Jenna-Louise Coleman at BAFTA TV Awards

Posted on May 13, 2013

Jenna-Louise, you are a disappointment in so many ways.

 

‘Doctor Who’ star Jenna-Louise Coleman attends the 2013 BAFTA TV Awards in London in a nude lace dress paired with a Kzeniya clutch.

Kzeniya ‘Wild’ Clutch

The dress is a disappointment because it’s bland, shapeless and mostly un-styled. The hair is a disappointment because, well, it’s a mess, frankly. The makeup is a disappointment because the winged eye might not be the best choice for you, because your eyes are so round and prominent already, and the result is just a bit cartoon-like. The clutch is a disappointment because it clearly belongs with an entirely different outfit.

But mostly, Jenna-Louise (WARNING: Nerditry ahead. Proceed with caution), we’re disappointed because the entire second half of the current Doctor Who season has been an utter letdown and we were so primed to do some fun recapping but realized quickly each week would just be the same series of complaints and whining, so we abandoned the idea. Frankly, if even a Neil Gaiman-scripted episode is so loud, bombastic, and (worst of all) rushed through that it doesn’t provide any satisfaction, something has definitely gone wrong with the show, in our opinion. We’re going to try to commit to a recap of the season finale, which is supposedly jaw-dropping, but we’ll see.

None of this is any of your fault, though, Jenna-Louise. You’re perfectly charming in the role, even if there’s something a  bit “Generic Plucky English Girl” about the whole thing. Frankly, we don’t understand why Vastra, Jenny and Strax aren’t full-time companions on the TARDIS.

 

[Photo Credit: Getty, kzeniya.com]

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      I think she makes a lovely bride’s maid. I’m sure the ceremony was low key and rather classy.

      • drdarke

        Anybody else get a distinct Mila Kunis vibe off Jenna-Louise Coleman here?

    • gabbilevy

      I will say this: The season finale (should Moffat pull it off) is supposedly going to explain why Clara has been just a little too perfect, fit a little too exactly into whatever situation the doctor needs for her to fit into. “Nightmare in Silver” was definitely improved by a second viewing, too.

      But yes, unless Moffat can pull all the strings together next week, this half series (whole series, really) will have been a let down. Just like miss JLC’s dress here. C’MON girl. (But their intro video, in which the Doctor finds the BAFTA statuette on the TARDIS, is adorbs.)

      • porcupie

        Yes! I have felt let down by her characterisation; the way she’s just able to perfectly fit what the Doctor/situation needs from her (eg. being an adept military commander last week), the way she always has quips for the situation etc. (although I have enjoyed episodes such as Hide, and elements of Journey… nevertheless). BUT I watched the prequel (which I thought was excellent) and was SO happy to see the Doctor address her as “too perfect”; it proved that everything I was unhappy with was intentional. I do agree, however, that this week’s was rushed and I really wish Moff was allowed/wanted to bring back the two-parter episodes. My personal favourite episode(s) ever in the history of Doctor Who are The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang, and there’s no way on earth that they would have been achievable without the space afforded by a two-parter. We’ll just have to wait for the finale now, but come on Moff! I believe in you!

        • kmc1138

          Love this post. <3

          • porcupie

            N’aww, thank you so much! I was worried it was a bit too fan-gasmy. <3

      • kmc1138

        I think my opinion is terribly unpopular, but I don’t really care for Moffat’s female companions. Clara is just Amy junior – quippy and precocious. Donna and Martha had the most substance and the shortest runs. Makes me sad. /nerdout

        Also yes, boring dress. She’s a very pretty girl but kind of new to stardom, yeah? Lots of room for improvement. :)

        • gabbilevy

          I really enjoy Clara — or at least JLC — but maybe I’m willing to give her some leeway because I really didn’t love Amy the way so many people love Amy. Talk about a female character that was defined wholly by the men in her life.

          And while I think it’s best to reserve final judgement on Clara until we know where this is going, I do like that she’s quippy and sassy, but also capable of doing things the Doctor can’t, or more effectively than the Doctor can.

