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 Just one more day until the Twelfth Doctor arrives, so let me sum up the Eleventh. Final part of my Classic Who watch/ New Who rewatch writings, after this I’ll post a list with all the others (because, well, all of them are pretty long). So, Moffat era beware. Geronimo!

The Eleventh Doctor - Matt Smith

There’s something you better understand about me, ‘cause it’s important and one day your life may depend on it. I am definitely a madman with a box!

 I said it with Ten that he was the Doctor who tried to move on and just be happy and failed, but Eleven got the fresh start. Yes, I know, the big changes are mostly because of the new showrunner, Steven Moffat, and that’s why new Doctor, new companion, new TARDIS, new screwdriver etc. But anyway, it’s much better to see it as a fresh start rather than knowing the reasons behind the change. So, the Eleventh Doctor was born from the solitude and madness of the Tenth, but only the madness was a defining trait for him, and in a silly way. We can look at him as the most lonely Doctor, as he spent hundreds and hundreds of years without a constant companion, but frankly, if you live that much it shouldn’t be a surprise.

 Eleven often seemed like the most childish Doctor, even more than Two. Not a coincidence, Matt Smith really liked good old Pat Troughton when he watched the show and therefore he wanted his Doctor to be similar to the Second. The bow ties, the hands, the Scottish companion, all the little things that made him the New Who version of Two. Except, he was only like Two in his first series, than his other side was becoming more dominant. This quite manipulative, darker and, should I say, more majestic side. He was more like the Seventh Doctor later in his life. And that contrast, the trying to be young again but still having to face his inner demons side was my favourite thing about him.

 Sure, it wasn’t always a good thing for his companions. I felt really uncomfortable with the way Amy’s mystical pregnancy was handled by him, and how he went on and on about how Clara is “the impossible girl”. Also, he was very good with kids, more than any other Doctor, but that’s no excuse for stalking Clara throughout her entire life. The darkness of the Eleventh was definitely a deeply fascinating theme for the viewer, combined with his childlike nature, but it was much better when it was subtle and not “the darkest hour” all the time.

 Also, Eleven hadn’t changed as dramatically as is predecessors, but the development was there. He began his life innocently, with little Amelia, than as his companion grew up he had to be more responsible too. He finally let go of the Time War and Rose and everything that made him cling to his previous life, only to get attached again. This time it was mainly Amy, and with her came Rory and River (yes, Amy felt like a more important person in his life, weird). The Ponds were part of his life for centuries, and Amy had known him for decades when he was still wandering around. When he had to let go of them, when Amy chose to grow up, it hit him hard. I’m not sure how long he was planning to sulk on a cloud, but because of Clara we didn’t have to find out. His arc with Clara wasn’t the fairytale and growing up one we got with Amy, rather the “let me solve you ‘cause you’re a puzzle one”. Bit disturbing, but after his regeneration let’s hope he gave up on that.

 Oh yeah, the regeneration. After he had to face the Time War again, his last adventure was a really, really long one. Like longer than all of my sum ups. I think there were a lot of silly and illogical things about The Time of the Doctor, but at least the regeneration itself was a kind of a good one. Not as elegant as Three’s, or bittersweet like Nine’s, and sometimes it felt like the script was trying too hard, but the Eleventh accepted his death more than any other Doctor. Though, it was probably because he knew he had a brand new cycle ahead of him.

Amelia Pond - Karen Gillan

There’s a little girl waiting in a garden. She’s going to wait a long while, so she’s going to need a lot of hope.

 Magnificent, glorious Pond. Little Amelia Pond, with a name from a fairytale, the girl who waited and had an imaginary friend. The girl who grew up. I view the whole story of Amy as the “growing up and becoming an adult” story.

 Basically the whole story of Amy is that, a story. The story of Amelia Pond, who had an imaginary friend, who ran away, who found her true love, who lost her child. Amy, whose imagination brought back people to life, literally. Amy’s story in series 5 is that she ran away from marriage only to realize that all she wanted was Rory all along. In series 6 she suffered a lot because of her best friend, and in the last series she had to chose between a normal life and the dangers of the magical she always thought she wanted. She chose to grow up and let go.

 I like it that Amy had to chose and grew up in the end. On the other hand, I don’t like how it was often portrayed as a choice between Rory and the Doctor, two men she depended on. No, get lost, it’s her choice only concerning her own life. It’s not about Rory and hell it’s not about the Doctor for once, it’s about Amy. Because, as we all know, this is the story of Amelia Pond. The girl who lived in stories because she was running away from real life, the girl who cared too much about her friend to realize how toxic that life was. The woman who grew up. Give me that Amy over the Amelia Pond, the girl who waited, give me her any day. Oh, and don’t give that bullshit of Rory loving Amy more either. They loved each other and that’s it, 2000 years or not.

