wibbly wobbly timey wimey... stuff

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Doctor Who Gifset Blink- Oh, you know, just the Doctor letting Sally Sparrow know she needs to send the Tardis back to him somehow, and giving her some homely advice on how to get past the Weeping Angels. And he did this all with her in the present time, well, 2007 to be exact, and himself stuck back in 1969. Talk about wibbly wobbly timey-wimey stuff. 

Funny, you didn’t hear any commotion or gunplay. But it looks like there’s already been some action in here. Or there will be. You can never take tense for granted with these goons.

“People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey… stuff.”

I rewatched “Face the Raven” yesterday and this episode kills me every time. After the series 9 finale, we knew Clara got all time and space in her TARDIS and “became a Doctor herself” (which was a good closure for her character in my opinion), but “Face the Raven” is still the episode of her real death and it’s still sad. 

As Ten says in “Blink”, “from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, [time] is more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey… stuff”. We know (expect) Clara had years and years travelling, having adventures, enjoying herself, but in “Face the Raven” the Doctor doesn’t know it, like we didn’t the first time we watched it. And I think that’s the reason (putting Clara’s death and all the things that it implicates aside) the episode makes me sad. 

The Doctor sees his most important person dying right in front of him and he can do nothing but watch the whole thing happening. Clara, his Clara, screaming in pain. Blowing away like smoke. She had a lifetime of joy, pain, hope and anger. She lived, but he doesn’t know it. And she did because of him. Because he’d be trapped inside his confession dial for 4.5 BILLION YEARS, facing the same fears day after day, just to have a chance to save her. He’d be exhausted and hopeless, he’d want to give up sometimes, but he’d never really do that because her chance to live depended on him. He could leave anytime, but he chose to stay and fight. Because, if by choosing to stay she’d have a chance, then it wasn’t a choice at all.

And that’s one of the reasons why Whouffaldi is one of the most powerful relantionships I’ve ever seen in fiction.

LUKE DAVIS asks: What was Vastra and Jenny’s wedding like?

Victorian society reeled. Arthur Conan Doyle declined to attend but sent a hamper, George Bernard Shaw contemplated a new play, and a horse fainted. The Doctor enjoyed himself so much, he came four times, so wreaking havoc with the seating plan. A stern young woman from The Temperance League, attempted to disrupt the happy occasion, declaring it to be immoral, and got put in a headlock by Jenny. Surprisingly, Vastra was much more diplomatic about the interruption and just invited the young lady to dinner.
Fortunately, a video exists of the wedding, although the happy couple’s kiss has been edited from some copies, without the permission of the video makers. Vastra has made a list of the people responsible along with some suitable condiments.

—  Doctor Who Magazine 478 - Steven Moffat Q & A
Explaining Doctor Who
  • Them: So what's Doctor Who about?
  • Me *tearing up*: Oh yknow, just a bunch of wibbly wobbly timey-wimey stuff
  • Them: Are you okay?
  • Me *sniffling*: Fantastic, absolutely fantastic. Allons-y then!
  • Them: What's it about then?
  • Me *tears running down face*: Just a mad man with a box. Geronimo!
  • Them: Then why are you crying?
  • Me *sobbing uncontrollably*: Spoilers!