If you didn’t think “Shia LaBeouf” could get better, you were wrong.
I literally can’t believe this exists there are tears in my eyes that I don’t remember crying
I laughed so hard that my mum came in and I had to show her and then she laughed A LOT
This really is as amazing as people say.
Excuse the crappy graphic if you will.
But the Doctor Puppet and his crew need your help! They very much need donations to help make their christmas special happen. Not only that, the money raised will also go towards the hiring of live musicians, their time and cover the cost of supplies.
Here’s a little information about doctorpuppet:
Doctor Puppet is a stop motion animated fan series that celebrates Doctor Who and its rich history through hand-crafted puppets and original stories. The series has been praised on countless websites and podcasts (see a list here,) and even seen on TV and in magazines… but it’s never had proper funding.
We are a small group of professional artists and musicians who have largely spent our free time making Doctor Puppet. Stop motion is a meticulous technique that requires nearly every aspect to be made from scratch. A huge amount of time and care goes into everything you see and hear.
If we unfortunately fall short of our goal, we’ll scale back production and use what we have to make something shorter or simpler. (their goal is 15,000)
If we surpass our goal and reach $17,500, we’ll use the extra money to upgrade some well-used equipment. Any money after this will be saved for future episodes.
Also there’s this:“Earth Conquest” will be on the Series 8 DVD! It features an interview with Alisa, clips from Doctor Puppet with animation by Rachel and music by Scott, and an exclusive Doctor Puppet animation by Erin with the real voices of Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman!So if that’s not enough reason to support these guys then idk what is. Seriously, you won’t regret watching it or helping them.Thank-you!
Hey! If all of our fans just gave us ONE dollar we’d be able to fund this campaign 10 times over! Every tiny little bit helps I promise! <3 <3
Next Saturday, I’ll be introducing Philip Sandifer at the launch party for his new book, TARDIS Eruditorum Vol 5: Tom Baker and the Williams Years:
Philip Sandifer will perform a Kabbalistic Choose Your Own Adventure essay around the Doctor Who serial “Logopolis” followed by a Q&A in this launch party for his new collection.
When: Saturday, October 25th, 3:30pm
Where: The Way Station, 683 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238
Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/485245331615878/
In this fifth volume of essays adapted from the acclaimed blog TARDIS Eruditorum you’ll find a critical history of Tom Baker’s final four seasons of Doctor Who. TARDIS Eruditorum tells the ongoing story of Doctor Who from its beginnings in the 1960s to the present day, pushing beyond received wisdom and fan dogma to understand the story not just as the story of a geeky sci-fi show but as the story of an entire tradition of mystical, avant-garde, and politically radical British culture. It treats Doctor Who as a show that really is about everything that ever happened, and everything that ever will.
This volume focuses on the madcap final years of Tom Baker, looking at its connections with punk, British comic books, the Kabbalah, and more. Every blog post from Tom Baker’s final four seasons has been revised and updated from its original form, along with eight brand new essays exclusive to this collected edition, including a look at how the Guardians can be reconciled with the rest of Doctor Who, an analysis of the many different versions of Shada, and an exclusive interview with Gareth Roberts about his many stories set during the Graham Williams era of Doctor Who. Plus, you’ll learn:
- How Robert Holmes deconstructed the Key to Time arc in its first story.
- Whatever happened to Philip Hinchcliffe.
- What Alan Moore and 2000 AD have to do with the history of Doctor Who.
Book Launch Blog Post:
About TARDIS Eruditorum: http://www.philipsandifer.com/p/tardis-eruditorum.html
Buy the book:
Okay reblog if you actually like Steven Moffat because I’m beginning to think all of tumblr supports Moffat Hate and it’s bumming me out
Hello Fellow Moffat Haters! I thought I’d write a quick post about the terrible things he does and why they’re problematic!
- He writes a variety of different female characters. This bothers me because as we all know there is only one way to be feminist!
- He includes stories…
anyone know what this is from?
"Judgement Day" by EC Comics. From wikipedia:
The story depicted a human astronaut, a representative of the Galactic Republic, visiting the planet Cybrinia inhabited by robots. He finds the robots divided into functionally identical orange and blue races, one of which has fewer rights and privileges than the other. The astronaut decides that due to the robots’ bigotry, the Galactic Republic should not admit the planet. In the final panel, he removes his helmet, revealing himself to be a black man.
Apparently the Comics Code Authority tried to prevent the author from making the main character black.
