(No, not that Doctor.)
“You miss Tegan?”
”… Well, we were together a long time.”
Moffat’s Women - River Song
River Song is confident, mischievous and adventurous. She’s technologically savvy, a trained killer, an archaeologist with a genuine love for her subject and she’s turned flirting into an art form. Her story is told out of order, more often than not back-to-front, but keeping this in mind, the most stunning character development is revealed.
When we “first” meet her at the Library, she’s come a long way from the young, reckless, destructive person she was in the beginning. She’s become more independent, she’s grown to not to put her own needs above those of the universe, she’s learned to be caring and empathic and she’s gained a complete and complex image of the Doctor - the best man she’s ever known, with all his faults. And however much River loves him, he’s hardly all there is to her life. She has her own adventures… sometimes he’s lucky enough to be invited along.
River doesn’t always walk away undamaged, but you can be sure she’s landing on her feet, even if it means hiding just how hurt she is. And she’ll find a way to have fun, whether it’s pissing off Sontarans or investigating Weeping Angels in New York in the 1930s.
Favorite Doctor Who episodes: the Sixth Doctor → Vengeance on Varos
Varos is what it always was. A prison planet, a colony for the criminally insane. The descendants of the original officers still rule, by fear, with the spectacle of death our only entertainment.
Close up on death throes.
I’ve seen a few fashion posts trying to expand the “Marie Antoinette is not Victorian” rant, but this stuff can get complicated, so here is a semi-comprehensive list so everyone knows exactly when all of these eras were.
Please note that this is very basic and that there are sometimes subcategories (especially in the 17th century, Jacobean, Restoration, etc)
And people wonder WHY I complain about History/Art History periodization. Note how much overlap there is to the above “eras”, and how many exceptions and extensions there are to these categories.
Oh, and by the way…
Because you wouldn’t want to be historically inaccurate.
aslanscompass replied to your post “brb crying over Amy and River’s differences in faith”
can we talk please because this sounds fascinating
Amy is always a person of faith; in Santa, in stars, in the Doctor. (either way, it’s my only chance to see him again) And they’re similar in a lot of ways: their curiosity, adventurousness, violence, sexual confidence and technological ability. But River… A fool would say the work of the gods, but you’ve been a soldier too long to believe there are gods watching over us. River has been a soldier too long to have her mother’s faith.
3.13 Last Of The Time Lords (Part 3)
↳ Because the thing is, it’s like my friend Vicky. She lived with this bloke —student housing, five of them all packed in. And this bloke was called Sean. And she loved him. She did. She completely adored him. Spent all day long talking about him… Is this going anywhere? Yes! ‘Cause he never looked at her twice. I mean, he liked her. That was it. And she wasted years pining after him —years of her life, ‘cause while he was around she never looked at anyone else. And I told her, I always said to her, time and time again, I said, “Get out”. So this is me, getting out.
In which Eleven tries to manipulate Amy into staying with him.
You have to understand, badwolfrun. He’s the loneliest incarnation and he said in “The Power of Three” that Amy was the first face he saw after he regenerated. He wasn’t trying to manipulate her, he was trying to reason with her and tell her that he doesn’t want to lose her, that he’s afraid to do that and it’s too soon to.
Not to mention that the Doctor’s position in these two scenes is far from analogous. For all intents and purposes, it has been completely turned on its head.
In The Angels Take Manhattan, he represents friends and family, together with River. Amy is choosing between the man she loves and all of the other people she cares about - much like Rose earlier, but in Rose’s case the Doctor is the person she is in love with. So in some ways, the Doctor’s demand here is similar: Think about who you are leaving behind!
Is the Doctor selfish in this brief moment in The Angels Take Manhattan? Yes, of course he is, he knows that Amy would always choose Rory and he is holding her back in this moment, making it more difficult for her, maybe even changing her mind against what should be his better judgement.
So it is only fitting that the narrative doesn’t endorse his actions at all. River literally tells the Doctor to shut up only second earlier, when he tries to persuade Amy that hoping the Angel will take her back to Rory is wrong.
And right after this line, Amy turns to him and says her goodbye. His attempts to keep her with him fail - Amy makes her own decision and she does what she knows she wants, not what he wants.
So the situation in each case is the same, other than that Amy’s choice is respected where Rose’s decision is over-ruled, um, three times.
FALSE. Fathers who ask for sole custody are far more likely to get it. It’s just that they don’t ask, mostly women do. Men win custody over women even if they are ostensibly unfit. More and more, judges and parents rule in favor of 50/50 custody. In fact, in the past ten years, the men’s rights movement has been devastating to women seeking custody in court and women are awarded sole custody about half as many times as men.
So find a new myth.
endless list of favourite characters: donna noble
"It’s not like we could drive across country and find Enid Blyton having tea with Noddy. Could we? Noddy’s not real. Is he? Tell me there’s no Noddy."