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‘Doctor Who’: 6 reasons Steven Moffat is a better writer than showrunner
Finally someone put it into words!
The first gif forever ruined the terror of the Weeping Angels for me.
Moffat went too far actually SHOWING the Angels move. The whole interesting idea behind them was that they somewhat broke the fourth wall, but quietly. As long as the *audience* observes them, they still don’t move (even when none of the other characters are looking at them.) Which, frankly, makes them all the more real and terrifying to the viewer.
By re-establishing that wall between the viewer at the characters, their fright-factor was significantly reduced.
Steven Moffat can write good, self-contained stories. He can’t run a series. Deal with it.
I have so many issues with this I don’t know where to start. I understand not everyone likes River, and I can accept that, but it frustrates me to see her so deeply misunderstood.
First of all, so far, the only things River has “killed freely” have been the Silence, the Dalek, and the astronaut who, you know, just killed the Doctor. The first two the Doctor has actually destroyed himself, before she intervened. He’s been after the Daleks for hundreds of years, and he isn’t merciful when he encounters them either. In 1x06 Dalek he tries to kill the Dalek himself, and the only reason he doesn’t is because Rose stops him. I’ll admit, making it beg for mercy was a bit cruel, and largely to capture River’s badassity in a very short scene. But on the other hand, that Dalek just potentially killed the man she loves, the man she’s known her whole life. She was raised to be a weapon against the Doctor, she can’t help that, can’t change what’s in her head. But rather than submit to it, instead she took her knowledge and her experience, all that horror, and became his protector. And in that moment, even if it’s only a second, she thinks she’s failed. Of course she made it beg - the most feared creature in the universe, the Doctor’s greatest enemy, and she has the chance to watch it regret what its done? Not saying it’s right, but I can’t say I blame her either.
Part of the reason River carries a weapon is so that she can do what the Doctor won’t, if necessary (and often times, it has been). Take Day of the Moon - the Doctor effectively destroyed the Silence and manipulated the human race into subconsciously killing them one by one; how is that any better than River taking out the ones present in the room? She didn’t waltz in and kill them all for fun - she did it so they could escape. Could the Doctor have looked one in the eye and shot it? Probably not. But was it necessary to get all of them out alive? Probably so.
As for being in prison, we still don’t know the whole story. We don’t know who she killed, or why, or whether it was “River” or “Melody,” the distinction being post- and pre-Let’s Kill Hitler, I suppose. Melody the weapon, River the protector. But we just don’t know yet. Will it be upsetting? Almost certainly. Will it change my love for her? Never. Day of the Moon, she chooses to return to prison - which, by the way, she only escapes from when she needs to help the Doctor/do work for the Church - even though he asks her to come with him. She gives up her time with him to stay and honour her penance.The Doctor: You could come with us.
River: I escape often enough, thank you. And I have a promise to live up to. You’ll understand soon enough.
Meanwhile, the Doctor in the future is breaking her out and taking her to celebrate her birthday with Stevie Wonder. So obviously whatever she’s done to land her in prison isn’t something the Doctor can’t forgive.
As for her speech. Well. I think it’s beautiful. It’s heart-wrenching and honest and exactly what the Doctor needed to hear. It wasn’t a lecture on how her way was right and he was wrong. As delicately as she can, she’s showing him why Demon’s Run happened the way it did, opening his eyes to the choices he’s made. River might have been trained to be a weapon, but in comparison to the Doctor she’s got nothing.The Doctor: You think I wanted this? I didn’t do this! This wasn’t me!
River: This was exactly you. All this. All of it. You make them so afraid. When you began all those years ago, sailing off to see the Universe, did you ever think you’d become this? The man who can turn an army around at the mention of his name. Doctor. The word for healer, and wise man, throughout the universe. We get that word from you, you know. But if you carry on the way you are, what might that word come to mean? To the people of the Gamma Forests, the word “Doctor” means “mighty warrior.” How far you you’ve come. And now they’ve taken a child, the child of your best friends. And they’re going to turn her into a weapon just to bring you down. And all this, my love, in fear of you.
It’s not a lecture. It’s a warning, from someone who knows, who has been there, who’s seen him at his highest and his lowest, and has suffered because of him. The Doctor’s fall at Demon’s Run affected her entire life. And she doesn’t blame him. There’s no anger in her voice, no condemnation. She’s not acting his superior or telling him off for his choices. She’s just explaining what other people see, how he’s changed, how maybe he’s veered off course. She’s not telling him to fix it or to change; but she knows him well enough to know that he won’t like that version of him. He doesn’t want to be that man and she knows it, so she’s trying to help him stop before it’s too late. That’s not hypocrisy. That’s love.
I seriously don’t understand how people can paint River as so one-dimensional - she’s an amazingly strong woman who has been through hell, and still finds joy in life. She lives her life backwards from the man she loves and regrets nothing. She was built to destroy him, and at the last second changed enough to save him. How is that not beautiful?
TL;DR - RIVER FUCKING SONG IS FABULOUS. DOCTOR/RIVER OTP FOR LIFE.
THIS!!!!(Although, if we’re nitpicking I don’t think we ever saw the Astronaut killed. We saw her shoot at it, but we never saw it dead.)
What Kristi said. River was not able to kill the astronaut. She fired a few shots, but none of them took and she said “of course not,” meaning she knew she couldn’t kill it (her?), but she was willing to try, because that astronaut hurt the Doctor.
I don’t live in America, but that is the best president you will ever have. Don’t screw it up when it’s time for election again cause this man is actually fixing your country and the shit that Bush fucked up. He’s not a fucking magician, he won’t fix everything with a snap of his fingers, but he’s at least doing something.
AND ALL WHILST BEING AWESOME.