I rewatched “The Beast Below” recently, and was struck by the sheer awkwardness involved in a lot of Eleven and Amy’s interactions. He’s a little cruel, she’s a little standoffish, and they don’t seem to have that lovely click Donna and Ten, for example, had from the beginning. But that is purposeful on Moffat’s part; where Davies makes the companions old friends from the beginning, Moffat builds relationships from the ground up. … More On the Companions and How to Define Them
In the prisoner’s dilemma, there are multiple possibilities: Either Prisoner A betrays Prisoner B and receives the full payoff, a drastically reduced sentence (or vice versa), or Prisoner A and Prisoner B both keep their mouths shut and receive a partial payoff, a moderately reduced sentence. In the even that Prisoner A and Prisoner B both betray each other, their payoff is not in the form of a reduced sentence, since they will both serve full sentences, but instead the payoff is the instant gratification that comes with the attempt at self preservation, even though the attempt fails … More Missy’s actions at the end of The Doctor Falls are more Good than anything the Doctor has ever done
To understand why 13 being a woman makes narrative sense, we have to look at Missy. Missy has been a huge part of the 12th Doctor’s life. He and Missy spent the beginning of his run playing their old chess game, trying to outwit each other with the world as the stakes. … More Why 13 is a Woman and it makes Narrative Sense
The Impossible Girl arc was an incredibly smart way of introducing the new companion for the Eleventh Doctor. Setting up Clara as a compelling and wonderful character, it played with the audience’s ideas of what a Moffat era storyline looks like. At its core, it was the ultimate subversion of the tropes we had become accustomed to. … More The Possible Impossible Girl
t can destroy an unfathomable about of matter between one heartbeat and the next and leave no trace behind – but people don’t really talk about its sentience enough
“a weapon so powerful the operating system became sentient” which is pretty vague, but enough to let us know that it’s a weapon which can think for itself … More the Moment is actually terrifying though
In the end it probably comes down to whether one feels like her death in Hell Bent was undermined, in its emotional resonance and there is no real way to contest that. It is a very personal reaction, after all. But as someone who adored both Face the Raven and Hell Bent, in their own … More Was Clara’s Death Undermined?
I have written about this in many other posts before, but I find this so mindblowingly beautiful that I feel it deserves its own post: If you have watched The Husbands Of River Song, the next thing you need to do right now is to re-watch A Christmas Carol. Because that Christmas special is one … More SILENT NIGHT – A CHRISTMAS SONG
How well does Clara Oswald know the Doctor? Intimately. Almost as well as she knows herself. But perhaps not as well as she thinks she does. … More How Well Does Clara Know The Doctor?