So I’ve been re-watching all of Doctor Who, because I wanted Ben to get into it so we’d have something else that we can watch together. Of course since hitting Moffat era, I’ve been getting gradually burned out on so much binging because…it’s so awful.
In retrospect I will say some of the episodes I originally hated, I don’t hate as much in a second viewing…but let’s be clear, that only applies to the episodes that Moffat did not write. Because in re-watching I find myself even angrier in the bull shit direction it’s taken.
Mostly the inconsistencies in laws of time. This whole “time can be re-written” crap in every episode is so god damn old. I especially hate it when it’s like a pick and choose kind of thing. One minute the doctor is all “Time can be re-written! Blah!” and then the next “it’s a fixed point in time! blah!”
And all the god damn paradoxes that should have happened by now. How many times should the world have blown up by now because of Amy interacting with her past self or future self? It’s ridiculous!
But most importantly……and I didn’t think this was possible, but I really dislike River Song even more now (and you have no idea how proud I am of my boyfriend when he says he can’t stand her because she’s a Mary Sue).
Because for some reason-Moffat cannot fathom the idea of writing a female character whose entire existence and life does not revolve around the Doctor. We saw it in Amy, but some of it was almost endearing…but with River it is downright gross. This character was created purely so that her entire life revolves around a man.
Look, I’m all for being in love or whatever (but ew I will never ship Doctor/River because that is just EW) but there is being in love and being obsessed. I took so many god damn issues with the episode “The Wedding of River Song” the second time around because she literally says that she doesn’t care if the world explodes or ends or whatever….because it is more important that the Doctor continue living. Essentially…..River’s own selfish interests was more important than the rest of the world. I don’t understand people who say River is amazing and strong or whatever. Who cares if she likes to shoot things and be pseudo sassy? That doesn’t make her a strong female character, who is ultimately a force to be reckoned with. She isn’t strong because her entire existence lays at the Doctor’s feet. She wouldn’t be anybody without the doctor to tell her where to go, what to do, or how to do it.
I always liked the quote from “Girl in the Fireplace” that goes “the Doctor is worth the monsters” but as I get older that quote just makes me a little sick. Because Moffat honestly thinks that any woman should want to put her life in danger for the sake of the Doctor, and do anything and everything the Doctor says…..
I love the Doctor and I admit, if he were real and asked me to travel I would in a heart beat. But do you think for one minute I would do what he says just because he is a “madman with a box”, if I happened to disagree with it? No. In a healthy relationship you understand and respect one another. You acknowledge your faults and strengths and you work together. But there is nothing healthy about the Doctor and River. It’s a completely fabricated relationship, that we’re supposed to somehow buy into….just because of a handful of episodes, stocked full of references to adventures we haven’t seen….which is supposed to mean that it makes the relationship more established and real.
Anyways I’m not even sure if I’m making sense anymore. I can’t ever talk about this stuff because I get riled up and then I start ranting…and last night Ben was like “Why do you even try with this show anymore? You know Moffat doesn’t know how to write science or anything”
And it’s so frustrating. I don’t hate Doctor Who and it will always be one of the most important things in my life. It really has changed me as a person and made me a better person…but I continue to try with Doctor Who because I hold on to hope that one day it’ll suddenly get better again. I want the quality of writing like RTD era had. I want strong females who love the Doctor but also can stand on their own two feet.
The difference between RTD era women and Moffat era women is that RTD women matter outside of the Doctor. They have families who need them and they recognize the importance to stand up for Earth and aliens, before their own desires. Rose Tyler became one of the most powerful women, though Bad Wolf. Yes, Bad Wolf was meant to lead her back to the Doctor; but it was also meant to have HER save the future from being destroyed by the Daleks. Martha spent season three pining for the Doctor-but she also knew there were bigger things at stake. Like her own family in “The Sound of Drums” and all of humanity in “Last of the Time Lords”. Don’t get me started on Donna….my baby was fierce and amazing and The Most Important Woman in all of Creation. Yes, she was always destined to meet the Doctor-but she never took his shit and she took care of her family and everyone else in the best way she could.
I honestly do not think you could look at Moffat era women and say that given the chance, they would choose humanity over the Doctor. Because their selfish and obsessed with this idea of an imaginary friend from their childhood-and it’s really, really perplexing.