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I just noticed you said you've met Steven Moffat. What is he like? (Sorry, I've just been assuming he's lovely for years without having any proof and I want to know if I'm wrong or not).
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vigilforgallifrey:

wackyshenanigans:

itsaliciasmith:

Yup I have indeed met Steven Moffat! And you know what? He was absolutely lovely. Genuinely one of the most wonderful and humble people I have met - certainly the most inspiring and comfortable to be around writer I have ever met.

Just a bit of background, Moffat’s era of Who pretty much saved my life. No, not pretty much, it did. 100% saved it. I was living in a youth mental hospital at the time and I had actually overdosed on some painkillers I stole one time, which obviously failed in killing me, and was planning on trying again until I by chance reached ‘The Eleventh Hour’ in my Doctor Who marathon. Since ‘The Stolen Earth’ I was unfortunately kinda disillusioned about Doctor Who and Russel’s writing. Apart from the glorious ‘Waters of Mars’, the specials were frankly god awful - and I’m not directly saying that it had an impact on my suicide attempt, but it certainly wasn’t giving me something to keep me going. And ‘The Eleventh Hour’ gave me that. In bucket loads. It gave me that in the music, in the story, in the direction, in the tone, but most of all in the writing. In the dialogue. In the characters. And through watching Amelia Pond grow and learn from the very same issues I had, to become a kind beautiful compassionate woman literally saved me. Because if Amy can do it, so can I. Moffats Who gave me a reason to live. So naturally meeting him was going to be overwhelming - not least because it took me by surprise. 

It was actually in a hotel corridor in London that I met him. He just walked past me while I was on my way to breakfast and honestly I nearly slammed into a wall. I ended up awkwardly calling his name and bolting towards him. It was super exciting and I was super nervous and bolty and I was terrified he’d think I was a nutter but he was so lovely I swear.

I told him that I was a fan of Doctor Who, that I loved his work and that his writing had had a massive impact on my life and had brought me joy at a time I didn’t think there could be joy in my life. He told me that it brought him joy to know that his version of Doctor Who had the same impact on me that the classic series had on him as a child. We actually then started talking a little bit about internet hate and things because from his response, I told him I was sorry that he was bullied as a child (because I could relate to the bullying situation so so well) to which he replied that he’s used to it even as an adult because of twitter and tumblr and the internet and their accusatory hate that goes with it I had to remind him that no matter what people think of him, he saved a girls life with his writing and that’s the important thing. He told me that I had made his week. (incidentally him saying that made my year. Yes I did tear up in front of him…) I then did the typical ‘asking for advice’ thing, because although I’m predominantly an artist, I would really love to write too, and he told me to write for yourself. First and foremost. Writing needs to be for you. It needs to be a story you want to hear, and if not write about yourself. Write about your life. Turn your life into a metaphor and turn those metaphors into metaphors and then some. idk I’m putting it a bit more poetically than he did and he said a lot more (specifically more personal stuff concerning my life that I won’t write here) but damn was he inspiring. And humble. And shy. And totally completely lovely.  

That’s why I get so upset when people call him an arrogant cocky pretentious sexist douche-bag. Because he is just so so not. He is the antithesis to ‘arrogant’ like he is genuinely painfully humble its almost upsetting. He’s not sexist either. I don’t know him personally of course, but I’m sure I know him better than a majority of his haters on tumblr, and, in the space of five minutes, he managed to sub verse all of the disgusting attributes tumblr pins him down with. So seeing death threats and hate and vitriol, on a very personal level, angers me. More than that, it hurts me.

So yes Sal, you are correct in thinking that Steven Moffat is lovely. It absolutely pains me, to the point of tears, that tumblr is so judgmental and vehement in its mob mentality style hatred of him. Because he doesn’t deserve it. As a traumatically bullied child, not to mention a cyber-harassed, mocked and traumatically bullied adult, he simply doesn’t deserve it.

Steven Moffat was one of many reasons I didn’t kill myself. Not the only or most important but he was significant.

That doesn’t mean that he is perfect, that his work is perfect, or that people should not criticise him.