Rory Williams - Arthur Darvill

You know what it’s dangerous about you? It’s not that you make people take risks, it’s that you make them want to impress you. You make it so they don’t want to let you down. You have no idea how dangerous you make people to themselves when you’re around.

 Mr. Pond began as the boyfriend/ fiancé of Amy, but ended up as a companion himself. He would have followed that girl anywhere. And that’s what he did, and series 5, but in series 6 he was a proper companion. Always the same awkward Rory, but a proper companion who always saw the Doctor for what he was.

 That’s what I like about Rory. He followed Amy and that’s how he ended up on the TARDIS, and he stayed because he wanted to, but never stopped seeing the real face of the Doctor. The Seventh Doctor face of the Eleventh. As much as I love Amy, she wanted to believe in her raggedy man so badly that she hasn’t noticed all the mistakes he made. Sure, she called him out like in the episode A Town Called Mercy, but she preferred to see the imaginary friend in him. I don’t blame her, but that’s what she did. Rory, however. He was the Doctor’s mate, but I can’t imagine him following him blindly.

 Poor Rory was often killed just for the drama, but considering that he always came back and in the end lived a long, happy life, it doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that he and Amy lost their child, and I can’t emphasize it enough. In my opinion this was the biggest, most dramatic thing in series 6, but somehow the Doctor’s death overshadowed this.

River Song - Alex Kingston

It’s hard to leave when you haven’t said goodbye.

 Talking about the lost child… Oh, River. Or should I say Melody? Little Melody Pond. Just for the record, I like River. At least I really, really want to like her. So in order to do this I kind of try to focus on scenes like the on in The Angels Take Manhattan, when she told the Doctor to shut up his selfish “no Amy don’t go” speech and told her mother to go and live with Rory. I like that River. I don’t like the River who pretends to be fine just to avoid making her “husband” upset.

 See, I don’t like River’s arc about killing the Doctor and then marrying him, dying for him etc. But I do like her character, her personality, her sass, her determination. I’m angry that she could have been so much more, but I guess I just have to accept the way her arc went. It’s hard to hate her when Alex Kingston is her main actor.

 That being said, I don’t really want her to return in series 8. Her Doctor is Eleven, and I want it to stay this way. Plus, people keep going on and on about how RTD couldn’t let Rose go, yet they want River to return, even after her cyber-death. Let her go, let her find peace.

Clara Oswald - Jenna Coleman

But here we are, talking. So I am a ghost. To you, I’m a ghost. We’re all ghosts to you. We must be nothing.

 Good thing about Clara is that her journey continues in the next series, so I’m going to write more about her later. But until then, Clara (Oswin) Oswald in series 7.

 Her story began as a mystery to be solved. She was the Doctor’s personal puzzle. That made Eleven creepy and Clara look like a plot device, but thankfully by the end the Doctor also realized that Clara is just a girl. A normal girl, not some impossible thing designed personally for him like River

 I hope that Clara in series 8 will not accept the Doctor’s bullshit, if he’ll give her any. She’s a far more interesting character, and being the current one, she gets enough bullshit from the fandom. I find myself defending her more and more. I loved her in The Rings of Akhaten, and I think her mother’s death and its effect on her can, and should be explored more. I would love to see a series which focuses on Clara as a character rather than a mystery.

Conclusion

As much as I have my problems with the Moffat era, I did enjoy the Eleventh Doctor. Yeah, there were creepy moments, nonsense moments, sexist moments even, but the fairytale of Amelia Pond and the childish and lonely Eleven were exciting to watch. And in the end, I suppose, the cracks and Silence and Trenzalore all made sense, even if it was a bit overdramatic.

 I just want Twelve to prove that Eleven’s era made sense. I want him to feel like he actually spent hundreds of years in one place, that he is so much older and more mature than the previous Doctor. I want him to act like he spent the last few hundred years away from Clara, and to see the effects it had.

Posted 6 hours ago

Book 4 could be entirely about Asami helping Korra with her healing process and I wouldn’t mind it. Not at all.

Posted 7 hours ago

talesofnorth:

You’ll be alright

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Posted 17 hours ago

I just watched the 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor again. Getting close with my rewatch, but then again series 8 is almost here. And ugh, I have so many different feelings about it.

There were moments I liked, moments I cried (Brigadier, I miss you) and moments when I said: “yeah, this is what an anniversary looks like”. But with so little effort it could have been so much better. Well that’s my point of view anyway.

 I have a whole headcanon for the Moment, which I will either explain later (but not how Five always did) or write down properly. And I have tons of ideas, just one-liners that could have been there. Like, the War Doctor leaves saying that he won’t remember trying to save Gallifrey and you can see how sad that thought makes him. Why wouldn’t the Tenth or Eleventh tell him that it will get better, he will have someone to rely on? He won’t remember so Rose won’t get turned into a mystery. Just consolation. Or Ten being all “did you just say Bad Wolf?” then forgetting it in like 2 seconds. Seriously? Argh. Not to mention that all the previous Doctors would have been happy to participate, not to mention the companions. Imagine that.

