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07 August 2013 @ 09:53 pm
Future Predictions for Doctor Who  
I would totally return to watching this show if the program did something even remotely close to THIS.

Obviously they won't, but I like the idea that these GIFs are basically a Malcolm Tucker-esque Doctor telling Stephen Moffat and all his creations to eff off.
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 8th, 2013 03:16 am (UTC)
Heheh! That is rather brilliant. I do feel a bit sad for PC that he seems to so perpetually associated with a sweary Scottish man that it's dragged into everything he does. Of course, I feel that way about all actors who get their iconic roles forever quoted at them no matter what part they're playing,

The sad part about Moffat is that he seems to be doing really well. People seem to like his episodes more than the old series. I suppose he writes enjoyable television for people who want to see their fanfic ideas come to life, but not for people who would like to see a well-rounded cast of characters telling stories with a semblance of logic. I feel like Moffat writes for the quick thrills, and then loses you in the long run. He's more of a sprinter than a marathoner, and I think attention spans these days are better suited to sprints.

Um, all that was a long way of saying: me too.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 8th, 2013 03:27 am (UTC)
This may be the first time the Doctor is being played by someone with a previously known body of work. (Well, besides Eccleston but the show itself wasn't popular enough to warrant this amount of parodying.) So now everyone is going nuts.

To me Peter Capaldi will always be the producer guy from "Vicar of Dibley."

I feel like Moffat writes for the quick thrills, and then loses you in the long run. He's more of a sprinter than a marathoner, and I think attention spans these days are better suited to sprints.

This is rather perfect description of everything. And exactly why I don't like Moffat's style. Because it feels like all style and zero substance.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 8th, 2013 03:34 am (UTC)
Ah yes! I can't quite remember which arse he was. Was he the one who already had a girlfriend or the one who wanted her to marry him (by which he meant marry him and his fiancée to each other)? Or was that the same guy? I sort of classify them all as Not
Richard Armtiage, to be honest.

I found Moffat's Who episodes very disturbing and creepy on the surface, then completely flimsy once the shock of them wore off. And I don't watch Who to be scared, I watch it to feel optimistic about the universe. I never felt optimistic after his episodes.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 8th, 2013 03:46 am (UTC)
the one who wanted her to marry him (by which he meant marry him and his fiancée to each other)?

That's him. His fiancee's name was Aoife. When he left her messages, he'd always say, "Aoife, missing you (u) always." I have random facts about this show, yes.

I never felt optimistic after his episodes.

I don't feel much of anything after his episodes other than a low simmering dissatisfaction. RTD didn't always tell happy stories but his stories held more weight and actions seemed to have real consequences. The world of Moffat just seems so...superficial in comparison. It feels like nothing really matters because there's no real story or characterization. It's all just quippy lines and banter.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 8th, 2013 03:51 am (UTC)
His fiancee's name was Aoife

I remembered that! Mostly because I knew how to spell it before they spelt it on the show and I feel very pleased with myself.

It's all just quippy lines and banter.

Yes! This is it! This is the problem I have been trying to figure out for so long! Yes, this is what Moffat's episodes are all about. I guess his old episodes were too, but they fit in to a much grander arc that they were more of a refresher than an onslaught.

Banter is fine. I enjoy banter. It's my favourite thing to write. But I want some meaning behind it.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 8th, 2013 03:53 am (UTC)
I guess his old episodes were too, but they fit in to a much grander arc that they were more of a refresher than an onslaught.

YES! They were like a nice break in between RTD's big arcs. But as an entire show it's wearing at me. I have some similar feelings when I watch his Sherlock episodes. They're so full of banter that's so very Moffat-ish that it now annoys me. John sounds less like John and more like The Doctor/Amy Pond/Clara Oswin Oswald-John.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 8th, 2013 04:04 am (UTC)
I just wish someone would rein him in a little, but with how childishly he responds to criticism, I guess maybe it's too hard.

