Jul. 21st, 2017 10:54 pm
elsewhence: (la linea complaints)
also man do i dislike this idea that regeneration could result in absolutely everything - if the process was essentually down to random mutations you'd expect a ton of nonviable outcomes, there must be some constraints on what's possible, and it would be very weird for those constraits to be "every single viable trait from the entire gene pool of the gallifreyan species", what would be the point of that as either an evolved trait or an engineered one...

Jul. 21st, 2017 07:16 am
elsewhence: (common eye spider)
man, i got the german translation of the remembrance of the daleks novelisation yesterday and it has seven and ace referring to each other with formal pronouns. at the same time that seven still calls her ace and ace calls him professor. who did this? it's so incredibly jarring to read! i mean, the combination of first name and formal pronoun isn't completely unheard of, but it's something you might do in a professional context, with your co-workers! or possibly between teachers and students, but in the real world most people in that situation who decide to be on a first name basis also agree to switch to informal pronouns...

seriously where'd this come from? shada, city of death and the pirate planet don't have four and romana doing this. not even in situations where you might actually expect it. i mean, you could argue that four is the kind of person who would just straight out not give a fuck about that kind of distinction, but i can absolutely see early romana I stubbornly sticking to formal ones. i mean, wanting to call her romana instead of her full name was even kind of the equivalent of putting her on a first name basis, and she clearly didn't like that at first


also haha, haha there's actually people pretending that there's been references to the doctor having been female before. how desperate can you get? not like we've seen every incarnation so far on screen and they were all male and there's no room for others to have existed, amirite. he's clearly very comfortable with being male if nothing else, certainly seems like he'd just continue to stick with it if he had the choice. (though granted, regeneration's never involved much of a choice for him. maybe he just fucked up by once again refusing to go through with it. because it'd totally make for good representation to depict being female as an accident...)

Jul. 20th, 2017 05:25 pm
elsewhence: (this is not an icon)
"you're not really a doctor who fan if you won't watch this"

that makes about as much sense as saying that i'm not really a star trek fan because i find deep space nine dull as dishwater. it's okay to like one part and not another of a story universe

honestly though, do you seriously not see how replacing existing, popular male characters with omen instead of creating good female characters from scratch just screams "it's impossible for a woman to be successful without piggybacking off a man", why on earth would you want that

(also, why are you so angry that there's people who dislike the decision if you're this confident that it's a positive one. much more "want to believe that it can only possibly turn out well" than "actually do believe it", huh? and very obviously a touch of not even considering that people who aren't men might dislike it. so basically, you assume that all women are the same and will approve of the same things and also that you, personally, aren't sexist...)

Jul. 19th, 2017 07:30 am
elsewhence: (silly ikea person)
though i'm mildly intrigued by what kind of mess the german dub may come up with. "doktor" is a masculine noun, there's just no way around that. the feminine "doktorin" exists, but i don't feel like it's in common use - like, i can't imagine someone saying about a woman that "sie ist doktorin" (she's a [female] doctor), they'd more likely say "sie hat einen doktortitel" (she has a doctor's degree) or even just use the masculine form... (the duden - the most famous german dictionary - says that "doktor" is among the 10,000 most common words and "doktorin" among the 100,000 most common ones. for a comparison, "verkäufer" and "verkäuferin", the masculine and feminine forms of "salesperson", are equally common.)

(though honestly, the german dub proved itself worthless when it kept on having nine and rose refer to each other with formal, respectful pronouns for the entire time he was around. not sure if it changed with ten because i dislike him and try to avoid his episodes. nevermind that i obviously just plain dislike the dub.)

(also, not intrigued enough to pretend that there actually is a thirteenth doctor.)

Jul. 18th, 2017 06:27 pm
elsewhence: (r2-d2 fail)
man, and to add insult to injury, missy was such an excellent character and now her memory will be forever tainted by being part of the leadup to this disaster.

also being able to more easy assemble a better cosplay outfit was part of what motivated me to lose weight. i guess i'll make a regency era outfit instead. i'm more likely to find a good reason to wear that, now.

