Art vs. The Artist – A Doctor Who Video Essay

A quick warning: This video will contain
some discussion regarding the actions of problematic figures in the literary and
entertainment industries and just a general spoiler alert for pretty much
all of Capaldi’s run on Doctor Who and As always I just want to remind
everybody that I am just expressing my opinions here And not stating hard facts
about the quality of stuff. You can agree or disagree to your heart’s delight. Also
I am by no means a Doctor Who expert I can’t tell you about every alien William
Hartnell ever faced, I’ve not dug into the 30-plus years
worth of Doctor Who that predates Christopher Eccleston run. I’ve seen a few episodes but yeah, I am NOT carrying over 50 years of Canon knowledge of my noggin. And sidebar I wonder if every video now Is gonna start with these
disclaimers like, some people open their videos with a nice logo while I remind
you all that I don’t know hot diggety shit So the internet doesn’t unhinge
it’s snake jaws and eat me alive. Who am I kidding it’s the internet
you’ll do that anyway so let’s get a move on. [Doctor Who theme plays] Doctor Who is a television series that’s been around for over 50 years. It
has its highs. [9th Doctor] “I’m the doctor by the way, what’s your name?” [Rose] “Rose.”
[9th Doctor] “Nice to meet you Rose. Run for your life!” And its lows [Elton] “It’s a relationship…of sorts” Everybody has a favorite doctor from Tom Baker to Paul McGann to David Tennant. And I have some
particular favorites but the one that’s at the top of my list is the twelfth
doctor as played by Peter Capaldi And I’m kind of mad about it. Not because of
anything to do with Capaldi himself But more to do with…well [12th Doctor] “And this…is my spoon.” [sword fighting and dramatic music] And also:
[Steven Moffat] “It’s just a shame that she’s so wee and dumpy.” So uh…strap in kids it’s gonna be a bumpy ride. So for the uninitiated what is Doctor Who? [Jackie Tyler] “What do you mean that’s the Doctor? Doctor Who?” [Dalek] “Doctor Who?” [Clara] “Doctor Who?” [Clara, again] “Doctor Who?” [Dorium] “Doctor…Who?” [Bill] “I can’t just call you Doctor….Doctor what?” Well the television series began in 1963 and over the
ensuing 50 or so years there have been 851 episodes over 37 seasons and one
movie. The initial premise was that a funny old man would travel around space
and time with a couple of companions in his ship that looks like a police box [11th Doctor] Yes its a spaceship. Yes its bigger on the inside.” [Martha] “Its bigger on the inside.” [12th Doctor] “GOD. It’s bigger”
[River Song] “Yes.”
[12th Doctor] “On the inside.” The show was mainly meant to be
educational in the beginning. A way to get kids in a history with the Soctor
traveling back in time to teach children about the Aztecs or what have you. But
the show would grow beyond that to encompass aliens and evil robots and at
the heart of it all is this figure who doesn’t die, instead they regenerate into
an entirely new person every few seasons. This allowed the BBC to bring in a new
actor when the old one wanted to move on to other projects. And that simple
premise is one that allows the show to be constantly shedding its skin and
becoming something new. It’s a show in a near constant state of flux always on
the verge of the next evolution. The cast rarely stays the same for more than a
few seasons. The Fourth Doctor played by Tom Baker is the one who stuck around
the longest from 1974 to 1981.
*And yikes this regeneration tho Then in 1989 the show had a hiatus with the end
of Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor. There was a brief attempt to revive the
series in 1996 with Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor in a single made-for-tv
movie. Then in 2005 the series was successfully resurrected with Russell T
Davies at the helm as showrunner and then in 2010 he handed off the reins to
Steven Moffat. [11th Doctor] “Legs! I’ve still got legs!” The new series of Doctor Who alone now
spans five doctors and eleven seasons the latest iteration is played by Jodie
Whittaker and I’ll just say that while I loved her performance and that of her
fellow actors, I had some issues with the writing and I’ll leave it at that. Over
the years we’ve had all sorts of doctors funny doctors, proud doctors, playful
doctors. We had this: [9th Doctor] “Hello!”
[10th Doctor] “Wibbly wobbly, timey-wimey” And we had this
[11th Doctor] “Yeah its cool. bow ties are cool.” And then we got this [General] “All twelve of them.”
[Androgar] “No sir, all thirteen!” So before Moffat took over a showrunner,
Russell T. Davies gave us two doctors and about five years worth of solid to
excellent television. Some of it was Some of it was pretty ridiculous. [William Shakespeare] “I say to thee…”
[10th Doctor] “Uuuh” [10th Doctor] “Expelliarmus!”
(Like the Harry Potter Spell) Or cheesy [Robot Host] “You are the weakest link.” But some of it was so excellent, so achingly good, all you need to do is
say ‘I don’t want to go,’ and inevitably somebody will start weeping. Both
Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant are beloved as doctors because even if
they’re runs weren’t always perfect, they were brilliant in all the right places,
and we could debate the pros and cons of the Davies era but that’s not what we’re
here for. So in 2010 Davies and Tennant finish off their run with the two
parter ‘The End of Time.’ In the final scene the Tenth Doctor regenerated and
we got our first taste of Moffat at the wheel. [11th Doctor] “Legs! I’ve still got legs!” And now we need to talk about
Steven Moffat I’m gonna do my best to not retread ground that Harris Bomberguy already covered in his very good ‘Sherlock is garbage and here’s why’
video. But let’s start here: Moffat made his start with a well-received sitcom called Coupling then he made a, by all accounts, not very good show that reimagined Dr.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde called Jekyll, and he wrote a few one-off episodes of Doctor
Who including some fan favorites like Blink, The Empty Child and The Doctor
Dances [9th Doctor] “Just this once Rose, everybody lives!” And then in 2008 when Russell T. Davies announced he was stepping down a showrunner Steven Moffat was brought on board. And around the same time it was announced that Moffat and co-writer Mark Gatiss were going to be developing a modern reimagining of Sherlock Holmes and uuuh…we have to talk about Sherlock
because over four seasons and thirteen episodes there is a trajectory that is uh…. Not very good you guys. Or more accurately the show was extremely enjoyable if occasionally flawed for two seasons, pretty bad for a third season, and then a travesty and
it’s fourth. And in many ways it’s an exhibit for a lot of Steven Moffat flaws as a writer [Magnussen] “I could phone them and tear your whole life down.” “And I will…unless you let me flick your face.” In season two they did their own version
of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous short story the final problem where Sherlock
Holmes and Professor James Moriarty fall to their death from the Reichenbach
Falls. In Sherlock that episode was called the Reichenbach Fall and in it
Sherlock is forced to commit suicide off the roof of a hospital building
otherwise his friends will get shot. Except somehow he survives the fall And I should just mention here I was very into Sherlock back in 2012 when this
aired. I along with hundreds of other fans were absolutely broken up by this
episode. Of course we knew Sherlock wasn’t dead but his best friend Watson
didn’t and therein lay the tragedy that we all sat with for two years waiting
for season 3. Also there were hundreds of theories about how Sherlock survived
that fall. Tumblr was practically overrun with lengthy detailed essays on how he
used the tennis ball to stop his pulse, and there was a rope we didn’t see
breaking his fall, and a fake body, and so on. And then in season 3, what did Moffat
decide to do? Well first off all your theories were stupid and it doesn’t
matter how we survived. There is literally an in-fiction group of Sherlock fans theorizing how he didn’t die. And it is made very clear that these people
are objects of scorn. We aren’t supposed to identify with them, we’re supposed to
find them funny and stupid. Because how dare you want an answer to a mystery on
a mystery show about solving mysteries? And then the show would ignore what was
arguably its greatest strength. The growing relationship between Sherlock
and John and their growth as individuals for… A bunch of dumb jokes. Like yeah, John
thought his best friend was dead for two years, Let’s all roll out the red carpet
and slip on some banana peels. I’m not even going to get into the queerbaiting right now? but yeah they did that too. [Sherlock] “Gay.” And that was all pretty cringy, and the show
felt like it had gotten mostly dumber, [Face flicking sounds] but the real travesty came in season
four, when the show flew right off the rails And into the stupidest plot twist
in history, where Sherlock had a secret sister He’d forgotten about and a dead
childhood friend who he remembered as a dog And the secret sister was evil and
also maybe gay because, thanks Steve, And at one point Sherlock tearfully karate
chops a coffin and that’s just Steven Moffat’s writing.
You see I don’t personally know Steven Moffat And I think it’s probably harmful
to make grand statements about a person I only know through his writing and his
interviews, but I am going to do that. Feel free to take all of this with a
grain of salt if you want but…. Basically I don’t think I like Steven Moffat very much. By all accounts he seems overly smug about his own abilities, which are
quite frankly spotty [Moffat] ” wasn’t it great when Paul McGann, who had previously you told he was definitely not involved” “In any way popped up in your screen wasn’t that fun?” “Yeah! Thats why we do more of that, let’s just…”
[Thank god we have Steven Moffat to explain the concept of being surprised to us] “That’s why….That’s why we wind you up a bit sometimes…In a nice and loving…” “Lovely way, so that you’ll hopefully be a
little bit more entertained.”
[No idea whats making that ringing sound by the way] The man can write well when he isn’t trying to be clever. But he kind of sucks at writing women. They’re generally either plucky sidekicks or evil matronly types And every woman in the world is entirely
obsessed with the main male characters [Missy] “Consider the doctor.”
[Madam Vastra] “He has walked this universe for centuries untold,” ‘He has seen stars fall to dust.”
[River Song] “You don’t expect a Sun set to admire you back!” On Sherlock when Mary, John’s wife,
dies for dumb reasons, she had the foresight to record a message for John.
That message is not really about their relationship and how much she loves him
and whatever? It’s about John and Sherlock You would think a wife might
just want to talk to her husband about their loving marriage and their child
that John will have to raise alone now. But instead her death is all about John
and Sherlock. Right down to her final message. On Doctor Who it’s not much
better. In ‘The Magician’s Apprentice’ the season 9 opener, we finally get to spend
some quality time with a lady version of the Master, Missy, played delightfully by
Michelle Gomez in a piece of perfect casting. Missy and Clara sit and have a
talk, while Missy is threatening the world with a lot of stopped planes and
stuff? Don’t worry about it. So when they sat down to talk, I expected
it to be a tense negotiation for the safety of earth. But it mostly devolves
into an argument over who the doctor likes more. [Missy] “What have you got to do with it? I’m his friend. You’re just…”
