a short doctor who episode by steven moffat
[you know thing that impossible well now IT HAPPEN]
Spunky Assistant: BUT DOCTOR NO THAT IMPOSSIBLE
Doctor: YES SPUNKY ASSISTANT IT IMPOSSIBLE
Doctor: …BUT HAPPEN
[title card doo wee ooo HAPPEN OF THE DOCTOR by STEVEN MOFFAT]
Presented without comment
So, detractors, lemme see if I’ve got this straight. Patrick Troughton wanted this. Peter Davison wants this. Colin Baker wants this. Carole Ann Ford wants this. Louise Jameson wants this. Freema Agyeman wants this. Matt Smith wants this. Karen Gillan wants this. And now we have word that Sydney Newman, attributed with giving the show its lead’s name and basic mode of transport—the same man, I remind you, who hired a female showrunner in nineteen sixty-fucking-three—wanted this.
And somehow demanding a female Doctor is appropriation.
Here’s the original source for that fun fact. What I find most interesting is not just that Sydney Newman wanted the Doctor to be a woman, but that he wasn’t interested in making the female Doctor a gimmick. His letter says:
At a later stage Doctor Who should be metamorphosed into a woman. This requires some considerable thought – mainly because I want to avoid a flashy, Hollywood Wonder Women because this kind of heroine with no flaws is a bore. Given more time than I have now, I can create such a character.
Newman wanted a strong female character in every sense. He wanted her to be interesting, he wanted her to be complex, and he wanted her to be flawed.
So for all of you naysayers who think that a female Doctor would never be more than a ratings gimmick:
#1) i will show this to every dude who is like ‘the ORIGINAL CONCEPTION of the doctor was male’ #well here’s the guy who was making that character concept and SHOCKER he thought it could include a female character #2) it’s slightly ironic that the original article refers to mr. newman as the show’s creator #when credit is generally given equally between him and verity lambert (you know. a woman) #like yeah he’s definitely a dr who creator (inasmuch as it HAS creators cos it is the work of many) but #you could totes read that op and not know that verity lambert existed #so thanx to the commenter who references her #yep female showrunner in 1963 how IS that #card-carrying member of the 60s who defense brigade right here sorry
THIS IS ACTUALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT.
NO BUT SERIOUSLY. MARTHA IS SO FUCKING HONEST THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE SERIES. She loves the Doctor, but he didn’t love her back. And instead of being upset about that, she accepted it. People are allowed to love or not love whoever the fuck they want. And instead of spending her whole life obsessive about him falling I love with her (if you look back on your childhood shows you’ll probably find a few female characters that did that throughout the show) she simply “got out” so that she could move on without hurting anyone, especially herself. We could all learn a shit load of things from Martha.
Martha is amazing. I just love her to bits.
Martha was a character who initially put others’ happiness and trouble before her own. But this moment was her saying “No, I need to help my family right now and I also need to move on.” Everyone wants to stay with the Doctor forever, which is fine. But it’s not what Martha deserved, under the circumstances she & Ten were in. So she got out, and she did it with grace, dignity, & class. She didn’t accuse the Doctor for anything, didn’t regret anything. I love it.
I know I’m not the only one who saw this.
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Posted by philburt
yeah thats cute, but imagine how heartbroken he will be when he finds out it’s not real.
And that is a DAMN good response to the age old issue.
The people against this blow my mind. Yeah he’ll be sad when he finds out it’s not real. But he’ll have the same reaction to EVERYTHING kids believe. Santa, for example. No one says shit about THAT parental lie, why the hell NOT tell them the Doctor is real? I’d much rather my own child believe in some one who saves the world and believes in humanity than an old guy who judges children’s behavior and only works one night a year. ;)
(edit: a note… I remember how many things I believed in as a kid. mermaids, fairies, magic, unicorns, EVERYTHING. when I figured out I’d never meet those things, yeah it was sad. But you know what? I’m glad I had that belief as a kid… the world was an incredible place when I 100% believed in those things so strongly. this kid is BLESSED with that belief, it’s a childhood strength that we all eventually lose. Even our adult beliefs are trickled with constant doubt. Let the kid have his doubtless happiness for a while)
The doctor will never be a woman. There are plenty of women in the show that are admirable role models. I think you're just full ofsh it. Stop pushing your american views onto Doctor Who, a BRITISH show, with BRITISH values. It's unbelievable how obnoxious and hypocritical feminists are, especially you third-wave feminists. Always spouting "equal rights" but, "Can't hit me, cause I'm a girl!" You probably won't respond to this because you know I'm right and the whovianfeminism stance is weak.
This was so beautiful that I had to put it up on my wall and examine it as if it were an exquisite piece of art.
"Manpain" by Anonymous
Above we have a quintessential example of early 21st Century prose by an aggrieved man. The author of this piece is unknown, but we can surmise by his inability to properly say “shit” to a woman and his assurance that he likes “admirable” female characters that he is most likely a “Nice Guy.”
The anonymous author employs deliberate obtuseness in order to provoke a reaction from his audience. Notice how he pretends no British individual supports the idea of a woman portraying the Doctor, despite clear evidence to the contrary, even amongst actors who have portrayed the titular character on the show. Then there is the stunning self-centeredness regarding his perception of third wave feminism; he is only interested in equality it grants him the “right” to hit the women whose arguments make him so incoherently angry that he is unable to rationally reply.
His final challenge attempts to trap the reader. Do we respond and grant him the audience and validation he so desperately seeks, or do we ignore him and let him believe he has won? But perhaps we have a third option: to turn the focus back on him and examine how his comments display his deep insecurity in his own sense of masculinity, something he feels can only be reclaimed by challenging a girl on the internet to a fight and preemptively declaring victory because he fears he cannot engage with her on an intellectual level.
That deserves a photo frame
Sunnyvale, CA-based artist Hoang Tran (previously featured here) continues to create so many awesome pop culture-based crayon sculptures that we can’t help but share some more. Last time we featured crayon sculptures of Adventure Time characters. Today we’re treated to carved and painted pieces from Doctor Who, Spirited away, Star Wars, Hellboy, The Sandman, and sweet little BMO (who was still a work in progress last time).
Visit Hoang’s Tumblr site, Wax Nostalgic, to check out many more crayon sculptures. He also has some available for purchase via his Etsy shop, CarvedCrayons.
[via Design Fetish]