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I've been sick as a dog for almost a week -- I haven't had a voice since Saturday morning -- so I was "lucky" enough to have coughed myself awake just in time to catch the announcement live via Twitter.

I've really been hoping for a woman of colour as the next Doctor, and I didn't recognise Jodie Whittaker by name, so I felt a weird stab of disappointment and even betrayal when I saw her white hand, coupled with simultaneous excitement that it was clearly a woman's hand.

I still think that a white woman was the easy option, casting-wise, but I've seen Whittaker in a few things -- including the first four episodes of Broadchurch, which I inhaled last night and enjoyed so much I completely forgot about Game of Thrones -- and she's very, very good.

And I also wonder if it would be unfair to an actress of colour, to throw her to the same wolves that drove Leslie Jones off Twitter, while also expecting her to lead a show with (so far) all-white writers. Which is not to excuse the implications of casting a white woman, I just think it might be complicated. Most things are. Whitakker's already been hit with a barrage of misogyny, and I hope the BBC is filtering her mail.

Anyway, I've curated my social media so well that I haven't seen a single friend or acquaintance saying they're opposed to a female Doctor as such.

On the other hand, I've seen a lot of performative finger-wagging, reminding us that this is only a victory for white women (got it, thanks) and that we can't rely on pop culture to save the world (no, really? Good heavens, I had no idea, thank goodness I had you, random Twitter person, to tell us off for being invested in a hobby!).

I guess I'm weary of performative wokeness, and, while everyone's entitled to an opinion, I find a lot of opinions on Doctor Who from people who aren't or haven't been in the fandom ... lack context? Which is sometimes valuable, and sometimes it's just the hot take equivalent of "DID YOU KNOW THAT 'TORCHWOOD' IS AN ANAGRAM OF 'DOCTOR WHO'?"

ANYWAY. Whitakker. I'm looking forward to her run, I'm still holding out hope for Alexander Siddig or Sophie Okonedo as Fourteen (it's never too soon!), people are already complaining that Whitakker is too young and too old, so, like women everywhere, we already know she just can't win.
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Non-spoilery take: overall I liked it a lot, but had some issues with the subtext.

'Like sewage, smartphones, and spoilers, some things are just inevitable.' )
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I can't believe it's taken the show more than fifty years to use that title. Teaspoon has ... okay, only four fics using it. That's less than I expected.


'No, dear, those were spoilers.' )
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I watched last week's episode at Continuum, while hiding from people in the committee room, and made a terrible discovery: iView streaming quality is much, much better over 4G on an iPad than over the NBN on a new desktop.


That was pretty much the highlight of Gatiss's episode, so let's move on to the triumphant return of Rona Munro.

You never hear the spoilers. )
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The first episode of the season which hasn't thrilled me, but I liked it better than some.

'I got your spoilers cheap.' )
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This was scary! Which I mention above the cut in case anyone was planning to watch it with children. Unless your children are tough. Which I am not, and I'm glad I was watching it at 9 in the morning like a sensible human.

Spoilers under siege )
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I've wanted a Doctor Who episode set in a sharehouse basically since I first saw "Rose". This was nothing at all like what I envisioned, but I loved it.

Infodump, then spoilers. )
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Such is my fondness for the show this season that I'm almost ready to get a Twelfth Doctor DW icon. THAT IS THE LEVEL OF MY COMMITMENT.

'Human progress isn't measured by spoilers.' )
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Fun fact! A modern Doctor Who episode is exactly the right length to eat a bowl of cereal, drink three small cups of tea, and apply a fresh nail wrap. The deco styling matches my new Star Wars T-shirt, but I can't quite decide how I feel about this shade of pink. Which is fair, because I also can't quite decide how I feel about this episode!

Spoilers are quoting Bowie. )
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Having stepped back from active participation in DW fandom, and been SO disappointed with so much of last season, I wasn't even going to watch "The Pilot" this morning. I was going to wait and watch it tonight, like I do with every other show.

But I forgot how much the UK loves untagged livetweeting, and there were so many opinions flying around that I realised I could either avoid social media for the whole day (AHAHAHAHA NO), or just watch it over breakfast. So I did, but I really do think UK viewers should consider tags, if not just holding off for a while.

Which reminds me, I really should do a spoilery Dance Academy post here, it's been WEEKS and I may explode if I don't talk about some stuff soon.

Spoilers choose chips. )
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On No Award, about 5000 words of discussion of Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword. All those words, and we didn't even get around to complaining about the Ghost Gate, and foolish persons who DON'T GO THROUGH THE GHOST GATE WHEN IT'S RIGHT THERE, I MEAN, COME ON, PEOPLE.

Companion Piece is now available for pre-order from Amazon and BookDepository.  These are for the hardcopy editions; ebook pre-orders will be available in the near future.
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If anyone wants to listen to me ramble semi-coherently about Doctor Who in a podcast, you can do so here! We recorded it back in November, so naturally I spent most of December thinking of much funnier and cleverer things I could have said instead. But it was a wonderful time, and I was extremely flattered to be invited to join the Splendid Chaps.
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[personal profile] kerravonsen asked for thoughts on a female Doctor.

