can we just talk for a minute about Davros’ ~final revelation~ to the Doctor. Is it to do with anything that’s actually wrong with him? The rampant hypocrisy? The playing god? The increasingly dysfunctional coping mechanisms and self-justification for his guilt? The blood on his hands? The attitude that he knows what’s best for everyone and he can make their decisions for them? That it’s his responsibility to save everyone, and when terrible things happen to them, his pain is more important than theirs? HAHAHA NOPE. It’s that he “makes people into weapons.” Instead of puncturing his BS hypocritical ulterior-motivated prissiness about violence, Davros validates it. Never mind that his companions have agency and can make their own choices, never mind that there’s nothing intrinsically horrific about using the methods available to you to defend your planet from being exterminated by a bunch of omnicidal pepperpots and that this is actually ADMIRABLE. Nope. Somehow the Doctor is responsible for the fact that not all of his friends are as hypocritically judgemental about violence as he is. And as usual, it’s ALL ABOUT HIS PAIN and how nobly and prettily he suffers.
Click through because there are even more amazing thoughts in the original post, but I want to focus on this one. Because—I thought I was the only one. Between that and the montage of people who died ‘in your name’—not to save the world, for Queen and country, to redeem themselves, out of recklessness or bravery or simple bad luck—and what happened to Donna, it’s like Journey’s End went out of its way to demolish everyone’s agency, including retroactively.
Google autocomplete experiment: Doctor Who.
Type a character name and ‘is’ into Google - observe the top five (although some characters will have less) autocomplete results - examine the differences between the women and the men, and between white characters and characters of colour.
Here’s Doctor Who!
All the main female characters have ‘annoying’ in their results somewhere. (The sheer amount of times the word ‘annoying’ comes up for female characters, while it almost never comes up for male ones, was one of the things I found most interesting about the initial experiment.)
Typing in ‘mickey smith is’ only gets results for the real-life photographer who shares his name, which is a bit disappointing. I was in two minds about whether to include Danny Pink or not, since we haven’t actually met him yet, but since his casting met with a flurry of speculation - and since he looks likely to be the first black main character the show has seen for over five years (!)- I decided to include him.
Typing ‘the twelfth doctor is’ brings up nothing, or it did for me. If you get different results to any of this, please tell me! But for the moment, I think it’s a pretty good indication to how fandom swings on its female characters right now. Martha’s top result is a nice surprise, though.
All results correct as of 17:00 BST, 9th June 2014. They almost certainly will change as time and the TV show goes on: I’m curious to see what changes!
Have at it! What do you think?
Jack Harkness is probably the reason why bilateral symmetry is the template for all intelligent lifeforms in this series’ universe.
Please tell me I wasn’t the only one making this theory while watching Utopia in Season 3.
i’m with this 100%
The wonderful Teeny Ten given to me by The Doctor Puppet creater and composer decided to join me on a trip down to London. Here’s some of the highlights we encountered, including the home of Torchwood One Canary Wharf and the Shard which Smith drive up on his anti-gravity motorbike.
Last year I made a duplicate Tenth Doctor Puppet (who else?) and sent him off to live in England. I’m so happy to see him having his own little adventures across the pond.
"Original" Ten says says hi from Brooklyn!
The four takes of the Tenth Doctor’s final line: “I don’t want to go.”
Oh God, I am in the middle of class right now, and I have started to cry….
the last one isn’t Ten. The last one is David.
Classic Who // New Who Parallels The Doctor’s parents