          • porcupie

            To be fair to Clara, I didn’t like Amy that much right at the start, but she since became my favourite companion (well, she and Rory did). I think it’s because she had growth; at the start she loved Rory but wasn’t sure if she wanted to settle down, and didn’t know how to reconcile her feelings about this 900 year old Time Lord who she’d known since she was seven; but she matured, realised what she wanted and made her decisions accordingly. Obviously I suppose Clara hasn’t had time to do that yet, but I was warming to Amy in as many episodes as Clara’s had, and Clara just leaves me cold. I also think JLC is ok as an actress, but Karen and Arthur were utterly brilliant actors, especially in series 6. Add to that Matt Smith’s absolutely incredible acting, and I think that JLC gets acted off the screen, to be honest.

            • lovelyivy

              Karen and Arthur completely rescued those characters for me. As written I can’t stand them, but those two were really fun to watch. I still wish that the writing for them could have been even as close to as good as the actors involved.

            • porcupie

              I think Karen, Arthur and Matt really are amazing actors, not just by Doctor Who standards, but by all-TV standards. I still think Moff is brilliant, but you’re probably right that I would’ve given a free pass to lines I think sound clunky when spoken by JLC, if they’d been spoken by Karen/Arthur.

            • kmc1138

              The amount with which Amy and The Doctor’s relationship didn’t click with me is inversely proportional to how much Amy and Rory did click with me. If they did a spin off of the two of them transplanted in time I would watch the shit out of that show.

          • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

            I really disagree. (Full disclosure: I love Amelia Pond with every fiber of my being :) I think Amy had an amazing character arc. She started out as wholly defined by the men in her life, and she came to define THEM instead. We know who Amy would be without Rory, but who would Rory be without Amy? Amy had been with 11 from day one — we saw how lost he would be without her. And Amy did a lot of rescuing of both Rory and the Doctor.

          • CommentsByKatie

            Wow, I think this is exactly why I didn’t like Amy. I never did, but wasn’t sure why. Defined by the men in her life – exactly. She’s reactive, not active. Plus she yells and throws fits, like Martha; a trait I can’t stand in a person or in a character.

            • fursa_saida

              Good lord, how do you stand the Doctor?

            • CommentsByKatie

              Because he’s awesome?

            • fursa_saida

              Sorry if it was unclear, I meant because he yells and throws fits a lot. Just snarking.

        • lovelyivy

          You are far from alone in this opinion- IMO the female companions a la Moff are essentially all the same- a collection of snappy one-liners and co-dependency in a skirt. I disliked Amy fairly early on in her run because outside of the Doctor and his effect on her life, she really didn’t have a story- no job, no hobbies, no family, no friends other than Rory (and eventually River). People kept on telling me that it would develop, but when it did it turned out that the part of her ‘story’ that wasn’t about the Doctor was still mostly about Rory, and everything else ended up being extremely underdeveloped. Ugh.

          • http://dorothydamage.wordpress.com/ Dorothy Damage

            I still think that the Asian doctor lady in the Minotaur episode a couple series back would have been a great companion, I still feel sad for what could have been.

            • lovelyivy

              Agreed. I loved how smart and interesting she was- she had goals and reasons and people she cared about that had absolutely nothing to do with the Doctor. I was unsurprised but annoyed when she didn’t make it out of the episode.

          • fursa_saida

            Moffat has pulled the “Doctor accidentally enters little girl’s life and ends up defining her existence” trope THREE TIMES now and it’s gone past annoying to creepy.

        • http://twitter.com/omg_dora Dora K.

          I like Coleman a lot more than I liked Karen Gillan, but they’re both playing the same character — this ditzy, entitled little girl who has no business being in these dangerous situations that Doctor-daddy drags her into. I know part of being a companion is being placed in overwhelmingly alien/scary/tragic circumstances and NOT being overwhelmed, but with Amy and Clara, rather than respecting their courage and resourcefulness, I get annoyed at how glib they are, and keep wishing some grown-up would tell them to shut up and do as they’re told.

          Also, I am SO tired of this conversation:
          Doctor (stammer): “I think that xyz.”
          Clara (lightning fast): “Why xyz? What do you mean by xyz?”
          Doctor (lightning fast): “Oh well xyz means that…”
          Tenth and Donna had repartee; Rose had great throwaway jokes; Eleventh and Clara just talk fast and repeat each other a lot. I miss actual comic writing in Doctor Who.

          • CommentsByKatie

            I’m sad that this is ringing true for me. I’m a plucky brunette myself, so I instantly wanted to like Clara; but you’re right that the depth has been missing a bit, and the episodes just aren’t as FUNNY as they used to be. I still have sky high hopes for the next episode, though. Hopefully everything will fall into place then. (Including the misguided River Song plot? Maybe? Sigh.)

