Adventuring Through Time and Space

All Time Favorite Movies: Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) dir. Hayao Miyazaki

"Sorry, I’ve had enough of running away, Sophie. Now I’ve got something I want to protect. It’s you."


And I love the book even more.


The cast of The Princess Bride 25 years later. Entertainment Weekly


Q&A in Rio [x]

I am Scottish. I can complain about things,  I can really complain about things now. 

'Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things - trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a great deal more important than the real ones… That's why I'm going to stand by the play-world. I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia.'
C. S. Lewis, The Silver Chair, 1953 (via wherethewavesgrowsweet)
You have replaced every piece of yourself. Mechanic or organic. Time and time again. There’s not a trace of the original you left.


The question is: is this going to be Capaldi’s new catchphrase

Thoughts on the Doctor Who Fandom:


I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve basically given up on the mainstream Doctor Who fandom on Tumblr, because they make it so very hard to enjoy the current series. Within moments they’re there to jump in and talk about every ‘bad thing’ and how much they hated it, and how they dislike Moffat, and how everything is terrible and they’d like everybody to know about it. And I hate going on this website and seeing that because most of the time i genuinely enjoy it. And guess what? You guys are not the only Doctor Who fans in the world. Your opinions count but they are not everything. It is in fact possible to have your judgement clouded by jumping on the bandwaggon of other people’s negativity. If you don’t like the show, don’t watch it. Don’t make it your goal to jump in and talk about what you hate, effectively ruining the happiness of other fans who do enjoy the stories. I’m not saying they’re perfect. They don’t have to be. But it’s getting progressively more difficult to enjoy the show while staying on this website. 

I’m also more and more upset by people who refuse to acknowledge the history and significance of Classic Who. I’ve not seen all of it of course, but I appreciate it and have immense respect for what it is, and what it’s accomplished. However, there are people who only like New Who and basically just talk crud about Classic Who, or ignore it altogether, and that makes me so, so sad. It’s a huge part of what Doctor Who is. Even if you’re not going to watch it if you’re going to call yourself a fan you at least have to acknowledge its significance, and respect its important. You cannot ignore its existence and continue to call yourself a true fan of the show.

On the good side - the more I watched the current series of Doctor Who, the more I start to see a bigger picture. Classic Who didn’t have perfect story arcs either, but there were so many good points woven into the story. That hasn’t changed. They may repeat things, and they may bring villains back, and they may create new characters we may like or dislike but they’re still making so many good points, and there’s still that sense of childlike wonder infused into the show that I think has been there since the start. I love Doctor Who, and I will continue to love Doctor Who. I’m listening to more Big Finish. The stories are wonderful, and beautiful and they capture the essence of the story very well. I watch Classic Who when I want something I know I can trust to bring me joy, and laughter, and a bit of that edgy old-fashioned danger. Every Doctor Who story, whether it’s brand new, or very old, teaches about people, asks questions about the future, and sheds light on the past. It’s beautiful. I think it will remain beautiful. The illusion that it’s terrible is created by people who feed off each other’s negativity. There are so many different viewers with so many different opinions, and they’re all valid. But if we focus on our love of the show, I think we’ll be ok. Please let the people who truly love the show and truly value the ever-present good in it band together and support it. We need that right now.


Also, through talking to Doctor Who fans from different places, I’ve noticed that MANY people love the same things that are commonly hated on Tumblr. Going to the Doctor Who World Tour in NYC was *very* refreshing -  everyone was so enthusiastic and kind, and we all thoroughly enjoyed watching the episode together. Everyone cheered for Moffat and Jenna and Capaldi. People told Moffat that his writing and storytelling and characters had changed their lives and said how thankful they were for Doctor Who.

In general, it was just a really positive Whovian experience… and I think Tumblr should be more like that. Yes, critiquing episodes and being able to see flaws can be a good thing… but in general, it seems like Tumblr likes to focus too much on the bad aspects and not enough on the good. And hating on actual *people* - like Moffat - is just not okay at all. Especially when he really is so nice, and he works so hard to make good Doctor Who.