Short thoughts on Doctor Who, disc by disc (originally published June 2012)

Revenge of the Cybermen

Tonight’s soundtrack: David Bowie, “Velvet Goldmine”

I’ve just said, “Fuck that, that’s not interesting” to five different opening sentences. That one may not be interesting either, but at least it’s honest.

To paraphrase Steven Moffat (reconciling his current state of mind with things he’s punked in drublic), we Doctor Who fans talk a lot of crap when we try to have interesting opinions. Partially because we’re just reacting to what others generally say, or what they’re known for saying (“What’s the perceived wisdom of the general consensus?”), and straw men make terrible dance partners of us all. But also because so often these interesting opinions have the smirking faux-reasonable-but-actually-spoiling-for-a-rumble tone of “I know it’s not politically correct for me to say this, but…”

In case you don’t know, that’s code for “I’m going to be a dick, so I’ve preemptively framed the debate to keep you from calling me one.”

This isn’t the same as having an unpopular opinion, mind1. It’s when you’re kinda clever, and kinda bored, and kinda know people will get wound up, and you can kinda really see things this way, and for sure you like to be noticed, and so you go out on this limb, and then you defend it, and then you’re really into it, and then it’s about making sure everyone else feels stupid for not thinking what you weren’t even sure you believed ten minutes ago.

Bloody hell, that one got away. I think it’s a metaphor for Cyber-conversion.

Things to like about ROTC: Big Cybermats, Wookee Hole, [Gary] glitterguns, & How do you really feel about Harry, Doctor? 

Check it out.


1 Jesus, when did I get to be in charge of defining discourse? Diane, remind me to edit all this out.

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