tempestsarekind: (TARDIS plus angels)
So I guess Richard Curtis' film About Time is due to come out soon (time-travel romcom), so the Guardian put together a list of "top 10 time-travelers" that led to the following YouTube link for an entire series, Goodnight, Sweetheart, about a man who pops back and forth between his present and the WW2 era, to...cheat on his wife in the past, I guess?:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=st72Xd0xRaU&list=PLC512D9B5E2B1E2A2

And a related piece (spoilers for About Time, though mild ones - nothing you wouldn't know if you'd already seen the trailer):
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/jul/31/why-cant-women-time-travel

(what's interesting about this is that while it might be largely true of film, it doesn't really hold true for TV, and it's definitely not true for books, especially children's/YA ones.)

The piece briefly mentions an anime film that I really liked and ought to watch again, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time - with, I think, the unfair remark that the heroine "doesn't have a choice" and so it doesn't really count. Lots of time-travelers travel inadvertently, including some of the male travelers she mentions (Henry from The Time Traveler's Wife, for example). I think you can go two ways: determined, purposeful time travel (usually via machine), or scary, inexplicable natural or magical phenomenon (time-slip) - and you're doing different things depending on the method you choose. The first is often about exploration, experimentation, or prevention: what happens to time if you do this? what was history really like? can you kill Hitler, or stop the rise of the robots?

The second is often more philosophical and self-oriented: what is time, exactly? what happens to me if I stay here? what makes me who I am? how can I relate to other people meaningfully if I'm hurtling through time, or if they're dead long before I was ever born? where do I belong? Obviously there's overlap - especially if your time machine breaks down or your ride can't pick you up - but I see at least the beginnings of a dividing line.

Which is - and I was doing surprisingly well at not making this about Doctor Who - one of the things I really like about the Weeping Angels, because in a narrative where time travel is often quite controllable*, the Weeping Angels cause anarchic time travel; they force the victims to deal with that second batch of questions, as they're ripped out of their own lives and deposited into the past. (This is also why I love the two-parter "Human Nature/Family of Blood," especially that scene with Martha outside the pub in 1913, gazing up at the stars and clinging to the hope that she'll be back out among them with everything she's got: what happens to her if she has to stay there? If her self-identity as a doctor gets completely dismissed because she's Black and a woman? The historicals are often my favorites, because of the clash of present and past - "Vincent and the Doctor" for the win, for always - but I love "Human Nature" particularly because it's about staying in the past for a long period of time, not just touching down for an adventure and then hopping away again.)


*Insert joke about the Doctor's terrible driving skills here. Or, if you prefer, the exchange from "The Doctor's Wife": "You didn't always take me where I wanted to go!" "But I always took you where you needed to go." But as long as he has the TARDIS, no matter where the Doctor winds up, he's not really in any danger of not being able to get away and go someplace else.
tempestsarekind: (amelia pond (ready for adventure))
Er. I appear to have tripped and committed meta.

On Moffat, Misogyny, and Children’s Stories

“The Leopard of Little Breezes yawned up and farther off from the rooftops of Omaha, Nebraska, to which September did not even wave good-bye. One ought not to judge her: All children are heartless. They have not grown a heart yet, which is why they can climb tall trees and say shocking things and leap so very high that grown-up hearts flutter in terror. Hearts weigh quite a lot. That is why it takes so long to grow one.” --Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making


I read an old post on the internet about that perennial issue of Moffat’s misogyny in Doctor Who, which is a frustrating topic for me. It’s certainly not that I think Moffat has no issues at all – there are those stupid jokes about women and driving, for example – but I also think that the discussion is largely driven by people who don’t take into account either the prevalence of Moffat’s favorite story ideas with male characters as well, or the kinds of stories Moffat tells.

cut for length - seriously, it's really long - but no spoilers for the finale, although Clara is mentioned in passing a few times )
tempestsarekind: (careful reading saves the day! [martha])
My mother has BBC America. So guess who's been watching S3 Doctor Who episodes every day like an idiot? Yeah, that'd be me. I just...I can't resist Martha, you know? Every time an episode starts, I'm all, "okay, I'll just watch until the bit where she..." But then I know there's another bit coming that I love--some sarcastic remark, some geeky exclamation or delighted giggle--and I'm hooked.