I feel like he plays up the John/Sherlock shippiness the most, too, but that might just be because John is essentially the Companion to Sherlock's Doctor and therefore has to be subservient and admiring. He's in the typical 'female' role, and so must be written like a typical female, apparently.

Gatiss writes my favourite Sherlock and John combo. I find Thompson doesn't have enough humour and Moffat has nothing but, and Gatiss manages to find some nice character bits in between lovely banter.

Edited at 2013-08-08 04:04 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 8th, 2013 04:08 am (UTC)
I feel like he plays up the John/Sherlock shippiness the most,

He does which again, feels a lot like the whole "Fan Fiction on Screen" mentality.

Gatiss writes my favourite Sherlock and John combo.

Me too. Gatiss tends to write the most well-rounded episodes for me: drama mixed with humor. Also from reading interviews with Gatiss, I feel like he's the Awesome Victorian Gothic Horror Film Loving Black Humor Comedian best friend I never had. He's such a great combination of geekiness, sharp intelligence and bizarre humor. His commentary with Cumberbatch and Freeman for "The Great Game" is my favorite thing ever.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 8th, 2013 04:15 am (UTC)
His commentary with Cumberbatch and Freeman for "The Great Game" is my favorite thing ever.

Me too! I love all of his commentaries, actually. He's adorably enthusiastic about whatever he's talking about. The other commentaries on Sherlock in both series are a bit disappointing, but I do love that one. It's what I had on my portable DVD player when I had to do a glucose tolerance test by drinking an entire bottle of something I'm allergic to. It was a very good distraction.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 8th, 2013 04:18 am (UTC)
I had to do a glucose tolerance test by drinking an entire bottle of something I'm allergic to.

Ack, that sounds unpleasant. Hopefully the trio's random observations of things did cheer you up. My personal favorite is Gatiss revealing that he used to swim at the pool where they shot the final scene. I loved his response to Cumberbatch's question of what he would have said should he have been told at 15 that he'd be writing for Doctor Who and Sherlock 20 years later.

"Doctor Who's still on? Whoo!"
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 8th, 2013 04:27 am (UTC)
"I can't hear you, I'm swimming!"

I also like Freeman's suggestion for getting out of the cold weather next series "Murder in a Carpeted Interior". And, of course, 'Rupert Graves is good at football and has five children'.

It was very useful, though I did turn it off briefly when I thought I was going to pass out. My mum's shoulder did most of the entertaining for that period of time.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 8th, 2013 04:28 am (UTC)
"I can't hear you, I'm swimming!"

Such an unexpected time to bring up logic!

My mum's shoulder did most of the entertaining for that period of time.

Awww! It's a lovely image even though it involves you feeling poorly.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 8th, 2013 04:36 am (UTC)
My mum's shoulder is quite reliable, but rather stoic. I was like 'I'm going to pass out' and my mum the nurse was like 'well put your head between your knees, doofus' and went back to her book.

It's sort of like 'the cobbler's children have no shoes'. The nurses children have no sympathy.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 8th, 2013 04:38 am (UTC)
The nurses children have no sympathy.

And the psychologist's children never get a good childhood. I probably shouldn't find that very funny but oddly I still chuckle when my friends whose parents were both psychologists whip out stories.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 8th, 2013 04:43 am (UTC)
My mum says it's just basically that you've spent all day caring and then you come home and you just can't care any more. I was also a bit of a hypochondriac, so my cries of illness were probably best taken with a grain of salt. When I had my gallbladder out, I was completely obstructed and jaundice. I called my mum, who was working nights, and I said 'I think I'm yellow' and my mum said 'you're not yellow' and then came home in the morning and went 'okay, you're yellow, we're going to emerg'.
aelfgyfu_mead: Sherlock and Johnaelfgyfu_mead on August 8th, 2013 03:17 pm (UTC)
Yes on Gatiss. I haven't heard the commentary yet; I should listen when I have time (which might be never).
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 9th, 2013 12:46 am (UTC)
When time becomes available you should definitely give it a listen. It contains some hilarious asides from everyone.