            • JauntyJohn

              I fear, after reading the Comments to this point, and your two especially, I have realized something. The problem very likely might be that Clara is not a character. Clara is a plot device in character clothing. Yes, all chars are to some degree plot devices, but *who* they are drives *what* they do. In this I think it’s backwards. What she does is driving who she is.

            • Diana

              I can definitely see that! And i’m getting very tired of that whole “Impossible girl” thing they keep repeating. Either give us a few more clues as to how impossible she is or stop repeating some variation of that line every single episode. Just saying that isn’t building up to anything or creating a character you want to find more about. It’s just an annoying way of making people watch the last episodes to see what will happen.

            • fursa_saida

              The same thing happened to River Song. The idea was amazing, but there was no person there.

              Oh, and @twitter-14642950:disqus, Moffat really does get obsessed with these thesis statement lines. The crack in the universe. The girl who waited, in a house with too many rooms. Silence will fall. Run, you clever boy, and remember. OKAY I GET IT YOU THINK IT SOUNDS COOL, jesus. This is why he does much better on Sherlock; he gets much less space to get grandiose.

        • Kenisha Hill Phillips

          I completely, whole heartedly, unabashedly agree with you re: Martha and Donna.

        • http://twitter.com/naijasista Ms. AnalytAKAl Pearl

          I don’t know why, but I just haven’t been able to warm up to Clara yet. She’s nice enough, but there’s just something I don’t like about her. I grew love Rose, I loved Martha, and Donna was possibly my favorite. It took me nearly an entire season to warm up to Amy and Matt Smith’s portrayal of the Doctor, (I liked Rory almost right off the bat) but I came to love her and the Doctor very much. Amy and Rory and the Doctor were a wonderful trio to watch. But I think one of the reasons I’m so put off with this season is the way the Doctor continuously talks about how special or how different Clara is. I feel that with the other companions, the audience eventually grew to see how special or important they were and the Doctor didn’t have to say it every single episode.

          • Kato16

            Absolutely. The beauty of Rose/Martha/Donna was in ordinary people becoming extraordinary.

        • fursa_saida

          I feel like Moffat came up with a brilliant idea in River Song and then destroyed it by making her into a cartoon. I may never be able to forgive it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/juliette.wojciechowski.7 Juliette Wojciechowski

            River Song (and Alex Kingston) were a brilliant concept and have been badly served by the writers. She was a proper, sexy, grown-up, sexy, brilliant, sexy foil and the show veered away from what could have been. Shame on them. And I can’t stand Clara because she’s just too damn perky and quippy now. Much better in her original intro in the Dylek episode. But frankly, I just want River back. Did I mention that she’s sexy? And grown-up?

      • VanessaDK

        Yes, but if you create a character who turns out to be a fiction-within-a-fiction where does that leave you? Once the mystery is resolved, shouldn’t she be dropped off or actually, just sort of dissolve?

      • mightbewrong

        Quippy and sassy is fun in small doses, but the ‘precocious quirky girl’ is such a massive cliché at this point that they had better do something REALLY new with it. I rue the day fucking ‘Juno’ came out.

        • lovelyivy

          Don’t blame Juno, the Manic Pixie Dream Girl is a filmic stereotype with quite the history. I mean even Zach Braff beat Juno to the punch with Garden State.

          • mightbewrong

            Haha, fair enough, that’s just the earliest example I could think of. I still can’t stand that movie, or that type of character.

            • lovelyivy

              I hear you. All that adorably studied “quirky” cuteness irks the Hell out of me as a rule, because the flip side of people like that in real life is usually a massive amount of asshole or, even worse, the depressive end of the bipolar continuum.

            • mightbewrong

              That’s interesting, and it’s probably why it seems very calculated and fake in a TV character. Then again, Moffat’s surprised me before, if he can convince me that ‘wow she’s just TOO perfect’ is actually a valid part of the plot I will eat my hat.

            • lovelyivy

              Exactly. It is possible that he can pull this off- stranger things happen on this show all the time- but really, really, highly unlikely.

            • fursa_saida

              Wow. Um, bipolar = worse than asshole now?

            • lovelyivy

              I was being flippant, but yes, to my mind someone suffering from an undiagnosed medical condition (especially if they refuse to face it and get help, which breaks my heart) definitely has a harder row to hoe than someone who is an asshole, but might get over it when they grow up. Being their friend takes a lot more than just dealing with someone who is an asshole (there you just stop returning calls), and that more can be devastating.

