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18 July 2012 @ 12:54 pm
things I worry about on a semi-regular basis  
The adorable stupidfaces, aka Karen and the Babes, aka Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill, were at Comic-Con. Which is an introduction, basically, for a picture that is so hipster it hurts:

(You can't really see the bizarre horror that is Arthur's cardigan in this photo, but trust me, it is inexplicable and terrifying.)

(This post is not inspired by any actual spoilers. Just me failing to be a real human and caring too much about fictional characters when I ought to be doing something useful with my time and emotions.)

On Sunday I went out for drinks to celebrate a friend's birthday, and at one point I said "fezzes are cool" as a reflex. Luckily this friend had started watching Doctor Who, at least from season 5 (I am a pusher...I don't even *mean* to be), so she didn't think that was weird. She mentioned, instead, that she hadn't finished watching season 6 because she was worried something horrible was going to happen to Amy Pond - and when I said nothing did, she muttered darkly, "yet."

At the moment, there is not that much that Moffat could really do to turn me completely off the show; I have a reasonably high tolerance for brushing off ridiculous plots with "LOL what" by this point, as long as the emotional underpinnings are decent. ("Last of the Time Lords" would just be funny and embarrassing if it didn't reflect the recurring deification of Ten.) But if my Ponds don't get a happy ending, we might have to break up. I have really strong Pond feelings, okay. But it's also that the Ponds have been a welcome challenge to the RTD-era ethos that The Doctor Is Always Alone, and that this is The Burden of the Time Lords. Eleven has gone from being a little girl's imaginary friend to being a member of a family; the entire point of the most recent Christmas special (the ending, anyway) was to say to the Doctor that it's not *right* that he should be alone, that there are people who set a place at the table for him. And over and over, the show seems to emphasize this, from Amy's stubbornly dragging him back into the world again when he says he doesn't belong in it any more, to River's turning up the sound of the stars so that he will know that he's loved. He seems to be re-learning, bit by bit, that the fact that he can't save or protect everyone, even just from ordinary death, doesn't mean that he can't love them in the moment. (Obligatory flail for "Vincent and the Doctor.") River has been instrumental to this, given how they meet, but Amy has, too - because he has failed her, and let her down, and she still loves him. He doesn't have to be the Doctor, Savior of Worlds; he can be her best friend instead of just her imaginary one. And that hopefulness and generosity has been so important to me over the last two seasons, even when Moffat has bitten off more than he can really chew in terms of the narrative.

So it's not *just* that it's my Ponds, or that seriously, Rory has to stop it with the dying, or that they have really suffered enough as a family already. It's that if the Ponds don't get a happy ending, I'm afraid that the show will go back to being a show about the Lonely God instead of the madman with a box, and the lesson will be that the Doctor should keep closing himself off, because his story is always a tragedy. And I don't know if I could deal with that, after the comic possibilities of seasons 5 and 6. (Hey, they both end with a marriage.) I'm not saying I would never watch the show again...but I'd probably go back to watching it like I watched season 4 and the specials, without my heart in it.

(Also, I *really* could not deal with the Doctor being a jerk to the next companion because something bad happened to the previous one, if that happened. Been there, done that, still mad about it.)
litlover12 on July 18th, 2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
Dr. Huxtable called. He wants his sweater back. (I saw it in other pictures.)

And though I'm still so new to the show, I totally concur with your opinion!
tempestsarekind: rory died and turned into a romantempestsarekind on July 18th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
I genuinely want to know where he *finds* these things; he seems to have a whole collection of bizarre sweaters that he wears to various press events. (I have to admit that I have actually become rather fond of the one with the pheasants on it.)

I say "Moffat writes Doctor Who like a comedy" as shorthand rather a lot, but only because that aspect has been so precious to me! I have my choice of grim and gloomy on television; this is rarer.
Leucothealeucotheasveil on August 2nd, 2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
RE: Dr. Huxtable called. *snarf*
*waves* Hi there, I did a random search for "fezzes are cool" to take a break from a truly long and evil paper that was due yesterday, and found your post.

And I am glad I am not the only one who was perplexed and horrified by the magnitude of awful that sweater had. Did he lose a bet? Did his Grandmum insist he take it because she hand-knitted it for his trip to America? Is that a midsummer version of the awful christmas sweater competition look?

The Ponds haven't grown on me *that* much yet, but I am only just past their wedding. I don't know if it's the acting or writing, but I had more of a connection to Amelia than Amy so far.

I have to finish this %&%^& class and catch up next week, Netflicks- willing.

BTW, ok if I friend you? I don't have a lot of Dr. Who friends on my list to share sweater horror with.
tempestsarekind: come along pondstempestsarekind on August 2nd, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Dr. Huxtable called. *snarf*
It is an infinitely awful sweater! Perhaps it was all an elaborate prank, to see if anyone would mention it. (I wonder whether anyone did.)