[Clara] “Just what” And sidebar I kinda wanna ban Stephen
Moffat from using the word ‘sexy’ [Idris] “I think you call me…sexy?” [Irene] “Definitely the new sexy.” [River] “It’s a little bit sexy.”
[12th Doctor] “Why is everything sexy now?” Then there’s how Moffitt’s run would handle LGBT characters. Jenny and Vastra do okay, As do Bill and Heather. Clara and River Song are canonically bisexual considering they both have male boyfriends and make multiple references to romantic incidents with other women [Clara] “Jane Austen and I prank each other. I love her.” “Take that how you like.” [River] “You know who you remind me of?” [12th Doctor] Probably a chap with a big…”
[River] “My second wife!” But two men being in love is only a joke
or something to be scorned The queerbaiting on Sherlock really was next level. [John] “I’m not his date!” And on Doctor Who…. [Jack Harkness] “But you got an excellent bottom too.”
[Audible smack] Jack Harkness was introduced in a Steven
Moffat pen two-parter, where he makes flirtatious references to liking both
men and women, and it’s mostly played as a joke. Jack wouldn’t get to do stuff
like this, or this Until he was written by somebody else. Then the only other gay
man I could think of on Moffat’s run was…. Canton Everett Delaware played by Mark Sheppard
from the opening two-parter of series 7 In his final moments on screen was
President Nixon, Yes President Nixon DID. I. STUTTER. He says he wants to marry a man and it’s played as a fun joke when Nixon says no because Hahaha being gay was considered a mental illness back then and Nixon with homophobic hahaha so funny! By the time we get this scene [12th Doctor] “She was my man crush”
[Bill] “Sorry?” [12th Doctor] “I think she was a math back then. I’m fairly sure that I was too” It’s genuinely hard to tell if this is an earnest attempt Or just Moffat trying to be cute.
Like I honestly can’t tell if he’s learned anything because he since
said a nice thing about representation being important But like…He also wrote four seasons of the gay supervillain who says shit like this: [Moriarty] “But the flirting’s over Sherlock. daddy’s had enough noooow” And if you’re not quite understanding the fuss I’m making over this, it’s mainly that… A lot of men find the idea of women
getting down with other women to be a turn-on [Two Claras] “We’ve got to share a bed.”
[He’s done this joke twice] But only letting women be queer
for the sake of male entertainment while gay men are either evil, a joke, or both
is BAD. But that’s still mostly just his writing I wouldn’t make assumptions about the person if it weren’t for quotes like this from an interview he
gave in the scotsman magazine. Wow Steve
*I understand that interview is 15 years old but he was 43 at the time and old enough to not be a douchebag I’m so glad you’ve graced us with your knowledge and wisdom. Also this:
*I understand that interview is 15 years old but he was 43 at the time and old enough to not be a douchebag [Moffat] “And well I thought she’s really good. it’s just a shame that she’s so wee and dumpy.” He’s talking about Karen Gillan here Have you seen Karen Gillan??? Weee and dumpy…Your FACE is wee and dumpy Steven. I mean I could go on. That time he defended
his decision to not cast a woman as the Doctor, Even though he’s been making
references to the fact that the Doctor can regenerate as anybody or anything
since the start of his run. How has the Doctor managed to regenerate into a white guy twelve times in a row? Why does casting a woman have to be this
huge political risk? Women also exist in the universe. It’s not political for
women to exist. Also Doctor Who has a pretty massive viewer base both in the UK and internationally So I think you don’t actually need to cater to assholes when making casting decisions on a TV show And when they did cast a woman they still cast a white lady so it’s not like they took that big a risk I could go on about the man, his tendency to buy into his own hype which leads to things like him reusing his own joke so many times they’re past dead [11th Doctor] “Its a fez. I wear a fez now. Fezzes are cool.” “Stetsons are cool.” “Glasses are cool.” “Bow ties are cool.” But this isn’t an essay about Steven Moffat. This is an essay about how I love the 12th Doctor, In spite of the man who wrote him. So let’s
talk about the 12th Doctor So in June 2013, Matt Smith announces
he’s leaving Doctor Who with the 50th Anniversary Special set to air in a few
months, and his final Christmas Special premiering in December. In August Peter
Capaldi was announced as the next man to step into the TARDIS. Capaldi was an
interesting choice for many reasons. The Doctor had been skewing younger over the last few iterations. Matt Smith was 26 when he was cast, making him the youngest doctor to date, and now they cast this 55 year-old character actor with years of
toiling in the industry. He’d even played a minor character in season 4 of Doctor Who already. And WHOO BOY they made a thing out of that don’t you worry. [12th Doctor] “Who frowned me this face?” Also there’s the little detail that before Doctor Who his most well known role was… [Malcolm Tucker] “You breathe a word of this to anyone, you mincing fucking CUNT!” “And I will tear your fucking skin off and I will wear it to your mother’s birthday
party,” “And I will rub your nuts up and down her leg was whistling Bohemian fucking Rhapsody right?” Malcolm Tucker from ‘In The Thick Of It’ was foul-mouthed, cruel, and abrasive Not necessarily the first person one
might consider for the lead on a family-friendly TV show. I mean he’s a great actor and by all accounts a good egg, Who might occasionally have wandered
off set for snacks at inopportune moments. [Jenna Coleman] “Anyway he comes back and he’s soaking wet like…eating a pasty.” “And I look at him and I said, ‘What happened?’ and he said he went for a walk and he found a red button,” “And he pressed it, and it was an emergency shower.”
[Audience laughter] also he’s been a fan of Doctor Who since he was younger And was at one point head of a Doctor Who fan club so like… This casting really was delightful on many levels. Personally I knew he was going to be good because, I remembered his excellent
turn on the short-lived series ‘The Hour,’ where he had me in tears over a scene
where he rearranges his desk. So Capaldi was announced that we got our first glimpse of the 12th doctor during the 50th Anniversary Special in a scene
where all the doctors from throughout time, appear at Gallifrey to do an
impossible task. [General] “All twelve of them.”
[Androgar] “No sir, all thirteen!” And every fan collectively lost their minds. Also don’t worry why there are 13 doctors but 12’s the latest one just…don’t worry about it okay? [EXTREMELY DRAMATIC MUSIC] uuuuuugh So Matt Smith would have his final send-off in The Time of The Doctor and like…it kind of sucks I really am sad that Matt Smith didn’t
get better material but oh well. Finally after what feels like a year he
regenerates and… [12th Doctor] “I’ve got new kidneys! I don’t like the color” Capaldi’s first proper episode, ‘Deep Breath’ premiered in August of 2014, and…it’s kind of a mixed bag. There are scenes like this which go
on for way too long. [Vastra] “He has seen stars fall to dust!.”
And also really nail-biting moments like this one: [Clara] “If the doctor is still the doctor…He will have my back.” Also the doctor steals a coat from a
homeless man which…is not good. But at the same time ‘Deep Breath’ gives us one of my all-time favorite post regeneration scenes. [12th Doctor] “I’m not on the phone. I’m right here. Please just…Just see me.” The vulnerability and sweetness these
two actors bring is so good and wonderful and the writing is damn near
perfect. [Doctor Who Theme] [Sigh] Now the rest of series 8 is by and large is not very good. There are funny moments here and there. Other parts are fairly interesting [12th Doctor] “Am I a good man?” [Clara] “I…don’t know.” But series eight also gave us this: [12th Doctor] “And this, is my spoon!” And this: [Ahmed] “Not the president of America sir, the president of Earth.” [12th Doctor] “There isn’t one.”
[Kate] “If you say so Mr. President.” Probably the best episode of the season is called ‘Flatline.’ It’s funny and has an
interestingly creepy monster for the Doctor to face off against. But more
importantly ‘Flatline’ is the first episode since Clara was introduced as
the souffle girl in series 7 that actually utilizes her characters
potential. See, this show never really knew what to do with Clara Oswald. It
only sort of knew what to do with Amy Pond. But even she felt a little lost by the time she left a series. I said Moffat had a women problem and nowhere is that more obvious than the character of Clara
Oswald, The Impossible Girl. First she’s introduced to us as a Dalek, and then an 18th century nanny, and then as a modern-day nanny. There’s a reason for that but it kind of sucked and the concept of The Impossible Girl was
abandoned by series 8. Also Clara becomes a teacher out of nowhere, with no previous mention of studying to become a teacher, Or anything that might indicate
she’s going through the massive amount of training that it takes to become a
teacher. She just suddenly is one in the 50th anniversary special and then…that’s
that now. Also one time she knew jiu-jitsu
[So I’m about to get this next bit wrong and I’m too lazy to re-record one line] But don’t worry she’ll never know jiu-jitsu again.
[Its Tae Kwon Do not Jiu-Jitsu It’s a useful skill that could come in handy quite often when facing dangerous aliens but no… she’ll never know jiu-jitsu again.
[She’ll never know TAE KWON DO again] So it’s safe to say that for most of Clara’s run on the show it seems that Moffat and Co. sort of made her…. whatever the episode needed her to be.
One second she’s apparently a needy egomaniac. [Clara] “Nothing is more important than my egomania.” The next, she’s the mature peacemaker while the Doctor and her boyfriend bicker like children. And then finally we get to ‘Flatline’ and the first real glimpse of who Clara would become: [Clara] “I’m the Doctor,” “But you can call me Clara.”
*I recognize that having Clara’s entire character development be totally defined by a man in her life also sucks In ‘Flatline’ Clara poses as the Doctor while he’s trapped in a shrinking TARDIS
*But I do think it leads to a lot of cool and interesting stuff for her so I let this slide. She plots and makes decisions like she thinks he would. It’s cold and calculating and dangerous. In the end it turns out she’s very good at being the Doctor for better and for worse. [12th Doctor] You were an exceptional Doctor Clara.
[Clara] “Thank you.” [12th Doctor] “Goodness has nothing to do with it.” Then series 8 ends with the show killing off Clara’s boyfriend, Danny Pink, Who was a delightful character that was largely squandered. It’s not a good look when the
show predominantly filled with white actors kills off the one black man in
the main cast, but also it was stupid. He got hit by a car, because apparently the
former soldier doesn’t look both ways before crossing the street. Then he gets
turned into a Cyberman, because that was the season long MacGuffin, and then he
gets fixed by LOVE, but dies anyway because Reasons. Also Clara betrayed the
Doctor and they reconciled with this line: [Clara] “Then why are you helping me? [12th Doctor] “Do you think I care for you so little that betraying me would make a difference?” Which is so interesting and they just sort of breeze on past it. They introduced a
cloud network full of dead souls being downloaded into Cybermen. And they