        • kmc1138

          HA!

      • http://twitter.com/omg_dora Dora K.

        But whatever we end up discovering about Clara , and however much it explains about her behavior in various
        episodes, it’s not going to retroactively make her a better, more engrossing character. It doesn’t work that way.

        • kmc1138

          I am tempted to agree with you, but then I remember how my feelings changed for River after rewatching “Forest of the Dead.” It’s not exactly the momentum you’re talking about, but still…

          Also, hope I didn’t sound like a spoil-sport. I’m still having fun – mediocre Doctor Who is still better than most things that are available to me. :)

          • http://twitter.com/omg_dora Dora K.

            Heh. Weirdly, as much as I gripe about Moffat and Coleman, I still sorta enjoy about half the episodes, which is the same batting average my favorite seasons had (the Tennant seasons). Guess that’s why I keep watching. Well, that and I like complaining :)

      • fursa_saida

        Honestly, when I found out that the goal was oogabooga The Doctor’s name, I immediately quit watching (my faith had been fading for a while). That’s the last thing I want to know, for god’s sake. And even if it’s a sort of fakeout and we don’t actually get his name, the fact that Moffat thinks that illuminating the Doctor’s backstory is the compelling part tells me that he and I want very different things out of the show.

      • drdarke

        gabbilevy – did you ever hear the original idea pitched for the First NuWHO season episode “Boom Town”? While traveling with The Doctor and Rose, Captain Jack somehow uncovers that Rose has been, unbeknownst to her, bred by The Doctor to be His Perfect Companion. Aghast, Jack confronts The Doctor about this, and threatens to tell Rose…. Russell T. Davies rejected the idea, though he kept the setting (a nuclear power plant being built in Cardiff in Rose’s present) and Mickey showing up.

        Sometimes it feels to me like Moffatt took the idea and ran with it for Clara….

        • gabbilevy

          I do feel like I remember reading about that and I couldn’t be happier RTD decided against it. I always felt like Rose’s biggest selling point was that she was an ordinary girl who found herself equal to an extraordinary experience. As it is, Clara’s explanation ended up sounding more like the Bad Wolf plot than anything that happened to Amy or River (although the “exactly the companion the Doctor needed” I think is just kind of a given for the show) and, saying this as someone whose favorite companion is still Rose, that plot made a lot less sense than Clara’s ultimately did.

    • carnush

      That is a seriously sad dress. I don’t mind the hair and makeup so much, but that dress looks like she got it for $20 at Buffalo Exchange.

    • Patricia Gillett

      Wow, could the top of this dress be more unflattering to her build and coloring? So sad.

      • http://profiles.google.com/gillianholroyd gillian holroyd

        I know, it makes her looks very long-waisted.

        • Patricia Gillett

          And broad. When she isn’t. And it hits her arms at a most unflattering spot. Badly designed all around,

      • porcupie

        I read this in a Chandler Bing voice.

      • lovelyivy

        It’s as if she borrowed her older sister’s prom dress- it was made for someone else entirely (although really, I can’t think of anyone who this dress would work for, it’s dire). Nothing about this look suits her in any way.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=78500747 Elizabeth Szubert

      I think that you two, and a lot of other people who are unhappy with the second half of season 7, might need a jammy dodger and a nap (and a fez).

      Okay, maybe just the jammy dodger. But seriously, give it time to get comfortable and grow. A lot of people didn’t like Karen for the first half of season 5 and look how much she was loved in the end. However, if it turns out that Clara is River or a part of the TARDIS, I might have to go give Moffat a boot to the head for being a cop-out and the above advice is void.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        “I think that you two, and a lot of other people who are unhappy with the
        second half of season 7, might need a jammy dodger and a nap (and a
        fez).”

        I think that maybe you shouldn’t react to very mild criticism of a TV show by being so automatically dismissive of it.

        And to be honest, “give it time to grow” seems like a silly response to a complaint about an entire second half of a season. That’s the point. We DID give it time to grow and still find it increasingly disappointing. Besides, you seem to think our complaint is solely with JLC. It isn’t. The last half of this season has been badly written and produced all around, from our perspective.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=78500747 Elizabeth Szubert

          I agree, that was a bad idea. I do apologize for it.