 Ah well, I’ll just watch The Time of the Doctor, write my Eleventh Doctor sum up and wait for Capaldi to arrive.

Posted 19 hours ago

 Only 2 days left and 2 Doctors, and of them is the Tenth. And I’m sorry, I’m so sorry, but knowing myself I think this is going to be a long revisit. But I will try to be brief and not analyze every single moment, I promise.
So, shall we? Allons-y!

(if you have no idea what I’m talking about: I’m counting down to the arrival of the new Doctor with summing up the first eleven Doctors)

The Tenth Doctor - David Tennant

Here you are, living a life day after day. The one adventure I can never have.

 Last time I really tried to point out just how important the Ninth Doctor’s regeneration was, and it was all so that now I can explain how that one moment defined the whole run of the Tenth. Because remember, the previous Doctor regenerated almost happily, smiling, accepting himself, with Rose by his side, and died because of a very human act. And so the new Doctor was born: happy, crazy, a bit vain and careless, so very human, and hopelessly in love with his human companion. In his first series was exactly like this, but people often seem to forget that he had three and a half, and not all of them were happy-go-lucky.

 There are, of course things that are just so iconic for David’s Doctor: the Converse, the pinstripe suit, the trench coat, 3D glasses or brainy specs, and quite a few catchphrases. Oh, and the hair. So mainly his appearance was the same, with little changes now and then. But oh, his emotional state wasn’t. He was not always the cheerful Doctor and definitely not the intergalactic Casanova some fans imagine him to be.

 See, for me this is how the Tenth Doctor’s arc goes: he woke up on Christmas day, so full of life and full of hope. He still carried the wounds and the guilt from the Time War, but he wanted to move on from that into a new life where he could be happy again, without the Time Lords and Daleks haunting him. He continued travelling with Rose, and had more fun than ever. Both of them were so reckless, enjoying the dangers and the company. Mickey also decided to follow Rose into the TARDIS, but soon realized his place is elsewhere, and became a hero on his own (more on that later). His first having-to-face-the-consequences moment was when Sarah Jane Smith herself showed up, along with good old boy K9. Sarah questioned him as to why he’s never came back for her back when he was teeth and curls, and for the first time in his long life the Doctor had to answer the question: why? And he did, to his current companion Rose. Sarah Jane would have stayed with him until the end of her life, he would have had to watch her age and die, his best friend. Of course, it raises an interesting question: what about Rose? By the time SJS showed up, Rose had already decided to stay with the Doctor forever, but he just admitted that he can’t bear to watch someone “wither and die”. Lucky or not, he doesn’t have to, because the Tenth Doctor loses everyone. The first and probably worst loss was Rose, who gets trapped in a parallel universe. Even worse? The Doctor totally screwed up their last goodbye when Rose confessed her love for him and he faded away with her name on his lips. All the chances he got to say it, he just can’t spit it out.

 After Doomsday, Ten was never the same eccentric and genuinely happy guy again. He managed to ruin the life of his next companion, Martha, in more than just one ways. She had suffered a lot because he was so oblivious to her affections for him, and Martha, the quiet and selfless star she was just stayed with him anyway. But when her family went through a great trauma, basically because of the Doctor’s mistakes, she had enough and got out. He pushed her away from himself because he was busy drowning in self-pity and guilt. Still, the universe gave him another chance with Donna. Brilliant Donna, who really made him laugh again and certainly wasn’t gonna fall in love with him, not in a million years, saving him from the complications. He had a best mate, and later he was reunited with everyone he’s ever known in this life, including Rose and company. For one shining moment Donna was the most important woman in the whole of creation and he had the biggest family ever. He was the happy guy again, only to fall and hit the ground even harder this time. Everyone left, he gave up Rose so she could live the life he never had, and even Donna had to go in the worst way possible. He was completely, utterly alone. Mix this up with more losses and a little god complex, and the you have Time Lord Victorious.

 Ten hit his lowest, and by this point regeneration was almost a relief. He clinged to this life and everyone in it, but it was driving him mad. So he saved Wilf, said his last goodbyes, and began a new life after regeneration. See, this is the Tenth Doctor, someone who lost so much and wanted it back so desperately that he almost destroyed himself. This is why “I don’t want to go" fits him, the Doctor who just wanted to be human, and this is why the Eleventh had to forget the Time War and everything Ten has been through: to keep himself sane. For me, the Tenth Doctor was the one who tried to move on but failed miserably, and the Eleventh was the one who actually succeeded. The man who regrets and the man who forgets. His arc can also be compared to his predecessor, the Ninth Doctor, who began his life from the lowest point possible, and by the end he managed to be happy again. Compared to him, Ten was happy at the beginning but was on the edge of madness by the end. Plus, his arc ran parallel with companions, like with the Fourth Doctor. Four’s companions were getting more alien, and Ten’s were getting older. Rose was 19-20 when she travelled with him, Martha was 22-23, Donna was in her thirties, and Wilf was in his seventies-eighties. Of course this is if you don’t count Mickey, Jack and Sarah Jane (who wasn’t really travelling with him), but the point still stands. As Ten became more weary and had to grow up, his companions were also getting older.