(no, fandom at large, you don't get to rationalise that i probably don't hate the casting for the precise reason that she's female. precisely that and nothing else is the reason. i will not accept any woman in the role. there is no thirteenth doctor and there won't be one for at least another year.)

Jul. 18th, 2017 03:18 am
elsewhence: (guide text adventure)
"it's a long established fact that time lords can regenerate into other genders!!"

and by long established, you mean... six years? that's the first time it was even vaguely mentioned, in a single blink-and-you-miss-it line. and then not at all until missy's identity was confirmed. that's nothing for a show that's been running for decades even if you don't count the time it was cancelled for. don't make excuses. you like it because you think it's progressive and that how many female characters there are in existance somehow has an impact on the situation of real women, i don't like it because it's cheap pandering to a very specific demographic, lazy writing by recolouring an established and popular male character instead of actually inventing new female ones, and in doing so spreads the idea that it's impossible for female characters to be successful without piggybacking off something people already enjoy

and i'm also pretty fucking angry at people who pretend that all women are the same and desire the same things and also that they, personally, aren't sexist

as far as i'm concerned doctor who is now on hiatus

Jul. 17th, 2017 06:41 pm
elsewhence: (guide text adventure)
and no i don't ~*feel bad*~ for this actress any more than i feel bad about the ghostbusters actresses. they all accepted their respective roles knowing fully well what the reactions might look like. they really consented to being exposed to this kind of thing the moment they decided to become professional actors.

(though i'm kind of impressed by how thoroughly everyone involved with the ghostbusters fiasco had deluded themselves into believing that they were just dealing with a small loud handful of ~*misogynists*~ and would definitely be able to shame them into hiding)

Jul. 17th, 2017 07:52 am
elsewhence: (warning it's raining men)
and long story short, the only good course of events is one in which the 2018 christmas special also features a regeneration.

unless the last episode of the upcoming season does, but let's not be too optimistic.

Jul. 17th, 2017 01:19 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 fail)
so i guess my former opinion has been refined into, proposing a version of the doctor who's always been female is cool and would probably have made a fun story (though i still cosplayed a female doctor for the sole reason "hips too large", not as some sort of ~*statement*~), deciding to introduce a female incarnation after over 50 years is shitty pandering that needs to fail as quickly as possible.

also, the sort of new viewers that will attracted by a decision like this and weren't attracted by anything else are not the sort of new viewers you want.

Jul. 16th, 2017 09:53 pm
elsewhence: (alligator)
and predictably, lots of whining that it's ~*misogyny*~ to dislike the casting. this is why nobody takes feminism seriously anymore. and why if i ever do anything that could be perceived as feminist, i will make a point of saying that it isn't because i'm not.

but hey, my hopes that the ghostbusters ripoff would crash and burn worked, maybe that'll work again.

Jul. 16th, 2017 07:40 pm
elsewhence: (warning it's raining men)
okay, that's it, couple of years without modern doctor who. still got lots of classic to catch up on. skipping tennant worked well enough for me.

i hope the fallout is bad enough that it's only one season.

also you don't have to bother with theatre events anymore, i'm not throwing money at that. and i went to one theatre event even though it involved fucking river song, for a sense of scale.

Jul. 8th, 2017 03:26 am
elsewhence: (great plan)


look at this great TARDIS key. finally found a new one in this size after the old one broke due to being used as a keychain. i don't think this one would, looks to be solid aluminium! not going to risk it though. and of course two days after i decided to cave in and pay 14.90€, the shop started a 20% off sale. oh well.

i sure wish there'd be another theatre event sometime.