But you have to remember that most virulent criticism of “geek royalty” doesn’t just hurt the “geek royalty”. It doesn’t even primarily hurt them. It hurts people like OP and myself. People who aren’t that socially powerful, people who cling to problematic but beautiful art (yes, TV is art) to help us literally survive. Be angry at representation issues all you want but remember that this is not an excuse to harass people (even powerful people.) And it’s certainly not an excuse to harass fans (many of whom are LITERALLY CHILDREN, and who find the works they are fans of important to their literal survival.)

I will defend Steven Moffat, Joss Whedon, J.K. Rowling, John and Hank Green, and a host of problematic powerful dudes, not primarily for THEIR sake but for the sake of people like the OP. Incredibly lonely people finding solace in things, even if those things are flawed. People who are often very young. Who are often teenage girls (a group society shits on a lot.) There are members of fandom royalty people I have little to no regard for and don’t want to defend (Lady Gaga, Ryan Murphy, Russel T Davies, JJ Abrams, Martin Freeman, Tyler Oakley, Eric Kripke) but I still think it’s important that people are allowed to like them. Because liking things, even deeply flawed things, can literally keep people alive.

Criticism can be important and nourishing too. Sometimes. So I’m told. Personally I don’t find it helpful, but other people do. But people have a right to get angry about things if it helps. But when you descend to personal harassment of creators that’s not okay. And when you descend to making a mentally ill teenager feel guilty about loving a story that helped her stay alive,  you need to look at your life and look at your choices REALLY FUCKING HARD.

People are personally offended that I like Moffat Who and have told me so, on anon and off it. People are personally offended that I used a story to help me cope with suicidal ideation. If you are one of those people, unfollow me now.

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I’m in London for the first time and it’s basically the coolest thing in the world.

doctorwho-firsttime:

I saw Big Ben for the first time standing in Trafalgar Square and seriously for half a second there I thought a spaceship was going to crash into it, because like that’s what happens to Big Ben.
And we walked past the London Eye and I’m just like this is where Rose first saved the Doctor.
And then I saw a motorcycle speed across the bridge that Eleven and Clara rode across on their motorcycle.
It’s seriously so freaking cool that all this like actually exists… This is the best.

Its so funny how Doctor Who, to us Americans, makes England seem like a magical fantasy land that’s made up.  When actually it’s a 9-12 hour flight away.  

No but in some way, I’m a bit sad that I will never get to see Jack Gleeson on screen ever again.  This is his last acting role.  I hope he does well in the future.  A shame we won’t get to see his brilliant acting ever again. 

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westeros-side-story:

now half the game of thrones fandom doesn’t know who to hate anymore

I mean the obvious one is Cersei. The problem with hating Cersei though is that, unlike Joffrey, she actually has some (if only few) redeeming qualities. So I guess that’s kind of…

That’s the thing though.  Tywin is a smart man.  A strategist.  Where Joffrey was basically given anything he wanted and used it stupidly and cruelly,  Tywin really earns his power.  So while he’s generally an evil dude, he’s an evil dude that is kind of a bad-ass.  So the reaction to him is more like “I know you’re evil and I probably want you dead, but I have a sort of begrudging respect for you”,  Kind of thing.

westeros-side-story:

now half the game of thrones fandom doesn’t know who to hate anymore

I mean the obvious one is Cersei.  The problem with hating Cersei though is that, unlike Joffrey, she actually has some (if only few) redeeming qualities.  So I guess that’s kind of hard.

There’s that guy who cut off Theon’s dick but I don’t know Theon sort of had it coming (even if he didn’t fully deserve his fate)

Walder Frey is still around.  But he had some reason to kill the Starks.

It really is hard. Joffrey really was a truly irredeemable bastard.  There may never be a villain like him again.

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supernikoe:

impendingeargasm:

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In the top two gifs, they’re timed so that it looks like Rory blows up the ship when he gently touches the wall and it’s hillarious.