 This is why seeing the Tenth as a generally happy Doctor is just wrong, in my opinion of course. He was very human, that’s true, and I think he was the Doctor who wanted to be human (and in a way, he has become one). See the quote above, he was the closest the Doctor ever came to settling down (and again, in a way he did). Another thing with this Doctor that he was very reckless, especially at the beginning, and people also don’t realize that he has suffered the consequences for the mistakes he had made. The first occasion was with Sarah Jane, as I said, though he didn’t make this particular mistake in this life. He was the one, however, to bring down Harriet Jones’ government, allowing the Master to take control later, and therefore allowing him to cause a life-long trauma for the Jones family. He was so busy having fun with Rose that he didn’t take Queen Victoria’s threat seriously, who then established Torchwood, the institute that would later cause his separation from Rose. He still hasn’t learnt enough and didn’t take the Oods’ DoctorDonna prediction seriously, which later caused the meta-crisis and Donna’s fate. And in the end, he was so desperate to run away from his own destiny that the Master and the Time Lords almost destroyed Earth. Not to mention the Bowie Base incident which resulted in Adelaide committing suicide just to correct his mistakes. In the end, he died for one human just like Nine, finally doing something pure good.

 Rassilon knows I love Ten. I love his companions and his attachment to them. I love his Converse and the way he says “Allons-y!”. I loved David Tennant in the role, and I feel kind of awkward one someone says he was the most happy and romantic Doctor. But for God’s sake, it really was time for him to go.

Rose Tyler - Billie Piper

Someone’s got to be the Doctor.

 Welcome back, Rose. Our support through the regeneration was the companion, except she also had problem accepting the new new Doctor. To be fair, the man she loved just exploded and turned into David Tennant.

 Rose handled the regeneration quite well, actually. Okay, it took her a whole episode, but then again it took the Doctor an episode to wake up. After she got used to this Doctor, Rose continued travelling with him with the same joy she had in the first series, perhaps with even more. She loved the younger and crazier version just as much as she did the grumpier one. Rose herself was more reckless with the Tenth Doctor, which lead to consequences we’ve already talked about. But she also became more independent, even braver and cleverer - she became more like the Doctor. After her “do awesome stuff even though you’re ordinary” arc in series 1, Rose took it to another level in series 2, and by the time we see her again in series 4 she could easily call herself the Doctor in her own universe.

 In series 1, they were opposites in many ways. Rose had this whole life back on Earth, with Jackie and Mickey, and though she was very determined and wanted to do something with her life, she was stuck in the Powell Estate. Nine lived this fantastic life with adventures and dangers everywhere, but he was lonely and didn’t see the point of it anymore. So they complemented each other, taught each other, made the other better. With the new Doctor they have much more in common, and they really do feel like equals. For the Doctor it meant that he was more human, and for Rose it meant that she was so alien. And in a way, this is why the events of Doomsday were necessary. Jackie herself told Rose that she was too much like him, and that one day she really would become an alien. If Rose had stayed with the Doctor forever like she promised, she would have lost the very thing that made her so perfect, her humanity. Rose was saving the day on a lot of occasions in series 2 and continued to be awesome (“go to hell" is my favourite ever one-liner), but God knows what she would have become.

 In series 4. when she returned to defend her original universe we found out that in fact she became even better than the Doctor. Ten spent his time away from Rose with moping around (Martha knows that best) and crying about her but not actually trying to get her back. Instead, Rose found her way back and warned them about a great threat, helped to save the day and proved that she’s still the shop girl from London, only a toughened and wiser version of herself. What exactly made her become like this between series 2 and 3 we don’t know yet, but my guess is that jumping from one dimension to another had its effect. Just think about it, she saw the horrors of Donna’s universe in Turn Left, and she just went ahead like nothing had happened. In The Stolen Earth she walks past an explosion without stopping even for a minute. I’m not saying that this Rose is not an absolute badass and that her journey is not admirable. I’m only saying that sometimes it makes me wonder: what she has gone through and where’s the Rose Tyler who felt sorry for a Dalek that killed 200 people.

 Her journey became complete when the Tenth Doctor left her in the parallel universe so she could live the rest of her life with the meta-crisis. I so not like the Doctor making her choices for her for the third time, but the idea that somewhere Rose Tyler is happy with the Doctor makes me happy. Plus, her last real scene with the Tenth Doctor, the one where she says her first hello and the Doctor his last goodbye, is one of my favourite ever Doctor Who scenes.

