Etienne's stray thoughts and ficlets
the worst things to ever happen to fashion:
- fake pockets
- making every single shirt see through
- seriously why does it have to be see through
- what is the fucking point i just have to wear another tank top or cami underneath it
- it literally defeats the purpose of being a shirt
- and every single shirt is see through these days this annoys me more than fake pockets and trust me that is an issue
Also women’s ‘business shirts’ that are tailored to be missing the top two buttons. I mean seriously what the fuck. If it cannot be worn without the risk of exposing your bra when you bend over, then it is not a goddamn business shirt. It’s embarrassing.
He’s always lied. This is not a new thing. It’s just finally some of his companions finally picking up on it and not blindly trusting him. I personally think that this is an important part of the show’s development.
Except that making "the doctor lies!!11" a mantra has had the opposite effect: it shifts the blame from the doctor (for lying) to his companions (for trusting him). If “The Doctor lies!” then it is a fault of the for trusting him…and either way, since “the doctor lies”, THEY should be trusting him anyway! It takes the responsability away from him (and the writers), because he now is a character that is not expected to ever be honest.
And pfft get outta here, “blindly following” is exactly what eleven’s companions are expected to do. Amy and Rory are supposed to stay with Eleven even when he keeps tons of stuff away from them. Clara is supposed to stay with Eleven, even when after she finds out ..she’s expected to keep blindly following him. As River herself says…"we do as The Doctor’s friends always do…as we are told". Hell, this is what Eleven tells us, himself:
"How can I trust you if you don’t always tell me truth?"
"Because if I always told you the truth, I wouldn’t need you to trust me."
Furthermore, “the doctor lies” is not only cheap trick on the characterization side, it has also been used as a jail-out free card repeatedly to get out of having to write proper resolutions. “Hey! The Doctor said “x”, but he always lies! so if I want to, I can change my mind later and rewrite “x”! wohoo! MYSTERY!”
Has The Doctor lied and manipulated others before? Yes! yes he has! but not to the extent that it is a major DEFINING character trait! And he lied, but most of the time, ( and this is the major key people tend to miss when they misunderstand the) most of the time it was to villains or people he needed to fool momentarely, but not to his bloody friends. He didn’t always leave his companions out of the loop on purpose (like eleven does) or neglect informing them when something was odd with them (like eleven does, repeadtedly and with no major negative consequences).
Also "an important part of the show’s developement!" what the hell man. This implies that eleven’s companions are the first to ever question him in any way…when… they are not. From Barbara through Romana through to Martha, most (and lbr I say “most” but it’s basically all, excepting like, katarina or something) companions have questioned him, have “challenged”, and have been critical of him. They have done anything but “blindly follow him”… And frankly fandom, with commentaries like these you are starting to sound like the media coverage for the show (“oh but this one is the FIRST to REALLY challenge him!!”).
Please, for the sake of giving companions the integrity they used to have, let “The Doctor Lies!” die with Eleven. And let us move to a more trust-worthy, transparent, compelling stage with Twelve.
YESYESYES. All of the above. It would have worked IF Eleven’s dishonesty was acknowledged as dishonesty, rather than bandied about and reduced to a mere trope. It would have worked IF it was acknowledged as the Doctor’s character flaw, and not a flaw of his companions. It would have worked IF it was not used as a plot device ad nausem. (p.s. a lie is not a twist)
It would have worked IF there was an actual effort to explore why Eleven had become as such. Nine and Ten occasionally lied, sometimes through omission, but never with such relish and pomp as Eleven. If there was better characterization and/or character development, Eleven’s dishonesty could have been nicely woven into the stories and explained that
wow my brother was telling me this joke and he said
"if you’re fighting with a woman and she pulls a knife on you, just pull out the bread and cheese and meat and her womanly instincts will kick in and she’ll just make you a sandwich"
then all of a sudden our mom emerges from the kitchen holding a huge ass knife and she approaches my brother asking “sorry what was that?” and he started screaming