Sure - friend away!
Leucothealeucotheasveil on August 2nd, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Dr. Huxtable called. *snarf*
Super, I will do. I see you're also a grad student (gods help you!) and you have a thing for the bard. I'm a bit of an all-around anglophile, especially now that we can get BBC America channel. :)
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on August 3rd, 2012 03:47 am (UTC)
Re: Dr. Huxtable called. *snarf*
I've actually just finished being a grad student (should probably update my profile...), but the Bardolatry and Anglophilia are still intact!
Leucothealeucotheasveil on August 3rd, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
Re: grad studentry
Oh, congrats! I'm nearly 1/2 way through mine.
Evil dean said, "Oh, it's designed for working people! You'll be done in 2 years!!!!!OMG!!"

She must mean working people with full time maid service, a chef, laundress, and a job with no actual responsibilities.

My sanity and marriage barely survived 1 year of 6 credits per term, I am taking 1 class at a time next year... after I finish the incomplete I took last term.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on August 3rd, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
Re: grad studentry
Good luck! I find that officials often wildly underestimate the time it actually takes to get a degree...
ramblin' girl: words words wordsbarefoottomboy on July 18th, 2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
But if my Ponds don't get a happy ending, we might have to break up.

(Also, I *really* could not deal with the Doctor being a jerk to the next companion because something bad happened to the previous one, if that happened. Been there, done that, still mad about it.)

THIS. (these?)
tempestsarekind: keep calm and rock ontempestsarekind on July 18th, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
I have a lifetime membership to the Martha Jones Defense and Appreciation Society, and I will always love the strength she shows when she leaves the Doctor, but she should never have been treated in such a way that her best option was pulling the escape cord on a toxic relationship. Hmph. Do not want, ever again.

Also, PONDS. I kind of feel like it would be a slap in the face if something bad happened to them, because the show has emphasized the positive, resilient aspects of their story and *not* the "terrible things happen to you when you travel with the Doctor" side of things. Even "The God Complex" is followed by "Closing Time" (where the Doctor looks fondly on his glorious Pond) and the Christmas special. And "The Wedding of River Song" shows that no matter what's happened, Amy and Rory and River are still a family; they still have each other, even if not in the right order. I can't see Moffat throwing all that out in favor of tragedy, and yet I *also* can't help thinking that it could all be a long setup for a really big tragedy.

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tempestsarekind: ten has a secrettempestsarekind on July 18th, 2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
It's doubly frustrating for me because there are things about the Ten/Martha relationship that I love *so much*, if he would just stop lapsing into jerkdom! The way he trusts Martha, on day one, with his life and his plans appeals to me on a deep and abiding level - but then it's "Rose would know" this, and "Never waste time on a hug" that, and "Martha, would you mind walking a destroyed earth for a year, and when you get back I *still* won't praise you like I'd praise any of my other companions for doing much less? Thanks!" *sigh*

I spent so many LJ posts on those two. Man.

Edited at 2012-07-18 08:43 pm (UTC)
teliesin: TCteliesin on July 19th, 2012 10:29 am (UTC)
I so want the show to be back on again, but am also afraid of what might happen to the Ponds. Moffat could mess it up but probably not as bad as RTD did with Ten and the companions. I'm already missing the Ponds. Hopefully it's not something terrible or Eleven driving them away, I am really liking Eleven now and don't want to lose that. The Ponds have changed the Doctor or maybe made him see an important side of himself that was buried deep that I don't think others have. They do seem like a family, but have not convinced myself the Doctor is really married to River Song. (she married a robot, was that really the ceremony with the right official, not sure his heart is really in it)
tempestsarekind: eleven and amytempestsarekind on July 19th, 2012 02:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, Eleven is my favorite of the three Doctors I'm familiar with (I've seen a couple of classic episodes but I only really know New Who), in part because he is the darlingest of the three. :) But it's also because he does seem more thoughtful and self-aware about himself and what he can do to people. And I think the Ponds have really helped, partly because he's been such an important part of Amy's life for so long, and then because he somehow manages to bring Rory into the circle, too, so that he becomes a part of the Pond dynamic. (There's a reason Amy calls them her boys.) I hope he doesn't try to drive Amy and Rory away - although every time he tries to back out of her life, something makes that impossible. Oh, I *do* hope everything turns out all right!

As for River and the Doctor being married - they *act* married, and that is good enough for me! One of the early things that made me start warming to River is in the Angels episodes in season 5, where she and the Doctor fall into a natural rhythm, and even though he doesn't know her very well and trusts her even less, he starts talking about them as a team: when he notices that the statues only have one head and not two, he doesn't say "how could I have missed this?" but "how could *we* have missed this?"