I learned the hard way that I cannot always count on others to respect my feelings - even if I respect theirs. Being a good person doesn’t guarantee that others will be good people. You only have control over yourself and how you choose to be as a person. As for others, you can only choose to accept them or walk away. — (via lapelosa)

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loremipsumfandom asked: What do you think the are the central themes of the rtd years? (bonus points: compare/contrast to rtd's other work that you have seen)

oodlyenough:

I think the importance of the ordinary person was perhaps the biggest one, you see it over and over again. It’s not just through characters like Rose, Mickey, Martha and Donna, although I love that aspect of them. Harriet Jones was a backbench politician who rose to the challenge when it was presented  Pete Tyler lives when he should have died and even though, as Rose says, he’s never going to become Prime Minister or change the world, his life invokes Reapers that would consume the planet if not for Pete Tyler himself fixing the situation. In the chaos of Midnight when the Doctor is helpless, it’s the Hostess who figures out the situation and makes the necessary sacrifice to fix it. One of the most disturbing lines in Waters of Mars is when Ten refers to saving “little people” and Adelaide reacts with appropriate horror. I think there’s the idea that anyone has the potential to be important and game-changing and, well, a hero, if they make the right choice and rise to the occasion when it presents itself. I think Rose’s speech in the cafe in “Parting of the Ways” sort of sums up the ultimate moral of… perhaps Doctor Who as a whole, but certainly Doctor Who under RTD: you have the guts to do what’s right.

I also think, in a not wholly unrelated way, we revisit again and again the idea of the Doctor as a god in order to summarily tear it down. “RTD made the Doctor Jesus” is one of the weirdest criticisms of the era to me because from where I am standing the show so plainly said the opposite so many times. The Doctor himself says multiple times “I’d make a very bad god”, in Voyage of the Damned Mr Copper tells Ten that the ability to choose who lives and who dies would make him a monster. And I think through routinely presenting the Doctor as someone with a lot of power who is nonetheless very fallible, we end up with a lot of opportunity to emphasize the importance of the ordinary person.

I think you were quite right in saying that fear is sort of the biggest villain. It’s certainly used again and again to motivate people for the wrong reasons, either to do the wrong thing or to do nothing where they could (should) be helping. And I think that aspect of human nature is both something he is good at exploring at something he explores a lot — especially on a show like Torchwood where the pre-watershed gloves can come off.

There’s also, I think, a lot about the perseverance of humanity. We see everyone singing Bohemian Rhapsody in Turn Left despite the world going to shit. We see humanity make it to the end of the universe in “Utopia”. Humanity ~spreads out amongst the stars~ following the destruction of Earth. We see a lot of people triumph over pretty incredible odds.

songofages:

schazam:


Elizabeth Báthory is one of the most prolific serial killers in all of history.
She was born into nobility and was highly educated but also very vain.
One day, infuriated, Elizabeth struck one of her servant girls so hard that some blood dripped from her face onto Elizabeth’s hand and she immediately thought that her skin took on a glowing freshness of her young maid.
Elizabeth believed she had found the secret of eternal youth. After this, women were abducted and hung upside down, while they were still alive and their throats were slit to prepare Elizabeth’s bath.
The Countess of Transylvania and four collaborators were accused of torturing and killing hundreds of girls, with one witness attributing to them over 650 victims, though the number for which they were convicted was 80. Elizabeth herself was neither tried nor convicted.

Can I just time in here and say a few things, since half of what is written here is straight from the wikipedia page, which don’t get me wrong —it’s accurate— but extremely underwhelming.
“Elizabeth” Erzebet Bathory was so much more than some vain bitch who killed over 650 women, she was a vain bitch who could speak and write more than two languages, in a time where a woman writing one was unheard of. She was raised mostly by her very infamous openly bisexual aunt, and was a torturer and a murderer before she was 14 (rumored).
This woman was the person who made the villagers quake in both fear and revelation, that the courts refused to take action against when young girls started dissapearing, when bodies started being found. She OWNED the country, her family was richer then even the Lords presiding over it, she had all the say.
Her and her ‘accomplices” (which by the way, they were extremely trusted, and unlike her, they were executed without mercy when the truth came out), would gather village children who their parents practically threw their way in hopes of a better future, although the children would never live again. She didn’t only hang them, she caged them, used iron maidens, spears, so many different objects. And the whole ‘bathing in blood’ thing, although is technically can be true, that and the whole striking her maid is all exagerrated to add to the story. Her and her husband got off to killing, literally, they liked the screams. If she bathed in blood, it wasn’t to be younger, it was to enjoy their life ending. Not to say she wasn’t vain, but for good reason. She was considered the most beautiful woman in Hungary for all of her days.
And she technically was tried, although as I said before she practically owned the country, they couldn’t actually kill her. But she had killed another young girl of noble blood, and that couldn’t just be set aside. So instead of execution, they sentenced her to house arrest for the rest of her days, unable to punish her for all the women she had killed.
Also, she had three children, and regardless of her murderous ways it was said that she had been a wonderful, loving mother. Strange how the ‘vain blood mistress’ can be more than just, isn’t it?
I could go on and on about this woman, I’ve read and watched basically everything pertaining to her due to reports and essays that I wrote when I was younger, and even though she was a horrifying murderer, she deserves a bit more than ‘blood bitch’.

It’s also interesting to note that one of her descendents feels so bad about what his ancestor did that he donates blood as often as humanly possible.

songofages:

schazam:

Elizabeth Báthory is one of the most prolific serial killers in all of history.

