Just saw 2 episodes of Eccleston. I LOVE IT.
Most tips on where to start watching Doctor Who assert that beginners must start with the Steven Moffat edition (Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith). Nobody said anything about the quote-unquote heroine, Amy Pond, and how she has a tendency to do the most self-centered, obnoxious things. And the pouting! Is it supposed to be endearing?? More irritating is how she prances around like she saved the day—which she sometimes actually does, ugh, maybe to glaze over the fact that she was a burden the whole time. The girl’s more plot device than character, really.
I have heard that Steven Moffat is a misogynist. I can’t account for that but I do know what he did to Irene Adler. In the original A Scandal in Bohemia, Irene outsmarted Sherlock and he only found out how because she explained it to him in a letter. (After she escaped with her husband, that is.) In the BBC series, Irene was reduced as a mere love interest. She was smart but only until she let her feelings take over. AWWW. And she would’ve died a horrible death if Sherlock didn’t come to her rescue. DOUBLE AWWWW. Fucking craptastic. The guy makes money out of creating shoddy heroines.
But even if I’ve had enough of Moffat’s Doctor and Pond’s pouting, I’m not about to lose my faith in time travel tales. I’m gonna backtrack to the beginning of the reboot and hope the Doctor’s past companions won’t make me want to gouge my eyes out with a sonic screwdriver.
I have made so many mistakes. Lapses in judgement. Excuses. I have said the wrong thing countless times. Behaved in ways I claim to condemn. I have hurt people, feelings, and done dirty deeds on purpose—some of which I can’t possibly ask to be forgiven for. (Or expect not to be punished for.)
But I am not without good intentions and good reasons.
So I need to study more. I need to work and contribute. I need to go on more walks and rides and climbs. I need to talk with more people. Sometimes I would need to stay inside to read. To write. To draw. To think deeper. To be humbled by how small I am over and over.
Because it’s only this way that I can understand the human condition better. And maybe then I can be kind and unpretentious about being kind. Maybe then I can be good.
The past year has been a dream and a disaster, and I don’t expect the next to be any less or any more. And I am fully prepared to write this resolution again for the years to come.
That is what I learned at 24.
—Essay part of pre-employment exam—
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MARKS OF AN EDUCATED MAN
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