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Into the Dalek: Spaceman Don’t Play That

A lot of bloggers liked this moment of “Into the Dalek”. Who Say described Clara’s slapping the Doctor “put this new, colder Doctor in his place”. Tech Times said it “Bravo for smacking some sense back into the Doctor right when he needed it.” The AV Club said “literally slaps sense into the Doctor”.

I completely disagree. There was nothing in the Doctor’s behavior to suggest he enjoyed being right more than he wanted to live. Clara’s actions makes her the worst possible companion to have in a crisis. Because the script was written Steven Moffat (with Phil Ford), her actions implausibly work. This is a lame attempt to make an underwritten female character “strong” by making her mean. Throughout Season 8, their relationship seems more like an Eric Stanton fantasy fantasy.

My Doctor’s reaction is closer to the “rebel Time Lord” they talked about in the Doctor Who World Tour.

Longtime fans will spot my influences. “Clara Oswald never existed” came from the Season 8 finale “Death in Heaven“. During the world tour, Peter Capaldi described his portrayal as a “rebel Time Lord”. “That’s the kind of Time Lord I am” is from David Tennant’s first episode “The Christmas Invasion“.

Materials used for this story
12″ x 18″ live area on Strathmore 500 bristol paper
Blick Black Cat india ink
Speedball nib #512 (phase one inking, outlines)
Short-handle round #4 sable brush (phase two inking)
Ruling pen (borders)
Speedball B6 and B5 (lettering)
Ames Lettering Guide (4.0 even-spaced calibration)
Adobe Photoshop (production, Duo-Shade gray tones)

Inked with the pen first, brush second technique perfected by Alex Toth, Steve Ditko and Joe Maneely. Gray tones applied with an Duo-Shade emulation technique, in an attempt to make this look like a Warren publication.

— Dave M!, making a right with two wrongs.

2 thoughts on “Into the Dalek: Spaceman Don’t Play That

  1. Each Dalek is three cupcakes: small, medium and large. Take the top off the large one and put it upside down on the board, then mound up pieces of the top in front to make the base more teardrop-shaped. Flatten the middle cupcake, too. Everything is glued together with frosting, with two Oreo cookies between the medium and small cupcakes to make the grill around the neck area. (That will give you your sense of scale the smallest cupcake should be about the same diameter as the cookie.)The eyestalk and weapon arms are toothpicks with appropriately-shaped gummy candies stuck on them. The little red bars on the midsection are cut up lengths of string licorice, the rounds on the skirt are M&Ms with the logo turned inward, and the lights on top are Jujubes. A little piped frosting for detail and there you are.

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