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Riona ([personal profile] rionaleonhart) wrote2017-05-02 11:29 am

I Only Tutor People Who Can Prove They Don't Need Tutoring.

I haven't touched Doctor Who for a few years; I realised early in the Twelfth Doctor's era that I'd stopped enjoying it, and I didn't want to end up grumbling constantly while everyone else was trying to have fun. (The Twelfth Doctor never stood much of a chance, to be honest, because Matt Smith is the Doctor in my heart. Perhaps even more so than Christopher Eccleston, who was the Doctor who introduced me to Doctor Who.)

But I thought it might be interesting to watch the new companion's debut, because 'it's a new companion!' episodes tend to take someone living an ordinary life and plonk them down in the middle of intense weirdness, which is something I enjoy watching.

So I watched 'The Pilot'. And it was fun! I enjoyed an episode of Doctor Who! I'm excited about this!



To get my only real complaint out of the way: Matt Lucas's character didn't really add much. He only had two lines (when he was asking whether Bill was all right) that didn't make me think 'this episode would be better without you, frankly.' (He nearly didn't get a mention in this entry at all, because I'd almost forgotten he existed; I've somehow scrubbed him out of the episode in my memory.) I hope he doesn't stick around for too long.

Bill's crush on Heather was endearing. It helped Bill's actions make sense to me, too; Heather's behaviour even pre-puddling was so odd and unsettling that it took me a while to realise she was supposed to be a normal human being, and without the 'Bill has a crush' element I'd have gone 'Bill, why are you following this alarming person to secluded places?', but I could entirely understand it when Bill was blinded by the massive hearts in her eyes.

(Was Heather a normal human being? There was a suggestion that this might not be the last time we see her, so perhaps there was something else going on with her. I suppose we'll find out.)

The 'is there someone in the bathroom?' scene intensely freaked me out. It turns out that 'a character realises there's someone in their home when there shouldn't be' scenes are a lot less fun to watch once you've had that experience yourself.

We obviously haven't seen much of Bill yet, but she doesn't immediately remind me of any other recent companions, which is a good sign; she's her own person! I'm looking forward to getting to know her better, even if I slightly resent her for her UNREALISTICALLY HIGH UNIVERSITY MARKS. The marks we're shown are 88%, 92% and 97%. Who the hell consistently gets marks in the 90s and high 80s for an essay-based subject at a UK university? I'd have passed out from shock if I'd ever received a mark over 80% for an essay. HOW DARE YOU BE SO MUCH BETTER THAN ME, BILL.

(For an approximate idea of UK university grading boundaries: over 60% means 'this is good', over 70% means 'this is excellent', over 80% means 'publish this immediately'. 97% would mean 'this is going to become a seminal text in this field and be remembered for a thousand years'.)

When I expressed my incredulity at these marks, Rei pointed out that the Doctor did say he'd stop tutoring Bill if she dropped below a First, and therefore she probably spent a phenomenal amount of time on those essays. Which is true! Poor Bill.



Maybe I'll give the next few episodes a try. Even if Peter Capaldi continues, inconsiderately, not to be Matt Smith.
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[personal profile] adelate 2017-05-02 01:21 pm (UTC)(link)
For me just replace Matt Smith with David Tennant and Peter Capaldi with Matt Smith and you'll know how I felt about Eleven. [g] I was thus pretty excited for Capaldi's Doctor, but my excitement about the show has been waning since Moffat took over (so really, it's not Matt Smith's fault so much as it is Moffat's, I think).

But I'm hearing good things about this series and I'm excited to see if I could maybe possibly love the show again.
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[personal profile] adelate 2017-05-02 04:10 pm (UTC)(link)
I loved Nine too! And I did NOT know that Doctors could change when I started watching, so when it happened I was like WAIT WHAT NO!

But then I just utterly loved Ten, so I got over it. But yeah, Moffat. It really is a shame.
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[personal profile] wolfy_writing 2017-05-02 05:03 pm (UTC)(link)
If Matt Smith was any more the Doctor, I'd have to arrange an expedition to find out how many hearts he has.

Still, I have to forgive Peter Capaldi for not being Matt Smith. I have the exact same flaw. (Also, unlike Peter Capaldi, I am also not the Academy Award-winning director of Franz Kafka's It's A Wonderful Life.)

For an approximate idea of UK university grading boundaries: over 60% means 'this is good', over 70% means 'this is excellent', over 80% means 'publish this immediately'. 97% would mean 'this is going to become a seminal text in this field and be remembered for a thousand years'.

...what do you have to do for the remaining three percent?
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[personal profile] wolfy_writing 2017-05-03 10:26 am (UTC)(link)
So Bill was three percent away from achieving literal superhuman essay perfection? Like the Platonic ideal essay?
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[personal profile] vacillating 2017-05-06 06:20 pm (UTC)(link)
In most UK humanities departments in which I've studied, worked and/or marked essays, there is a common standard - sometimes even a written rule - that marks are capped at 80, or 90, or somewhere. (Due to this sort of cap, and often something similar at the other end of the scale - no marks below 30ish - I refuse to call them percentages!) I can understand why nobody stops to explain this in the middle of a sci-fi television show aimed at international family audiences, but I agree that Bill's reported marks are deeply implausible. My best guess is that the Doctor is marking all her essays himself and hasn't read the marking criteria carefully.
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[personal profile] emmzzi 2017-05-02 05:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Who is so much better without the convoluted impossible Clara plot. I know what is going on!!
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[personal profile] ruuger 2017-05-03 06:47 pm (UTC)(link)
That's exactly what I've been thinking! :D
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[personal profile] clo_again 2017-05-02 08:12 pm (UTC)(link)
You're the second person I've heard say they enjoyed the first episode of Who this season and that's a 200% increase of recommendation on last season so I might actually give it a go at the weekend (I tapped out at least two or three seasons ago when I realised watching it had turned into a chore rather than something I was excited about. I'm almost afraid to hope for it now but I want it to improve so much. I miss how much I used to look forward to it.)

Those university marks are...wow. One of my housemates got 77% on her MA dissertation and has had pretty much all the funding thrown at her in return. I imagine for 97% they give you the keys to the university and a herd of unicorns or something.
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[personal profile] apiphile 2017-05-02 11:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Who the hell consistently gets marks in the 90s and high 80s for an essay-based subject at a UK university? I'd have passed out from shock if I'd ever received a mark over 80% for an essay.

My former employer Dickon, who did his BA in his 40s, and has been approved for his PhD without bothering to take an MA. But yes, otherwise - WHAT THE FUCK.