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RAGE is RAGEY

I don't usually post anything about Moffat's Doctor Who, because I know some people on my f-list like his work, and I wouldn't want them to think my dislike of Moffat translated to a dislike of them and their personal tastes. BUT I have so much RAGE for this promo picture:

WTF RAGE

It's not just the fact that once again we've given into the sexist idea of the big, strapping man carrying the weaker woman who's just fainted/died. After all RTD did that in Season 3 episode 1 with Ten carrying Martha, and I had an issue with it then as well, especially since Martha was being a complete MORON in not unplugging the machine BEFORE doing CPR on the Doctor. *facepalm* (But I digress). This is offensive in its own right, but I probably wouldn't have such an issue with it if this wasn't Doctor Who we're talking about.

But this image does not in any way represent the Doctor Who I know and love. This is a picture straight out of Hollywood with its glamorized and melodramatic shots of the Hero, barely a scratch on him, carrying the swooning woman as big explosions go off around them. That image has nothing to do with the 1960s Doctor who was a curmudgeonly old man living in a junkyard while his granddaughter attended British school just for the fun of it. It also has nothing to do with a crazy, bug-eyed man with wild hair and a ten foot scarf, or even a solemn, big-eared Doctor in a leather coat getting over some serious PTSD. What this image DOES remind me of is the Tenth Doctor walking through fire in slow motion as the cruise ship he's on crashes around him. Yes, remember Voyage of the Damned? Remember how panned it was?!? And I'm pretty damned sure RTD meant that whole episode to be a wild spoof of the Hollywood disaster movies of the 1970s and wasn't meant to be taking seriously. Yet it was still cheesy and out of place in the world of Doctor Who. So why are returning to this mediocrity?

The thing that really pisses me off is how many people are eating this promo picture up like it's the best thing EVER, especially the Americans, because give us a hot girl in skin tight clothes and explosions and we're happy. *snarks* This is the Doctor Who that is popular in the States. This is the Doctor Who that gets recognition in Entertainment Weekly, the biggest entertainment magazine in the US. This is the Doctor Who that gets praised by all the US critics. Not the 1960s version with its god-awful special effects and sets (even by 1960's standards) but its incredible warmth and emphasis on character development, not the 1970s version with its oh so retro costumes and music but ingenious mythology, and not RTD's homage in the mid 2000s which combined the best (and some of the worst) of all eras. No, we only praise this version, the one that least resembles anything good about show, the one with the least emphasis on characters and relationships, and least concerned with actually explaining a damn plot-line. This is what we glorify. Well America, if this is what you want, you can have it. I'll stick to REAL British programming.

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astrangerenters
Aug. 2nd, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
The Daleks AGAIN!? Well, at least they aren't color-coded like a bunch of iPods this time EWWW

We just need an eagle bursting out of an American flag and a car chase to complete this image.

I don't have as much of a history with Doctor Who since I only started from the Christopher Eccleston series, and I am mostly just looking for entertainment for entertainment's sake when it comes to the series, but this is a bit much even for me. Yikes!
cassandra_elise
Aug. 2nd, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, the "M and M" or "Skittles" Daleks were laughably bad. :p

There are a lot of American shows that I already watch that feature the explosions and whatnot. One of the things I loved about Doctor Who was how different it was from anything on American television, and now here it is acting like it belongs on CBS, not BBC. pfft
worbeest
Aug. 2nd, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
You know I am no huge fan of Amy Pond, but wth? This shot makes her look more helpless and annoying than Susan and Dodo combined.

As for the Daleks, we all knew that was coming. They've been in every series since the beginning, but what's up with the explosions? Have they all become huge land mines or what.

Sad, Moffat, sad. I'm not even a feminist, but I find this picture extremely offensive and insulting to every female companion the Doctor has ever had.
cassandra_elise
Aug. 2nd, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
I'm hardly the biggest Amy fan either (though Rory loves her, so I know she's gotta have an awesome side to her), but this photo is just sooooo annoying and cliched.
teruel_a_witch
Aug. 2nd, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
Amen to this post. So well put about how I feel about the Moffat Who. All fanfare and spectacle but no soul and no British cracktasticness.

incredible warmth and emphasis on character development
I miss that. I miss RTD Who :(
cassandra_elise
Aug. 2nd, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
I feel so badly that I've finally succumbed to bashing Moffat's Who. I don't like being a hater. It's such a waste of energy, and I've been trying to find the positive since Moffat took over (like Rory and certain standalone episodes). But this was just one step too far, even for me. I think I exploded like one of those Daleks. -_-
teruel_a_witch
Aug. 2nd, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
I've always embraced by hate for Moffat as a person and showrunner and writer so I don't feel bad. I don't hate on the whole series because it's not all on Moffat, I even liked some episodes written not by him, but I roll eyes a lot and I completely distanced myself, I watch DW like a casual viewer now, I don't even see it as the same show I fell in love with when I watched s1 in 2006, and I can't wait for Moffat to finally step down. Maybe we'll get OUR Who back then...

