But this past week’s episode, “Listen,” is a standout, not just of the season but of the rebooted series as a whole. It’s one of the most frightening episodes I’ve seen, up there with “Midnight,” “Hide,” “The Waters of Mars,” and, of course, “Blink.” The scariest Doctor Who episodes prey on very primal fears - things that move when you can’t see them, water that will kill you if you touch it (let alone drink it), loss of control over your voice and your movements, and now, of course, what it is that lives in the darkness under the bed.
Steven Moffat has always been an expert at creating monsters that are simultaneously devastatingly ordinary and horrifying - Weeping Angels, anyone? - and the fact that there are perfectly reasonable explanations for every instance of the mysterious creature(s) in “Listen” just makes the other option (that there’s always something hovering just at the edge of your vision, but you can never see it) all the more viscerally terrifying. What’s under the blanket in Rupert’s room in the orphanage? Is it really just a friend playing a trick on him? The image of the out-of-focus figure standing just behind Clara, Rupert, and the Doctor will stay with me for a long time - especially when I’m home alone at night.
I never know what to say on this anniversary because nothing I write ever feels correct and I don’t want to add to the flood of noise, but not saying anything doesn’t feel right either. My experience is not so different from so many others. Worse than some, yes, but I was so much luckier than so many other people.
The reality is that I don’t actually remember a lot of the day. Large patches of it are just gone. I’ve reconstructed what bits and pieces I can from outside information but a lot of my actual memory is just impressions of emotions.
I was fourteen, and I had just started high school in Rochester, and at the end of first period English class the principal came on over the loudspeaker to tell us that a plane had hit the World Trade Center in New York City. It would have been before the second plane hit, I think, judging by what I remember of my high school’s daily schedule. The immediate student reaction was not knowing what to make of it, and people shuffled off to their next class. I remember the poorly disguised look of worry on my teacher’s face when I told her that my father lived in New York and could I please go to the office and call him.
I’m sure I had a cell phone - one of those big clunky indestructible Nokias with the antenna you had to pull up by hand - but I can’t remember why I didn’t use it.
I love that there’s a tumblr page and all the answers are really lovely and kind and never condescending or judgmental like they might be if answered else where. I was just wondering if you could explain to me how the birth control pill actually works. I use it to regulate my periods but I just don’t know how it all works? Help a sister out? Thanks a million
Oh, thanks friend! We love you all too:)
Lots of people take the pill without really knowing how it works. But a better understanding of the pill can help you remember why it’s so important to take it every day.
First, a quick primer on the parts that about half of y’all are working with. Those of us with a uterus tend to also have ovaries, and in most people they release an egg every month. If that egg comes in contact with sperm, you could become pregnant.
Think of the pill as a guard that stops your ovaries from releasing an egg AND stops sperm from getting to an egg. The hormones prevent eggs from being released. No egg for sperm to fertilize means you can’t get pregnant. These hormones also thicken the cervical mucus (think: goo at the entrance to your uterus) making it harder for the sperm to swim to the egg, just in case that egg gets out.
The pill: like having Gandalf in your ovaries and cervix.
The pill makes your period lighter because the hormones prevent the uterine lining from thickening as much. Since you have several weeks of taking hormones and a few days to a week of placebo pills (when your period comes), the timing of your period is more likely to be predictable than if you weren’t on birth control or if you were on a type of birth control that had a steady stream of hormones (like the shot, implant, or IUD).