Mickey Smith - Noel Clarke

The name’s Mickey. Mickey Smith, defending the earth! 

 Mickey began as the clumsy boyfriend of Rose. He is often viewed as the victim of their relationship, but to be honest it was doomed from the beginning. They just worked better as friends. Mickey didn’t care enough about her and took her for granted, and then she ran away with a stranger. That’s rough, buddy, but at least it gave Mickey the opportunity to develop as a character.

 The first series for him is about letting go and realizing when it is over. He became a companion in the second, where he decided to travel with the Doctor and Rose because he hoped to see what Rose saw, what made her choose this life. He soon came to the conclusion that his destiny was somewhere else, and became a hero on his own and not with the Doctor. We especially see this in the series finale, and in series 4. The dimension jumper he was he decided to come back and leave the Tylers behind. In the end he married Martha, who was also much more badass without the Doctor. Speaking of whom…

Martha Jones - Freema Agyeman

I spent a lot of time with you, thinking I was second best. But you know what? I am good!

 Oh yes, you are, Martha Jones, you are a star! Arguably, companions can do more and become greater without the Doctor after they’ve already seen who it’s done, We saw this with Jack, Rose and Mickey, but now Martha’s here to show us: it’s definitely true. At least in her case. Clever, selfless, quiet and rational, she tolerated the Doctor for long before realizing that she was much better off without him.

 Medical student Martha first met the Doctor at her job, like Rose, but fortunately for her the Doctor didn’t blow up this one. Instead she saved him and he charmed her. Poor Martha had a crush on him from the moment she stepped into the TARDIS. It wasn’t her fault, not really, I mean, David Tennant, hello! But unlucky for her, the Doctor was still thinking about Rose and just couldn’t let her go. So Martha spent a series saving him from his own self-pity, and in the end she walked the Earth for an entire year to bring down the Master. In that year, Martha had time to think, and she decided that she was better than that, she didn’t have to live in someone’s shadow. She left the TARDIS to take care of her family, good for her.

 Martha was the only companion in New Who so far who left the Doctor entirely by her own choice, making her departure one of the most empowering moments. Imagine having all of time and space to choose from, and you get out because you know that’s the best option. Martha was far too good to spend anymore time with the Doctor, and though everybody has already suspected, she was much more of a badass without him. In series 4 she was a UNIT doctor and soldier, and by The End of Time she was married to Mickey and they fought aliens together. Martha Jones is actual proof that not everybody is better with the Doctor.

Donna Noble - Catherine Tate

Listen, I don’t know what sort of kids you’ve been flying around with in outer space but you’re not telling me to shut up.

 After Rose, who was hopelessly in love with him and after Martha, who spent a series wishing the Doctor would love her, came Donna. I’m most certainly not saying that Rose and Martha having romantic feelings was wrong, but the Tenth Doctor needed a character like Donna, who wanted to be mates and see the stars. Donna put him in place when it was needed, and sassed her way through time and space. Brilliant Donna, who was so bored with her life. Not in the way Rose was, who had confidence but nothing to do. And not like Martha, who had a future and ambitions. Donna, who shouted at the word because how else would they hear what she wanted to say? Donna, who was the most important woman in the universe, and she didn’t know it.

 The tragedy of Donna Noble is that she went through an amazing journey, and just when she began to realize she was actually an important and brilliant human being, she lost it all. One of the most tragic companions ever, she saved billions of lives and had such a good time with the Doctor, but doesn’t remember any of it. Unlike Jamie and Zoe who at least had their first memories of the Doctor, Donna had to live the rest of her life without ever remembering anything.

 I’m not sure how I feel about her character development as a whole. I mean, it was remarkable and just good to watch, but does it really matter if she doesn’t remember it? I like to think that it wasn’t completely for nothing and that Donna’s life was better after the Doctor. For example, at least her mother appreciated her more. But as for Donna herself… it’s so depressing to write it down, but she’s gone through an amazing development for nothing. I guess the story of Donna Noble is not one about happy endings.

Wilfred Mott - Bernard Cribbins

But, every night, Doctor… when it gets dark, and the stars come out, I’ll look up… on her behalf. I’ll look up at the sky… and think of you.

 Even though Donna never knew what an adventure she had, her grandpa did. Wilf, the loving and amazing grandfather he was always took care of her, and it’s my headcanon that he tried to boost her confidence to the point that she ended up believing in herself again.

 But Wilf also became a companion on his own, helping the Tenth Doctor with his last battle. Poor old man turned out to be the cause of his death, but even if the Doctor didn’t admit it, he needed Wilf to be the reason. Wilfred Mott actually saved him from himself, like his granddaughter did, and I really hope the Doctor also realized it.

