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Steven Moffat hires zero female writers for Doctor Who -- for the fourth season in a row.




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Maybe the writers get their jobs because the head writer finds their work good?

Probably. And we all know women don’t write good sci-fi/fantasy TV.



Nothing to see here.

I got nothing.

I can’t think of a single one, ever.


(Source: hellotailor)

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Moffat: Also, if you read [The Adventure Of] Charles Augustus Milverton, Dr. Watson in the opening paragraph tells you that he’s about to tell you a porkie. He says, ‘I even now must be very reticent.’ I think what Doyle is hinting at is that Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson sat in Baker Street and said, ‘Right, we’re going to have to go and kill him, aren’t we? That’s the only way we can do this.’ So they break in, kill him, and then Dr. Watson writes up a version of the story that puts the murder [on someone else].

Gatiss: They’re hiding in their burglar masks behind the curtain, and this random woman comes and shoots Milverton in the face and then grinds her heel into his face. It’s odd, isn’t it? So I mean really, it’s just an extrapolation of saying, ‘Well, he probably did it, I think.’


Steven Moffat, Empire Interview

…Are you kidding me, Moffat and Gatiss? 

For those who aren’t familiar with the original ACD stories, “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton” is one of the coolest, badass-lady-kicks-ass stories in canon. And here they’ve just decided that the only way that’s possible is that Watson was lying to us.

To recap the story: Holmes and Watson break into Milverton’s estate with the intention of removing the letters that Milverton has on their client, Lady Eva Blackwood. Upon breaking in, they pick the lock of the safe where Milverton keeps his letters for blackmail, and then hide behind a curtain when Milverton himself comes in. Milverton sits down in his chair and reads some legal papers for a while, and then a woman comes to the door, and it becomes evident that the two of them had prearranged this meeting. Milverton understands the woman is a maid who is prepared to sell letters that will incriminate her mistress.

It turns out, though, that the woman is actually one of Milverton’s victims; that he sent the letters he had on her to her husband, and it came as such a shock to the husband that he died of a broken heart. Furious and determined that Milverton will never victimize anyone else the same way again, the woman shoots Milverton and grinds her heel in his face.

At the time, Watson reports, he and Holmes have no idea what the woman’s identity is; at the end, Holmes has an epiphany and the story ends with Holmes showing Watson this:

"…a shop window filled with photographs of the celebrities and beauties of the day. Holmes’ eyes fixed themselves on one of them, and following his gaze I saw the picture of a regal and stately lady in Court dress, with a high diamond tiara upon her head. I looked at that delicately-curved nose, at the strong little chin beneath it. Then I caught my breath as I read the time-honoured title of the great nobleman and statesman whose wife she had been. My eyes met those of Holmes, and he put his finger to his lips as we turned away from the window."

So, let me get this straight. We have Watson telling us a completely believable story where a female character has agency for once and takes care of her own problem (and everyone else’s) by getting rid of Milverton, with perfectly good reason seeing as he’s been blackmailing everyone in town. it makes total sense that he would have shitloads of enemies and that someone would stand up to him eventually, especially if they had nothing left to lose as this woman does, and somehow that’s unbelievable? The only explanation is that Watson must have been lying to us? I’m not saying he would admit it if he and Holmes did commit murder, but the fact that he provided us with an alternative that gives us a woman with agency and an interesting, mysterious backstory makes me think that’s not the case. (Also, I take issue with Moffat’s reading of Holmes as someone who would be totally okay with murder and then letting Watson publish a story about it, but that’s a different post entirely.)

Combined with the fact that Moffat took the joy of Irene Adler beating Sherlock Holmes away from us (and then added insult to injury by having him save her as a damsel in distress), I am just too furious to speak right now. The man is apparently incapable of writing a female character with agency, who steals the spotlight away from Sherlock Holmes, ever. I can’t believe people still claim the man does not have any issues with sexism and misogyny. I absolutely cannot understand it. 

(via mymomoness)

Oh, I’d have loved to have your commentary, but I went blind with rage reading the Moffat quote.

The Milverton story is one of my favorites because it is so thoroughly about justice and the rights of victims and survivors. Gatiss called the victim/survivior “some random woman”. This is such a perfect example of the monstrosity that is this kind of ‘everyday’ misogyny.

(via tvandcomplaints)

I LOVE the Milverton story too and this makes so fucking angry that they would fuck this up. Moffat literally has NO respect for the source material all he sees is what he wants to see

(via irresistible-revolution)

How the fucking fuck does Moffat still have a job.

(via wonderali)

Oh lord. It really just doesn’t stop, does it?

(via laughterkey)


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"Under RTD, Doctor Who was about “the ordinary person who stumbles into something extraordinary and finds herself their equal.” Under Moffat, it’s about impossible men and impossible girls doing impossible things in an impossible box. The soul has been pushed aside to make room for the puzzle. And I’m getting pretty tired of it."
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Whovian Feminism Reviews “The Time of the Doctor”



Matt Smith was not the first Doctor I watched, but he was the first Doctor that I started watching live, and he sort of accidentally became my Doctor. When I thought of the Doctor, he was the Doctor I imagined. He was the Doctor I quoted, and he was the Doctor I cosplayed. But in recent episodes I’d become increasingly uncomfortable with the kind of person my Doctor was becoming. I’d hoped “The Time of the Doctor” would be a return to and celebration of the Doctor I’d originally loved. Unfortunately, it was a compilation of all the worst traits the Eleventh Doctor has displayed, and all of the most problematic tropes about women which have been employed repeatedly during Steven Moffat’s tenure as showrunner. Even Matt Smith’s moving speech and Karen Gillan’s surprise return as Amy Pond couldn’t save this episode.