officially introduced Missy as the lady version of The Master. It was a messy
finale to say the least [Seb] “Permission to squeeeeee!” Series 9 began on equally rocky footing
with the aforementioned scene where Missy and Clara argue who the Doctor
likes more as they’re sent off to give the Doctor his Confession Dial, something
that must be presented to a Time Lord before their death in order for them to
confess and find peace. Also the Doctor has sonic sunglasses now which really adds to the midlife crisis vibe in a bad way But just try not to think about it
too hard about it. [Upbeat techno music] All of series 9 was built around two-part episodes for some reason, with the exception of the forgettable one-off ‘Sleep No More’ and the absolutely
unforgettable ‘Face the Raven.’ Overall series 9 was an improvement on series 8. Some episodes weren’t great but it wasn’t bad. In fact some of it was quite
good. [12th Doctor] “No on else will ever have to live like this. No one else will have to feel this pain!” “Not on my watch.” The season moved well and also we finally had a good grasp on the dynamic between Clara and the Doctor, where he stopped making weird comments about her appearance [12th Doctor] “You’re not a young woman anymore.” [Clara] “Yes as I am.” [12th Doctor] “Well you don’t look it.”
[Clara] “I do look it!” [12th Doctor] “That’s right, keep your spirits up.” And just genuinely cared about her very deeply. [12th Doctor] “I’m not a hugger…” [The Doctor laughs and Clara squeaks] Also we got an incredible two-parter starring Maisie Williams, where the show interrogate the
morality of the Doctor. Because he goes around fixing thingsand saving worlds
but what happens after he leaves? In this case case it leaves behind the Lady Me [12th Doctor] “I saved your life.”
[Me] “You didn’t save my life Doctor, you trapped me inside it. Yes season 9 has another MacGuffin because Moffat can’t seem to let go of
that. [12th Doctor] “The Hybrid” [Me] “The Hybrid” [12th Doctor] “The Hybrid…is Me!” But you decide right off the bat that The
Hybrid doesn’t matter in spite of it being referenced at least once per
episode, series 9 is actually quite good. And then we get to ‘Face the Raven’ and it
goes from quite good to borderline excellent. This episode is penned by
Sarah Dollard and it’s the beginning of the end for Clara Oswald. In this episode, Rigsy, a character we met in ‘Flatline’ calls up Clara and the Doctor to ask for
help with a mysterious tattoo that seems to be counting down to something [Rigsy] “The tattoo…it’s a number and it’s counting down to zero.” So Clara and the Doctor assist him and eventually the trio discover a ‘trap street.’ [Rigsy] “We’re looking for a trap street?”
[12th Doctor] “We’re looking for a trap street.” The street is hidden from view and it contains aliens and monsters who seek asylum and live in harmony. And governing over all of them and keeping
the peace is Me. She’s an immortal now, thanks to the
doctors meddling, and a somewhat amoral one at that? She does have a code of honor though, which maintains peace on the trap street. Any law that is broken is an automatic death sentence. A chronolock is placed on the offender and it counts down to the time when they must face The Raven, No matter how petty the crime. In the case of Rigsy, he’s accused of killing someone. [Rigsy] “What if I freaked?” [12th Doctor] “You were called here at 6 AM. By a number from a mystery phone.” [Clara] “There is no way you did this.” We find out that he didn’t and oh hey! look it’s Shuri from Black Panther. But before they can completely crack the case Clara makes a fatal mistake. See, she found out that the tattoo and thereby the death sentence can be passed to another If both parties are willing. She
thinks this will trick Me and the others, to give them enough time to solve the
case and thereby save Rigsy’s life [Clara] “I’m under the mayor’s personal protection…and it’s absolute!” “Look she controls The Raven so I will
never have to face it. This. Is. Clever.” They do solve the case. The whole thing
was an elaborate ruse by Me To get to the Doctor and get a teleport bracelet on his wrist. And then Me goes to remove the chronolock tattoo but… [Me] “No…”
[12th Doctor] “Clara you didn’t!” By changing the terms of the contract, and passing the tattoo on
to Clara, Me is now helpless to stop The Raven. [The Raven caws} [Clara] “We can fix this can’t we? …We always fix it…” It’s something out of a Shakespearean tragedy really…Its hubris. Clara was too much like the Doctor but she was still a human . [Clara] “Why shouldn’t I be so reckless…You’re reckless all the bloody time!” “Why can’t I be like you?” [12th Doctor] “Clara there’s nothing special about me, I am nothing.” “But I’m less breakable than you, I should have taken care of you!” [Clara] “I never asked you to.” And so Clara has to die. And maybe the editing sucks a little in her final moments, And Clara becomes yet another woman in media to die perfectly posed. But the power of this scene: [Clara] “I know it’s gonna hurt you, but please…Be a little proud of me.” Can’t be ignored. So Clara faces The Raven…as bravely as
she can…and she dies. [Whooshing sounds] And The Doctor is forced to go wherever
this bracelet takes him. [Bracelet clattering] And so we get to what might be in my opinion the best episode of Doctor Who. God damn it. In the 11th episode of series 9, ‘Heaven Sent,’ We find the Doctor in a death trap. A torture maze designed with him in mind. [12th Doctor] “So who’s been stealing my nightmares?” And this episode perhaps encapsulate the 12th Doctor best. Because this is a man
who would rather be burned alive than give whoever trapped him here the
information they want. And spoiler alert It’s about The Hybrid which still
doesn’t matter. But what Does matter that this hour of Peter Capaldi monologing is captivating from start to finish. [12th Doctor] “Come on! Chop, chop! The Doctor will see you now! Show me what you’ve got! “I just watched my best friend die in agony. My day can’t get any worse. Let’s see what we can do about yours!” The Doctor just watched his best
friend die, and now he’s trapped in this maze with no way out, and nothing to distract him from his grief, other than solving this mystery. He even talks to Clara in the privacy of his own mind, Where he imagines her standing at a chalkboard asking him questions, and spurring him onward. [12th Doctor] “What would you do?” [Chalk writing sounds] [12th Doctor] “Yes. Yes, of course you would. Which let’s be honest is what killed you.” At his lowest point she comes to him directly, Either as another figment of his imagination or possibly as a true spectre of his friend encouraging him
to keep going. [Clara] “Get up…Off your ass…and win.” Eventually the Doctor discovers that his only option is to literally punch his way out. And when that doesn’t work? He resurrects a fresh copy of himself to do it all again. [Smoking sounds]
[The Shepherd’s Boy by Murray Gold plays] [The Doctor coughing and gasping for breath] [Flowing sand sounds] [12th Doctor] “I’m the Doctor. I’m coming to find you, and I will never, ever stop.” And he does that for four and a half billion years. Over one, 5 minute sequence, we watch the
Doctor put himself through hell over and over again, And it’s practically insane as we watch him realize the ever-increasing passage of time. [12th Doctor] “If I didn’t know better, I’d say I’ve travelled 7,000 years into the future.” [Reverberating spoon clatter that also sounds like a clock striking the hour] “Twelve hundred thousand years into the future.” [Door creaks] “Nearly a billion years.” But in the end…The madman actually does it. And of course, he does it with a little story. “How many seconds in eternity?” “The Sherpherd’s boy says…”
[Gasping sounds] And we’re left with the Doctor standing
in the desert of his home planet Gallifrey, A tribute to determination and defiance, Who spent four and a half Billion Years trapped in a maze of his own people’s making. But he’s finally come home…The long way round. And sure we could poke holes in this episode like why does everything in the castle reset
except the clues the Doctor is leaving for his future self, Or how about the fact that Steven Moffat said the Doctor painted this picture of Clara, But where the hell did he find art supplies and a canvas?! And I said before The Hybrid doesn’t matter but they do spend a lot of this episode talking about it anyway. And I just have to take a minute to just talk about Mr. Peter Dougan Capaldi.
[Popping sound] His middle name is Dougan? Alright then. His ACTING in this episode…I mean his
acting is always phenomenal, even when the material isn’t? This guy has always
been delivering in spades, but in these 55 minutes it’s just his acting carrying
the entire show! “Why is it always me?” “Why is it never anybody else’s turn?” “It’s not fair! Clara, it’s just not fair! Why can’t I just lose!?” It’s the Peter Capaldi Power Hour And it’s so good? I’m not sure there are many actors that could quite pull this off. Basically I just love this episode so much and everything it shows us about the Doctor. About his raw, stubborn endurance and resilience. It’s beautiful, and tragic, and sometimes it’s even funny. “I can’t wait to hear what I say. I’m nothing without an audience.” It is in my opinion one of the best episodes of Doctor Who. Ever. [The Doctor screaming] [The wall cracking and breaking] “Personally, I think that’s a hell of a bird.”
[Music crescendoes] Then in the series finale ‘Hell Bent,’ we learn why he put himself through four billion years of That. Why he didn’t just give up and
tell them what The Hybrid is. [Clara] “But what were you bargaining for?”
[12th Doctor] “What do you think?” “You.” The episode opens with the Doctor finding a diner in the desert And talking to a waitress who looks like
Clara, but acts like she doesn’t know who he is. Queue the titles, and the Doctor is back on Gallifrey. We learn a lot of stuff in a short span of time, but the main takeaway is that the Doctor brings Clara back from the dead by hoodwinking his own people, using Gallifreyan technology, And he shoots a guy. I mean he regenerates into this lovely lady, but still. The Doctor has definitely gone too far. And this is why I didn’t bring up
fridging when I talked about Clara’s death. Because it’s Clara who puts her foot down. Clara who says that what they’re doing is wrong and they need to stop. Even as she learns he spent four and a half billion years trapped in a confession dial, Just to get the chance to bring her back. [Clara] “I was dead and gone. Why? Why would you even do that to yourself?” [12th Doctor] “I had a duty of care.” And can we just take a second to
talk about Jenna Coleman? She didn’t always get the most coherent character development but man she is so freaking talented. I love watching her in this scene where she is so mesmerizing and utterly heartbreaking. And so by the end of this episode, it’s Clara who’s taken control of an out of control sitution. The Doctor tries to erase her memories without her consent so she can live, Even though her remaining alive creates a dangerous and destructive paradox. So instead, Clara turns the tables on him. [12th Doctor] “Tell me what you did.”
[Clara] “What else? What else do you think I did?” “I reversed the polarity! Push that button, Doctor, and it will go off in your own face!” [12th Doctor] “You were trying to trick me?” [Clara] “What are you trying to do to me?” [12th Doctor] “I’m trying to keep you safe!”
[Clara] “Why? “Nobody’s ever safe. I’ve never asked you for that, ever.” And that is enough to finally get him to stop and think To realize just how far he’s gone wrong, although he did it for the right reasons. [12th Doctor] “What am I doing? You’re