          I don’t agree that it’s been badly written, save for Cold War which needed to be scrapped entirely. I’m all for bringing back an old villain but it really could have been done better. I don’t see the work that the TARDIS does with translating languages give Russians a British accent. I saw the ending for Hide coming about ten minutes before the end, but I’m not sure if that’s bad writing or the fact that DW is coming a bit more family orientated as a very subtle subplot.

          I did like the Gaiman episode though. I’m not sure if that’s because the Cybermen became creepy again (I have a fear of bugs, so big parts of the episode squicked me out) or because Matt Smith playing two roles worked well on me. I am interested to hear why you didn’t like the Gaiman episode though – was it because of the neatly wrapped bow on the end or was it something else?

          • porcupie

            The TARDIS gave a Dutch person a Scottish accent, so why not an English accent for Russians?

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

            Thank you for the apology. We’ll try and give our thoughts on the whole half-season when the finale airs.

            • Lattis

              Looking forward to your thoughts on the whole half-season.

            • JauntyJohn

              Please do! I had actually guessed that you were at the end of your tether (oooo! English-y) about the whole second half. I wanted so badly to like it — no, scratch that, I like the Doctor, but I wanted so badly to ENJOY it but… it’s all fuse and no boom.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elaine-Lang/100000366510311 Elaine Lang

      I want Vastra, Jenny, and Strax to get a spinoff. They were PURE GOLD in the Christmas special.

      • LeBarron

        Why is this not already a thing?!

      • gabbilevy

        They’ll be in the finale :)

      • lovelyivy

        They have been the best party of 11’s adventures since the moment they were introduced (YMMV, I know)! They’re the only non-disappointing part of the show at this point.

      • fursa_saida

        I think there are webisodes with them?

    • http://www.facebook.com/bert.keeter Bert Keeter

      Wearing a dress the color of an uncooked chicken is NEVER a good thing!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002718877231 Bert Keeter

        And what’s with those flappy armholes? Yikes!

    • Missy Covington

      Frankly, we don’t understand why Vastra, Jenny and Strax aren’t full-time companions on the TARDIS.

      Frankly, that would be awesome.

      • MilaXX

        and so much more interesting. I’ve been rewatching the older Doctor specials on BBCA. (They show about one a month.) Vastra, Jenny and Strax would make perfect companions and be much more interesting than pretty girl of the week.

        • fursa_saida

          God, yes. Every single time, now, it’s pretty white girl from modern-day Earth. BORED.

    • nannypoo

      This dress just screams “Gimme a belt goddammit”.

      • Donna Tabor

        Exactly. A belt would keep her freakishly long torso from looking so odd.

        • http://twitter.com/kerryev kerryev

          I think this counts as bodysnarking.

    • http://twitter.com/MajorBedhead MajorBedhead

      Season 7.2 has been polarizing – people are either gushing or loathing. I’ve mostly loved all the episodes, with a few minor quibbles here and there. I thought Saturday night’s episode was great and I love Clara. I really want to know who she is – I think she may be part of the TARDIS.

      • Missy Covington

        I’m intrigued by the concept that the TARDIS doesn’t really “like” her–when it’s been seemingly indifferent to other companions.

        • http://twitter.com/Lily1129 Lily

          Actually, the TARDIS didn’t like Jack either. I’m pretty sure it’s because he was “impossible” and so is Clara. And in the same vein, she loved/loves The Master.

        • mightbewrong

          Well there’s something the Tardis and I agree on.

        • JauntyJohn

          I agree! I think that is the one fresh spark in the whole Season.

    • Anathema_Device

      Duuuudes, it is like you read my mind. I turned to my husband at the start of the most recent episode and said, “I haven’t enjoyed this season or companion. I thought the scripts would be wittier and not pretend witty.” The annoying children were another nail in the coffin. If they had gone full Scooby-Do with the theme park, I might have turned it off…unless that took an awesome turn. Oh, and the “Who are you, Clara” with NO CLUES is stupid.

      Thanks for letting me get that off my chest.

      Agree with your assessment of her look here, too.

      Oh wait one more thing: Cyberman Doctor versus real Doctor was way too much like the ganger episode.

      • CommentsByKatie

        Ugh, those kids. So annoying. That girl was positively unacceptable; kids like that are the reason I’m afraid of having children.

        • Anathema_Device

          Very one-dimensional, know-it-all, aren’t-the-adults-stupid teen character.

