Rose, before I go, I just wanna tell you, you were fantastic. Absolutely F A N T A S T I C . And do you know what? So was I.
Russel T Davies’s quote about Rose from the Radio Times in 2005 -“when she meets the Doctor, she gets the chance to show she’s better than the life she’s been leading” really does strike me as being incredibly classist. I haven’t seen it in context so that may not be what he intended, but - think…
It’s explicit in the show itself - Rose says so in The Parting of the Ways - that the “better life” has nothing to do with the glamour of time and space travel, but with standing up for what is right, being brave and refusing to just let things happen. Rose even tells Mickey “you know, he showed you too”, and that’s before Mickey ever travelled in the TARDIS. It’s a recurring theme throughout Russell T Davies’ era, all those one-off characters from all walks of life that find it within themselves to step up and save the day, whichever way they can, even if means putting their lives on the line. You then see the effect of this on Jackie, who does something very brilliant and proactive in getting a big, yellow truck.
Which is good, very good (I like that line) but - Jackie and Mickey do put their lives on the line in all sorts of ways, they do stand up for what is right, and yet they’re ridiculed and belittled in a way Rose never is. Jackie’s the butt of jokes in nearly every episode she’s in and she’s not even allowed to fly the TARDIS with everyone else in Journey’s End. Mickey fares even worse: he’s pretty much outright said to be the TARDIS pet in The Girl In The Fireplace (thanks, Moffat) and the beginning of Rise Of The Cybermen shows Rose and Ten bullying Mickey like a pair of schoolchildren. Plus it’s quite telling that even nearly ten years down the line (!) fandom still falls back on Nine’s nonsensical nickname for Mickey, The Idiot, as if he wasn’t as brave and brilliant as all the rest of the companions.
(I will apparently never be over Mickey’s treatment by the show.)
RTD told us a good thing - one of the best things about Doctor Who- but I think on the whole he really failed to live up to those words. Even with Martha- she was brave, loyal, kind, clever, wonderful, but when she tells the Doctor “You know what? I am good,” all he can muster up is an ‘mmmm’.
Russel T Davies’s quote about Rose from the Radio Times in 2005 -“when she meets the Doctor, she gets the chance to show she’s better than the life she’s been leading” really does strike me as being incredibly classist. I haven’t seen it in context so that may not be what he intended, but - think of how many people actually live on council estates and eat chips and work in department stores. They’re not suddenly gonna get a TARDIS whisking them off to adventure and opportunity: TARDISes don’t exist. I’d like to think that RTD really doesn’t think as little of working-class life/working-class people who aren’t Rose as much he’s always implied, but I can never tell.
A cornucopia of Companions.
(background is one of the free ones from the BBC site)
“The Doctor. The man who makes people better”.
sometimes I see this and I get a little sad
because I wonder what happened to the girl who tried to comfort a monster, the one who couldn’t even watch when her father was run over on the street, the one who collapsed into her mum’s arms after losing her best friend, the girl who demanded a serving maid be kept safe because she mattered just as much as Charles Dickens
I don’t mean to say I don’t like the woman she became, or that she isn’t compassionate or kind or caring, and I definitely am not saying that the nineteen/twenty year old Rose wasn’t brave or capable or daring
but I look at those gifs and I think of all the worlds she must have seen, all the things she must have been pushed through and all the ways her heart must have broken because it must have been momentous for Rose Tyler to not even look behind her at those people running, to not even twitch at the explosion blooming behind her, for her face to look so goddamn cold and her whole body so used to the weight of a gun
she must be happy with who she is, as well she should, but I wonder if she sometimes looks up at the stars and misses the girl she used to be, the one who watched Cassandra die- the megalomaniac vapid villain who tried to kill her- and turned to the Doctor and asked him to save her
I’m always running to save the Doctor. (credit)
young rose and mickey
well guys rose and clara live in the same building right? what if Jackie and Clara’s mom were friends?
And Clara’s mom died the day the Autons attacked…
Doctor Who official artwork » Rose Tyler
Artists (l-r): Mike Collins, Roger Langridge, Adrian Salmon, Daryl Joyce, Martin Geraghty, Alister Pearson, Brian Williamson, Ben Willsher, John Ross [x]
Doctor Who AU dark musical comedy in which several companions conspire to kill various versions of the Time Lord who wronged them
And now the six merry murderesses of the Stormcage Containment Facility in their rendition of The Cell Block Tango…