Conclusion

 The Ninth and Tenth Doctors are both part of the so called RTD era, and in-universe they are tied together by Rose and company. But actually, there is a line between them, a line that can also be a mirror. As I said, Nine goes from sad to happy, to put it simply, and Ten goes the other way around. The first series is about hope, humanity, adventure, becoming someone better yet never losing yourself. Ten’s tenure is much more depressing, has less happy endings and deals with the fact that not everything is better with the Doctor. That is why I do not think that Ten was so happy all the time, or why I can’t view Donna as the comedic companion. Yes, there were happy-go-lucky times, and Rose, Martha and Mickey all had a sort of happy ending, but there’s also this darkness. Like when Ten becomes the Time Lord Victorious, he comes close to earning the Valeyard title.

 That being said, I love this era, but perhaps for not the reasons others do. I love it because it says: sometimes you just have to let go. And that’s what the next era does, lets go of this one, which is not a bad thing. So next time with the Eleventh Doctor we’ll have our new beginning.

Posted 1 day ago

isthisablogorisitnot:

Katara appreciation time:

  • Can we talk about how she learned all her water-bending mostly by herself?
  • Can we talk about her never ending ingenuity throughout the series?
  • Can we talk about how she is only 13 and was able to defeat both a fire master (Azula) and a water master (Hama)?
  • Can we talk about her pity towards the man who killed her mother?
  • Can we talk about how she never stopped caring for her friends and family even in the worst situations?
Say what you want about Katara, but she is the best role model/friend you could have had in the entire series. She had always kept it together even when she lost her mother and when Aang had his issues.

*14, but yeah she’s the queen.

Posted 1 day ago

lescheveuxoranges:

I have some free time so I animated Katara waterbending

Posted 1 day ago

so you hate rose tyler

doctorroseandalltimelow:

little-bluedress:

gallifreyfieldsforever:

fauxkaren:

oodlyenough:

There are probably lots of valid reasons to hate, or at least dislike, Rose Tyler. One of the most valid is probably “I just don’t like her”, because personal preference is a…

Posted 1 day ago

 New millennia everyone, and 9 years after the TV movie Doctor Who is back with Doctor number 9. It’s time I begin the New Who part of my sum up, and I don’t know about you but I am excited.

 In the previous seven posts I wrote about my Classic Who experience and how I felt about the characters. This time I’m gonna write about characters I began my DW journey with, characters I watched again after seeing Classic Who. This is the rewatch part.

 I didn’t think watching the original series would make difference in my rewatch, but actually it did and in a good way. No, it’s not that I realized how New Who is worse than the Classic, and I certainly don’t love these characters less than before. It’s that the whole Whoniverse is bigger, and it opens a whole new perspective for me, even when I watch something I’ve already seen. So let’s see what was the Doctor up to in 2005.

The Ninth Doctor - Christopher Eccleston

Rose, before I go, I just want to tell you you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And do you know what? So was I!

 Until the 50th anniversary, we didn’t know how exactly the Eighth Doctor became the Ninth. All we knew was that this new man ran into the life of Rose Tyler, ran into our life, and though this time with a physic paper and a leather jacket, he was still the Doctor who left back in the 20th century. Battered by the mysterious Time War, however, he was neither the sentimental optimist Five was nor the romantic hero Eight was at the beginning of his adventure. He was still sassy like Six, sharp like Three and had a manic grin like Four, but he was also suffering from massive PTSD and was more broken than any other Doctor, before or after him. He had less mercy, like when he let Cassandra die, but was also overwhelmed with joy when nobody had to die, like in The Doctor Dances. The leather jacket gave him the soldier look and unlike his other selves he could be the centre of attention with just standing there, not saying a word. Nine was a straight forward and real leader figure, if he said something others followed him. Truth is, people often look at this Doctor as the most tough and possibly dark version, but he was the most vulnerable of them all. He was so desperate and full of guilt, he has tried everything to redeem himself. He wanted to help the Gelth who lost everything because of the Time War, and he gave the Nestene Consciousness a chance even though he knew it was probably up to no good. When he met the Dalek survivor of the war he almost became He Who Fights Monsters when he tried to kill it in cold blood and therefore commit genocide (again). “You would make a good Dalek”, it told him, quite possibly the biggest insult he ever got. So, point is, Nine is often viewed as the sass machine, the tough guy, but actually this Doctor was a wounded survivor. His arc is about forgiving himself, and - oh this sounds so cliché, but - about learning to love again. Himself, the universe, and that one shop girl.