right.” He finally understands that this can’t continue and one of them has to stop. So they both activate the device, knowing it’s going to affect one of them,
erasing their memories of the other. [Clara] “I don’t think I could ever forget you [12th Doctor] “Clara, I don’t think you’re ever gonna have to.” Turns out Clara did reverse the polarity, and so the device backfires and erases
his memories of her instead. Their goodbye is tragic and heartfelt, and
then we realize that the woman that the Doctor’s been talking to in the cafe since at the start of the episode…Really is Clara. And it’s the Doctor, who doesn’t recognize Her. She’s watching over him, even now. Having reclaimed her agency and deciding to go out on her own terms. The diner they’re in is actually a second
TARDIS the Doctor stole from Gallifrey, and with it, Clara will traverse the
cosmos with Me as her companion. Eventually she’ll have to return to
Gallifrey, to the time of her death, But she says she’s taking the long way
’round. And that’s the end of series 9. I could talk about how ‘Hell Bent’s opening
is a little bit extra in the way where everything revolves around the doctor to
the point of absurdity, which is a
[This many people willingly stand around to watch the Doctor eat soup] Which is a problem throughout Moffat’s run.
[Why are they applauding him? Are you okay Gallifrey??] I could talk about how the whole Clara reclaiming her agency and erasing the Doctor’s memory might not be so much a feminist move? As it might be Moffat trying to be clever referencing something the Doctor did in the past and
turning it on its head. And like…they literally say they don’t know who or what The Hybrid is. The Doctor thinks it’s Me…. [12th Doctor] “The Hybrid…is Me!” Because she’s now a hybrid of a
human person and alien technology. Me thinks that it’s the doctor and Clara
which…okay… [12th Doctor] ” I went too far…I broke all my own rules. I became The Hybrid.”
[Are you sure about that Doctor??????] I told you that The Hybrid doesn’t matter, but if you just know that at the start, There’s so much good stuff in series 9 then I’m willing to let the McGuffin be stupid and move on After series 9 we got some specials including a fun romp with an American superhero, and a really sweet one-off with the Doctor and River Song. [12th Doctor] “Hello sweetie.” And from there series 10 is possibly even better with the Doctor finding new companions
in Matt Lucas’s Nardole And Pearl Mackey’s, Bill Potts. And by the way Bill is a black lesbian and possibly one of the most delightful companions in New
Who’s history. I fell in love with her instantly. [12th Doctor] “And how does that explain why you keep coming to my lectures?” [Bill] “Yeah it really does it? I was hoping
something would develop.” She is so wonderful I cannot stress this enough. so the Doctor, Bill, and Nardole face Cybermen and emoji robots and some evil
brainwashing monks? The only criticism I could really lob
it series 10 is that one or two of the episodes are a little forgettable, and
the three-parter with the monks has one or two crappy scenes. But by the end the
12th Doctor goes out on a high note with a bombastic and gut wrenching series
finale. [12th Doctor] “I’m not trying to win. I’m not doing this because I want to beat someone,” “It’s not because it’s fun. It’s not even because it works, because it hardly ever does.” “I do what I do, because it’s right! Because it’s decent! And above all, it’s kind.” On the whole the Twelfth Doctor’s
run is marked by incredible growth from a bitter, lonely, angry man to a tired, but
gentle soul, who is unafraid to express affection for those he cares about. And
he’s able to face his end and a new beginning with bravery and wit in a remarkably sweet and contemplative final Christmas Special. Fucking hell. So now
that we’ve discussed the bulk of the Twelfth Doctor’s run on Doctor Who and
why I like it in spite of the main creative force behind it. Let’s take a minute to talk about … Was a 1967 post-modernist essay by Roland Barthes, a French literary critic And it argued that the only true way to critique a work of literature was to divorce it from its author and their inherent
biases, or to liberate the text from: In essence once the
creator makes something and puts it out into the world then their authorial
intent no longer matters. Viewers and readers can draw whatever
interpretations they like because the author’s intent is dead and gone. Takes a somewhat different approach. The word literally means author. The theory came into being during the 1950s and 60s With the French New Wave
movement happening in cinema and the ‘Cahiers Du Cinema’ magazine where directors
like Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard would write articles praising
directors like Hitchcock and Howard Hawks For their distinct cinematic visions. Basically Auteur Theory, which is ussially applied to film, Says that a
director with a singular vision and cinematic style is the one true artist
creating this work of art. Their vision is what influences every frame and every line of dialogue. Today one might hear the term applied to directors like Wes Anderson or Quentin Tarantino Oddly, I’ve never heard it once used to describe a
female filmmaker even though directors like Lynne Ramsay and Julie Taymor exist and are equally distinct in their visual styles
and thematic preoccupations. Now I think there are arguments to be made for both
theories. There are directors with distinct styles; like Julie Taymor, like
Lynne Ramsay. Hell, if you watch my last video on Russian Doll, I spent half of it
quoting Natasha Lyonne and Leslye Headland Because I found their authorial
intent to be very interesting when interpreting that show. At the same time
there are other works of media where I think Death of the Author might suit me more. [Me doing an impression of a sad horn] See the problem with JK Rowling as far as I can tell is that she wrote
seven great to reasonably good books, oversaw eight movie adaptations, and a
theme park opening, and like…still wasn’t ready to let it rest. I mean in fairness,
of the non Harry Potter books she’s written the one that she published under
her own name ‘Casual Vacancy’ got middling to not good reviews while the ‘Cormoran
Strike’ series written under the pen-name Robert Galbraith seems to be much better
received but…like I doubt Rowling is doing this for the money. It’s just that
she spent a lot of years with this series and won’t let it go. Of course it
would be nice if she would stop this particular nonsense.
I love how Dumbledore is extremely gay we promise except for every scene he’s
in where he never once references it, beyond Jude Law looking mildly wistful
once or twice. But these are all somewhat extreme examples. And where does all this
sit when we want to talk about the Twelfth Doctor’s three-season run. [12th Doctor] “This didn’t happen by the way.” Weeelll…All of this is just another way of addressing
the elephant in the room. You see there is a pretty big conversation happening
right now around the idea that we can separate the art from the artist, or if
we should try to, and it kind of factors into my thoughts on Moffat. So strap in
kids we have to talk about the #MeToo Movement. [Ellen DeGeneres] “Me Too.”
[Daily Show Correspondent] “Me Too” [Rachael Ray] “The MeToo Movement.” Actually began in 2006 when Tarana Burke
began using the phrase to raise awareness about the pervasiveness of
sexual abuse and assault in society, then in 2017 the movement got a lot bigger as
we began learning about the despicable actions of well-known figures of the
film and literary world from Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey to James
Dashner. Which leads us to the question that spawned a billion think pieces And moreover In a New York
Times article actor Colman Domingo spoke on this phenomenon of boycotting works
based on their creators. He said: Domingo
starred in the 2016 film ‘The Birth of a Nation,’ which disappointed at the box
office after writer director Nate Parker was accused of raping a woman twenty
years ago. Parker was acquitted and the
aforementioned woman later committed suicide. Roman Polanski director of ‘The Pianist,’ and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ was convicted of
sexually assaulting a thirteen-year-old and has a new movie called ‘J’accuse’
starring Jean Dujardin from ‘The Artist’ set to release this year. Alfred
Hitchcock was a well-known creep who abused and assaulted Tippi Hedren during
their time working on ‘The Birds’ and ‘Mamie.’ Stanley Kubrick traumatized Shelley Duvall During the making of ‘The Shining’
and Quentin Tarantino physically choked Uma Thurman and Diane Kruger in ‘Kill
Bill’ and ‘Inglorious Bastards’ respectively for the sake of
‘authenticity.’ His newest movie ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ is set to release
this year. There is no shortage of gross and horrific actions taken by powerful
men in the name of genius. By comparison Moffat slightly veiled misogyny might
seem trifling, but I feel it’s part of a larger conversation as we decide how to
take in media created by problematic figures. How do we ethically consume new
media if buying tickets, or tuning into a new episode of a TV show, might benefit
powerful and terrible people. Well the simplest answer is don’t buy tickets.
Don’t watch the shows. It’s easy to abstain from something you haven’t
already seen. I don’t feel a lot of loss over the fact that I didn’t see the last
Woody Allen movie. although even that is maybe an oversimplification. You see a
lot of people saw and liked ‘Bohemian Rhapsody in spite of the allegations
made tow’ards director Bryan Singer of sexually assaulting four underage boys
in the late 90s. A fair amount of people saw the most recent ‘Predator’ in spite of
the registered sex offender in the cast.
*His scenes were cut after Olivia Munn kicked up a justifiable fuss And now this is going to be entirely my
own personal opinion and not some that I think everybody
needs to follow because these are not easy questions to answer. Especially when
there are so many victims of assault in the world who might not want to watch a
movie made by a rapist or abuser. I’m not out to force anybody to think like me, but
for myself: I tend to take the attitude that where it’s possible I won’t buy a
ticket, and I won’t sit at my TV to watch something when it first airs. Because as
far as I can tell viewer numbers and box office returns are the only things that
higher-ups in the entertainment industry take seriously and so if a movie made by
a bad person bombs because I and others abstained from buying a ticket? Cool! If a TV show made by terrible people gets canceled due to a lack of viewers? Awesome.
*Technically I think they just cancelled this one after the allegations about Louis C.K. I say when possible because with a production as big as say, ‘The
Incredibles 2’ I still saw that movie in spite of John Lasseter’s involvement as
the head of Pixar. And if you didn’t know, he screwed over director Brenda Chapman
on ‘Brave’ and regularly harassed his female employees to the point that they
had a move called ‘The Lasseter’ to avoid being groped. He’s since been fired from
Pixar and hired at Skydance because Hollywood never learns.
And in spite of all that I still saw ‘The Incredibles 2,’ because it was a sequel
to a beloved movie from my childhood and I too am sometimes a slave to trends. But
when it comes to the older stuff? To stuff that I’ve already seen and loved?
and how much some might want to remove certain works from history due to their
