Fuck, you know.
That fucking celebrated speech in The Zygon Inversion – which is all Moffat; his contribution to the thing – always bothered me, and it’s been eating at me more as time goes on. The whole message of that story, which basically is saying to immigrants, stop whining and assimilate – I’ve been trying to reconcile it as just being a bit off because everyone involved with it was a middle-class middle-aged white man, so try as they might it made sense that they’d not completely get the nuances of what they were talking about.
But no, this is just some fucking hard-centrist neolib bullshit.
I’m a little bit angry at myself for giving this guy the benefit of the doubt these last few years, merely because his writing had improved. He’s still a shit.
I want to like the speech because of the passion of Capaldi’s delivery, but everything about it that doesn’t involve Capaldi’s acting is kind of horrific.
And… I don’t think I’ve ever seen another person raise this issue. When that speech gets mentioned, it’s only ever praised or dismissed as self-indulgent. Not addressed for what it fucking is.
Incidentally, have you noticed how much of Moffat’s writing consists of a bunch of people silently standing in place, looking at the main character for minutes at a time as he talks at them?