• I'm in my father's class at my high school. He said this today:

  • Him:

    As some of you may not know, I'm a feminist.

  • class:

    *laughs*

  • Him:

    No, really, I am.

  • Class:

    *laughs again*

  • Him:

    Why is that funny?

  • Asshole:

    Because you're a man, and you shouldn't think that way.

  • Him:

    Well why not?

  • Asshole:

    I dunno that's just the way that is.

  • Him:

    I'm a feminist because of my wife. She and I have the EXACT same job. Yet, I make more than her.

  • Class:

    *laughs*

  • Him:

    Why is that funny? Shouldn't women be paid equally as men?

  • Same Asshole:

    No, they're supposed to be in the kitchen.

  • Him:

    *slams fist on asshole's desk* Why?

  • Asshole:

    Because that's how it is.

  • Him:

    Why?

  • Asshole:

    That's their job.

  • Him:

    Why?

  • Asshole:

    *can't come up with another answer*

  • Him:

    I'm a feminist because my wife has the exact same job, gets less pay, and with that, I can barely support my three children. If she got paid as much as me, life would be a bit easier for all of us.

  • *note, my mother is a teacher like my father*

  • Him:

    Women gave birth to us, and now, here in the state of Michigan, they can't even have their own rights? It's 2014 people! Grow up or get out of my class.

  • Class:

    *silence*

  • Him:

    Now.. Louis XVI

I’m Frustrated With All This Noise Created by People Who Want Matt Smith Back, Like That Is Even an Option.

Sigh.

Here we are, 4 episodes into a fantastic series of a fantastic show with a fantastic Doctor, and the magazines and blogs and and such are still flogging stale notions about that mainstay that has been a part of “Doctor Who” since Beatlemania: regeneration.  Instead of enjoying the show for what it is, there’s still all this wailing and flailing about bringing Matt Smith back.  

For the love of everything good and fluffy, WHY?

Folks do like to kick up such a fuss, don’t they? They can like Twelvie or not. That’s up to them. But, I think it’s going a bit far for anyone to suggest that the show is being ruined by a new Doctor they’re not so fond of. That particular nugget has been wandering around the Who fandom since 1966, when bereft fans wittered in letters to the Radio Times about how this new chap, Patrick Troughton, just wasn’t up to standards and the whole show was going to the dogs, bound to be cancelled soon because everything was all different now.

I really like the directions things are going in with Twelvie on board. I love the greater introspection, the chalkboards, the books, the investigation, the curiosity, the questions, the snark and the darker tone. I’m lapping it up like a kitten with a saucer of cream. I’ve seen every Doctor. Liked them all. Some more than others, true enough, but I keep a fairly loose definition on what any show is “supposed” to be. It’s supposed to be exactly what the creators and writers and directors and actors make of it. I’m not one of them. And it’s my part to either like it and watch it, or not. If i were on a show’s creative staff, then I’d have the sort of creative input that actually has an impact. I don’t watch what I don’t like, plain and simple. There are shows I’ve abandoned because I’ve gotten tired of them, or didn’t like how they made me feel, but I’ve never felt that, for all its changes over the years, that Doctor Who is one of them. Nor it is likely to be, unless something really drastic has happened, and even a more prickly Doctor doesn’t qualify for anything near drastic, in my eyes. Certainly not with such a very, very fine fellow as Peter Capaldi playing the Doctor, of course. I will miss him when he goes, and greatly (hopefully not very soon, though), but he’ll always be Twelvie. 

I confess I’m deeply puzzled by this phenomenon. So much fuss because we’ve a new Doctor now. It’s happened before, so it’s hardly surprising. The first time it happened, Beatlemania was all the rage. There’s been quite a lot of water under the bridge since then, and some of the very best loved and most iconic Doctors the show has ever had stood at the TARDIS console. Some folks never want anything to change, but even an ordinary show stagnates and gets very dull and boring if there’s no character development. If there’s one thing Doctor Who is not, it’s ordinary, much less boring. The mainstay of the show is change, and had to be, or it would have been all over when William Hartnell became too ill to continue playing the Doctor those years ago.

Change is part of life, and a necessary one. We get new Presidents, new Prime Ministers, new Premieres, new MP’s, new Representatives and Senators. New kings and queens, even, though that generally takes longer. We get new phones and computers, new television sets, new lightbulbs, new furniture, new cars. New jobs, new family members, spouses, We get more than that, even. New ideas, new books, new laws. And things we’ve fought for. New freedoms, new rights. Where would we be if we never had anything new, never had anything change? Progress simply never happens without it. Doctor Who wouldn’t have lasted for 50 years without it. People themselves don’t last for 50 years without it.

I have Aspergers. Change is supposed to be very hard for me, clinically speaking, but it seems to me I’m having substantially less trouble with the idea than people who don’t have the condition. So, I’m very puzzled. Granted, I was eager for Peter Capaldi to take over, because I’ve long admired him as an actor. I didn’t want to say goodbye to the Tenth Doctor, but when it was his time to go, I shed my tears and wondered what the Eleventh would be like. I had my doubts, but the show hadn’t ended, after all. There were still new adventures, new places, new wonders. There still are. And the Doctor’s still the Doctor. He’s a lot other things, but, still the Doctor. What other show does that? (Well, okay, “Bewitched,” but Darren was just a goofy human, not a Time Lord who spends his life heroing about the universe.)