creators? I still like movies such as ‘L.A.
Confidential’ in spite of Kevin Spacey’s role I still like the first two ‘X-Men’
movies in spite of Bryan Singer directing them I still liked ‘Good Will
Hunting’ in spite of Harvey Weinstein and well. I don’t know if Weinstein got some
residuals when I last watched ‘Shakespeare in Love’ on Netflix and I
don’t know if Kevin Spacey got something when I rented ‘L.A. Confidential’ from the
library/ I know Alfred Hitchcock can’t benefit from my buying a used copy of
‘Notorious’ on DVD because he’s dead. Basically it’s my own personal feeling
that these works of art, films, shows, and books that I love? They’re mine now. They
belong to me either as a physical copy, or a fond memory to quote Josephine
Livingston of the New Republic when she discussed her personal affection for the
works of Woody Allen and Roman Polanski There’s been
a move lately to argue either that we must separate art from the artist or
only consume media created by nice people ever. Both angles are looking at
the situation as black and white, when I think an individualistic approach is
probably the best. Each person deciding where they draw the line . Overall I do
feel that erasing the art from history could be a detriment to future
generations. feminist scholar Camille Paglia said in a New York Times article So when it
comes to separating the art from the artist? Choosing whether to apply Auteur
Theory or Death of the Author I tend to go for both, and neither. I acknowledge
the bad that these artists have done because it would be irresponsible to
ignore it and context matters. But I choose to consume the art anyway. So where does that leave us with Doctor
Who and Steven Moffat? Well from the previous section you might have already
guessed Steven Moffat might be a misogynist with spotty writing abilities,
but he also just happened to write some shit that’s practically perfect. I don’t
like him as a person but the thing that Auteur Theory and Death of the
Author tend to forget is that movies, TV shows, music, and books are not made by a
single entity. R.Kelly works with sound mixers and engineers and people who
assist in the instrumentation of his music. Brian Singer works with
screenwriters and cinematographers. Even authors like Junot Diaz worked with some
kind of literary editor before their work is published. In the case of Steven
Moffat, he worked with many directors like the excellent Rachel Tallalay who
directed some of my favorite episodes including ‘Heaven Sent.’
he worked with other writers like Sarah Dollard and Catherine Tregenna, and he
worked with the actors. Capaldi, Coleman, Mackey, and Lucas made choices as actors
which often elevated the material and they might have even had some input on
the story – Capaldi said in an interview with Digital Spy magazine that he
sometimes disagreed with Moffat on the direction of the series. He added: And we’ll probably never know when and where Capaldi felt the need to make such
sentiments known and to what degree stories changed because of his input, but
a showrunner is not an island, and perhaps some of the improvements to the
show came through collaboration. I know some moments could only happen as they did due to the stellar performances of the actors onscreen. [12th Doctor] “Hello sweetie.” So it’s not hard to
imagine that collaboration made him better and that brings us to series ten
and Bill Potts. [Bill] “We’re trapped in here!”
[12th Doctor] “Nothing gets through these doors.” [Bill] “But they’re made of wood. They’ve got windows!” Following Clara’s absence, the Doctor begins
working as a professor at a university. it’s not completely explained why
because that’s another MacGuffin. But he’s there and he’s teaching and he
seems resolved to no longer travel in the TARDIS. Then he meets Bill Potts and pretty quickly throws away that resolve in favor of more adventures. [12th Doctor] “Time And Relative Dimension In Space.” and bill [Snaps fingers & door creaks open] [12th Doctor] “It means…what the hell?” And Bill Potts as played by Pearl Mackey is a revelation with none of the waffling in writing that plagued Clara Oswald. [Clara] “Nothing is more important than my egomania.” Bill gets to be a fun and interesting character from page one. [12th Doctor] “Humanity is doomed to never learn from it’s mistakes.” [Bill] “Why d’you put up with us then?” [12th Doctor] “In amongst seven billion, there’s someone like you.” I honestly wonder if Stephen Moffat wrote a woman well by accident. I sort of
doubt he’s truly aware of what makes her character great. I mean she’s a gay Woman
of Color who gets to be the kindest, most good-hearted person in practically every
room she’s in. The Doctor aspires to being a good person, but he doesn’t
always manage it. And so by the end of the series, he’s often looking to her for
guidance. [12th Doctor] “Because it can’t be up to me.
Your people, your planet.” “I serve at the pleasure of the human race right now that’s you. Give me an order.” [Bill] “Save her.” Bill is strong and funny and has the capacity to withstand the mental onslaught of living
under the brainwashing monks for months without losing her grasp on the truth. [Bill] “You saved them.”
[12th Doctor] “You did. You gave the order, boss.” And then in the penultimate
episode of series 10, ‘World Enough and Time’ she’s turned into a Cyberman but
she’s a Cyberman who still retains her sense of self, something Cyberman never
do. Which leads to heartbreaking moments like this [Cyberman Bill] “I am not upset.” In the series finale ‘The Doctor Falls,’ Bill and the Doctor, and Nardole are trapped on this ship that is
so big, that as it nears a black hole, time passes differently on the different
levels, and the Cybermen are coming. So the Doctor makes one final stand with
Bill. they win but at the cost of their [12th Doctor] “You sure?” [Bill] “You know I am.” They win but at the cost of their lives.
Well almost. Bill’s spirit is plucked from the Cyberman by Heather. You see Bill met
Heather in her first episode ‘Pilot’ and instantly fell into a bit of a crush.
Heather was then taken by a race of aliens and turned into this watery
specter who followed Bill through eons of space and time because… [Bill] “Promise you won’t go?”
[Heather] “Promise.” [12th Doctor] “Never underestimate a crush.” Heather leaves when Bill asks her to, but in her absence there’s a tear on
Bill’s cheek. [Bill] “I don’t think they’re mine.” And so in the present, Heather returns to Bill in her final moments and provides her a sort of resurrection. Now Bill and Heather can
travel all of space and time together on this new plane of existence. It’s kind of
an out of nowhere twist, but compared to the alternative? Killing off another
character of color and this time a black lesbian? Yeah I’m totally okay with this.
And as for the Doctor? Well Bill and Heather bring him back to the TARDIS where Bill says her goodbyes and the Doctor begins to regenerate. [12th Doctor] “I…will not change!” But instead of letting it happen, he tries to hold back the inevitable, leading to his final episode ‘Twice Upon a Time,’ where he comes across a previous version of himself. The
First Doctor, originally played by William Hartnell, here played by David
Bradley. See the First Doctor’s regeneration back in 1966 just sort of
happened? The writers of Doctor Who had not fully fleshed out the regeneration
process yet, So Moffat decided to do a little retconning to allow the Twelfth
Doctor to get a little perspective by looking back. [1st Doctor] “I think I’m ready now. Are you?” [12th Doctor] “You’ll find out.” He also gets to spend time
with a version of Nardole and Bill. Not the real ones, they’re long gone. But a
version of them made from memories and glass by Testimony, the entity the Doctor
faces in this episode. It’s touching to see just in this one thing how much this Doctor has grown over the last three seasons To go from this.
[12th Doctor] “I don’t think that I’m a hugging person now.” To this “Thank you both, for everything that you were to me.” And then he goes into his TARDIS and
gives one final speech to his future self. He’s decided to accept the change
to come, but he wants to get the last word in. “I’ve got a few things to say to you. Never be cruel, never be cowardly, and never ever eat pears!” One actor said that art suffers when we
only consume the art that was created ethically and erase the rest and while
I don’t think that’s true, I do think it’s true that we can choose what art we wish to consume and we can choose how we consume it. I think classes could focus film history on more worthy figures
[Look up Alice Guy-Blaché guys] and only introduced the DW Griffith’s and Alfred Hitchcock’s of history with the appropriate context. Sometimes shitty people can make beautiful art that innovates the form and sometimes a misogynist can write some of the best
lines of Doctor Who ever. [12th Doctor] “Personally, I think that’s a hell of a bird.” People who know me in real life might know that I don’t handle change well, Despite the fact that my life along with that of most humans is rife with it. It gives me anxiety sometimes to move to a new place, or start a new job, and sometimes I find
even the smallest change is hard to handle. At least for a little while.
Doctor Who is a show that embraces change. It will hold the hand of the
viewer and walk them through loss, and grief, and joy, and wonder, and discovery,
over, and over again. Every time we get a new Doctor, the old one has to die, and
along the way they will lose friends to time, or fate, or circumstance. But then
they’ll make new friends, or get a new face. And well… [12th Doctor] “Everything ends, and it’s always sad. But everything begins again too and that’s always happy. Be happy.” There’s a line in the Broadway musical Hadestown, A reimagining of the Orpheus myth by way
of the Depression era and New Orleans jazz, That I think sums up what draws
people to this story. The narrator Hermes says: ‘It’s an old song, and a sad song, and
they’re going to sing it anyway. Again and again.’ Fiction is a powerful tool
that allows us to understand and reckon with the world and sometimes it helps us
cope. You might be aware that in the real world right now there is a never-ending
stream of bad news coming from every corner of the world. And it’s hard to
take sometimes. It can be stressful and depressing. And in the face of that, I
find Doctor Who and this Doctor in particular, with his tale of resilience,
and defiance, and friendship, in the face of terror, and uncertainty to be powerful
in the way that only fiction can be. So the fact that this show and this
particular arc of the Doctor spearheaded by a very good actor in a smug asshole
decided to hold my hand through some joys and some tragedies? Well, I can only
be grateful to them for giving me this gift. It’s mine now and I carry it with
me. I may like parts of this show against my better judgment, and I may dislike the
man who wrote it, but nevertheless I find it to be inspiring and I think of it
often [12th Doctor] “Laugh hard,” “Run fast,” “Be kind.” ‘Doctor…” “I let you go.” Also Class was actually
really good and the BBC shouldn’t have canceled that K thanks byeeeeee Alright friends here we are at the credits. This one took a while. As far as announcements go I got distracted during the making of this by
‘Fleabag’ and I’ve already started writing a script about that so expect a ‘Fleabag’
video in the future. Other than that I know I handled some sensitive subjects
in this video and I tried my best to handle them tactfully, so I hope I threaded
that needle and yeah…thanks everybody for watching, see you on the next one.