She was born into nobility and was highly educated but also very vain.

One day, infuriated, Elizabeth struck one of her servant girls so hard that some blood dripped from her face onto Elizabeth’s hand and she immediately thought that her skin took on a glowing freshness of her young maid.

Elizabeth believed she had found the secret of eternal youth. After this, women were abducted and hung upside down, while they were still alive and their throats were slit to prepare Elizabeth’s bath.

The Countess of Transylvania and four collaborators were accused of torturing and killing hundreds of girls, with one witness attributing to them over 650 victims, though the number for which they were convicted was 80. Elizabeth herself was neither tried nor convicted.

Can I just time in here and say a few things, since half of what is written here is straight from the wikipedia page, which don’t get me wrong —it’s accurate— but extremely underwhelming.

“Elizabeth” Erzebet Bathory was so much more than some vain bitch who killed over 650 women, she was a vain bitch who could speak and write more than two languages, in a time where a woman writing one was unheard of. She was raised mostly by her very infamous openly bisexual aunt, and was a torturer and a murderer before she was 14 (rumored).

This woman was the person who made the villagers quake in both fear and revelation, that the courts refused to take action against when young girls started dissapearing, when bodies started being found. She OWNED the country, her family was richer then even the Lords presiding over it, she had all the say.

Her and her ‘accomplices” (which by the way, they were extremely trusted, and unlike her, they were executed without mercy when the truth came out), would gather village children who their parents practically threw their way in hopes of a better future, although the children would never live again. She didn’t only hang them, she caged them, used iron maidens, spears, so many different objects. And the whole ‘bathing in blood’ thing, although is technically can be true, that and the whole striking her maid is all exagerrated to add to the story. Her and her husband got off to killing, literally, they liked the screams. If she bathed in blood, it wasn’t to be younger, it was to enjoy their life ending. Not to say she wasn’t vain, but for good reason. She was considered the most beautiful woman in Hungary for all of her days.

And she technically was tried, although as I said before she practically owned the country, they couldn’t actually kill her. But she had killed another young girl of noble blood, and that couldn’t just be set aside. So instead of execution, they sentenced her to house arrest for the rest of her days, unable to punish her for all the women she had killed.

Also, she had three children, and regardless of her murderous ways it was said that she had been a wonderful, loving mother. Strange how the ‘vain blood mistress’ can be more than just, isn’t it?

I could go on and on about this woman, I’ve read and watched basically everything pertaining to her due to reports and essays that I wrote when I was younger, and even though she was a horrifying murderer, she deserves a bit more than ‘blood bitch’.

It’s also interesting to note that one of her descendents feels so bad about what his ancestor did that he donates blood as often as humanly possible.

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ebrodevo:

INCREDIBLY ATTRACTIVE PEOPLE who are simultaneously GIANT DORKS are my ULTIMATE WEAKNESS

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bleep0bleep:

heathyr:

THERE’S BEEN AN INCIDENT AND THE PRESIDENT’S SON (WHO IS SO VERY LOVED BY THE PUBLIC) NEEDS TO BE MOVED NOW

[movie narrator voice] IN A WORLD WHERE THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD’S ONLY WEAKNESS ISHIS QUICK-TO-DODGE-SECURITY- ENTHUSIASTIC-FRESHLY-GRADUATED-FROM-COLLEGE SON, THE COUNTRY IS ON EDGE WHEN THE FIRST SON DISAPPEARS. THE RANSOM DEMAND IS HIGH BUT THE STAKES ARE CLEAR THE KIDNAPPERS MEAN TO SEND A MESSAGE AND DON’T PLAN ON RETURNING HIM ALIVE. THE ONE FORMER SECRET SERVICE AGENT WHO QUIT HIS JOB MONTHS AGO BECAUSE HE WAS AFRAID OF GETTING TOO CLOSE TO HIS CHARGE NOW IS DETERMINED TO BRING HIM BACK 

[dramatic fade to black, the music swells and then fades, and then the only sound is the slick slide of leather over skin]

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It’s about nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things.

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brianmichaelbendis:

David Finch in Black and White

darkingofmordor:

picture the most serious character that you know of

now picture them tripping ungracefully and falling down some stairs

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withoutanother-castiel:

angelsanddemonsfallinlovealready:

weepingangelsintheimpala:

tractor-riding-fallen-angel:

This spot the difference is hard.

"Average Jared Padalecki" 

yes

Its a rare species.

withoutanother-castiel:

angelsanddemonsfallinlovealready:

weepingangelsintheimpala:

tractor-riding-fallen-angel:

This spot the difference is hard.

"Average Jared Padalecki" 

yes

Its a rare species.

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najmani:

I ship myself with academic success and contentment

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unfollowlng:

seenaill:

unfollowlng:

If you think your mom overreacts just remember once my mom cancelled our trip to New York because I refused to eat the meatloaf she made

my mom accused me of selling my birth certificate and social security to the black market when she couldn’t find them

you win

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Album Art

I am thinking it’s a sign

That the freckles in our eyes

Are mirror images and when we kiss

They’re perfectly aligned

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ArtistIron and Wine
TitleSuch Great Heights
AlbumSuch Great Heights Promo

shuckl:

wildy0ungbeautiful:

shuckl:

could i pay someone to take over my body who actually knows how to look after it so they can like. make me healthy again and then let me take over once i’m fit n healthy

You mean a personal trainer and a nutritionist

no i mean some sort of supernatural being who can do literally all of the work for me

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