Ugh, yeah, the trailer was like some Hollywood movie type, all BIG. SPECTACLE. THE MORE THE MERRIER. SCALE MATTERS. Meh.

arabian
Aug. 2nd, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
Sigh. Yeah, pretty much all this. Ugh, ugh, ugh. And I hate it because I actually LOVE Matt Smith. You can tell in moments in between and in the better written (non-Moffat-y) episodes -- when I watched it, I've stopped -- that he intrinsically GETS the Doctor. Alas, he's clearly bitten into Moffat's horrible womanizing, great big hero version of the Doctor. It's just ... ugh, my big fear is that Moffat would destroy and take away everything that made Who so special. And that's exactly what he has done.
cassandra_elise
Aug. 3rd, 2012 02:27 pm (UTC)
I agree. I think ALL of the actors do infinitely better when it's not Moffat's material. Except Arthur Darvill, who's amazing no matter what script he's given, but I'm kinda biased with my Rory-love. ;)
surrexi
Aug. 3rd, 2012 06:19 am (UTC)
For what it's worth, my tumblr dash is pretty filled with reactions to this picture that range from annoyed to rage-ified to "I don't even have the energy to be pissed off anymore."

The thing that is really weird to me is that I know the premiere has Daleks in it, but the Ponds don't have their oh-so-emotional, we-swear-it-will-make-you-weep, actual-final-for-real-this-time departure until midway through the season. So if this picture corresponds to the premiere, then... we already know Amy's fine. Unless the premiere has Daleks and then the mid-season finale also has Daleks or something, this promo picture is clearly not supposed to make us worry about Amy. Which means it's just there to be a ~dramatic picture~ of the Doctor carrying an unconscious Amy.

I wouldn't want to go back to the days of RTD, but I'm definitely ready to move past the days of Moffat. MARK GATISS, WE NEED YOU TO STAGE A COUP.

That said, I'm not sure that this is entirely an attempt to lure in more American viewers; after RTD did his bigger and BIGGER and BIGGER finales/setpiece episodes I think Moffat felt like he had to do the same, so he just keeps piling on the SPECTACLE! and the UNEXPECTED TWISTS! in some misguided attempt to continue to outdo himself. I don't doubt that the resultant flashiness appealing to a wider audience in the US (and to be fair I don't think Brits are inherently immune to the appeal of whizz-bang-boom either) is seen as an advantage by the powers that be, of course. I just don't think that it's the entire motivation for the flashiness. *shrugs*
cassandra_elise
Aug. 3rd, 2012 02:24 pm (UTC)
The thing that is really weird to me is that I know the premiere has Daleks in it, but the Ponds don't have their oh-so-emotional, we-swear-it-will-make-you-weep, actual-final-for-real-this-time departure until midway through the season...Which means it's just there to be a ~dramatic picture~ of the Doctor carrying an unconscious Amy.

I didn't even think of that! Good grief.

I don't believe that RTD was above reproach (Aliens of London still makes me cringe). I just know that in the midst of those moments of OMG! The Earth/Universe/Reality is in peril, there were also moments of tenderness and great character growth. Something that I find lacking in Moffat's explosive Who.
burnutica
Aug. 3rd, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
I agree with this so much. It doesn't even feel like Doctor Who you know? It's just like you said, a Hollywood shot. And that's not Doctor Who.

I think the promo shot would be better like this, especially since in the promo, Rory was like "who killed all the Daleks?" and the Doctor said "who do you think?" WHY DON'T WE HAVE AMY AWAKE AND OWN HER BAMFNESS?
cassandra_elise
Aug. 3rd, 2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
I think the promo shot would be better like this, especially since in the promo, Rory was like "who killed all the Daleks?" and the Doctor said "who do you think?" WHY DON'T WE HAVE AMY AWAKE AND OWN HER BAMFNESS?

Hahha. That's an epic fanart! Thanks for that link!
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