I will say, though, that I had repressed how deeply ridiculous "Daleks in Manhattan" actually was. Seriously. But it still has Martha. (And Frank.)
tempestsarekind: (careful reading saves the day! [martha])
My mother has BBC America. So guess who's been watching S3 Doctor Who episodes every day like an idiot? Yeah, that'd be me. I just...I can't resist Martha, you know? Every time an episode starts, I'm all, "okay, I'll just watch until the bit where she..." But then I know there's another bit coming that I love--some sarcastic remark, some geeky exclamation or delighted giggle--and I'm hooked.

I will say, though, that I had repressed how deeply ridiculous "Daleks in Manhattan" actually was. Seriously. But it still has Martha. (And Frank.)
tempestsarekind: (rory died and turned into a roman)
It occurred to me, on a tour around the internet, that because I never properly posted about "Vampires of Venice," I never did a proper Rory love-post. This is not that post, but it's a start.

You all have probably already seen this comic:
The Rory Cycle


any excuse to babble about Rory. And a little about Matt Smith )
tempestsarekind: (rory died and turned into a roman)
It occurred to me, on a tour around the internet, that because I never properly posted about "Vampires of Venice," I never did a proper Rory love-post. This is not that post, but it's a start.

You all have probably already seen this comic:
The Rory Cycle


any excuse to babble about Rory. And a little about Matt Smith )

The Lodger

Jun. 12th, 2010 06:21 pm
tempestsarekind: (martha jones is a star)
Well, that was gleefully ridiculous!

Also, the Eleventh Doctor is indeed rubbish as a human, but in an entirely different way. And he tries so hard, bless him.

Incidentally, the actress playing Sophie was one of the Miss Steeles in the recent Sense and Sensibility miniseries. Amusingly, I could hear the accent in my head every time I looked at her, but couldn't remember why. (Which is odd: it's not as if there are a ton of candidates!)

I feel like just listing all the adorable bits would be kind of tedious for any readers (though if you want to list them in comments, go right ahead!), but I do have one sort of meta-comment:

like eating Quaker oatmeal, meta is the right thing to do )

And because it is always worth doing: *clears throat* )

The Lodger

Jun. 12th, 2010 06:21 pm
tempestsarekind: (martha jones is a star)
Well, that was gleefully ridiculous!

Also, the Eleventh Doctor is indeed rubbish as a human, but in an entirely different way. And he tries so hard, bless him.

Incidentally, the actress playing Sophie was one of the Miss Steeles in the recent Sense and Sensibility miniseries. Amusingly, I could hear the accent in my head every time I looked at her, but couldn't remember why. (Which is odd: it's not as if there are a ton of candidates!)

I feel like just listing all the adorable bits would be kind of tedious for any readers (though if you want to list them in comments, go right ahead!), but I do have one sort of meta-comment:

like eating Quaker oatmeal, meta is the right thing to do )

And because it is always worth doing: *clears throat* )
tempestsarekind: (ten and martha)
I was having a conversation with [livejournal.com profile] thepresidentrix the other day about "Gridlock," among other things, and it reminded me that there are some Doctor Who episodes that I love all out of proportion to their actual quality as episodes, because they work for me as meta. (Which is not to say that they are bad, necessarily; it's just that I love them for reasons other than their quality.) "Gridlock" is one of those, because it is all about Ten going through heroics for Martha (which doesn't happen all that often in S3), and then all about Ten needing therapy at the end. (Er, and because he's totally coming on to her near the end, all "It's been a long time since I saw you, Martha Jones." I am shallow.) "The Lazarus Experiment" is likewise one of those episodes (though it also pushes my person-outside-of-time buttons hard in Southwark Cathedral), because Martha Jones Is a Star and also Never Really Just a Passenger. And so are the Sontaran episodes in S4, because they're all about how Ten has always seen Martha, despite "he never even looks at me."