It’s taken me quite a while to write this post because I honestly couldn’t bring myself to even begin addressing the myriad of problems in this episode. Say what you like about Russell T. Davies, he sure wasn’t a saint and his scripts did occasionally employ problematic tropes, but his scripts weren’t as openly and unapologetically misogynistic as Moffat’s have become. It’s as if Moffat created a list of all the complaints his episodes have elicited and decided to provoke every single one of those again in this episode.

So, with great reluctance, below the jump is my review of “The Time of the Doctor.”

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Couldn’t have said this better myself. Womp-womp.

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Which Doctor Who showrunner did it better?


I’m just going to print out a business card with a link to this AV Club article to give out for every time someone asks me my opinion on RTD vs. Moffat. (There was such a sense of this life and other developed world to the universe of RTD’s seasons that has all but evaporated from Moffat’s.)

Can I get in on those business cards? That would save me a helluva lot of time and breath trying to explain this to people. 

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Impossible Girls: Women in Doctor Who


I wrote a thing :)

Get out of my brain, this is EXACTLY what I’ve been saying since the second half of series 6. Well worth reading. Thank you so much for writing it! 

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It’s bigger on the inside… (also full of latent sexism but that’s another issue)
(Taken with Instagram at Iron Horse Resort)

It’s bigger on the inside… (also full of latent sexism but that’s another issue)

(Taken with Instagram at Iron Horse Resort)

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This is perfect because I haven’t tagged anything #people are idiots since at least earlier today.

This is perfect because I haven’t tagged anything #people are idiots since at least earlier today.

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"We’re trying to schedule everything around everything. Obviously, Sherlock Holmes is off battling Captain Kirk, and Dr Watson is helping Gandalf, and I’m in the TARDIS."
Steven Moffat, on being asked when Season 3 of Sherlock will happen. (x)

(Source: theelfstone)

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Here are a select few photos of Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch and Steven Moffat visiting Marvel Comics HQ in NYC. We chose these as we felt they would be the most “Tumblr-approved” photos in the lot. Want more? Head over to Agent M’s blog to see all 31 photos of Benedict Cumberbatch, Steven Moffat & Sue Vertue at Marvel HQ. And a little more info from Agent M:

A few short weeks ago, I had the pleasure of giving a Marvel HQ tour to some of the amazing folks behind the TV show “Sherlock”: star Benedict Cumberbatch and Executive Producers Steven Moffat & Sue Vertue. They were incredibly nice and it was a great visit. Much like when Danny Pudi visited Marvel, Benedict, Steven and Sue found themselves surrounded by fans at Marvel—even signging DVDs for AMAZING SPIDER-MAN writer Dan Slott!

I also enlisted the help of Marvel Comics editors Nick Lowe and Jeanine Schaefer to record an episode of our This Week in Marvel podcast with the “Sherlock” crew. That episode will go live on Tuesday, May 22 and you can download it on Marvel.comiTunes or Zune.

The “Sherlock” U.S. finale airs Sunday, May 20 at 9 p.m. on Masterpiece on PBS. You can also stream episodes of “Sherlock” for a limited time at Check out Masterpiece on Facebook and Twitter (#SherlockPBS), and follow @Steven_Moffat and @SueVertue on Twitter. To find out if Benedict Cumberbatch has an official Twitter account, you’ll have to listen to the podcast when it’s available. :)


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"There was a slightly jarring moment when a fan asked the panel if there would ever be a female Doctor, and Steven [Moffat] pointed out it would be entirely possible, but then asked for a show of hands who would like to see that happen. This got about 50% of the audience raising their hands, but then he asked how many people would switch off the show if there was a female Doctor, and 20-30% of the fans put their hand up, to a certain amount of gasping from everyone else."
Anglophenia’s report from Sunday’s panel at the DW UK convention. Holy shit. (via nom-chompsky)
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UPDATE: Sherlock Fandom I’ve made a discovery (The Golden Egg)


I was watching Sherlock again, paying attention to everything, trying to figure out how he’s still alive and I ran across this:


Look at his email address… he’s got an actual website, so I went and checked it out and to my surprise I see this:


Look what it says: “brook is innocent”, Check for yourself here

Moffat&Gatiss you are two crazy bastards. Nicely played!

I tried the email too, and I didn’t get a mail daemon- will see what happens :)

I actually got an email reply- HERE IT IS:

“Hullo there!

Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately, I will be out of town and without access to email for an unknown period of time. For all urgent requests, please contact journalist Kitty Riley, and she will be able to direct your message. Otherwise, please feel free to reply with more details and I’ll be sure to respond when I return!
Thanks from your favourite storyteller,

Richard Brook”

Now- where does one find Kitty Riley’s contact information? I know she gave Sherlock her card but they don’t show that to us….


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"Did I think the Doctor would actually be dead? Of course not. I knew there was some way out of it, because the show’s not getting canceled, but to have the climax of the entire story arc literally just be “Hey, can I borrow your car?” is beyond frustrating. It spits in the face of not only fans, but completely taints the greatness of the opening two-parter, which was some of the best writing Moffat’s ever done."
Kyle Anderson’s review of “The Wedding of River Song” (via Nerdist)
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