100 Replies to “Art vs. The Artist – A Doctor Who Video Essay”

  1. Vraisairs says:

    Whats class? Why was it cancelled?

  2. Benji_du91 says:

    This is so good, this is amazing. I’m so happy I found your channel. Good luck for the future !!

  3. 1innaeus says:

    Fuck that final montage at the end of the video made my damn night. This was an excellent finally. I’m subbed now.💛

  4. Karin Sarkheil says:

    Amazing! I was mesmerized. The hour was gone so fast. Thank you.

  5. Ko Mota says:

    everyone criticizes Jodie's run (which is insane because every doctor's first season is mediocre) but oh gosh, I could never stand Matt Smith's run which had the biggest Moffatisms that ruined the show for me for years until those were toned down a bit with Season 9 and 10 of Capaldi, the whole "The Doctor is the center of the universe and any other character doesn't matter" thing about Smith's run gave me war flashbacks of how bad Sherlock was

  6. Irina Ostapchuk says:

    So true about women somehow never being listed as auteurs. I mean Anna Biller not only directed Love Witch but also wrote the script, wrote the music, made/found all sets and costumes, edited and produced it. That is what realising your own vision is, even if big studious are not exactly lining up to give you money for your project.

  7. Metasyn says:

    10:33 that was in uniform, it doesn't count. Otherwise when gays couldn't be in the military there wouldn't have been anyone left.

  8. Kev Frost says:

    See also Capaldi as Frobisher is Torchwood: Children of Earth. Brilliant performance

  9. Jenna Craig says:

    If Karen Gillan* is "wee and dumpy", then I must be a fucking potato.

    *(the absolute Goddess that she is)

  10. Claudio Lima says:

    Capaldi must have won at least one Oscar for punching that wall for so long.

  11. Erika Fiore says:

    I really despise Moffats writing, both in Sherlock and Doctor, but damn I cant stop watching Capaldi.

    Update: series 12 started and I hate it so much I actually miss Moffat.

  12. Damian Fry says:

    where is the love button? because this was beyond amazing!

  13. All Gods No Masters says:


  14. All Gods No Masters says:

    From a Marxist perspective, auteur theory makes zero sense with film

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  16. shai tv movie says:

    12 doesn’t steal the coat from the homeless man, he gave him his (presumably expensive) watch for it, which is similarly symbolic to 11 shedding off the bowtie in the previous episode. Also, I loved series 8 as it sets off 12’s arc, which made him my favorite doctor

  17. Hitman123456780 says:

    I loved your intro, FYI <3

  18. shai tv movie says:

    Moffat may have his flaws when it comes to writing but I don’t think he’s overly problematic. He tries to be progressive, but as a privileged straight white man, he just misses the mark a lot. He isn’t the best at writing women, but jumping to misogynist seems extreme. His quote in 2004 was atrocious, yes, but he almost certainly would cringe at that now. I also find it misleading how you single out how Missy, River, and Clara obsess over the Doctor, when just about every main character, male and female, do that. The whole Master’s character is that practically.

  19. ablo show says:

    An asshole can be a genius they are not mutually exclusive to stop yourself from enjoying the food an asshole makes under the pretence of hes being an asshole dismisses the fact that your hungry. Its almost childlike to do so.

  20. ablo show says:

    Alot of artist are people who use their pain to make art and tyler perry says hurt people hurt people.

  21. Ben Lister says:

    Incredible video essay, never ever stop this!

  22. cinnamonpitch says:

    ok this video has me genuinely in tears. i'm really shit at analysing whether doctor who's current season/doctor/wiritng/episode is good or not, so i come to youtube to have someone explain it to me who can be bothered to put the time and effort to think about it. now i love this show. i love it to bits. it, as you put it so well, 'holds my hand', especially when i'm feeling a bit down. so when i see reviewers (pretty much most, apart from full fat videos, bless their milky hearts) constantly putting this show down because they want to be pernickety instead of optimistic, like watching hell bent and deciding this episode is terrible because they brought clara back and because they thought that was a bad twist, the rest of the ep has to be terrible, right? and i'm forced to agree with them, because i feel like they are this omniscient film expert and i am just some stupid nobody who can't even tell if the acting is good or not. i mean, i get it, they're just saying their opinion, and if it's a negative one, it's not their fault because they're entitled to it. but honestly, all this trash-talking of doctor who has made me lose faith in my favourite tv show. i went into season 11 hopeful, and as soon as people started shitting on it, i felt i had to agree with them 100% (i mean i didn't love s11 anyway but anyway). the way you talk about doctor who, taking in the whole of hell bent instead of following the crowd and hating on it like everyone else, lifting up bill (man, i only just realised how much i loved bill. i literally had a moment where i started crying over this goddamn character cause i was like 'damn. you're right. she's the best.' she gets so much hate when she was literally wonderful.), just in general talking about this show in a positive light that i feel for me was sorely needed. yes, there is times where this show needs and DESERVES harsh critical analysis (which you handled eloquently without making me utterly miserable), but other times you just need to step back and be like 'ok. this show's a bit funky at times but it hits me right where i need it most, and by god do i love it.' you made me remember why i love/d doctor who so much, especially after the shitshow of last year (i'm not talking about the actual season, which was…………… anyway, but the bashing. jesus christ. i don't really know how deserved all of it was but lemme just say it made me look at this show i loved so much in the worst light.) though the writing can be weird and gross at times, it's worth it for the moments you get. if you read all this, just know that this is more effort than i put into my english gcse, but as a passionate doctor who fan, idk if this seems overzealous, just wanted you to know how good this video was and put the whole thing in a new light for me. thank you so much, great video, thanks for not maing me sit through an hour long essay that bores me into a coma which i remember none of apart from that i'm an idiot for liking a show.

  23. Furore2323 says:

    Oh hey, still brilliant second time around.

  24. Badre Bally says:

    15:54 sorry the War Doctor is awesome, don't care what anybody says

    Great video by the way

  25. the 5th doctor says:

    I did like the moffat era But it's probably my least favourite doctor who era. Even including the end of the Jhon Nathan turner era with the 6th and 7th doctors. He just did more damage to the shows continuity than good. Like having clara entering the doctors time stream and her being the reason why he stole that specific tardis. Which was a huge crap on classic who and the fans. Moffat also having the doctor make out with his companion then marry and sleep with his companions kid was just terrible. And an insult to the character of the doctor. I think the writing for the female characters and the companions dint fair much better either. That's why I don't like them as much. wasn't fan of bills character I don't think her being gay and black makes her special. Or her character special like ladyknightthebrave brings up in the video. He made her sexuality a character trait which is all she was known for. Bill and the show itself felt they had to bring it up every episode because that's pc I guess. She came across more of a stereotype rather than a real gay person. Unlike jack who did come across as a real gay person. Moffat is a great writer calling him the modern day Robert holems I think is a bit to far like some fans say. But he wasn't that good of a show runner compared to Davis and Hinchcliffe. I still watched tho unlike Jodie and Chibnall where I stopped after the second episode. Because I couldn't stand any more of Jodies awful acting and how bad the show has gotten. I think its best if they just cancel the show. And get rid of Jodie and Chibnall then bring the show back in ten to fifteen years. Kind of like they did with classic who.

  26. Not Yours says:

    DID HE CALL KAREN GILLAN DUMPY??????? IS HE FUCKING BLIND? ?? she was so fucking gorgeous, they had her play a model in the show

  27. Delila Cain says:

    "Midnight" is still my favorite episode of anything ever. I highly recommend it.

  28. Delila Cain says:

    Have you done an episode about fanfiction? I want that episode!

  29. Emma says:

    can’t believe we let moffat ruin sherlock and doctor who

  30. Olly says:

    hell YEAH heaven sent is my FAVOURITE episode ever

  31. Olly says:

    also pleeeeease do a video on Class maybe??? i love it and i love patrick ness and i love frank, honest, funny discussions of teenage trauma (both supernatural and mundane) and i love this nuanced, realistic portrayal of how fucked up school n authority figures can be and i LOVE tanya

  32. Alina R says:

    Oh my god. I have never heard anyone completely seriously and calmly and rationally explain the exact reasons why Sherlock went from something amazing and promising to a complete trainwreck. I love you for bringing up all the points you did, even before I've heard anything you have to say about DW. Thank you for not making it a mockery. I was one of the people who really loved that show and expected so much more, and not that many people acknowledge that maybe the fault wasn't in the fans (although there were out-of-control people in the mix, sure). You have, at 7 minutes in, already summarised half of what I knew I hated about Moffat's writing style.

  33. towairaito says:

    29:20 what the fuck does he say even? i've listened to this like 8 times now
    clara: why would you do that to yourself??
    dr.: IDKFA
    that's about the best ive got

  34. spiralmewtrix says:

    Love your video essays!

  35. Shane K says:

    I think your videos are helping my mental health, I don't know how – I haven't quite figured that bit out yet. All I know is .. it is. So thank you for braving the internet world.

  36. M S says:

    i watched this at like 1 am last night and cried at the end, good essay, I have like zero follows on twitter but i linked it on there

  37. Thej Yhome says:

    Pirating. The simplest answer is pirating. Lol.

  38. 赤Red says:

    Ill be honest i kinda stopped after peter

  39. Gabe Donlon says:

    “The Doctor being a woman doesn’t have to be political!” -Everyone
    “What was that? Make the Doctor being a girl SUPER political? Can do!” -The BBC
    Everyone: “wait no-“
    But the BBC had already made it super political to dislike season 11 for “the Doctor being a woman now” (the Doctor being wrote sh***y as a woman/ the season being wrote in feces on used toilet paper to represent its quality).

