiness, his childlike wonder, his insanity, or his actual character development, would we even have the 13th?” She smiles more, leans forward and says, “No, we wouldn’t. But don’t you worry, 12 isn’t going anywhere, he’s always right there, where he should be, in the heart. And if anyone tries to tear you down for the fact that you adore him, adore him harder! Same goes for everyone adoring ALL the Doctors, including 13. “
Okay, but I’m wondering one thing. What would be Professor River Song’s reaction to finding The Doctor working as a professor at a university? Amusement? To be slightly horrified? To grab some popcorn, choose a back seat, throw her legs on top of a desk and enjoy the show?
Lance, Pidge, and their boyfriend Keith forced Lance into going into the hospital so they could figure out what the hell is wrong with him.
“Mr. McClain?” A beautiful doctor came in with a bright smile. “I’m Dr. Prince, but please call me Dr. Allura.” She walked in further and grabbed his chart and looked it over. She furrowed her eyebrows the more she read. “Oh dear.”
“Yeah, Lance has been having a lot of problems lately. He’s been scaring us.” Pidge kissed Lance’s cheek.“
“Just tell them you’re crazy doc and we can go home please.” Lance laughed. “Do what you have to do just tell them I’m fine. Because apparently I’m not.”
“Because you aren’t, Lance!” Keith groaned from the chair in the corner of their room.
“Forgive me, but… who are you?” The doctor gave Pidge and Keith pointed looks.
The three shared a look indiscernible to Allura.
Lance grinned with no hint of shame. “That’s my boyfriend Keith over there, and this is our girlfriend Pidge.” He reached for Pidge’s hand and held it gently expecting some confused reaction from the doctor which amused him.
“Oh! You’re in a polyamorus relationship!” Allura nodded slowly.
“Yeah! Yeah, doc, that’s right!” Lance laughed a little more relieved than he should be. He let out a sigh, and as he drew in another breath he found it difficult. His face scrunched with confusion and he tried again finding his breaths growing shorter. He squeezed Pidge’s hand and used the other to clutch his chest.
“Lance?” Keith stood up and walked over to his boyfriend’s side just as Lance’s eyes rolled back into his head and he stomped moving and breathing all together. “Lance!”
Allura dropped the clipboard, pressed a blue button by the door, and moved quickly to Pidge’s side of the bed and gently pushed her away. “He’s coding! I NEED A NURSE!” She took away his pillows and moved the bed down horizontally.
“What’s happening! Lance! Please wake up! What’s happening!” Keith reached for Lance and pushed his chocolate brown hair out of his face. “Lance please…”
Allura was accompanied by a rush of people working to save Lance’s life. She put her right hand over her left and pressed them down on his chest repeatedly to restart his heart. “One, two, three, four, five…”
The edit above is not in the order of my top 10 but the list below is. This was my first time making an edit so I was just trying to make it all fit, lol. Please feel free to tell me your thoughts on these dramas, I’d love to hear that ya’ll think!
1. Descendants of the Sun (Song Joong Ki, Song Hye Kyo, Jin Goo, Kim Ji Won)
This was the first drama I followed along with while it was airing and it cemented my stay in kdrama-land so I’ll forever be grateful for that. I loved everything about this drama from the cast to the plot, I thought it was unique and funny and so very enjoyable to watch. A soldier and doctor falling in love in the middle of a crisis with brilliantly amusing scenes and secondary characters? It’s a win for sure. I think it found the perfect balance between drama, action, romance, and comedy. Also, the OSTs in the drama were amazing; Talk Love by K.Will will forever be one of my favorites.
2. Goblin (Gong Yoo, Lee Dong Wook, Kim Go Eun)
So I’m cheating a little with this one because it didn’t finish airing in 2016, but this is currently my favorite drama so I felt obligated to put this on my list. This was my first real venture into a fantasy kdrama and I love everything about it. The aesthetics and cinematography is unreal, the cast is fantastic, the beginnings of romance is natural, but the bromance and friendships are probably my favorite things about this drama. It’s honestly just so witty and fun and the performance by each actor is amazing. It never fails to make me smile or laugh. Since it’s by the same writer as DOTS, it has the perfect combination of fantasy, romance, drama, and comedy. Also, the OSTS are wickedly good in this as well.
3. The K2 (Ji Chang Wook, Im YoonA, Song Yoon Ah)
Despite the drama surrounding the characters and it’s obvious problems story-wise, I loved The K2. One of my favorite genres is action-romance and this drama was packed with both. JCW is brilliant as always in acting but his action scenes were amazing. I thought the plot was pretty unique and the lead three gave great performances (I know people thought YoonA’s character was useless, but I didn’t; the story literally wouldn’t exist without her, lol). I have to praise Song Yoon Ah for her performance especially because this was the first time I empathized with the villain; I certainly didn’t agree with everything she did, but they gave a depth to her character that I really appreciated. There are some things I’ll never understand regarding the drama, but I don’t want to spoil anything for others so I won’t mention it here.
4. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (Lee Sung Kyung, Nam Joo Hyuk)
Again, this drama has yet to end, but I honestly think that this is one of the most brilliant dramas of 2016. It’s a feel-good, coming-of-age drama that balances romance, comedy, and friendship and that honestly delivers each week. It tackles first love and all the innocence and insecurities that comes with liking someone unattainable, it explores friendship between women and the unbreakable bond you can make with life-long friends in college, it shows characters with unhealthy issues taking the right steps to get help, and it shows how guys should treat girls and how naturally you can fall in love with your best friend. Most of all though, it tells us that it’s okay to fall out of love with your talents and what you have been doing your entire life; it’s okay to take a break, try new things, and find yourself. Brilliant cast, brilliant writing, and brilliant performances.
5. Reply 1988 (Lee Hye Ri, Park Bo Gum, Ryu Jun Yeol, Go Kyung Pyo, Lee Dong Hwi)
I’m late to the game but there are not enough words to describe what a good drama this is. I love that it focused so much on family bonds rather than romantic love. More than the individual families, the entire block was one big family that supported and took care of each other. I laughed, I cried, and I was happy when they were happy. The line between friendship and family is easily blurred in this drama because I swear the kids were more like family than they were friends. The parents’ friendship also made me happy because for once there was no evil parent or scheming; they all loved their kids and were such good friends with each other. There were so many lessons to learn from in this drama, it’s A+. Also, the goat noises made my life.
6. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (Lee Joon Ki, IU, Kang Ha Neul)
I had/have a love-hate relationship with this drama. This was my first saeguk drama and I did really like a lot of things about it. The cinematography was beautiful, it really was so well done. I liked most of the characters, especially early in the show when it was more funny and cute. And the actors, even the idol-actors, did well in my opinion. What I hated was how they tried to jam-pack the Chinese version into the last 4 episodes, the insanely terrible editing that just made it seem like the characterization for leads did not align at all with what we knew about them, and the ending. I truly detested the ending; it was sloppy and unnecessary. If they didn’t cut that one scene from that ending, I would have been satisfied but they chose to do a disservice to the characters and for that reason alone, I’ll probably never re-watch this drama.
7. Age of Youth (Han Ye-ri, Han Seung-yeon, Park Eun-bin, Ryu Hwa-young, Park Hye-soo )
I loved everything about this drama. The friendship between the Belle Epoque girls made me smile; they grew from being so awkward with each other to being such good friends. They teased, fought, and took care of each other like any good roommates would do while living their own lives. The drama did brilliantly in highlighting each girl’s unique struggles and allowing them to grow because of them. There is nothing I didn’t like about this drama; it was funny, interesting, and just really good. The Belle Epoque girls are special.
8. The Legend of the Blue Sea (Lee Min Ho, Jun Ji Hyun)
I like drama a lot but mostly because of JJH’s character and performance. I’ve never failed to smile, laugh, or feel second-hand embarrassment for her character and that just really made the drama fun. I’m not really a big LMH fan, I think he’s an decent actor, but I think this is probably my favorite role of his. He’s actually doing really well and I really enjoy his character. One of my main issues is the plot and direction of the drama; I think it’s been a little sloppy and some things just don’t make sense and are poorly explained. Also it’s taking forever to get through some of the sub-plots and it honestly just feels like a waste of time. To be quite honest and in my opinion, if the leads weren’t as big stars as they are, this drama would not be doing as well as it is now.
9. Doctor Crush (Park Shin Hye, Kim Rae Won, Lee Sung Kyung, Yoon Kyun Sang)
The beginning of this drama was brilliant; PSH’s character was the epitome of a bad-girl who was also kind to her friends. I loved the plot; a girl with an attitude problem with no care in the world changing her ways and becoming a brilliant physician to not only prove people wrong but also to get revenge on the people that wronged/hurt her? Yeah, sign me up for a drama like that. The secondary characters were great, there really were some comedic scenes with them. I liked the medical part of the drama and PSH’s friendship with her childhood best friend and the other doctors. What I hated what that she never really got her revenge; they went with the most predictable way of the guy getting out of it for a medical drama and I hated that. He wasn’t even sincerely apologetic for what he had done. And honestly, I also hated that she never really called out step-mother for being such a terrible person. I had higher expectations for this drama.
10. Cinderella and the Four Knights (Park So Dam, Jung Il Woo, Ahn Jae Hyun)
This was definitely more of a feel good drama for me. I love the “cinderella” trope so this was just really cute. Park So Dam was just adorable and she made the story fun. There was nothing overly special about this drama; it was fun and light, there were some pretty-boys, and a sweet best friend. All the makings of a classic feel-good drama. My favorite thing would probably have to be the OSTs in this drama; they were all just so good and I still re-play some of them.