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  • scandals-from-last-night said: After seeing your recent post, what are your feelings towards Clara? Do you think she was handled well last season and do you hope her development will improve with Capaldi?

    As much as it pains me to say it, I felt Clara wasn’t very developed last season (save for The Rings of Akhaten, which explored her past, and The Name of the Doctor revealed her role as a pretty plot device who was born to save the Doctor.)

    absolutely think her development will improve with Capaldi, because the scenes she had in Series 7 that showcased her budding personality were really charming, and although we don’t have much backstory (or currentstory, really) on who she is, I’m excited to see more based on the moments we do have.

    The fact that a fellow teacher at her workplace has been cast is a really good sign that we’ll be getting more of a picture of Clara’s life outside of the TARDIS, and I do find it pretty refreshing that she really doesn’t live in the TARDIS like most of the other companions have done: she lives her life on Earth, and will tag along for an adventure when it suits her.

    I think Clara’s characterization in Series 7 was a necessary evil; we needed all of that “Impossible Girl” mystery stuff to carry out the rest of the Series, but now that her purpose has been established and the Doctor has just gone through a major character arc, I think it’s time the spotlight will be turned over to his companion. 

    may-gerard-never-stop-you said: Do you think (this is the opinion of myself and a friend of mine) that the Victorian London setting has been used way too much? And do you think Doctor Who is kind of waning? Like, eventually they will run out of ideas and lose popularity?

    I think that we’ve been seeing a lot of Victorian London because that’s where Vastra, Jenny and Strax all live and operate. So, it looks like anytime that trio is in an episode, which was more frequent than ever this last series and possibly upcoming series as well, part or all of it will take place in that setting. I mean, I personally infinitely prefer the historical settings over the generic alien space-planet future settings, so I’m cool with VicLon.

    As for the show itself “waning,” I mean, I’ll say what I think 98% of fans are thinking: Series 7 as a whole was Not Good, and Series 6 was Not Bad. For me, the pacing of Series 7 was all over the place, and the way it was split in two parts with the Ponds and then Clara made the whole thing feel even more disjointed. Series 6 had some real serious shining gems (The Girl Who Waited and The Doctor’s Wife to name a few) and although it was confusing as hell the first time viewing it, the whole Impossible Astronaut arc has really grown on me over time, once more information about it was acquired through later episodes.

    (Seriously, rewatch Series 6 sometime with all of the plot and timing knowledge of the later episodes and you’ll find it a lot more coherent, not to mention, you might notice some totally new aspects that you would have missed if you were so focused on piecing together the plot.)

    I think a regeneration, especially a regeneration into a Doctor who is supposedly nothing like the young charming rogues that Ten and Eleven could be, seems like the perfect thing to jumpstart the show. A totally different lead will literally prevent new episodes from rehashing entirely, and I’ve heard reports that Capaldi has already influenced Moffat to make script changes, which is incredible.

    I really don’t think Steven Moffat is a bad writer, far from it actually, but I do wish that someone else would take over as showrunner, or at least become a co-writer with him.

    So, short answer: The show was on a downward spiral with the last series, but a new incarnation promises a new outlook, and even if we don’t get a new head writer for a while, I personally think the regeneration is enough to see the start of something really great.

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    harryvincenzo:

There’s a Crack in the skin of the Universe on Trenzalore. The Time Lords use this Crack to push a message into the Universe (“Doctor Who?”), waiting for a response (the Doctor’s name) which will lead them home.
If the Doctor says his name, the Time Lords come back and the Time War recommences. If he leaves, the planet will be slaughtered. So he stays but doesn’t say his name. The Church of the Papal Mainframe becomes the Church of the Silence - devoted to keeping the planet protected, so that the Doctor’s hand is never forced.
But the Kovarian Faction takes a more extreme view. They decide to alter history so that the Doctor can never reach Trenzalore at all. They travel back and their first plan is to destroy the TARDIS - unwittingly creating the Cracks in the first place with the resulting explosion.
The Doctor calls this the Destiny Trap. Kovarian travelled back to prevent the Doctor reaching the Crack, but the Crack only exists because Kovarian travelled back.
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The most succinct explanation of the crack paradox I’ve heard thus far. 

    harryvincenzo:

    There’s a Crack in the skin of the Universe on Trenzalore. The Time Lords use this Crack to push a message into the Universe (“Doctor Who?”), waiting for a response (the Doctor’s name) which will lead them home.

    If the Doctor says his name, the Time Lords come back and the Time War recommences. If he leaves, the planet will be slaughtered. So he stays but doesn’t say his name. The Church of the Papal Mainframe becomes the Church of the Silence - devoted to keeping the planet protected, so that the Doctor’s hand is never forced.

