also, about the doctor specifically: i feel that people tend to forget that the doctor’s worst never came from a COLD place. on the contrary, the doctor’s worst came from caring TOO MUCH, from being so able to empathize with aliens and humans and every living thing that made him want to save and help everyone at any cost.
that’s what happens to ten in waters of mars! he makes a terrible decision and arrogantly attempts to take control of the laws of time because he CAN’T BEAR the idea of leaving more people to die. because he’s sad and hurted by everyone he’s lost before, and then he meets adelaide and admires her bravery and strenght so much, and thinks it’s so fucking unfair that after everything he’s seen and done, he can’t do a thing to help this woman.
and then he stops and thinks and decided that you know what? no. after all this time he doesn’t deserve to see this happening again. and he makes a WRONG decision, but not a cold one by any means. it’s a decision driven by rage and sadness that only happened because, again, like i said, he cares so much. it’s a SELFISH act, not a CRUEL one. and it’s not born out of desire for destruction and suffering, but out of a desperate wish to avoid any of this because he can’t take it anymore. he’s broken.
the fact that people look back at this and think that what we’re supposed to get from this episode is that the doctor is a bastard is absurd. and to compare it with eleven’s actions in day of the moon is just downright ridiculous, because what happens in dotm that stands out to me so much is precisely how LITTLE eleven cares. he murders an entire race without giving them a chance, without asking them what they need, without even one moment of reflection or regret about what he’s doing. in fact, he cheerfully helps river shoots the silence, making silly jokes with her during all the time. he downright pretends to offer them a chance and then mocks them for believing it. and during all of this, not in one moment the episode makes an attempt to even make the viewer consider that this is not supposed to be a good thing.
and i think that’s a seriously terrible failure not only of characterisation, but of the message of the show as a whole.
"You had a partner… Perhaps you still do."
that time when sherlock compared marriage and partnership and basically admitted he and joan were kinda married (to no one’s surprise)
Now his hand is on your shoulder
Never mind I’ll remember you this
I’ll remember you this way
Okay, okay, I’m going to tell you what Hermione sees in Ron.
A trio is a balancing act, right? They’re equalizers of each other. Harry’s like the action, Hermione’s the brains, Ron’s the heart. Hermione has been assassinated in these movies, and I mean that genuinely—by giving her every single positive character trait that Ron has, they have assassinated her character in the movies. She’s been harmed by being made to be less human, because everything good Ron has, she’s been given.
So, for instance: “If you want to kill Harry, you’re going to have to kill me too”—RON, leg is broken, he’s in pain, gets up and stands in front of Harry and says this. Who gets that line in the movie? Hermione.
“Fear of a name increases the fear of the thing itself.” Hermione doesn’t say Voldemort’s name until well into the books—that’s Dumbledore’s line. When does Hermione say it in the movies? Beginning of Movie 2.
When the Devil’s Snare is curling itself around everybody, Hermione panics, and Ron is the one who keeps his head and says “Are you a witch or not?” In the movie, everybody else panics and Hermione keeps her head and does the biggest, brightest flare of sunlight spell there ever was.
So, Hermione—all her flaws were shaved away in the films. And that sounds like you’re making a kick-ass, amazing character, and what you’re doing is dehumanizing her. And it pisses me off. It really does.
In the books, they balance each other out, because where Hermione gets frazzled and maybe her rationality overtakes some of her instinct, Ron has that to back it up; Ron has a kind of emotional grounding that can keep Hermione’s hyper-rationalness in check. Sometimes Hermione’s super-logical nature grates Harry and bothers him, and isn’t the thing he needs even if it’s the right thing, like when she says “You have a saving people thing.” That is the thing that Harry needed to hear, she’s a hundred percent right, but the way she does it is wrong. That’s the classic “she’s super logical, she’s super brilliant, but she doesn’t know how to handle people emotionally,” at least Harry.
So in the books they are this balanced group, and in the movies, in the movies—hell, not even Harry is good enough for Hermione in the movies. No one’s good enough for Hermione in the movies—God isn’t good enough for Hermione in the movies! Hermione is everybody’s everything in the movies.
Harry’s idea to jump on the dragon in the books, who gets it in the movies? Hermione, who hates to fly. Hermione, who overcomes her withering fear of flying to take over Harry’s big idea to get out of the—like, why does Hermione get all these moments?
[John: Because we need to market the movie to girls.]
I think girls like the books, period. And like the Hermione in the books, and like the Hermione in the books just fine before Hollywood made her idealized and perfect. And if they would have trusted that, they would have been just fine.
Would the movies have been bad if she was as awesome as she was in the books, and as human as she was in the books? Would the movies get worse?
She IS a strong girl character. This is the thing that pisses me off. They are equating “strong” with superhuman. To me, the Hermione in the book is twelve times stronger than the completely unreachable ideal of Hermione in the movies. Give me the Hermione in the book who’s human and has flaws any single day of the week.
Here’s a classic example: When Snape in the first book yells at Hermione for being an insufferable know-it-all, do you want to know what Ron says in the book? “Well, you’re asking the questions, and she has to answer. Why ask if you don’t want to be told?” What does he say in the movie? “He’s got a point, you know.” Ron? Would never do that. Would NEVER do that, even before he liked Hermione. Ron would never do that."
But like she said. There was this little community. The select few, all with their stories of the Doctor. This little gang used to meet up, underneath the old library on Macatier Street