Boy did they! It took the writer (and the company) threatening the CCA with a lawsuit and telling the guy to fuck off (literally) to get this thing printed:
Comic Historian Digby Diehl recounted in Tales from the Crypt: The Official Archives:
This really made ‘em go bananas in the Code czar’s office. ‘Judge Murphy was off his nut. He was really out to get us’, recalls [EC editor] Feldstein. ‘I went in there with this story and Murphy says, “It can’t be a Black man”. But … but that’s the whole point of the story!’ Feldstein sputtered. When Murphy continued to insist that the Black man had to go, Feldstein put it on the line. ‘Listen’, he told Murphy, ‘you’ve been riding us and making it impossible to put out anything at all because you guys just want us out of business’. [Feldstein] reported the results of his audience with the czar to Gaines, who was furious [and] immediately picked up the phone and called Murphy. ‘This is ridiculous!’ he bellowed. ‘I’m going to call a press conference on this. You have no grounds, no basis, to do this. I’ll sue you’. Murphy made what he surely thought was a gracious concession. ‘All right. Just take off the beads of sweat’. At that, Gaines and Feldstein both went ballistic. ‘Fuck you!’ they shouted into the telephone in unison. Murphy hung up on them, but the story ran in its original form.
You know, it’s times like this that I am deeply comforted, knowing that history isn’t just everyone being nice and polite and better than the current generation. Sometimes it really is just people bellowing swear words over the phone to get shit done.
And this isn’t even the most progressive thing EC published. Just before the Senate hearings that led to the Code being put in place, they did an absolutely spectacular story called “A Kind of Justice,” about a woman who’s raped, in which the twist is that her rapist is the sheriff who’s been leading the investigation into the crime, and who deliberately let an innocent man get murdered by an angry mob just to cover his ass, keeping her silent with his threat that if she ever tells anyone, he’ll kill her.
It’s one of the most shockingly anti-authority comics ever, and it single-handedly explains everything you need to know about why people in power wanted to do whatever it took to stop EC.
Yeah, I might have watched a movie and gotten kind of mad.
This is seriously a trope I’d love to never see again though.
The fun part is guessing which movie. Lego Movie? Guardians of the Galaxy?
No, the correct answer was ALL OF THEM.
That’s a trip, the whole time I was reading this I wasn’t even thinking either of those, I was guessing Wanted or Edge of Tomorrow. I guess it really is all of them.
You know, the sad thing is that The Lego Movie is considered a deconstruction, when, at most, it pokes at the formula before embracing it.
Interesting, why do you consider harry potter is a dystopia?
I find it impossible to think of Harry Potter as anything BUT a dystopia. Even Hogwarts itself is a dystopia.
Children are segregated based on a personality test at age 11, and then left to fulfill roles that were set out a thousand years ago, leading to cultural divides that continue for the rest of their lives. The Hogwarts house system is one of the main foundations of the pureblood/muggleborn conflict. And I haven’t even gotten into how Hogwarts is run, how useful it is as a tool for preparing people for adult life, and how dangerous it is to live there.
As for Wizarding Britain at large:
- There’s no evidence that the Ministry of Magic is organized by anything other than cronyism.
- The Minister for Magic is not a democratically elected leader.
- Voldemort easily finds a foothold in mainstream society (even within living memory of his last reign of terror!) and his supporters easily infiltrate the government and implement all sorts of nightmarish and bigoted policies.
- We rarely see people working to innovate any aspect of wizarding society, with the exception of eccentrics like the Weasley Twins or Luna Lovegood.
- Wizarding society is so isolated that purebloods find it strange if a witch or wizard takes much interest in muggle culture, even if they are muggleborn.
- Umbridge is allowed to torture children and spread propaganda at the only major educational institution in the country.
- There’s a huge amount of discrimination relating to non-human races, particularly House Elf slavery.
I could go on at some length on this topic, but instead I’ll finish with my pet theory: that Wizarding Britain is so fucked up that the rest of the wizarding world has just given up on it.
We know from the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament that there are plenty of magical cultures all over the world, but Britain receives NO kind of international help when Voldemort is on the rise or when the Ministry of Magic is in turmoil.
Obviously the “real” explanation is that the Voldemort/Harry/Hogwarts narrative must to be isolated for Harry’s story to be told… but I still quite like the explanation that Wizarding Britain has been abandoned by the rest of the world. Their society has become so warped, so backward and so beholden to irrational beliefs and traditions that other international wizarding powers have decided the situation is unsalvageable.
There’s no point in stepping in to get rid of Voldemort unless he becomes a threat overseas, because another Dark Lord will probably rise up in a few years anyway. And Wizarding Britain seems functionally incapable of defending itself from this threat without the help of Harry and his team of teen sidekicks — who by the end of the series are all suffering from PTSD because they have spent their formative years fighting in a dystopian war.