    But the Kovarian Faction takes a more extreme view. They decide to alter history so that the Doctor can never reach Trenzalore at all. They travel back and their first plan is to destroy the TARDIS - unwittingly creating the Cracks in the first place with the resulting explosion.

    The Doctor calls this the Destiny Trap. Kovarian travelled back to prevent the Doctor reaching the Crack, but the Crack only exists because Kovarian travelled back.

    (X)

    The most succinct explanation of the crack paradox I’ve heard thus far. 

    (via dinobowties)

    The music in The Time of the Doctor was beautiful, and more than just that, it had significance too.

    I Am the Doctor, the iconic theme most associated with the Eleventh Doctor, was nowhere to be heard in this episode. Gone was the clever, devilish, “Just you watch me get myself out of this one,” with a wink and a jammy dodger Doctor, the Doctor that almost always appears with a cunning solution whenever this music plays.

    Instead, the Eleventh Doctor of this episode has come to terms with his fate and become set in his ways as a literal old man, and it’s not he who pulls out a solution and saves everyone at the end of the day: it’s Clara, when she asks for help through the crack. 

    It also seemed worth noting the fact that little Amelia’s theme played when the Doctor spoke to the young redheaded boy Barnable, who wished to fly away with the Doctor in the TARDIS if he was in fact leaving the town. Centuries later, the Doctor mistook another young man as Barnable, and continued to refer to him as Barnable, which seemed symbolic of how he forever could still see Amelia within Amy, and Amelia within any lonely child looking for adventure.

    But the saddest and most moving to me was the music that played just before the final phase of his regeneration, right when he slipped off his bow tie, so symbolic of how Eleven can wear a tie like a proper adult should, but only if it’s arranged in a bow and decidedly cool. (Like the Fourth Doctor said, "There’s no point in being grown up if you can’t be childish sometimes."

    The music, a bit from the track titled The Sad Man With a Box, is the same bit that plays during the Series 5 finale, when Eleven says his goodbyes to little Amelia at her bedside as she drifts off to sleep, knowing that once she is asleep she will never again remember who he is, like a metaphorical death of sorts to him.

    (If you recall, he tells her to "live well and love Rory," which could also be seen as a spookily literal and premature final goodbye to her, as Amy eventually leaves him forever to live well and love Rory in another time.)

    And what happens just before this music plays and Eleven drops his bow tie?

    Amy Pond appears to him, and she tells him goodnight.

    Instead of the Raggedy Man tucking her into bed to say his goodbyes (presumably) forever while this theme plays, it’s she who sends him off to sleep this time.

    Eleven told little Amelia during that moment that "we’re all just stories in the end." And here, in this new scene, I think that the significance of that line is apparent once again.

    Because with the removal of that bow tie and that regeneration, he’s ready to grow up and move on: there will be other ways to be childish, other ways to change into new people without forgetting about the ones that you were, and new twists to add in the stories that we all become in the end.

    Anonymous said: you have the same sweater that Angie has in 'The Bells of Saint John' (I think that was the one) right? Red/purple with a pattern on top? Where did you get it?!

    I do! Hahahaha

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    i believe i bought it last year, months before the episode premiered, at H&M!

    A lot of people are annoyed because they think that Nine is now Ten, Ten is now Eleven, Eleven is now Twelve, etc….

    because of John Hurt.

    But, the Doctor says that he was “not acting under the name of the Doctor”

    therefore, he’s not the “real” Ninth Doctor…

    he can’t be any “Doctor” because he wasn’t acting under that name

    personally I think he’s the Valeyard but that’s supposed to come in the future or something so I dunno you guys

    but yeah: the way I see it, Nine is Nine and Ten is Ten and Eleven is Eleven…

    and this new incarnation is something else entirely.

    (they introduced him in the credit at the end as “the Doctor,” but I’m still interpreting this as him being another incarnation…but I don’t think it will officially throw off the numbers.)

    THAT OPENING MONTAGE THING OH MY GOD I SCREAMED EVERY TIME THEY SHOWED A NEW REGENERATION.

    you don’t understand the classic who flashbacks are like one of the things i hope and watch for actively

    and oh my god that was seamless and stunning and just

    AND WE STILL HAVE 40 MINUTES TO GO WITH THIS PREMISE INTACT OH MY GOD LET’S DO THIS

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    watching The Bells of Saint John and just

    we have the same sweater

    looks like i can do a perfect cosplay of a minor background character?

    of course

    part of me doesn’t want to see any promo images and the other part of me is WOW I LIKE YOUR AUBERGINE WAISTCOAST AND I WANT TO KNOW EVERYTHING.

    part of me doesn’t want to see any promo images and the other part of me is WOW I LIKE YOUR AUBERGINE WAISTCOAST AND I WANT TO KNOW EVERYTHING.

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