          Don’t let it scare you off. I have children, teenagers at that. It doesn’t have to be that way.

    • teensmom99

      Gentlemen, I want to thank you. I”ve been looking for a dress for a special occasion & thanks to you I realized NO MORE BEIGE.In fact, I rejected a fabulous Tadashi Soji I found on sale on line because the color would likely be too beige. I don’t have the fabulous coloring to carry it off. Now if only the starlets would learn what I have learned from the masters. I mean, I don’t even have a whole bunch of people whose job it is for me to look good and I don’t have to look super fantastic as part of my job. So get with the program, starlets and listen to the masters.

      • Donna Tabor

        Good call. You can also reject nearly any shade of pale, pale pink, especially those shades with grey, what we used to call “ashes of roses”. It’s almost impossible for anyone to look good in any of those non-colors.

        • conniemd

          It does, however make a lovely wall-color or looks beautiful on bedsheets.

        • kmc1138

          “Ashes of roses”… terrible color, but what a great phrase!

    • Supernumerary

      I very much want to like Clara, and do think JLC is lovely, but ugh, Moffat’s treatment of female characters. Why do all of the post-Donna Ladies of Whovian Consequence have to be snarky, flirtatious, and hellbent on always getting the last word? I’ve said elsewhere that it feels as if the most recent women in the Doctor’s life were cut from Steve Moffat’s Splendid Brocade of Sassy Ladyness, and I maintain that position. Not every companion should be cut from the same cloth, or innately be The Most Special of All Special Things.

      Bitch bitch, moan moan. I’ll just go back to admiring Jenna-Louise’s clutch.

      • Anathema_Device

        Well said. This might sound dumb, but having a character say something really quickly (Amy & Clara) doesn’t make it wittier. I find myself missing lines all the time.

        • JauntyJohn

          Yes! It’s not the accent, it’s the mumbles. The lines are just thrown away.

      • MilaXX

        To be fair, so was Rose Tyler, so this one I don’t blame entirely on Moffs.

        • fursa_saida

          But Rose wasn’t like that all the time, IIRC.

          • MilaXX

            Not a Rose fan, but to me she started out as slightly annoying, which to be far a lot of Who companions do. However she became increasingly annoying as the series went on, so yeah I would lump her in with that lot.

    • Pannyx

      Vastra, Jenny and Strax would definitely have saved the back-end of this season. It truly has been a disappointment. But those three are clear favorites of mine.

    • eandh99

      ugh, get rid of that ugly poorly made dress (Just look at the zipper insertion) and as a penalty for wearing it in public, give Zoe Saldana the clutch, she’ll know wjat to wear with it.

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

      I’m not saying this to be mean, but this looks a lot like one of the first formal dresses that I wore at age 16.

      • MilaXX

        I actually wore a similar dress to my 8th grade dinner dance.

      • l_c_ann

        High school graduation (under the robe)

    • http://dorothydamage.wordpress.com/ Dorothy Damage

      God that outfit is depressing. And I’ve been mostly ok with this season (‘Rings’ aside, and the disappointing Gaiman-penned episode), but I’m still completely unimpressed with Clara. I’ve also become annoyed with the weirdly sexualising/flirty tone of the Doctor around her, it’s out of character and it’s unnecessary Why did he have to mention her ‘tight skirt’ in the last episode, especially considering she was wearing a flared skater skirt? It made no sense. Amy was always in short, tight outfits and he didn’t get creepy about it. I’m also tired of series-long arcs and multiple mysteries that never get wrapped up, in all honesty. I wasn’t a fan of RTD, but I appreciated the stand alone episodes, and think that Moffat needs to think about doing more of those. I thought Hide, The Crimson Horror and Cold War were so successful specifically because they were mostly stand-alone episodes (and bonkers). And someone needs to create the Perilous Victorian Adventures of Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax: The animated series (written by Mark Gatiss).

      • MilaXX

        I think that’s one of the reasons why I liked Donna Noble as a companion. Since the reboots nearly all the NuWho companions have to be in love or lust after the Doctor. I miss companions who were just companions.

        • http://dorothydamage.wordpress.com/ Dorothy Damage

          I really think Moffatt missed a trick by not making Oswin!Dalek into a companion. Think of all the hilarity that could ensue.

          • MilaXX

            I think the trio of Vastra/Jenny?strax would be more interesting or at least a male companion. Any cute girl was bound to create Amy comparisons, but a cute, perky flirtatious girl is pushing it.