I wonder whether, upon my finishing the season, "The Beast Below" will be one of those. I suspect that it already is, in some ways (see previous post).
tempestsarekind: (ten and martha)
I was having a conversation with [livejournal.com profile] thepresidentrix the other day about "Gridlock," among other things, and it reminded me that there are some Doctor Who episodes that I love all out of proportion to their actual quality as episodes, because they work for me as meta. (Which is not to say that they are bad, necessarily; it's just that I love them for reasons other than their quality.) "Gridlock" is one of those, because it is all about Ten going through heroics for Martha (which doesn't happen all that often in S3), and then all about Ten needing therapy at the end. (Er, and because he's totally coming on to her near the end, all "It's been a long time since I saw you, Martha Jones." I am shallow.) "The Lazarus Experiment" is likewise one of those episodes (though it also pushes my person-outside-of-time buttons hard in Southwark Cathedral), because Martha Jones Is a Star and also Never Really Just a Passenger. And so are the Sontaran episodes in S4, because they're all about how Ten has always seen Martha, despite "he never even looks at me."

I wonder whether, upon my finishing the season, "The Beast Below" will be one of those. I suspect that it already is, in some ways (see previous post).
tempestsarekind: (keep calm and rock on)
One oft-repeated fandom comment that will instantly bring out the claws and the stabbing eye-pain: "Martha should have been so cool, I thought she was going to be so cool and intelligent and everything, and then she just fell in love with the Doctor."

Do I really have to say it? Being in love with someone does not make you unintelligent. It does not make you less cool or less "kick-ass," unless of course the only definition of "kick-ass" we are willing to entertain is one that involves feeling no emotions. Because that's what soppy girls do. I mean, you don't have to have wanted Martha to fall in love with the Doctor, or be happy about the way that plotline played out. That's fine. But to say that a character is somehow less because she loves? What is THAT?

...Well, it's crap, is what it is. And seriously, what part of "saving the world every bloody week" is not "cool"? The fact that Martha loves the Doctor but isn't blinded by him, puts that aside to do what needs doing? Only makes me love her even more. This meme of "Martha never did anything but moon about over the Doctor" is pure and total crap from beginning to end, and it makes me so mad, because it's not even just about Martha--it's about what we allow in and expect from our heroines, and that is so, so limiting, to suggest that love is weak and worthless and makes it impossible for someone to be amazing.
tempestsarekind: (keep calm and rock on)
One oft-repeated fandom comment that will instantly bring out the claws and the stabbing eye-pain: "Martha should have been so cool, I thought she was going to be so cool and intelligent and everything, and then she just fell in love with the Doctor."

Do I really have to say it? Being in love with someone does not make you unintelligent. It does not make you less cool or less "kick-ass," unless of course the only definition of "kick-ass" we are willing to entertain is one that involves feeling no emotions. Because that's what soppy girls do. I mean, you don't have to have wanted Martha to fall in love with the Doctor, or be happy about the way that plotline played out. That's fine. But to say that a character is somehow less because she loves? What is THAT?

...Well, it's crap, is what it is. And seriously, what part of "saving the world every bloody week" is not "cool"? The fact that Martha loves the Doctor but isn't blinded by him, puts that aside to do what needs doing? Only makes me love her even more. This meme of "Martha never did anything but moon about over the Doctor" is pure and total crap from beginning to end, and it makes me so mad, because it's not even just about Martha--it's about what we allow in and expect from our heroines, and that is so, so limiting, to suggest that love is weak and worthless and makes it impossible for someone to be amazing.

um WHAT

Jan. 4th, 2010 02:42 am
tempestsarekind: (excuse me what)
So I've now read enough about the second part of "The End of Time," and have seen enough clips, to think I would be better off if I just skipped the rest of it, because I'm already just angry about what I've seen. It's just--

I love how RTD proves that I actually *did* have expectations, by managing to disappoint ones I didn't know I had )

(edited to add slightly more rage)

um WHAT

Jan. 4th, 2010 02:42 am
tempestsarekind: (excuse me what)
So I've now read enough about the second part of "The End of Time," and have seen enough clips, to think I would be better off if I just skipped the rest of it, because I'm already just angry about what I've seen. It's just--

I love how RTD proves that I actually *did* have expectations, by managing to disappoint ones I didn't know I had )

(edited to add slightly more rage)
tempestsarekind: (ten and martha have three hearts between)
Thanks to various comment threads (I love my flist!), I'm thinking about the Tenth Doctor and why I find him particularly frustrating in certain respects, and yet another thing that irks me about the end of season 4. The other jumping-off point for thinking about this is the very end of "Planet of the Dead," but it's not about that, really (no spoilers for the special).