(P.S. Even if my pet theory ISN’T true, then the international wizarding community must still have SOME reason not to step in and help Britain fight back against Voldemort. Which, in itself, makes the world of Harry Potter seem even more dystopian than before.)
It’s almost as if the actual public school educated British Establishment is some kind of dystopian influence.
We were lied to. The women of my generation were told that we could ‘have it all’, as long as ‘it all’ was marriage, babies and a career in finance, a cupboard full of beautiful shoes and terminal exhaustion – and even that is only an option if we’re rich, white, straight and well behaved. These perfect lives would necessarily rely on an army of nannies and care-workers, and nobody has yet bothered to ask whether they can have it all.
We can have everything we want as long as what we want is a life spent searching for exhausting work that doesn’t pay enough, shopping for things we don’t need and sticking to a set of social and sexual rules that turn out, once you plough through the layers of trash and adverts, to be as rigid as ever.
As for young men, they were told they lived in a brave new world of economic and sexual opportunity, and if they felt angry or afraid, if they felt constrained or bewildered by contradictory expectations, by the pressure to act masculine, make money, demonstrate dominance and fuck a lot of pretty women while remaining a decent human being, then their distress was the fault of women and minorities. It was these grasping women, these homosexuals and people of colour who had taken away the power and satisfaction that was once their birthright as men. We were taught, all of us, that if we were dissatisfied, it was our fault, or the fault of those closest to us. We were built wrong, somehow. We had failed to adjust. If we showed any sort of distress, we probably needed to be medicated or incarcerated, depending on our social status. There are supposed to be no structural problems, just individual maladaption.”
Trust me: You need to read this book; it is amazing.
Wonder Woman is my everything.
I tend to feel that, when done right, Wonder Woman should be as inspirational and utopian as Superman, and about twice as ruthless as Batman.
(Seriously, I think the fact that she will, when she deems it necessary, kill people is one of the most interesting things about her as a character. I’m reminded of Garth Ennis’s claim about why Judge Dredd ruined American superheroes for him - because of that scene in The Apocalypse War where Dredd lets Mega-City One get nuked because it’s the better of the two options he has, and doesn’t fuss about it at all, and Ennis’s view that no American superhero would be that hardcore. Bullshit. Put Wonder Woman in the Apocalypse War, and she’d play it exactly like Dredd, only without being a fascist villain-as-hero.)
Well, except in the sense that all superheroes are fascist villains-as-heroes, because it’s inherently fascist in the same way that, say, space opera is inherently imperialist.
Which is to say, a fairly trivial sense that is usually not the most interesting thing to say about it. (Which is part of why I find more overt fascist villains-as-heroes such as Dredd or anything to come out of Image Comics in the 90s so boring.)
I mean, I don’t think Dredd is boring in the least, at least in the time period he actually emerged from, and in terms of the concerns he actually responds to. As I argued in Last War in Albion here and here, Dredd was a really intelligent, interesting response to a specific bunch of concerns.
What interests me about superheroes, and what I think legitimately is one of the most interesting things to say about them is not so much that they’re inherently fascist as that they’re inherently authoritarian fantasies. Which is distinct. Space opera is, I think, somewhat more inherently imperialist, inasmuch as it comes out of a very specific and dominant ideology. Superheroes are weirder, because they mostly come out of an anti-fascist ideology and then run into loads of problems because they share fascism’s love of authority.
But for all my anarchist sympathies, I tend to be unable to completely discard the idea of legitimate authority. In this regard I become a bit Hegelian, wanting to put the Master/Slave dialectic in exactly the same fundamental and formative part of the historical narrative that he does. There’s something about that dynamic of, shall we say, submission to loving authority that not only remains compelling, but often feels like it probably has to in some sense be necessary to social functioning.
Which is what I like about Wonder Woman - she’s unabashedly an authoritarian fantasy, but it’s really a stretch to call her a fascist one, in part because hers is a sexualized authority that has manifested as physical/political authority, as opposed to fascism, which I would perhaps suggest is physical authority that has become sexualized.
"When anyone claims they aren’t a feminist, I assume they don’t know what they’re talking about."
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Because Moffat is often doing things that are meant to make the audience feel uncomfortable. And the big weakness of the “pick at culture’s scabs and try to reflect its ugliness back at the audience” is that sometimes you get mistaken for the very ugliness you’re critiquing.
See also the grand tragedy of how people responded to Rorschach’s seductive poisons in Watchmen.
Thank you for saying this.
I can promise you that I am very, very bad at giving up at these sorts of things.
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Never say never, but I think the odds of another Beyond the Police are virtually nil.