        • fursa_saida

          Moffat has a tendency to fetishize whoever his central male character is to the point where it goes over the top. You can tell because every character around said central male is either infatuated/grossly impressed by him or exists so that he can look smarter by making them look stupid. It’s also why you’ll find the Doctor making bombastic speeches about how powerful and amazing he is way too often.

          • MilaXX

            Motffet was responsible for Ten & his character also fit that description. In fact with the exception of Nine, that could be said of all NuWho

            • fursa_saida

              RTD left Doctor Who in 2010; Ten was mostly his creation, as I’ve understood it. And I agree in general that that’s true, but I feel like these tendencies have gotten way, way worse (in that they’re way more pronounced) under Moffat’s showrunning.

    • sagecreek

      The dress would have been okay if she’d done her hair and accessorized better. Still a crappy color.

    • Jangle57

      I don’t know, I’ve found pretty much all of the storylines to be pretty convoluted ever since Moffat took the reins and don’t know that the ones with JLC are any worse than the ones with Karen and Rory. As for what she’s wearing, agree the dress is pretty much a throwaway but I will defend the state of her hair as I saw a story about the BAFTAs that indicate that it was a very windy night and many of the ladies were having wardrobe malfunctions due to the wind blowing their skirts, etc around.

      • MilaXX

        I was okay with the Amy & Rory storylines until their departure. As much as I like Jeanna’s energy, all her storyline seems to be rehashes of previous storylines. Even the overall “impossibleness” of Clara just feels like retreads Amy’s life not making sense.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      What a gorgeous face, too bad this is just too tragic for words.

    • lilazander

      First look at the pic.without opening the post: I thought it was Snookieafter some make-over… But, seriusly, the dress makes her extra broad in the arms.

    • Sara L.

      I’m not caught up with Who (just saw “Hide” last night, which was an okay episode after a run of “eh” episodes) but I agree. I’m just not invested with this season at all. I’m not sure what it is, but Who used to be appointment television, and now it’s, “Oh, we just missed a Doctor Who. Maybe we should watch it?” Disappointing, indeed.

    • Snailstsichr

      If I got to carry that cool clutch, I’d brush my hair, for sure!

    • Sara__B

      Everyone’s hair was a mess, because it was raining and the wind was blowing hard. Except for the drama of women hanging onto their skirts for dear life so as not to expose the good china, this red carpet was a boring sea of oatmeal-colored blandness.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lenoradody Lenora Dody

      I just got back from London and I noticed that the cat eye thing seems to be a trend there with the younger women.

      • http://dorothydamage.wordpress.com/ Dorothy Damage

        Yep, it’s my go-to look if I bother wearing makeup, it’s been popular for a few years now.

    • http://twitter.com/JoannaCarver Joanna Carver

      She and Robb Stark make the most nerd-tastic couple since Allyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof.

    • MilaXX

      The eye makeup and bag go with an entirely different outfit. In fact, slap a leather dress on her and they would have worked for the Met Gala. I was also disappointed at the how bad Gwendoline Christie looked.

      As for Doctor Who, I too am disappointed. In fact I wrote a pretty much the same thing you guys wrote about this week’s ep. If Neil Gaiman, who I love can make this season interesting, there’s no hope.

      Also I’ve heard a few bits and pieces of what is supposedly the “jaw dropping finale” and if they are indeed true, and one does sound like something Moffs would write, I will be EXTREMELY upset with Moffs.

      • http://twitter.com/naijasista Ms. AnalytAKAl Pearl

        Where did you find these few spoilers? I’m not usually one to read spoilers, but this season is so disappointing that I want to see if it’s worth it to keep watching.

        • MilaXX

          It’s all very second hand. A friend inboxed them to me on FB and she allegedly knows someone who has the boxed set that were sent out early.

    • random_poster

      That clutch is pretty cool. Too bad they didn’t start from there and work around it for the rest of the outfit/styling.

    • MissAmynae

      My biggest disappointment is the absence of Richard Madden on her arm. Needs more Robb Stark!!!

    • http://twitter.com/omg_dora Dora K.

