Don’t move, tumblr. This is a stick up. Give me all your notes and nobody gets hurt.
Not so fast sonny boy, drop the SKS and no one will be losing any notes here.
Everybody stay frosty. No one has to close their account today if we all just stay calm.
I’ll waste the lot of you
Hände hoch, bitches. Gib mir alle ihre notizen!
3 it is.. let’s get this party started.
Is that 3 nuggets up there? this is getting out of hand lol
I HAVE A GUN BONER.
What? What’s all this fuckery?
Oh shit, it’s a gunblr showdown!
Mama always said this day’d come!
EVERYBODY BE FUCKIN’ COOL!
WOAH Calm down! Guns don’t solve problems.
Weeeeeellllllllll… ok they solve SOME problems, like an attacking spaceship or being chased by a dinosaur, but USUALLY guns don’t solve problems.
There. I’ve disabled them. Now none of your guns work.
Go to your rooms and think about what you’ve done.
Don’t make me tell you again.
Woops! Sorry Doc, but look what I got.
A flintlock pistol, and know what flintlock pistols are mainly composed of?
Wood.THE MEN OF TUMBLR
Steven Moffat Appreciation
One of the most touching tributes to come out of the Doctor Who 50th special was the one to the fans through the character of Osgood. There, in the background of what was the most important negotiation in history, without anyone noticing, Osgood saved the world.
She could have easily sabotaged the Doctor’s plan by telling Kate to check her pockets, but instead of choosing to divide, Osgood chose to be kind. Becoming the bridge, the one who was willing to connect with what everyone had been so afraid of.
She had been neither cruel nor cowardly. And I think that’s why Steven wrote her in wearing the scarf. Because, really, anyone, anywhere, through kindness and courage, can be the Doctor. If that’s not the greatest tribute to the fandom, I don’t know what is.
#i love how ten or eleven would have babbled on in increasingly whimsical explanations before finally admitting they didn’t have a clue #if they ever admitted it at all they would admit it in a way that made it abundantly clear #they were still brilliant and wonderful and knew far more about the universe than anyone else could possibly #and nine is just like #nope #ain’t got shit #isn’t it gr999999 #and rose is just all up in there trying to get as much information about the situation as possible #i think the thing i love about them most is that they don’t feel the need to prove themselves to each other? #there’s a very natural and careless easy grace between them #love #it’s called love (via okayophelia)
Okay so imagine you ask somebody to tell you a riddle.
They turn to you and they say “the south pole.”
You say “what?”
They just repeat “the south pole!”
So you press them for some sort of explanation. They urge you to figure it out on your own, they say it’ll be better that way. They give you an hour to figure it out.
So you set to trying to figure it out, but every five minutes, they say something like “you still haven’t gotten it? It’s going to be great when you do!” or “but what do I mean by that?” or “don’t forget: the south pole!”
And then, the hour’s up, and you still have no idea what they mean.
"Okay, are you ready for this?" They ask you. You say yes, and they say:
"Where can I build a house with four walls, all facing north?"
And of course, you reply “the south pole.”
Now, I imagine you’re pretty unsatisfied. You feel like, if you had been given the riddle to begin with, you would have had a lot of fun trying to figure it out
But instead, you were given the answer at the beginning, and it just feels like your friend just spent a full hour enjoying watching you squirm while you tried to figure out what the riddle was
And that’s the problem I have with how Steven Moffat constructs his seasons of Doctor Who
I’ve been dying to find this post again, because I want to explain why it is wrong. Now I see where OP is coming from - Moffat does indeed say “this is how the situation will turn out” and then leave you to Ponder (pun intended) about it. But Moffat, despite what OP says, does not just give you the answer - it’s not that simple. He gives you a situation, and throughout the series explains a little more about it. I’ll go through the seasons and explain.
Season 5 Set Up
For Season 5 we’re set up with 3 things in the Eleventh Hour… the cracks, the Pandorica and Silence Will Fall. We essentially ask four questions.
- What is the Pandorica?
- What are the cracks?
- How were they created?
- What does Silence Will Fall mean?
The fourth of these is an era-long plot, so we’ll dismiss that for the purposes of this post but I can easily talk about that if requested.
Season 5 Revelations
- The Pandorica is discussed in passing in Flesh and Stone, establishing that it’s an event the Doctor is present at along with River.
- The cracks are explained in Flesh and Stone as being caused by an explosion, also discussed in Vampires in Venice, with Cold Blood showing part of the TARDIS being pulled from one. It’s a reveal of information until we know what they are.
- If you’re smart enough, knowing that there’s an explosion and that the TARDIS is involved, you should be able to figure out by Cold Blood that the TARDIS will explode - perhaps not how the Pandorica fits into this though.
Season 6 Setup
In Season 6 we’re shown the Doctor’s death and told about Amy’s pregnancy. The questions of the series are:
- Who is River Song?
- How will the Doctor avoid his death?
- Is Amy pregnant
- Who is the woman (Kovarian)?
Season 6 Revelations
Kovarian I’m dismissing currently as it’s part of the Silence Will Fall arc.
- River is a three year arc, with hints about who she is having been dropped since her first appearance - “like an old married couple”. And yes, River being Melody was a rather out-of-the-blue-never-saw-that-coming revelation, but hey, you’re allowed those every once in a while aren’t you?
- Amy’s pregnancy was almost a red herring and was over with fairly quickly, but it ties in with River’s story.
- And as for the Doctor’s death… well in the fourth episode the Gangers are introduced, and by the seventh so was a shape shifting time travelling robot. It didn’t take a genius to work out how he could avoid his death.
Season 7 Setup
Now for Season 7 it is much more like the ‘riddle’ OP proposed above, but it still defies it. The questions are:
- Who is Clara?
- How can she have died twice?
Season 7 Revelations
- Who Clara is is discussed in several episodes and the truth is told to us. In Rings of Akhaten the Doctor investigates her history. She’s a normal girl. He asks her in Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS. She knows nothing about it. He asks Emma about her. She’s a normal girl. The answer is straight up given to us.
- The “how” is something that is left till the end and is much more like the riddle OP mentions above, I can agree to that. But again, there’s no rule that says you cannot do it.
Each of Moffat’s seasons are constructed like a murder mystery or a detective novel. Like a game of Cluedo! The event has taken place. You must work out how it occurred through the information that’s handed to you over time, or it’s given to you in the finale. It is not a simple “here is the answer, I’ll explain it all at the end” riddle like OP suggests above. The opportunity is there for you to interact with the show and figure at least parts of it out.
So there we have it. That’s not how Moffat’s seasons are constructed. In fact RTD’s are actually more like that.
Tldr; Moffat’s seasons are not constructed like that. OP is wrong.