Here's the thing: we're still watching a character who cannot change or grow in any way.

why tragedies where the protagonist doesn't die are kind of weird )
tempestsarekind: (ten and martha have three hearts between)
Thanks to various comment threads (I love my flist!), I'm thinking about the Tenth Doctor and why I find him particularly frustrating in certain respects, and yet another thing that irks me about the end of season 4. The other jumping-off point for thinking about this is the very end of "Planet of the Dead," but it's not about that, really (no spoilers for the special).

Here's the thing: we're still watching a character who cannot change or grow in any way.

why tragedies where the protagonist doesn't die are kind of weird )
tempestsarekind: (martha jones is a star)
I'm amused by the fact that, actually, even in the conversations I have with myself in the morning while I am eating breakfast, I am still Secretly Not Over either my massive girl-crush on Martha, or the way S3 (plus the relevant episodes in S4) went down. I had this proven to me in a totally unexpected (and yet, completely transparent) way this week.

*clings to my Martha*

Other conversations I find myself having, for no reason whatsoever, about S3 include another realization about why I was never actually afraid of the Master (John Simm incarnation, clearly, since he's still the only one I know): he's just so childish! I mean, he's had how many lifetimes, and the worst punishments he can think of are to make his enemies really old (because old people have cooties, yuck!) and dress them up in costumes? Really? Is his guidebook to villainy a grade-school primer? He thinks the Teletubbies are the height of television! He has an Evil Dance Party! It's like his parents have gone out of town and left him with their brand-new stereo.

And it's so weird, because for all that Ten comes off as a wide-eyed kid in pinstripes half the time, I never get that same feeling from him. Don't get me wrong, he has issues aplenty--but there's a difference between childlike and childish, I guess, and the Doctor is the former while the Master only ever managed the latter. I get the idea that the Master was trying to out-Doctor the Doctor, but it never works for me. (Take this with a grain of salt, because I'm not usually interested in villains, but still.) And you'd think that that sense of skewed perspective would make him scarier--the way that evil children actually *are* scary, that sense of contrast--but with the Master...I might be afraid of the power he has, in that he can do scary things to people, but never afraid of him. It never comes off as unhinged for me, only underdeveloped.
tempestsarekind: (martha jones is a star)
I'm amused by the fact that, actually, even in the conversations I have with myself in the morning while I am eating breakfast, I am still Secretly Not Over either my massive girl-crush on Martha, or the way S3 (plus the relevant episodes in S4) went down. I had this proven to me in a totally unexpected (and yet, completely transparent) way this week.

*clings to my Martha*

Other conversations I find myself having, for no reason whatsoever, about S3 include another realization about why I was never actually afraid of the Master (John Simm incarnation, clearly, since he's still the only one I know): he's just so childish! I mean, he's had how many lifetimes, and the worst punishments he can think of are to make his enemies really old (because old people have cooties, yuck!) and dress them up in costumes? Really? Is his guidebook to villainy a grade-school primer? He thinks the Teletubbies are the height of television! He has an Evil Dance Party! It's like his parents have gone out of town and left him with their brand-new stereo.

And it's so weird, because for all that Ten comes off as a wide-eyed kid in pinstripes half the time, I never get that same feeling from him. Don't get me wrong, he has issues aplenty--but there's a difference between childlike and childish, I guess, and the Doctor is the former while the Master only ever managed the latter. I get the idea that the Master was trying to out-Doctor the Doctor, but it never works for me. (Take this with a grain of salt, because I'm not usually interested in villains, but still.) And you'd think that that sense of skewed perspective would make him scarier--the way that evil children actually *are* scary, that sense of contrast--but with the Master...I might be afraid of the power he has, in that he can do scary things to people, but never afraid of him. It never comes off as unhinged for me, only underdeveloped.
tempestsarekind: (never really just a passenger)
--Okay, I take back my previous comments about the Coraline commercials. The new one, in which the figurines are being put together (reminding me rather of skeletons), is actually really, delightfully creepy.

--Having a Ten-and-Martha magnet on my fridge door makes me very happy when I have to get things out of the fridge.

--It amuses me that Ten apparently doesn't see any need to change clothes in, say, Elizabethan London or Pompeii, but wears a tux to formal events.

--Hamlet's answer to "To be or not to be" seems, in the end, to be "Actually, be as many people as possible."

--I really dislike the term "bromance." I'm not entirely sure why.

(Some of these thoughts are connected. Others are not. I leave it to you to judge.)

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