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http://capalbi.tumblr.com/post/82015409213/jesus-though-i-was-going-through-some-tags

acciothenoseofvoldemort:

junkosboob:

acciothenoseofvoldemort:

capalbi:

Jesus though

I was going through some tags, because sometimes I have this second of doubt like “maybe I’m the wrong one, maybe moffat is a terrible person” because, you know, I’m human, and it’s good to sometimes step outside the bubble and look at yourself, and I realize that there are people on…

what

i know many popular “moffat hate” blogs and have never seen them bully anyone

we have our own part of this website so people don’t HAVE to see what we have to say unless they’re curious or don’t know what the hell they’re doing (going into the hate tag of something they like just to start a fight)

we are not bullies because we love doctor who and would never ever be mean to someone who likes it. we just don’t approve of people defending moffat blindly and acting like he’s some hero in progressiveness

tell that to the person that told me to fuck off and never speak to her again because i like moffat (and then actually refused to ever speak to me again), even though i admitted that he’s flawed. 

and the people that send my friends death threats for rose tyler-critical meta.

and the angry anons in my ask after i finished doomsday and said i didn’t cry telling me i wasn’t a real whovian.

i’ve met some very nice anti-moffat bloggers (THE ONES WHO TAG IT BASICALLY THANK YOU FOR THAT) but extreme rtd-stans are the reason i’m barely in the doctor who fandom anymore, it is comical to say that none of you are bullies.

anti-moffat does not equal RTD stan. many of us actually hate both of them.

I’m really sorry that this has happened to you, but those aren’t people that I’d consider proper moffat critics. the ones that actively critique him don’t don’t do that and people are constantly telling us that we’re terrible people and blame us for the actions of those who aren’t even a part of the group. it gets tiring.

I actually have a great deal of respect for the more mature people who criticize him.  I don’t agree with them on everything but they make valid arguments that, while I have equally valid counter-arguments, I can actually see where they are coming from.  

It’s usually the more vocal, more hyper-active sort of blogger that you see way to frequently on this site that give “moffat-haters” as a whole a bad name.  And I apologize to the actual critics of moffat who get shamed for the actions of a greater, less mature majority. The ones who yell at everything, the ones who bully, the ones who misquote or non-contexualize to fit their argument.  Those are the ones I despise.  

That majority is the one I try to fight against and I’ve tried to avoid, rather than the actual people who still watch in the hope that they can enjoy it more in the future and want to see it get better.  

And I’ve never been one to defend moffat blindly and put him up as some kind of hero of Who.  Hell I hated the majority of The Time of the Doctor and most of that is solely squared on him.  I accept that he has great flaws as I do for the one who came before him.  But I try to see the good things as well, which many refuse to believe exist.  I will forever love the 50th anniversary special knowing that it does have some glaring flaws (Elizabeth I, dropped Zygon plot).

So I apologize to any “anti-moffat” blogs who have gotten a bad rep for the actions of others.  I apologize to the “pro-moffat” blogs who’ve gotten bullied by those others. 

I have a gif folder labeled “bitchface” and it consists entirely of Leela and Sam Winchester

doctorwho-firsttime:


doctorwho-firsttime turned 1 today!

Guys I like can’t actually believe it’s been a full year with this blog. The fact that I have over 1300 followers right now is still crazy to me, especially since I finished the show at the end of June last year. I wish I could do like a throwback liveblog of one of my favorite episodes to commemorate the occasion, but this is finals week, so that’s not happening.
But anyway, thank you so much to everyone who followed me way back at the beginning when I was still freaking out over daleks and weeping angels and Doomsday, and thank you to everyone who’s followed me since, for whatever reason. I can’t wait until Season 8 finally comes around and I’ll have more liveblogging to do (I’m seriously so excited for that). But just thank you all so much. It’s been so fun getting to watch this show and finding a super cool fandom to be in. Love you guys!

DO CLASSIC WHO! At least some of it.  

doctorwho-firsttime:

doctorwho-firsttime turned 1 today!

Guys I like can’t actually believe it’s been a full year with this blog. The fact that I have over 1300 followers right now is still crazy to me, especially since I finished the show at the end of June last year. I wish I could do like a throwback liveblog of one of my favorite episodes to commemorate the occasion, but this is finals week, so that’s not happening.

But anyway, thank you so much to everyone who followed me way back at the beginning when I was still freaking out over daleks and weeping angels and Doomsday, and thank you to everyone who’s followed me since, for whatever reason. I can’t wait until Season 8 finally comes around and I’ll have more liveblogging to do (I’m seriously so excited for that). But just thank you all so much. It’s been so fun getting to watch this show and finding a super cool fandom to be in. Love you guys!

DO CLASSIC WHO! At least some of it.  

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