Jun. 26th, 2017 06:44 pm
elsewhence: (great plan)
you know, you've got to wonder why you don't see the fourth doctor's companions struggle to keep up with him more often. i mean, my father's 1.96 m tall, i'm 1.70 m, and he's constantly running away from me without even meaning to simply because his legs are so much longer

Jun. 2nd, 2017 08:49 pm
elsewhence: (great plan)
i love the running joke in the novelisation of the pirate planet about how apparently the TARDIS manual actually just is largely useless. it's said to describe sections about straw mattresses and chicken keeping, among other things. and that's stated from romana's point of view, who actually is making a serious attempt to use it...

May. 23rd, 2017 07:12 pm
elsewhence: (warning it's raining men)
"but what if they did cast a female doctor?" easy, i'd stop watching for a couple of years (don't think i won't, already did that with ten) and my headcanon would adjust to exclude that incarnation (don't think it wouldn't, already did that with the war doctor). there's still so much of the classic series that i haven't watched, too...

for fuck's sake, you don't need to forcibly shove women into anything and everything to achieve ~*equality*~

Mar. 21st, 2017 12:41 am
elsewhence: (guide text adventure)
fun fact, thanks to big finish, the fourth doctor has a recurring musical theme of the same sort as all of the modern series' doctors, if not quite as long. (i wonder if we'll get an extended version as some point?) eight is the only other one who does.

(and actually even without big finish there's also this, but it's not a recurring thing, so it's not exactly the same. the big finish one actually does keep on cropping up throughout all fourth doctor audios i've listened to. and also on tom baker at 80, which i guess is appropiate!)

Mar. 17th, 2017 09:03 pm
elsewhence: (great plan)
doctor who fandom as a whole: *describes a particular incarnation of the doctor as coming across as especially distant and ~*alien*~*
kay, watching the very same incarnation: "finally, a sane and reasonable person"

there's a pattern here, what exactly does that say about me...

but come on, twelve's behaviour is not difficult to understand or get behind or relate to? he makes perfect sense?? twelve is great! why can't we keep him for even longer! we basically only just lost eleven... :(

Feb. 24th, 2017 12:21 am
elsewhence: (slytherin free shrugs)
"waaah missy is a poorly written female character because all of her lines could just be exactly the same if she was a man and would still make sense"

wrong, missy is an excellent female character for that precise reason. in the real world women are not defined primarily by the fact that they're women, there's no reason a female character should be instantly recognisable as such just by the way they speak and act! and especially not one who actually was a man for most of her life and therefore wouldn't have been affected by societal expectations towards women at any point before she was already well and truly an adult.

here, go read the dread pirate missy instead. great story.

Feb. 23rd, 2017 12:50 am
elsewhence: (guide text adventure)
so i'm reading the recently released novelisation of the pirate planet, and it seems like the author actually realised that it makes no fucking sense for romana to believe that the president of gallifrey sent her on the mission to help retrieve the pieces of the key to time. because the president of gallifrey, as of the serial directly before the first one she appeared in, was the doctor! the way this version of the story is telling it, romana absolutely did know who the doctor was, for that precise reason, which means the part about who sent her on that mission must be different now. i'm pretty pleased with this. though she didn't seem nearly as baffled with the idea that he managed to get himself elected president as i would've expected. i guess maybe it's just not actually all that important a position?

to summarise the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made president should on no account be allowed to do the job

these new novelisations are generally really good. you should read them. as of now it seems like they're just going for the serials written by douglas adams, which never had official novelisations before this point, but i sure hope we'll get more. the quality of the old target novelisations is really... variable.

Dec. 31st, 2016 01:10 am
elsewhence: (look out of the window)
headcanon that the fact that ford's entry about earth ultimately did end up in the hitchhiker's guide in its complete form is actually the doctor's doing. he's too fond of earth, the omission seemed like such a criminal injustice.

headcanon on totally different thing, will from now on consider the second pokémon movie to be the epic-story-line-involving-legendaries that the gen I games never had and didn't gain even in their remakes. i guess lugia didn't exist yet, but gen I and II are kind of a whole anyway. maybe if gen I had been remade in a way that was worth anything. (and then again: a number of pokémon that first appeared in gen II were actually originally intended to be included in gen I... and lugia was one of them...)