“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.
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.
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.
Thank you! :-)
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).
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.
Thank you :-).