  40. Gabe Donlon says:

    *doctor moment incoming, fasten your bow ties and grab your spoons
    This video can accurately be said in 4 words. I don’t mean a stupid “is bad get better” type thing, I mean it’s ideas. All of them: You might think that such a phrase doesn’t exist, but I assure you it does. “Death of the author.”
    It means, when discussing a writing (book, tv show, movie, etc.) the author (generally speaking) DOES NOT MATTER. Their intent, their history (in most cases), especially their message, don’t matter. All that matters is what you (the viewer) take away from it. What I take away from Doctor who is this: “Never be cruel nor coweredly,” “onwards and upwards,” and “there’s always a way out.” These are the values I see as integral above all else to Doctor who, if I had to choose 3. Russel focused on clever, and loneliness, and strength. Moffat on wonder and adventure. But it’s all doctor who loved despite the differences because the writer doesn’t matter. The story’s quality does. I’m of the belief that if a story is good, it doesn’t matter who wrote it, and it doesn’t promote violence or anything of that nature, obv.
    Literally Hitler could have made a fiction story (leaving out his personal “feelings” and “beliefs”) and if it was good, I’d be fine with it.
    I’m not fine with Hitler, but I can be fine with a quality tale.
    Because at the end of the day, the writer doesn’t matter. The story and it’s content do.

  41. dornravlin says:

    This video was pretty epic hope you do more thought provoking videos like these

  42. Rainbow Melody says:

    …why does this have so little views

  43. Dario Traverso says:

    between this video, the one of Atlantis and the one with Rogue One (which I just saw back to back), You just gained a new subscription to your channel.
    Keep going this way!

  44. adgreenfield says:

    This is really great work; thanks for making it.

  45. Lyli Victor says:


  46. Lyli Victor says:

    Ok so this video put so many of my thoughts into words, things that I didn't quite know how to explain, I basically agree with everything you said! So I guess I have to thank you because this video has calmed a bit my anxiety over the moral of art x artist

  47. Merinda Brayfield says:

    This pretty well sums up all my feels. We knew each other on tumblr a while ago and I'm glad that Youtube suggested this at me. My own personal theory is that the show improved so much because Capaldi was willing to take a stand and put his foot down. I deeply love Jodie because she reminds me very much of myself, but Capaldi might just be my favorite otherwise. Plus I got to meet him at a con this year and he's very nice. But Moffat… yeah…I can rant about moffat

  48. Kat Falk says:

    I haven't even watched Dr Who since series 8 and "I don't want to go" is still the most haunting line in TV history. I didn't realize how much I missed this show

  49. Hailon_Rias says:

    Honestly I get you’re American but how can you not pronounce Clara right when the 12th doctor says her name about 5 times an episode

  50. Graphic Visuals says:

    I love a lot of criticisms when it comes to Moffat and often wonders if there's a set bias here? Yes, he's not a strong as Davis, but I'd like to point out the spoon thing is Gatiss, but also dumb lines also existed in davies; as for example in Rose when the doctor talks about living plastic and Rose instantly thinks of breast implants on top of the examples you already pulled out. Also, what's with the comment of Moffat not doing anything with his Women in his run? Just pointing out Amy is basically the same written character, with the take of Karen Gillan. Also, pushing at how I'd probably argue there treated far more stronger and independent, often leading a lot of male characters and often needing to save them. I'd personally complain how they dumb down the male characters and make them appear more weak and incompetent, to lift up the female ones, writing the characters a lot like swapping the poor gender stereotypes of the 70s, in this instance make the men the damsels in distress. I agree that Moffat isn't as stronger writer but and I can't agree with everything he's said, but it seems like you have a bit of a vendetta against the man? Both have floors, just check they don't doubly apply. You could even further talk about how Moffat's ego has applied to his characters. Where he takes these characters, expects us to love them already and treats them like they're a god and the best thing ever… Also, I have a question if you have a bit of a race problem? Where you make points about how loads of characters are white or the kill of Danny Pink and he's conveniently black. Like the shows secretly racist. All it means is it probably needs more diversity and Danny Pink was a contribution for that, you'd probably complain more if he were white?

  51. Richard Jones says:

    I have an opinion. It is not particularly nuanced. Also considering the platform and how often we read eachother's comments, it feels like shouting into the void. Suffice it to say I don't agree with everything Ladyknightthebrave says but I do agree with some of it. The details of my disagreement aren't important in the sense that it doesn't matter what I think, at least not to anyone here. Yes, I still posted.

  52. BeatFish says:

    Bill was the best and deserved more. #justiceforbill

  53. Rafaela L says:

    i stopped watching doctor who after season 5 years ago, but now you convinced me to watch the rest

  54. BetaArtemis says:

    "laugh hard, run fast, be kind" – I love the 12th Doctor's message to the 13th Doctor, and I love even more the 13th Doctor is exactly that, she laughs hard and has such boundless curiosity, she runs fast and is always looking for adventure, and she is kind and open and caring about others.

  55. Steve Douglas says:

    You're right, Class was really good and they shouldn't have cancelled it … also, great video you put together here … Aloha from Maui ~

  56. Elaina Swanson says:

    I like your essays! The animated insert is a crutch that i think you are above, though. I look forward to future videos!

  57. Laurence Bell says:

    Not sure why certain people won't be happy until the Doctor is a Black female…. DW has always pushed ahead on representation in all areas, and casting the Doctor is already very hard – as Jodie has kinda demonstrated. You can't just give the role to a great actor and assume it's going to work out.

  58. Ben Warburton says:

    Thank you so much. This video perfectly sums up why the 12th Doctor is my favourite, this is coming from someone who likes all the Doctors to at least some degree.

  59. MARA610 says:

    This is brilliant work!

  60. Michael Curtis says:

    Really enjoyed this.

     I think one thing overlooked however is the fact that, with film and TV in particular, it's a large collaborative creative medium – Directors in particular get celebrated as the 'filmmaker' largely because to the layperson they look like the person running around pointing and giving instructions (and, it's convenient for marketing to have a 'star' director), when really those instructions are more vague guidelines to ensure every department is working to the same end goal for any given scene.  

    Filmmakers aren’t some sort of special creative unicorn. They’re middle managers.  

    Sally Menke has as much creative ownership of what makes a 'Taranteno Film' distinctive as Taranteno himself does. A JJ Abrams film isn't really a JJ Abrams Film, it's a Bad Robot film, and as with the last Star Trek the man himself can have very little day to day involvement and it’ll still be recognisably a Bad Robot film because it’s the same team behind it. The conversation of Art versus Artist in the context of film feels somewhat moot because the perpetrators often aren’t artists, they’re jumped up accountants. The real artists are the editors, the DP, the grips and gaffers and the sound designers. 

    I’m not sure I have a solution here; the author rightly points out that Hollywood only understands seems to understand money and will let this behaviour go unchecked if there’s no financial penalty for doing so – and the only financial value directors and producers in particular really have is the illusion that their name as the brand of their team. Take that away, and you create meaningful consequences for them. But that equally hits an awful lot of actual (often low paid) creatives who have no power to abuse and who probably never even spoke to the guys who caused the problem.

    Don’t really have a solution here; it’s a big old complicated question. 

    Finally, Moffatt certainly has….some odd views about women at times, but they don’t seem to me to be mysoganstic in the classical sense. As others have said, some of his comments are just British ‘taking the piss’ that don’t maybe don’t travel well; Karen Gilligham is working to direct something he’s writing right now, and given she’s just been a main character in the biggest grossing film of all of time ever she doesn’t exactly need to put up with Moffatt’s shit if she doesn’t want to. They’re mates, and he was taking the piss. His attempts to write that same sort of relationship worked with 11 and Amy (and was also offset a bit by the presence of Rory), but less so for 12 and Clara – probably because the age difference and the fact that it was Malcolm Tucker doing it made it seem meaner. It’s telling that was dropped pretty quickly; I think they recognised the mistake. 

    Even if you view stuff he said in the worst possible light though, going from that straight to Harvey ‘full on sexual predator’ Weinstein was a hell of – I think very unfair – leap.

  61. RadFoxUK says:

    Have to remember, the BBC is a publicly owned and funded company, not as in shareholders, but more literally, the majority if not all funding is aquired via the TV Tax – -, unlike PBS they don't have to advertise and beg for funding but they do need to appear to be central in political leanings, though it's a bit of an open secret they lean a little to the right in general, hence, they have to cater to their home audience, if the Brits aren't enjoying it then it doesn't matter what the rest of the world thinks. Problem is SWM (Straight White Males) are the most load and whiny of all peoples of earth, and when they don't get their way they use it to their own agendas.

    So, yes while the world is very mixed, with the sex percentage flipping from majority male to female sometimes daily, the sad fact is that most in power are ancient white heteros and the loudest consumer is the SWM, especially in the UK.

    Moffat is just another SWM, who may have once boffed a female, and now believes they know everything about all women and the world and everything… So yeah.

    Sadly doesn't matter what the majority think/want, since the SWM from decades passed are in charge and have been for quite some time, sadly.

  62. Daphne says:

    I think the main problem with season 8 was the relationships between Clara, Twelve, and Danny. It's hard to tell what Moffat wants you to take away from the story because the authorial intent is so different to what's on screen. Danny and Clara's first date is horrible and is the perfect example of how they do not understand or get along with each other at all, he is controlling and manipulative and the worst possible match for Clara who's adventurous and needs to have her own agency; the Twelfth Doctor is the same man as the Eleventh and seemingly carried on the previous feelings for Clara, but it is not a romance (and then in season 9 it is), and Clara and Danny share true love. The Doctor is the one man she'd always trust, always forgive, and never ever lie to, but she did love Danny (despite the fact that she lied to him about her relationship with the Doctor?) apparently. 'Life would be so much simpler if you liked the people you're supposed to like', but Peter did not want a romance in season 8 and Clara's original ending was in Death in Heaven. It's just… impossible to figure out the truth because you need to filter everything through heavy subtext (probably due to the age difference between Jenna and Peter) and even then you have to squint and ignore whole episodes to be able to get a clear and consistent story arc.

    (Also… WTF about Clara's whole arc in that season being about two men fighting over her?)

    Anyway. Absolutely AMAZING video. WOW that ending!

  63. Kidfury On fire says:

    I agree with most of the points but with inglorious bastards tarinteno did that cause he didn’t trust the actors

  64. Jeni says:

    Wow. I am loving your videos. I've spent most of my life avoiding media that's been predominantly made by men, sick of the "male gaze" view of story telling, while it felt like people around me were patting me on the head as if to say: oh sweet ignorant child…that's just the way it is. Leave it be. I've voted with my wallet and have rarely gone to the theater because most of the time I would just want to walk out, disgusted (In fact I have a few times to the consternation of those I've gone with). I've been unapologetic about it, and I got very weary standing up for something that others made me feel was my problem and that I was being a wet blanket. I'm not patting myself on the back by any means! I was just born this way and could not be any other way (I have many failings and contradictions to be sure!). I never thought in my lifetime I would see a MeToo movement happen and have Fleabags and Russian Dolls come out to consume and love. So glorious! Now, as a dyed in the cloth geek, I have mostly avoided Dr. Who, a series that in theory I should probably love but didn't consume because I figured it would "problematic" (as, lets face it, some geek culture is) and would ultimately just piss me off. Now I am so intrigued to give it a try! As a total virgin to this series, would you suggest I start with the 12th Doctor series? Thanks so much for your thoughtful videos, keep up the great work!