The joke of “The Adventures of Ms. Smith and the Curator” is that it really is just a TARDIS Eruditorum entry about the end of The Sarah Jane Adventures. It’s another structural trick, of the sort that I’ve done a dozen times - an entry that pretends to be a short story. It uses the Alan Moore trick from Captain Britain and Swamp Thing and From Hell and shamelessly does a Steven Moffat-style finale for this imaginary show that teams up a post-SJA Sarah Jane with the Curator from Day of the Doctor in a story about dying of Alzheimer’s, in which every single character or reference comes from some obscure bit of Doctor Who continuity in the most obscenely fanwanky way imaginary. It’s just “Continuity Errors,” in other words. It’s practically bloody plagiarism. Of, you know, Swamp Thing and “Continuity Errors,” like you do. There’s no real trick to it, and the gag only works once.
(Actually, as I think about it, I shouldn’t have done the Ace and Benny reference. Ace and Benny fighting the Valeyard for the possibility of saving the future Doctor’s life is over-egging the pudding, although it is hilarious, in the exact same way that Two/Zoe shipping is, which is to say, that Jack Graham kinda hates me for it. I should have done Professor Candy, which is the super-literate obscure Virgin material reference. As if the Worldsphere at the start wasn’t enough. Hm. Ooh, no, I know. I should have dated the story completely to its time: Orson Pink. Though I already have Clara and “the Scottish one,” so really, how September 2014 can you get. Nah, I did it more or less right. You could tinker, and maybe improve it a bit, but I think that’s as good as that joke can go.)
And to be clear, I deliberately pushed the joke as far as it possibly could go. I mean, I gave Tom Baker Alzheimer’s to make a point about how sad it was that the past of Doctor Who disappears forever as the practical realities of aging and death eat away at the material world in which this phenomenal and beautiful art that is Doctor Who touches our lives. I went with the most unabashedly sentimental “you will cry now bitches here’s the Murray Gold score to make you” tripe I possibly could in the final paragraph, and while I didn’t check I bet I went into a Moorean iambic bit. Actually, let’s check:
She took a long, deep breath, smiled, and wiped away a tear.
“Where there’s life,” she murmured softly to herself, and laughed.
Yep. Basically iambic septameter, assuming I got the Greek root right, which I didn’t even bother to check, so I may well not have.
So yeah, I did the joke as far as it could go. I did all the big notes, I used all the ideas I think it has. Repeating it would be silly.
Ooh, bugger, never closed that parenthesis, did I?)
So yeah. I think repeating it would be like redoing the Logopolis entry, you know? You’d be mad to revisit your greatest hits like that. That was as self-consciously a “big tentpole TARDIS Eruditorum" post as that particular idea can be. You want to move on and do something new, you know?
Speaking of entries that are dead and gone and entirely in the past, how about my Mind of Evil entry. I think that one was really underrated. I think the title is particularly good.
This is an actual, real-life conversation I just had with someone I know offline. He’s a member of the school Doctor Who club of which I recently became vice-president and has an odd fixation on telling me, specifically, his views on art.
I call him the Miles worshipper when I discuss him at all, due to his tendency to regurgitate Lawrence Miles blogposts at me. (He has not, for the record, read any actual fiction Miles has written, but is confident that everything he says about art and more specifically about Doctor Who is absolute truth bordering on gospel.) And I do mean at me—he will rarely, if ever, strike up conversation with anyone else in the club. When he posts publicly on the club’s Facebook page he will tag me and only me. This is the first time he’s ever tried to contact me via Facebook messaging, which concerns me and makes me worried more is coming.
That art should be violent and disconcerting, and that “violent and disconcerting” is at the very heart of the word’s definition, is not something he’s told me before (though he’s a fan of the Sixth Doctor era despite having not seen much of that either, so I should’ve suspected.) Here are some things he has told me before:
- Plot and characterization are meaningless, and the less of them a show has the better.
- Art should confuse the viewer.
- Art should be focused on aesthetic value—cinematography, music, art design, and so forth.
- Steven Moffat does all of these things, but is still terrible. (The Miles worshipper will often use these things as examples of why Moffat is terrible.)
- The Celestial Toymaker (which he has seen) is one of the best Doctor Who stories ever.
I am making this public not out of malice, but because it’s increasingly getting to a point where I have no idea how to respond to him, or if I should even be responding to him at all, and feel like I need to get other people’s opinions on this.
You can’t argue with crazy.
- "The Spine of Worlds" (Forthcoming - Kaleidotrope)
- "Judges' Cave" (Lakeside Circus)
- "Trials of the Dead King" (LORE)
- "Logos Ex Machina" (365 Tomorrows)
- Loghorrhea Edited by John Klima (New Haven Review)
- Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (Literary Kicks)
- Why Robin Sloan is the Future of Publishing (and Science Fiction) (io9)
- Weird Comics (comiXology Blog)