STFU Moffat

Because some people shouldn't be allowed to have their shit left unquestioned.

Before we get any questions like "If you hate Doctor Who so much you can just stop watching!":

We don't hate DW or Sherlock, in fact we really really like those shows. That is why we're being critical. If we didn't like them, we wouldn't be nearly as annoyed, we'd simply change channels.

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Charts from OKCupid, showing how straight women and men rate each other based on ages. For women, the men they find most attractive are roughly their own age. For men, the women they find most attractive are roughly the same age - 20 to 23 - regardless of the age of the man. (538)

“You can’t complain when other people have it worse” is a lie that people in power tell because it sets people in bad circumstances up in a competition. It means when we share our stories, we are always quietly fighting for the prize of being the worst off, and getting a tiny scrap of sympathy.

That keeps us from getting together and asking, why are our circumstances so bad and how can we make them better? It means only one person gets to complain and that person does it alone. As opposed to people working in concert to change their lives, to give each other strength and advice and encouragement.


joseph fink is not even in the vicinity of fucking around on twitter today

I was thinking about why the differences between Sherlock's fall in book v. film still bothers me, and it's this: in the book, yeah, as usual in spec-fic, if they don't find a body the character is gonna be back. But why was this scene complicated in the Moffat adaptation? It's because it's harder to notice a scene doesn't work if it takes longer to parse. Moffat thinks he'll accidentally make Guernica if he keeps slapping on more layers of paint, but he's just making a mess I can't connect to.
stfu-moffat stfu-moffat Said:

My theory is that he’d overblown how amazing his twist that saved Sherlock was going to be, but then either realised he didn’t have a clever enough twist or realised he had too many clever twists to choose just one. We still don’t know exactly what happened when Sherlock “died”, so we can’t really analyse whether it works story-wise or whether it’s a good twist, because we don’t really understand what happened. And Moffat didn’t seem to respect the audience enough to explain it or to make it worth not explaining - it was just a bunch of explanations that may or may not have happened. As this was the HUGE DRAMATIC FINALE of the last season, I assumed it would be explained at least a little, but it wasn’t.

I agree, it was a mess that’s hard to connect to because you don’t know where to start or what’s going on.

- C

If missy IS the master then I'm betting the ol' moff will pull some transphobic shit. Cue doctor saying something about how 'she used to be a man'. Hilarity ensues, because lol trans people, hilarious
stfu-moffat stfu-moffat Said:

He probably would, wouldn’t he? (I know the transphobic horse joke in season 7 wasn’t a Moffat episode, but it doesn’t give me hope that the topic would be treated at all respectfully.)

This is one of the reasons why I don’t want Moffat writing a female Doctor, because he’d probably do it in a transmisogynist way (as well as a misogynist way).

I was recently at a convention where people discussed the possibility of a female Doctor, and someone suggested that the Doctor could be played by a woman but still wear “masculine” clothes and act in a “masculine” way, with their gender being either still male or nonbinary (with the background that people had always assumed the Doctor was male, but that wasn’t necessarily true), which I think would be a better way to portray a Doctor played by a woman. I wouldn’t want a trans Master though (unless there were other trans characters) because trans people are portrayed as sinister and deceptive enough already and it would be much better to have a sympathetic character being trans, not someone evil and trying to take over the universe and kill all the good (cis) people. 

- C


friendly reminder that the only reason fictional characters “choose” anything is because real actual people write them that way

God I love this blog so much you have no idea
stfu-moffat stfu-moffat Said:

Thank you! :-)

- C

Asker gh0stg1rl Asks:
Do you have any hope for the new season of Dr who? I heard that Capaldis really laying down the law and wants to get it back on track. What did you think of Into the Dalek? (srry for all the questions)
stfu-moffat stfu-moffat Said:

I have some hope but not a lot, frankly. I had high hopes when Moffat took over and I don’t want to be that disappointed again. Currently, the Doctor has stopped flirting with Clara, which is nice, but now Clara is coming on to Danny very strongly so it depends how that goes and how Twelve behaves (I don’t know how much influence Capaldi has).

I didn’t like the beginning of Into the Dalek, but once they got into the Dalek I enjoyed it.

I thought it was a little hypocritical of the Doctor to dislike soldiers so much when he’s carried out a few genocides. I can’t even attribute it to guilt at his role in the Time War because presumably he remembers he didn’t kill the Time Lords (although at least now all the Daleks everywhere make sense).

- C

Just came across your absolutely awesome blog and I agree with everything wholeheartedly! I do have one comment re: Clara and the new doctor's wrinkles. Moffat seems to have forgotten what he wrote last season: Clara has seen all of the Doctor's incarnations! When she jumped in that vortex thingie, she in one instant saved all the doctors that ever were. *And* she just met the John Hurt doctor, whom she claimed looked 'young' in comparison to Matt Smith! And she's going on about wrinkles???
stfu-moffat stfu-moffat Said:

Haha, I see what you mean. I suppose she’s aware of a mixture of ageing - human (with grey hair and wrinkles) and Time Lord (slightly more mystical). So I suppose she would see the physical contrast between the youthful Eleven and the clearly-older-from-a-human-perspective Twelve, so I can see it would be a shock for her to see them come right after the other, but having already seen all his incarnations it wouldn’t be as much of a shock.

I suppose it’s either the limitations of the human mind or inconsistent writing, which is probably more likely. Moffat tends to make his characters react in the moment, without necessarily referring to their previous experiences, so while Clara’s reaction fits with anyone seeing their friend seemingly age 30 years, it doesn’t really fit with Clara’s history.

- C

Asker alecciobyas Asks:
Just wanted to say I love your blog! Have a great day~
stfu-moffat stfu-moffat Said:

Thank you :-).

- C