Well, my thoughts are extremely positive, and there is nothing in-universe to prevent it from happening.

Ideally there wouldn't be anything in the real world to prevent its happening either, except that apparently it's still controversial for some reason, and budget cuts, rampant conservatism and heightened scrutiny of the BBC's "agenda" isn't going to inspiring risk-taking anywhere. I don't like it, but I can't change it.

What I would like to change is fandom's attitude to who should play a female Doctor. Guys, it's not going to be Mirren, Dench or Smith. They wouldn't be able to afford Mirren, Smith is busy with Downton Abbey, and is also not in the best of health. Dench, maybe? But I mostly like the idea of Dame Judi as the Doctor so that Geoffrey Palmer can be her companion, and it would basically be As Time Goes By IN SPACE, and wow, where did all the ratings go?

Actually, I think it's really cool that fandom is quite keen on seeing hugely talented older women as the Doctor. What's less cool is how fans seem to recoil from having a woman the same age as Matt Smith in the role.

(I particularly took against this attitude at WorldCon 2010, where Catherynne Valente insisted, in the face of argument and actual reality, that any younger women playing the Doctor would be a "Hollywood starlet". But every single Doctor Who panel at that con turned into a diatribe about how Young Women Are Terrible, and every single time, that attitude was led by an older woman. It wasn't great.)

Of course, if you cast a twenty-something as the Doctor, she'd instantly be written off as a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, even if she was the literal reincarnation of Patrick Troughton. (Maybe especially if she was the literal reincarnation of Patrick Troughton!) She basically can't win, but that's no reason not to try.

Having said all this, I think my ideal choice for a female Doctor, age-wise, would be someone in her thirties or forties. Not quite middle-aged, but old enough to stand apart from the companions of the last decade or so. And she must be British, because I cannot be having with non-British Doctors.

I'm thinking, maybe Lena Headey -- she's well-known for both leading and supporting roles, but not so famous her reputation would overshadow her acting. And she's a chameleon. Lena Headey as the Doctor would look and move completely differently to Lena Headey as Sarah Connor, or Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, etc.

But my actual first choice, if this power were in my hands (call me, the BBC!), would be Sophie Okonedo. She's the right age, she's absolutely compelling on screen, and she could take down Daleks without breaking a nail.
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For [personal profile] aberration: Talk to me about at least two (but however many you want) Doctor Who Companions.

Basically, I love the companions. I love most of them as characters, and I love them all as a concept. That you have this stupidly old, powerful alien, and what is most valuable to him are his friendships.

Even the ones that I don't love wholeheartedly, I like quite a lot. Mostly.

I was pretty meh on Clara for a lot of her run so far -- it probably didn't help that she had two Gatiss scripts, and while "The Crimson Horror" featured multiple women, it wasn't exactly a great show for Clara herself.

But apparently, I've come around on the subject of Clara in general. By which I mean, I read so many posts about her personality and so forth that I got really angry at a Tumblr post about how she was a terrible character with no personality at all. So well done, Clara fans.

What I ESPECIALLY like about Clara is that the mystery that's built up around her is just ... Clara. The "impossible girl" is just an ordinary woman who made a series of brave, generous choices. I really like that, and I plan to point it out to anyone who complaints that all Moffat's women are "mysterious" and "special".

I mean, having said that, Clara's not shaping up to be one of my favourites. And that's fine. Hey, I didn't care much for Donna, either. Which I realise is a crime against something or other, but to the extent that I cared about Donna, it was all about Catherine Tate's work as an actress, not the writing.

Hey, speaking of companions, you know what made me really happy? The Eighth Doctor including Chang Lee as he farewells his companions before he died. Because Chang is often overlooked in companion lists because of racism since he spends a lot of the TV movie being the Master's henchman, and I was QUITE PLEASED to have that rectified, and Chang's position confirmed, along with a whole lot of spin off companions becoming canonical. Chang Lee: first canonical companion of colour. (One day, we might have enough to compile a top five list!)
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...wasn't actually in 3D for me? I think it's where I was sat in the cinema -- I was over in a far corner, but fairly close-ish to the screen. Had a great view, except it was all 2D. And blurry. ([personal profile] sohotrightnow was beside me, and she said the 3D intermittently failed for her, so it was weirdly stereoscopic.)

So that was disappointing, and not great for my headache, but I did love it all over again otherwise. I loved it so much, I could kiss Steven Moffat's stupid Scottish face. And I think I'd rather like to cosplay Rose, if I can find appropriately post-apocalyptic leggings.
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As I said, spoilers. )

Feelings very positive, but also overwhelming, also I have a headache and a shoulder that's buggered. (Technical medical term there. More precisely, arthritis has buggered it for me. If it's not better in two weeks, I'm to return to my rheumatologist and pay an exorbitant sum for a corticosteroid injection.)

I'm seeing it again at the movies later, in glorious 3D (I secretly love 3D, it's just that it gives me migraines. Pre-emptive panadeine, wooo!) so hopefully I'll be more coherent later.
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So Clara has been reminding me of Mel, and then this made me think of "The Ultimate Foe", but not shite.

Read more... )


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