Normally I’d stop responding to people like you after making my first pithy remark, but I have to admit that I’m fascinated. You don’t actually think episode reviews are something that Tumblr made up, do you?
Like, do you think we’re the first ones to look at the details of a plot and think about why the writers wrote an episode the way they did? Do you think we’re the first ones to pay close attention to the way an actor plays a part, and think about why they interpreted the role the way they did?
You think it’s sad that people do this? Seriously, there’s entire industries around doing reviews for everything. People get paid ridiculous sums of money to review movies, TV shows, and all kinds of products. People make their careers out of doing this. Have you never heard of Roger Ebert?
Now, I’m no Roger Ebert. This isn’t my career, and I’m not making ridiculous sums of money to do this (obligatory Patreon campaign plug here). This is my hobby.
But for a hobby, I’m doing pretty damn well. I’ve found a great community who are always willing to talk feminism and Doctor Who with me. I’ve had my work published in an anthology. And the university I just graduated from is funding my entire trip to London next weekend so that I can present my paper discussing feminism and Doctor Who at a symposium.
Yes, you’re right, my life is very sad. I’m going to be crying for hours on my free flight to London, drinking my free wine, so that I can hang out with awesome Whovians for a weekend in London, for free.
As an actor, allow me to add another dimension to this. We know our scripts. We get how each line is written and why. If our work isn’t stand-alone, we know everything there is to know about the previous related works. So what we tumblr reviewers are saying isn’t anything new at all. The actors know it. They even know it better because they have the scripts for the rest of the season, so they know how what they are saying is going to interact with things their character is yet to say and do.