 Because yes, an enormously important factor in Nine’s journey is Rose Tyler. Whether you ship it or not I don’t actually care, because I’m not even talking about romantic love, not necessarily. This Doctor, being born from a war and double genocide, was so broken, as mentioned above. He continued saving planets and humans, yes, but only because he thought “stupid little apes” couldn’t take care of themselves. And remember his very first scene? He was about to blow up a whole building, and didn’t actually look like someone who wanted to get away before the explosion. It was like he didn’t care about his own survival, he has already survived and it felt like hell (survivor’s guilt, ladies and gentlemen). But he met Rose, and after a long, long time he decided to travel with a companion again. From the moment that Rose accepted his invitation, their journey began. For Nine it was Rose showing him compassion and things worth living for. Because yes, for Rose the adventure meant a lot and we’ll talk about her point of view later, but don’t forget Nine’s character development. Don’t ever forget it, because it’s one of the most beautiful arcs any Doctor has ever gone through.

 The more I think about his arc the more I love the Ninth Doctor. Slowly, but he learnt so much. In the very first episode he was too busy showing off with the TARDIS to realize that Mickey might have died, and Rose had to remind him of what’s really important. In the next one he watched Cassandra die, and simply said “Everything has its time and everything dies”. It’s in World War Three when he first realized that maybe sacrificing individuals is not worth it, even if he saves an entire planet in the process. Guess what, he realized it because of Rose (“I could save the world but lose you”). Next time in Dalek, as I mentioned he was ready to exterminate it, only to realize what he has become. After that he began to soften, to have Rose’s compassion and humanity. In Father’s Day, when they had their first bigger fight, he was willing to die just so that Rose could spend a few more minutes with her dad. In The Doctor Dances he was just ecstatic to see a day when nobody died, finally. In Boom Town he was almost hesitating about the Slitheen Margaret, knowing very well that by bringing her to her home planet he would be her executioner. And in the grand finale came his biggest moment, he faced a decision again: commit double genocide, or let the Daleks destroy the universe. Almost the same choice he was born from, except this time it was humanity on the other side, not his own race. The moment when the Dalek Emperor asked him, “coward or killer”, and his answer was “Coward, any day” is one of the very best, not just in his run but in the entire show. This is how far he has come, he just couldn’t do it, not again. After all he’s been through with Rose, after she had showed him humanity again, he just couldn’t do it. And in the end, he didn’t die in a mighty war like last time, he sacrificed his life for one human, just one human girl. Rose saved the day, and he saved Rose. His regeneration is also an important moment for his character, and one of the most beautiful changes from one Doctor to another. He died with grace, he died knowing that he was good in the end and knowing that Rose would be there for him after the process. The Ninth Doctor regenerated happily, with a grin on his face and life in his eyes. Compare this to the next regeneration. All of these factors were compulsory for the next Doctor. Ten was born from happiness, humanity and love. Of course, what he became in the end is another question for another post.

 His relationship with Rose Tyler is the main reason his arc was this astonishing, so I’ll write about just that. Not much, I hope, but still. As I said, you don’t have to view it as a love story, their bond is fascinating without adding romance to it. Nine showed her the universe, offered an escape from her boring life, and Rose made him better with her nineteen years. The Doctor was too old to understand the little wonders of the universe and Rose was too young to see the hatred and brutality. So they educated each other, Rose got to learn more about the universe surrounding her and the Doctor got to learn to be kind again. I would say human, but he wasn’t human to start with. Although Ten, who was born from all this is the most human Doctor ever, but more about that in the next post. And apart from that, apart from how much they learn from each other, their relationship itself is something so deep and so intriguing. Nine loved her deeply and unconditionally, and when he realized this he just accepted and acted like it. In a way, he loved her more than his successor, who had this hot and cold thing going on. This Doctor didn’t do that, he just loved her and placed her above everything else, as seen in The Parting of the Ways.

 I know this turned out to be quite long, but here’s the most important thing: the Ninth was a fantastic Doctor. He brought back Doctor Who, found himself and went with pride.

Rose Tyler - Billie Piper

You know, he showed you too. You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand. You say “no.” You have the guts to do what’s right when everyone else just runs away, and I just can’t…!

 I know Rose has become a controversial character since she dared to fell in love with the Doctor but I’ve already defended her and basically all the companions against ridiculous arguments, and I will definitely not waste another post on haters again. So here’s what I’m planning to do: write down my thoughts about her in series 1, give you reasons as to why I bloody love her (yes, even after watching Classic Who). You either agree or ignore.

 So, Rose Marion Tyler. We first met this shop girl when… what am I talking about? We just first met her the second the show started. We were introduced to the Doctor’s world through her eyes, like we first discovered the police box standing in a junkyard with the Chestertons. And if anyone, Rose is ordinary, the girl next door. She lives with her rather talkative mum, has a job, has a boyfriend. Only thing she hasn’t got is a purpose in life, and that’s when the came in. He showed her the end of the world and World War II, she showed him compassion, as I explained above. Their journey through the stars was accompanied by two words: bad wolf.

