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Jul. 24th, 2017 08:06 pm
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you know, the way the story was wrangled into making eleven actually the thirteenth incarnation really was horribly hamfisted. being on his last regeneration was never even really mentioned until the episode in which it was resolved, and actually the only time i can think of when eleven does mention regeneration, he jokes about being able to regenerate 507 times. and at the time people really thought that might mean there was no regeneration limit anymore...

let's face it, eleven was written to actually be the eleventh incarnation right up until the day of the doctor. we know that was meant to feature the ninth doctor because there's storyboards with him and everything, the war doctor only entered the picture when eccleston declined to return, which made eleven actually the twelfth incarnation, and then moffat seized the opportunity and retconned ten's partial regeneration into counting as a complete one to make it actualyl the thirteenth one. i doubt he would've bothered with that if he hadn't smelled the opportunity to bring the "ran out out regenerations" storyline into his own tenure (which it certainly wouldn't have been part of had eleven actually been the eleventh incarnation)... and then he didn't even do much with it, it was resolved in a single episode... yeah, i'm not impressed.

i know why the war doctor is one of the developments i refuse to acknowledge.
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Jul. 24th, 2017 05:45 pm
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my utter contempt towards the decision to cast a female doctor isn't fucking fake news. i don't want one, i will not watch that part of the show or acknowledge its existance, i'd rather have no show at all, because this kind of genderbending is never a positive thing. is that clear enough?

also you're actually wrong, 20% of people on social media disapprove and also don't care about being called sexist by whiny impotent feminists if they voice their opinion, you don't know how many people disapprove but don't want to bother with nonsensical accusations and will simply silently stop watching, or are currently undecided but will give up after a couple of episodes, or disapprove but aren't on social media at all. we all know that social media sites skew young and "progressive"...

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Jul. 24th, 2017 07:52 am
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hold on a minute... i'm pretty sure it's stated in one bit of doctor who's vast expanded universe that in order for a time lord to regenerate into the opposite sex, they must commit suicide... and how did we get missy

did anyone ever consider that there's more than one possible definition of "killing yourself" when it comes to time lords

(after looking up the (1) source (2) of this, on one hand this means the concept has been around since 2003, longer than expected... on the other hand, the same source also states that changing sex by means of suicide is considered the worst possible offence and apparently extremely tasteless, so is that really a precedent you want to invoke)
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Jul. 24th, 2017 02:29 am
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maybe my father will get his arse into gear and do more about the neighbour kids constantly disturbing my sleep if i cut my portion of the rent in half. the letter he sent to the management three weeks ago obviously accomplished nothing, and three weeks is more than enough to fix a problem like this. my parents are already in a situation where the rent is just barely payable because i contribute one third, have fun when that becomes one sixth instead! and it's not as if he has better things to do with his time! i've done my part by documenting every single disturbance.

i wonder whether he realises that if i was still a minor, failing to fix this situation would constitute child neglect.

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Jul. 23rd, 2017 08:41 pm
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i mean honestly, genderbending existing characters is exactly like that stupid chocolate-covered raisins metaphor for racebending characters that was going around tumblr a while ago. the appropiate response is "go buy another jar of raisins then, you fucking cheapass". the fact that one girl currently has fewer raisins doesn't justify theft. hell, your current jar isn't even empty yet, what the hell is wrong with you? seems like filling up the nonwhite characters bowl isn't actually all that important to you if you can't be bothered with the small extra step of reaching into the jar instead of the full bowl that's conveniently right there! you just want to be seen as the heroic great equaliser while making no actual effort! i sure as hell am not going to applaud anyone for that.

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Jul. 23rd, 2017 02:33 am
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man just have kylo ren jump off a cliff or something, nobody wants or needs or likes that overdramatic idiot.

when i hate a character, i really hate them.
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Jul. 21st, 2017 11:12 pm
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aaalso i turned 31 today

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Jul. 21st, 2017 10:54 pm
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also man do i dislike this idea that regeneration could result in absolutely everything - if the process was essentually down to random mutations you'd expect a ton of nonviable outcomes, there must be some constraints on what's possible, and it would be very weird for those constraits to be "every single viable trait from the entire gene pool of the gallifreyan species", what would be the point of that as either an evolved trait or an engineered one...
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Jul. 21st, 2017 10:33 pm
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i don't know which random edwardian tailor decided to put a hot pink lining into a navy jacket, but i really fucking admire them.

also admire the person who made this page for providing a pattern.

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Jul. 21st, 2017 07:16 am
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man, i got the german translation of the remembrance of the daleks novelisation yesterday and it has seven and ace referring to each other with formal pronouns. at the same time that seven still calls her ace and ace calls him professor. who did this? it's so incredibly jarring to read! i mean, the combination of first name and formal pronoun isn't completely unheard of, but it's something you might do in a professional context, with your co-workers! or possibly between teachers and students, but in the real world most people in that situation who decide to be on a first name basis also agree to switch to informal pronouns...

seriously where'd this come from? shada, city of death and the pirate planet don't have four and romana doing this. not even in situations where you might actually expect it. i mean, you could argue that four is the kind of person who would just straight out not give a fuck about that kind of distinction, but i can absolutely see early romana I stubbornly sticking to formal ones. i mean, wanting to call her romana instead of her full name was even kind of the equivalent of putting her on a first name basis, and she clearly didn't like that at first


also haha, haha there's actually people pretending that there's been references to the doctor having been female before. how desperate can you get? not like we've seen every incarnation so far on screen and they were all male and there's no room for others to have existed, amirite. he's clearly very comfortable with being male if nothing else, certainly seems like he'd just continue to stick with it if he had the choice. (though granted, regeneration's never involved much of a choice for him. maybe he just fucked up by once again refusing to go through with it. because it'd totally make for good representation to depict being female as an accident...)
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Jul. 20th, 2017 07:26 pm
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why is my wallet so heavy? earth gravity, that's why