Maybe I’m getting so frustrated by all the noise because, when I watch a thing, I watch it with a view towards finding the enjoyment in the enterprise. If I don’t find enjoyment, I simply go elsewhere to find it. There’s nothing anywhere says I can’t, so I do. Easy as! It’s a big world. And a big internet. Everybody’s got an opinion, and that’s all very well and good, but it seems like some folks want their opinions to count for far more than they ought to and get a bit upset when reality informs them otherwise. We’re lucky these days. Used to be if we wanted to save something for posterity, we had to record it on bulky VHS (or Betamax) tapes that degrade after about 25 years. Now, we can relive our favorites digitally, as much as we like. DVDs, DVR, Amazon, Netflix, iTunes, Google Play, and on the list goes. There are even books, too. Matt Smith will always be the Eleventh Doctor, just like David Tennant will always be the Tenth, and William Hartnell will always be the First. Not even time can take that away. I loved the Sixth Doctor, myself. Still do.

"Doctor Who" is more than just a show.  It always has been, right from the start.  Embedded in its fiber has long been a rich tradition of lessons and philosophies.  It’s also a dream.  A dream of all the writers, showrunners, producers, directors and actors who have all contributed to it.  It’s a massive dream now, 50 years on.  It’s one of the biggest dreams in the world, so vast that it spans the globe.  Clara has just said to us that clever people can hear dreams.  This one has been speaking to us in words of wisdom, and one of its greatest lesson has been the need to accept change and difference.  So, if you’re clever, or wish to be, then you know what to do.

Listen.

The Doctor and his hands [part 3/3]
Doctor Who - 8.03 “Robot of Sherwood”

The Doctor and his hands [part 2/3]
Doctor Who - 8.03 “Robot of Sherwood”

The Doctor and his hands [part 1/3]
Doctor Who - 8.03 “Robot of Sherwood”

1outside:

Peter Capaldi as The Doctor (duh!) in Robot of Sherwood

Robot of Sherwood

Magnificent fun!  Time for my rundown of my favorite bits:

  • This is my spoon!
  • Taking samples and testing All The Things, because no way can legends be real.  Never mind how much of a legend the Doctor is.
  • Being silly with archery.
  • Robin Hood and the Doctor bickering over everything.
  • Pale as milk.  The Scots are strangers to vegetables (apparently onions or neeps and tatties don’t count?).  Could NOT stop giggling.
  • Clara spills the bean on the Doctor, and it’s laid out, plain as day, that the Doctor and Robin Hood have so much in common with one another, it’s staggering.  Holy Parallels, Batman!

I love the discussion that legendary heroes aren’t perfect, but they do their best.  They try, and they inspire others to do good in their name.  I think the TARDIS doesn’t just take the Doctor when and where he needs to be for the sake of the people he’s saving, but lately, also for something he needs to learn.  True heroes rarely ever think they are.  They just did what they had to do, and living inside of the moment, they see all the things they feel badly about, all the things they wish they could have done better, all the people lost they wanted to save.  But, it’s the people who lived outside that moment, or lived because of that moment who make someone a hero.  Without them, all our heroes would be lost to us, in unreachable mists.

doctorwho247:

Peter Capaldi has won the award for TV Personality of the year at the 2014 GQ Men of the Year Awards.
He was presented with the award by sidekick Jenna Coleman at a special event at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden. 
Speaking on being given the award, Capaldi said: “I’ve been very lucky because in the past I’ve received awards for my acting. This is the first I’ve received for my personality, which I assume means they’ve never met me.
“The reason I’ve got this award is because I got the chance to play the roll of a lifetime twice. Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It. And I also got to play Doctor Who. The real people who know the personality of the year are my family - my mother and my sister and my wife who have put with my personality and endured it to the point that I can get this.”

doctorwho247:

Peter Capaldi has won the award for TV Personality of the year at the 2014 GQ Men of the Year Awards.

He was presented with the award by sidekick Jenna Coleman at a special event at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden. 

Speaking on being given the award, Capaldi said: “I’ve been very lucky because in the past I’ve received awards for my acting. This is the first I’ve received for my personality, which I assume means they’ve never met me.

“The reason I’ve got this award is because I got the chance to play the roll of a lifetime twice. Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It. And I also got to play Doctor Who. The real people who know the personality of the year are my family - my mother and my sister and my wife who have put with my personality and endured it to the point that I can get this.”

(X)

Law makers. Law breakers. Let us fight them all. Why not?

Blake’s 7.  I love this awesome show like crazy.  Every Browncoat needs to see it, because the similarities are pretty major.

rebeldrferguson:

fuckyespetercapaldi:

File Under - Things I’d Never Thought I’d See

The fact they jad to put the camera between his legs for that second gif…

HEEELLLPPP I CANT BREATH AGAIN

I guess we really are back to Classic Who, here, with all these fine basket shots.  Well done!  I approve!

Wow! A molecular nanoscaner!

capaldilieu:

capalxii:

So when they’re escaping the dalek antibodies down the chute, when everyone else is screaming in fear because they’re about to die

twelve is laughing like it’s a water slide

oldest 5 year old for god’s sake!

Guys, we seriously need to take him to a theme park so he can let off some of this steam in an environment that involves less death and Soylent Smoothie.  It would be so much fun.