 This is where I talk about the first season-long arc. The words bad wolf followed them everywhere, until they finally noticed something was up. And the solution in the end wasn’t the Dalek Emperor, it was Rose. She became the Bad Wolf, she saved the Doctor and Jack (though we’ll talk about the consequences of that later), destroyed the Daleks, and almost died while doing it. The Doctor saved her in return and died for her, but the Bad Wolf was her. After this huge battle and mystery, the Bad Wolf was her all along. And her first series is not just about this, her opening the heart of the TARDIS and becoming a goddess, it’s about remaining and ordinary person yet doing extraordinary things.

 As I said Rose is pretty much the girl next door, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t got a strong personality. She’s determined if she has something to fight for, she’s compassionate if there’s someone to care for, she’s brave in the face of danger. She’s selfish when she has to choose (though who wouldn’t run away with the Doctor) and she’s often too bold, which gets her into trouble easily. She’s intuitive and more likely to notice little things than the bigger picture, which is useful as the Doctor always wants to see the big plan and therefore blind when the details are important. She goes after her heart and only thinks about things with her head once she’s already chosen to act, which once again gets her into trouble, but even saves her from it. She tries to see the best in people and of course that can backfire if she happens to trust the wrong person. And though she’s got a high level of emotional intelligence, she can hurt her loved ones without noticing it. So in one word? Rose Tyler is human. Lucky for her, that’s what the Ninth Doctor needed. I’ve already written quite much about their relationship with Nine, but here we go from her point of view.

 I think that Rose fell in love with travelling first, and then with the Doctor (which is why it’s ridiculous to assume that she just wants him - she wants all of this). But once she saw how vulnerable this man was, she showed the same compassion she showed Raffalo, Gwyneth, Harriet and even a bloody Dalek. She saw the real him and fell in love. The most beautiful thing about this that I really do think Nine didn’t know Rose had anything more than platonic love for him. He knew he loved her, but with Rose having Mickey as her boyfriend than flirting with Adam and Jack, I think Nine genuinely didn’t feel worth of her love. Which is why Rose’s success of saving is all the more adorable. Also, she gave the Doctor a purpose to live, but let’s not forget that he also gave Rose a purpose.

 But love or not, Bad Wolf or not, Rose’s arc in series 1 is about getting to learn the universe and doing what’s right. See quote above, it’s not just seeing space ships and aliens, it’s about doing the right thing. After nineteen years of doing nothing special Rose has a purpose in life: save planets and fight monsters, alongside the Doctor. And it’s not even about becoming a hero, it’s about remaining yourself and doing all these amazing things while remaining so human. It’s about the potential everyone has in them. Of course, in series 2 and especially in series 4 things get tough and so does she, so we’ll talk about tough situations next time.

Captain Jack Harkness - John Barrowman

Wish I’d never met you, Doctor. I was much better off as a coward.

 Poor Jack seems like a third wheel now that I’ve talked so much about Nine and Rose and their relationship, but he really wasn’t. He was just a con man when we met him. A charming and cowardish con man. Travelling with these two he became stronger and wiser, and by the time of the big battle he was ready to die for humanity. Little did he know he had a lot of deaths ahead of him.

 Rose, because she cared about Jack too and not just the Doctor, resurrected him after the Daleks had killed him. The last act of the Time War was life, eternal life. She couldn’t control it and brought back Captain Jack for good. So the poor man lived for billions and billions of years, dying and coming back to life quite often. Not entirely canon, but it is suggested that he finally found peace in the year 5,000,000,053 as the Face of Boe.

 In his long life the Captain followed the Doctor’s legacy and saved millions of lives, made some hard choices and lost so many people. In a way he became the Doctor of his own world, like Rose would, only Jack was so ancient in the end that even the Doctor couldn’t possibly come compared to that. Still, no one who has ever met this omnisexual immortal could ever forget him, and it’s safe to say that the previous Time Agent made the world better with his existence.

 Mickey comes next time, and please don’t make me write about Adam because I either write as much as I have about Rose or nothing.

Conclusion

 When the show came back, no one guaranteed that it would be a success. The BBC gave up on Doctor Who once, they could have done it again. It was all up to this new cast and crew to make a remarkable return. Professional eyes were mostly focused on Russel T Davies, but fans expected the most from Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper. They expected them to bring it back successfully. And oh man, they did. People often consider the RTD era to be one, with the Ninth and Tenth Doctors, and of course in a way it was, but actually series 1 does have this special feeling, and not just because it was a different Doctor. So now let’s look only at series 1, and not just the beauty of Nine, or Rose, or all the other characters. Not just the beauty of the arcs and thoughts and the grand finale. Let’s see series 1 as a beginning of a new Doctor Who, yet the continuation of the old. Whatever you think of RTD or Moffat or the New Series in general, this first series brought back Doctor Who, so let’s not forget that. Not ever.