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Jul. 20th, 2017 05:25 pm
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"you're not really a doctor who fan if you won't watch this"

that makes about as much sense as saying that i'm not really a star trek fan because i find deep space nine dull as dishwater. it's okay to like one part and not another of a story universe

honestly though, do you seriously not see how replacing existing, popular male characters with omen instead of creating good female characters from scratch just screams "it's impossible for a woman to be successful without piggybacking off a man", why on earth would you want that

(also, why are you so angry that there's people who dislike the decision if you're this confident that it's a positive one. much more "want to believe that it can only possibly turn out well" than "actually do believe it", huh? and very obviously a touch of not even considering that people who aren't men might dislike it. so basically, you assume that all women are the same and will approve of the same things and also that you, personally, aren't sexist...)
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Jul. 20th, 2017 03:41 am
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i too prefer organic food, i certainly can't digest inorganic compounds

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Jul. 19th, 2017 07:30 am
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though i'm mildly intrigued by what kind of mess the german dub may come up with. "doktor" is a masculine noun, there's just no way around that. the feminine "doktorin" exists, but i don't feel like it's in common use - like, i can't imagine someone saying about a woman that "sie ist doktorin" (she's a [female] doctor), they'd more likely say "sie hat einen doktortitel" (she has a doctor's degree) or even just use the masculine form... (the duden - the most famous german dictionary - says that "doktor" is among the 10,000 most common words and "doktorin" among the 100,000 most common ones. for a comparison, "verkäufer" and "verkäuferin", the masculine and feminine forms of "salesperson", are equally common.)

(though honestly, the german dub proved itself worthless when it kept on having nine and rose refer to each other with formal, respectful pronouns for the entire time he was around. not sure if it changed with ten because i dislike him and try to avoid his episodes. nevermind that i obviously just plain dislike the dub.)

(also, not intrigued enough to pretend that there actually is a thirteenth doctor.)
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Jul. 18th, 2017 06:27 pm
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man, and to add insult to injury, missy was such an excellent character and now her memory will be forever tainted by being part of the leadup to this disaster.

also being able to more easy assemble a better cosplay outfit was part of what motivated me to lose weight. i guess i'll make a regency era outfit instead. i'm more likely to find a good reason to wear that, now.

(no, fandom at large, you don't get to rationalise that i probably don't hate the casting for the precise reason that she's female. precisely that and nothing else is the reason. i will not accept any woman in the role. there is no thirteenth doctor and there won't be one for at least another year.)
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Jul. 18th, 2017 04:12 am
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oh wait, i was wrong about lapis never accomplishing anything at all, she played baseball once! wow! except the whole thing was a ruse to keep the rubies from searching the barn, where peridot was hiding, and it turned out they weren't looking for peridot in the first place and she was never in danger at all. still not a plot point that would've turned out substantially different without lapis. still a dull and useless character. still convinced peridot would've remained far more interesting if she hadn't been shoved into the barn with lapis. what a waste.

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Jul. 18th, 2017 03:22 am
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you know what casting decision in science fiction is unrealistic and annoying though? why don't we see more black vulcans, why do white vulcans even exist at all, it's a bloody desert planet. why isn't spock mixed-race as well as mixed-species (since his mother could still have been a white human)? don't see anyone complaining about that

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Jul. 18th, 2017 03:18 am
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"it's a long established fact that time lords can regenerate into other genders!!"

and by long established, you mean... six years? that's the first time it was even vaguely mentioned, in a single blink-and-you-miss-it line. and then not at all until missy's identity was confirmed. that's nothing for a show that's been running for decades even if you don't count the time it was cancelled for. don't make excuses. you like it because you think it's progressive and that how many female characters there are in existance somehow has an impact on the situation of real women, i don't like it because it's cheap pandering to a very specific demographic, lazy writing by recolouring an established and popular male character instead of actually inventing new female ones, and in doing so spreads the idea that it's impossible for female characters to be successful without piggybacking off something people already enjoy

and i'm also pretty fucking angry at people who pretend that all women are the same and desire the same things and also that they, personally, aren't sexist

as far as i'm concerned doctor who is now on hiatus
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Jul. 18th, 2017 12:55 am
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man, who would've imagined what kind of water requirements brine shrimp actually have. salt content must be high enough (3.0-3.5%), it can't be salt that has iodine, flouride or seperating agents, the water can't be too hard, it should be slightly alkaline (pH 8-8.5), you should boil to sterilise it before all else, it's a good idea to let it sit for a couple of days after you're done all that and before you add eggs... no wonder the ones i got with children's magazines always died within a couple of days! not surprising that the magazines wouldn't mention any of that though, it would just bore children and something else will probably already have caught their interest by the time the shrimp inevitably die.

but i'm still giving it a more professional try now.

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Jul. 17th, 2017 06:41 pm
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and no i don't ~*feel bad*~ for this actress any more than i feel bad about the ghostbusters actresses. they all accepted their respective roles knowing fully well what the reactions might look like. they really consented to being exposed to this kind of thing the moment they decided to become professional actors.

(though i'm kind of impressed by how thoroughly everyone involved with the ghostbusters fiasco had deluded themselves into believing that they were just dealing with a small loud handful of ~*misogynists*~ and would definitely be able to shame them into hiding)
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