"'I think it'd be nice,' Chris says to Billie, 'if you, at this point, do things. Rose flies the TARDIS now and he doesn't watch her, he just knows she can do it.' Billie grins. 'Yes, work round each other,' says James, seizing on Chris' suggestion. 'If you're co-pilots, that's great!'"
- DWM 355 (filming the opening to The Empty Child)
Doctor Who is no longer my fave TV show and you have no idea how sad that makes me
"Smith tried pretty much everything. Playful, petulant, shouty, giddy, mopey, nasty, lachrymose … he put it all out there, but with nothing really at stake, it was like watching a workshop at the Actor’s Studio or something. And his even his considerable charms couldn’t smooth over his character’s jaw-dropping sexist comments, leering at women, and non-consensual kissing—culminating in the groaningly poor regeneration episode “The Time of the Doctor,” in which he essentially planted one on the Pope. Now, he apparently had had a relationship with her, but that’s also a problem: Yet another powerful woman turns to putty in the Doctor’s hands? Again, bad fanfic."
The Atlantic: “How Doctor Who Betrayed Matt Smith”
I just reblogged this article but, ugh, this needed it’s own post. It is bad fanfic. It’s embarrassing, in a way, and infuriating in every other. I don’t care who you are, writing a franchise is not about you, it’s about the integrity of that property and what you bring to it.
I think Moffat needs to just step away from Who, he’s kind of ruined it.
So I’m reading a Doctor Who book, Only Human. And Jack is in it. They were in a situation and needed a distraction so:
and I was just like “Oh you”
of course. buT THEN THIS
THEN HE GRABBED WHAT
"In terms of the companions all being ‘the same’ — that’s not as phony or artistically crap a thing to say as it sounds. What is the base group of people who would run away with the Doctor? They’re all going to be a bit mad. A bit dislocated. Not happy with where they are. Are they yearning for outer space? They’re going to be people who feel like they can take on the Doctor, who’s quite an intimidating sort of person. So, they’re going to be feisty — they’re going to be all those things. He sort of defines the people who are going to travel with him. The distinction comes very much from the various actors and actresses. So, you know, they’re the ones who create the differences between them."
“Rose is open, honest, heartfelt, to the point of being selfish, wonderfully selfish. Martha is clever, calm, but rarely says what she’s really thinking. Donna is blunt, precise, unfiltered, but with a big heart beneath all the banter. But we come back to what I was saying ages ago about turning characters. If Rose can be selfish, then her finest moments will come when she’s selfless. If Martha keeps quiet, then her moments of revelation - like her goodbye to the Doctor in Last of the Time Lords, or stuck with Milo and Cheen in Gridlock - make her fly. Donna is magnificently self-centred - not selfish, but she pivots everything around herself, as we all do — so when she opens up and hears the Ood song, or begs for Caecilius’ family to be saved, then she’s wonderful.”
- Russell T. Davies on companions