  65. Fox and Barrett Show says:

    As a writer, directorand producer for welll over 15 years I'll leave you with this thought about film. Hollywood was always red. This includes the abuse and the cheer.

  66. JP Magwich says:

    Capaldi is my fave Doctor too, love the video and definitely needed it in my life

  67. Theo Wild says:

    I haven't watched DW in… years. I honestly kind of gave up part way through 12. I'm not sure if it was because I'd binged my way through NewWho up to that point and I had the fandom attention span of a fruit fly amd just couldnt be satisfied by watchong TV like a normal person or if I just got bored, but this makes me want to go and rewatch those seasons. I want to give 12 another chance. Thank you for that. Now i just need to figure out where to watch it.

  68. HiddenEchoes says:

    I really enjoy your video.

    I feel personally that if I don't watch something because I know for a fact one person involved is really disturbing, but I don't want to ignore the work of all the other artists in a project who are decent and non creepy people. So, the individual perspective case is wise.

  69. HiddenEchoes says:

    Could you post a video of just the 49:00 to end mark? I really want to explain doctor who and why I love it to someone who doesn't understand why fiction is helpful for me…

    And you summarized more beautifully than anyone ever has for why this show helped me so much when I tripped into discovering the joy of it.

  70. Peter XYZ says:

    I love that episode, too. I feel that it is one of the best episode, too. Capaldi……… 💕👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

  71. Peter XYZ says:

    “Class” got better toward the end; but, kind of….unexpected (to me) that EVERYONE WAS F— king (except the underaged hyper intelligent student character, of course) in the series. What? It’s not that I want nor don’t want characters to have a sex life …every characters hooked up with a partner.

  72. andareon says:

    I'll just say this: hard to fill in the shoes of Russel T. Davies
    Moffat did some good things, but clearly did some shit stuff too and some of his "positioning" has indeed been "problematic".
    (Blink is my fav episode ever).

  73. David MacDowell Blue says:

    Thank you so much. I firmly believe that simple answers are almost by definition cruel ones, as well as incomplete. Threading the eye of a needle between different poles, different ideas, different worlds is the great human trick (yes I know that is a hopelessly muddled metaphor). Art is created, and belongs to the artist. But the moment there's an audience, it belongs to them as well. And if the art is collaborative–as all dramatic forms are–then again it is shared by many.

  74. Alex Webb says:

    I'm so glad that somebody appreciates Heaven Sent like I do, Capaldi's acting was fucking impeccable.

  75. Electric Pencil says:

    Time flew.. It did not feel like an hour long video. I love it. Keep up the good work 😀
    Love from the Philippines.

  76. PasCorrect says:

    I remember one episode that opened with a really tear-jerking sequence about Clara's dead parents. I was like "Oh, a tragic backstory. Maybe this will be relevant."

    And then in a later episode, Clara literally went to the land of the dead, and didn't mention her parents a single time.


  77. Adriana Duncan says:

    Clicked on your video on a whim – I've never actually watched Doctor Who before, I just like thoughtful video essays on art. You made me feel something for a show I've never seen and never cared about before and also provided a thoughtful position on a difficult subject. So, good job, I don't usually subscribe to people after only seeing a single video.

  78. Marco Cantera says:

    I love this video and the topics you toched on

  79. the fatimagic says:

    i'm a huge doctor who fan and i used to be a huge fan of sherlock until moffat, gatiss, and the…louder "you're not really queer if you don't believe in tjlc~" parts of the fandom ruined it for me. pretty much the only things i still stan that are moffat-related are the pond era (where i started watching, so it's always going to be my fave) and bill potts. i have slightly unpopular doctor who opinions in that i dislike rose and the tenth doctor, and i stan martha and mickey (they. deserved. better). i also really hated twelve because even though the doctor (in any incarnation) was always vain and arrogant, he never really insulted people the way twelve did (i.e. telling people they're "not special"), or just…let people die without doing everything in his power to save them. that and i found clara and twelve's relationship really codependent and toxic, and moffat's stories more unnecessarily retcon-y and complicated. i will never forgive moffat for not actually bringing anyone except tom baker and billie piper back and that stupid war doctor thing. but like i said, i do love the pond era, including river song, so i know what it's like to like moffat's work but still hate him as a person. i'm loving thirteen and looking forward to season 12.

  80. empressmarowynn says:

    12:03 Meanwhile statistically when a hetero couple divorces the men are far more likely to remarry and remarry much quicker than the women. It's even a stereotype in media: so many movies have a plot where the couple divorces and the woman becomes a single mom who mostly raises the kids while the man gets remarried rather quickly to a younger woman and sees the kids on the weekends. Who is Moffat trying to kid?

  81. WizWiteKnight says:

    Liked and subscribed before you started describing what Dr Who is!

  82. Whovian from nowhere inparticular says:

    Very nice video. Pretty much the only thing I disagree with is Bill's not-death being better because she is a black lesbian. Bill was my favorite of Capaldi's companions and personally, I felt her not-death was a cop out and took away from the gut-punch her death couldv'e been. But, let's agree to disagree. Nice video, once again.

  83. Cyclonado Thunderclaw says:

    Yeah, Steven Moffat is just dumb and stupid really – his worst moments are when he is either too ignorant or idiotic. Despite that though, I really love Doctor Who and Sherlock. Yes, even the third and fourth season – I'm still here for it, but I get why it might not be objectively the best. I'm someone who usually separates the art from the artist (I mean if you're really into Harry Potter you kind of have to – have you seen JK Rowling's tweets??). I think both shows as a whole are great enough for Moffat's ignorant influence not affect me too much. While the way he writes characters is super frustrating, there are a lot of other things in both Doctor Who and Sherlock that don't excuse or make up for Steven Moffat, but still make both shows favourites of mine.

  84. Dustin Tucci says:

    I really love your video essays! Not because I agree with you, to be fair I feel a lot of your opinions are jaded but I really appreciate your intelligent and honest approach to writing and execution. It makes me feel like if we were to find ourselves talking about movies it could actually be an amazing discussion with different opinions. Please please please continue to pour you passion and intelligence into these essays. At some point people or an algorithm will tell you to shorten your uploads and there will be plenty of trolls as it grows and I urge you to ignore all of that. Taking the time that you spend to say and explain what, how, and why you feel the way you do about your observation is amazing. I know there is an intense amount of effort to make these but it is worth it, I genuinely am on edge waiting for your next video.

  85. Sal LaRosa says:

    Ladyknightthebrave Magnificent analysis and commentary.

  86. Paul McGee says:

    Everybody had a favourite Doctor, from Tom Baker to … mmmh nope. That's about it. 🙂

  87. Paul McGee says:

    Describing Karen Gillan as wee and dumpy is definitely going to be dry English humour at least.

  88. Hiroshi loves You says:

    My favourite Doctor was Matt Smith

  89. Mervalize says:

    Your constant warnings and apologies for having an opinion (seemingly) to prevent people with victim syndrome from getting offended somewhat annoys me. That's my issue to deal with. You are smart, insightful, intelligent, and bloody talented to produce almost an hour's worth of engaging entertainment and discussion. People that want to get offended, will get offended whether you warn them or not. And you're apologising for your ART!! Checking to see if it's OK if you put it up on the wall. Just put it up lady. You're brilliant.

  90. Jacopo Abbruscato says:

    Moffat is pretty yikes, but damn I loved the eleventh doctor

  91. Thomas iPad says:

    I am so thankful for your essay.
    And as I like all Doctors, I especially loved the twelved doctor together with Clara.

    The episodes around the doctor trying to save Clara, fighting for cosmic timespans for millions and billions of years, was nearly killing me. I was crying!

    I did not see the complete last series, without Clara.

    And I also did not see the new, female doctor. Heared it may be a bit too feminist?

  92. Ray Dexter says:

    …Should only watch movies made by nice people. (Footage not found) LMAO

  93. chris1275cc says:

    Although I agree with most of this Essay in principle I do think, or at least suspect that Moffat is not a good example of it. All his "sexist" comments seem to be more tongue in cheek than anything else, which is still not a good thing as people who have the proverbial ear of the public have a certain responsibility, and a sexist comment is still a sexist comment even if you don't actually feel that way. But to compare him to people who in a just world would be rotting in jail is more than a little harsh, and although it pains me to say it as 99 times out of a 100 its not true, I cant help but wonder if this is a bit of dry British humour/banter on the part of Moffat that wasn't understood by a non Brit.

  94. Pan says:

    I didn't think I'd sit down and watch this for 52 minutes but I did and it was wonderful.

  95. Rafa says:

    What I heard 13 minutes into this episode: "This is an essay of how I love the 12th doctor in spite of the man who wrote him"
    Me: "Whatttt you love the 12th doctor?!! I thought I was watching a video that hated on the 12th doctor not because of the actor but because of who made him happen!!"

  96. Stella Humphreys says:

    I hated Clara and 11 but Clara and 12 worked perfectly together

  97. Jeanne Tan says:

    tear him up

  98. catdog says:

    13:18 you lost me when you said a "white lady" was cast for Dr Who so it wasn't THAT big of a risk🤔 I don't get this mentality. So for the positive change in media to be significant or "brave" it has to or can ONLY include people of color? Are white women not accepted as suffering from sexism anymore? Even as a "brown" Turkish woman, that comment really bothered me and stained your image in my eyes.

  99. Christian Bunke says:

    So to summarize a few points. It's Queer baiting or at the very least insulting to portray a "possibly" gay man as a supervillain, casting a woman as the doctor wasn't good enough because she is white (kind of a racist statement but whatever) and the only time it's ok for them to use an almost literal Deux ex Machina to save Bill, is because she is gay and black. To be clear I didn't mind that Moffat decided that giving Bill such a dark death was a bit much for Doctor who like he said in an interview, unlike the writer of this video I don't consider superficial characteristics to be of the utmost importance. I accepted Bill getting that ending because she had bloody earned it after everything she had done.

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