      The last episode (Nightmare in Silver) was a disgrace. Rushed plot, fucked-up pacing, cliched dialogues (“She’s not our mom!” “You’d rather die than admit you like me, tee hee!”), annoying bratty children, minor characters written so lazily you forget who they are before they finish the sentence, and moments that should be scary (Cybermen are taking over the Doctor FFS!) so badly written and directed as to leave you absolutely cold. Not a single scare, tear, or decent joke all the way through. This is a sad farce and I can’t wait for someone else to replace Moffat as the showrunner.

    • http://twitter.com/heybethpdx heybethpdx

      Equally disappointed with this set of episodes – I didn’t even realize
      that was a Neil ep this weekend! However, I think I saw you ask in
      passing if anyone’s watching Orphan Black. OMG YES. I bet THAT season
      ender is going to be an insane cliff-hanger.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        Orphan Black is AMAZINGLY good. That lead actress, whose name I can’t be bothered to look up the spelling, is doing phenomenal work.

        • http://twitter.com/heybethpdx heybethpdx

          Her name is Tatiana Maslany – I’ve never heard of her, and I’m not familiar with the work of the show creators (John Fawcett, Graeme Manson) either. I feel like I hit the tv jackpot with show!

        • silaria

          I’m loving Orphan Black! I keep thinking it shouldn’t be as good as it is, but the production values are so high, it really works. The characters are very broadly drawn (bitchy house-wife, British punk, geeky science chick, etc.), but the writing is good enough to make up for it, the suspense works, and the humor is perfect. And Felix is easily my favorite new character in a long, long time.

          • http://twitter.com/heybethpdx heybethpdx

            Yes, I heart Felix in a big way. He is just SO much fun to watch. And Paul is, frankly, absolutely delicious. I’m glad it looks like he may stick around.

    • Lattis

      we’re disappointed because the entire second half of the current Doctor Who season has been an utter letdown

      That’s interesting. I would love to hear your complaints. My husband (and sons) love this season. They have liked these episodes because they are “smaller” stories. They have disliked the tendency of the rebooted Doctor to have every season end up with him saving the entire world/universe . . . one more time.

      I am on the fence. I guess I give the Doctor a lot of leeway because I love the show so much.

    • http://twitter.com/meggiestardust Meghan

      I don’t see how the season finale is going to be anything other than a complete mess. Judging by the way the storylines have been going, and the preview for next week, there is something like 4 returning characters, 2 returning enemies, 1 new enemy and 3 plot lines to conclude, in addition to being “game-changing”. All this in a regular length 45 minute episode. For a show that has had a ton of pacing issues the past few seasons, I just don’t see it working at all.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001998855370 Fatima Siddique

      Yes! Vastra, Jenny and Strax s/b the companions. It would be crowded, but at least it would be a change from the predictable, recycled dynamic of the Doctor and his star struck gal pal. Never thought I’d miss the Ponds, but there you have it.

    • Christiane Truelove

      We (the hubby and I) are also disappointed about the season thus far. We had heard rumors that Vastra, Jenny , and Strax were getting their own spinoff. We would watch the shit out of that. We did enjoy the Neil Gaiman Cyberman episode, because, hey, Warwick Davis.

    • CommentsByKatie

      OMG she looks awful. I can’t believe she can look so good on the show and so terrible here. IMHO this is one of the worst make-up jobs ever featured on T LO. Jesus.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=752912994 Bernadette Ulsamer

      I was wondering why you stopped Dr. Who commentaries… It has been a let down second half of the season.

    • Emmyllou

      Yes! Genius! Vastra, Jenny, and Strax should be full-time companions on the TARDIS!!!

    • watchmeboogie

      That dress would be a dowdy travesty on a 60-year-old. Jenna-Louise, you are way too young and cute for this. Please get some gays!

    • watchmeboogie

      I would take back every complaint I ever had about RTD if I’d known how poor of a showrunner Moffat would turn out to be. This is easily the most inferior season since the reboot, and I’m counting that dastardly 3-movie “season.” It’s especially sad because Matt Smith is so wonderful.

    • jennygirl73

      Like JLC, like the idea of Clara, however, I feel like Moffat needs to stop trying being so damn clever. He tried that River and to me the second half of that story was WTF, and oh really? Also, enough of the Angels. When you use them too much they are not so scary.

      People complained about RTD and yes he had his flaws too, but I never considered not watching the Doctor. I am actually considering (heaven help me) watching this finale and that’s it. No more Doctor. I also don’t have high hopes for the 50th anniversary special either, if the interwebs rumors are true. I think I just lost my nerd cred but I am honest to a fault.