oh god this makes me feel so much better about this scene
I know what they’re trying to say but TECHNICALLY it already happened?
yea, that guy that played barty crouch junior would make a really great doctor
And maybe the rest of the cast could make guest appearences? Madame Hooch could be the last human or something. She’s so badass.
Narcissa Malfoy would make such a cool big fish from space. Just gonna put that idea out there.
Dobby could totally play the Doctor’s psycic-pollen-induced alter ego. Anyone with me?
Barty Crouch Senior would totally kill it as a Cyberman creator and controller. Just saying.
Ooooooh also, bear with me on this one, but Dumbledore would make such a good Scrooge-type character in a christmassy episode. Maybe featuring fish that swim in the sky? Just a thought.
You know what. When I think about it, Rufus Scrimgeour would make an excellent museum curator. I’m seeing something along the lines of Van Gogh.
I was thinking, Moaning Myrtle would be perfect for the role of a random-love-interest-whose-head-ends-up-in-a-paving-slab. Thoughts?
Actually, Mafalda Hopkirk could really grasp the role of some kind of nurse who falls in love with some kind of human incarnation of the Doctor. Maybe.
I feel like James Potter could really capture the role of a campaigner against the Ood slave-trade, who dies for his cause by being thrown into the giant Ood brain by the baddie. Y’know?
I just keep going back to Mafalda Hopkirk. She could so play a great - great granddaughter of her former character in like the final ever episode with the Tenth Doctor. I can just see it now.
I’ve been thinking about this one for ages: what if Filch played this guy who stole dinosaurs on a Silurian spaceship and ended up getting blown up?? That would be epic, he’d be so good in the role.
Mr. Weasly could be Rory’s dad! I know, crazy but it could work so well! I just picture him sitting on the edge of the tardis with a cup of coffee and some sandwiches, looking at the Earth in space.
THIS IS EVERYTHING.
How does this have 15,000 notes?
Anyway, context: I received this good advice from my chaplaincy supervisor when I worked as a student chaplain at a children’s hospital in 2000. We were talking not about any of the terrible things I’d witnessed at the hospital but about my breakup with my college girlfriend.
One time when I was a chaplain, this especially awful thing happened, and a bunch of us had to attend this post trauma debriefing/group therapy session. (The theory goes that this was a way to prevent or minimize PTSD, I think.) So here is this big group of people—doctors, nurses, social workers, paramedics, etc.—all being forced to attend this group therapy session they don’t particularly want to be at, and the counselor person is asking all of us to recount what happened that night, which no one is particularly inclined to do.
Eventually, I tell a story about my girlfriend: When I came home the morning after this thing had happened, I was really freaking out, and she was not particularly empathetic. This story animates everyone: They all start talking about my girlfriend, and how she’s just like their boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse, and how I should really break up with her, because that’ll show her.
So I did break up with her.
Of course, I immediately regretted it, but once she was free of obligation to me she probably felt tremendous relief and had no intention of re-entangling. (This was very sane and mature of her, in retrospect.) So I spent my days moping around the hospital, not because of the horrible things I’d seen but because I missed this woman so much. And I felt like an idiot being so upset over this girl when there were far worse things happening around me at the hospital every day.
Which just made everything worse: I was sad because I was no longer close to this woman I loved. And then I was ashamed because I felt more upset about my own stupid romantic problems than about the illness and death that was all around me in the hospital. I felt like my problems were silly and small, but they still made me very sad, and I could never seem to get out of that spiral.
All of this combined to make me super annoying to be around. Fortunately, I was surrounded by chaplains, who are basically professionally empathetic, and are required by job description to listen to you.
It was my supervisor who finally helped me understand why I was so sad, and that I should feel sad. So often we try to make other people feel better by minimizing their pain, by telling them that it will get better (which it will) or that there are worse things in the world (which there are). But that’s not what I actually needed. What I actually needed was for someone to tell me that it hurt because it mattered.
I have found this very useful to think about over the years, and I find that it is a lot easier and more bearable to be sad when you aren’t constantly berating yourself for being sad.
Between online-John and author-John (particularly in TFiOS) I just love what he has to say about suffering.
Minimising someone’s pain is so very helpful even if your comment seems to you like it should be comforting. Acknowledging someone’s pain can be among the most helpful things I think.
|1. What's your favorite candle scent?|
|2. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?|
|3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother?|
|4. How old do you think you'll be when you get married?|
|5. Do you know a hoarder?|
|6. Can you do a split?|
|7. How old were you when you learned how to ride a bike?|
|8. How many oceans have you swam in?|
|9. How many countries have you been to?|
|10. Is anyone in your family in the army?|
|11. What would you name your daughter if you had one?|
|12. What would you name your son if you had one?|
|13. What's the worst grade you got on a test?|
|14. What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?|
|15. What did you dress up as on Halloween when you were eight?|
|16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series?|
|17. Would you rather have an American accent or a British accent?|
|18. Did your mother go to college?|
|19. Are your grandparents still married?|
|20. Have you ever taken karate lessons?|
|21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is?|
|22. What's the first amusement park you've been to?|
|23. What language, besides your native language, would you like to be fluent in?|
|24. Do you spell the color as grey or gray?|
|25. Is your father bald?|
|26. Do you know triplets?|
|27. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?|
|28. Have you ever had Indian food?|
|29. What's the name of your favorite restaurant?|
|30. Have you ever been to Olive Garden?|
|31. Do you belong to any warehouse stores (Costco, BJ's, etc.)?|
|32. What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender?|
|33. If you have a nickname, what is it?|
|34. Who's your favorite person in the world?|
|35. Would you rather live in a rural area or in the suburbs?|
|36. Can you whistle?|
|37. Do you sleep with a nightlight?|
|38. Do you eat breakfast every morning?|
|39. Do you take any pills or medication daily?|
|40. What medical conditions do you have?|
|41. How many times have you been to the hospital?|
|42. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo?|
|43. Where do you buy your jeans?|
|44. What's the last compliment you got?|
|45. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning?|
|46. What flavor tea do you enjoy?|
|47. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own?|
|48. What religion will you raise your children to practice?|
|49. How old were you when you found out that Santa wasn't real?|
|50. Why do you have a tumblr?|