Really, though, how dare they take Queen Elizabeth 1 and turn her into another lovesick woman waiting for her beloved Doctor?
Queen Elizabeth 1 who did not marry because she considered herself married to her country. Queen Elizabeth 1 who did not marry because she had seen what became of her poor half sister Mary who lost the support of the people and almost suffered a rebellion when she married a Spanish royal. Queen Elizabeth 1 who did not marry because she believed that to be a fair and just leader, she could not let her heart rule her head. Queen Elizabeth 1 who did not marry because was abused by a man she was supposed to be able to trust in her early teens. Elizabeth 1 whose mother was brutally slaughtered by her husband and so did not trust in love.
It’s insulting and poor sexist writing to disregard that important choice on her behalf. It’s upsetting, and predictable, and everything I expected from Steven Moffat, who cannot seem to write a significant female character who isn’t in love, obsessed with, or entirely reliant on the Doctor.
Some people in this fandom really worry me. I mean, people are free to enjoy what they want, but when people can’t step back from a problematic event that happens in a show they love and realise it’s really not okay, I get very concerned.
I mean, you can love Steven Moffat and still agree that sexual assault is wrong. There have been three major sexual assault cases with the Eleventh Doctor. We had Eleven assaulting Jenny. Eleven assaulting Rory. And Amy assaulting Eleven.
The Moffat lovers can be so blind to this stuff. I don’t get it.
I love RTD, but I can still notice when things happen in his era that are problematic. Just because you like a writer, doesn’t mean you should agree with everything shitty that they put into their shows. x
The bolded portions. Yes. All of this rings true. I cannot speak to a male without having this thrown in my face.
That IS disturbing, when it’s put that way. There’s a severe issue with infantalising women in media in order to make them look younger and ‘more attractive’. It leads to even worse real world cases such as statutory rape and men objectifying young girls. There’s also advertising and editing that makes women thin and always beautiful, which is why the animator head apparently didn’t want to change the faces of the main characters for both movies. Also, there is a problematic trend with women always needing to stay young and beautiful in order to be attractive while men can continue to age.
I haven’t seen either of these movies, so I’ll probably redirect you to fandomsandfeminism who has, and they might be better at discussing those movies with you if you wish to continue talking about them at length.
Lord, I hate Moffat.
moffat’s companions’ lives are all so strangely ungrounded in reality and i think it’s a good example of his very weak writing. in day of the doctor we see clara teaching - no explanation, no mention of it in the episode, and no build up to it. although obviously this was a (really lovely actually) nod to canon, it’s not the first time this has happened; amy just “became” a model in one episode and was never shown like this again (after her first job was as a kissogram). it’s impossible to imagine this happening with any of russell t davies’ companions, who all had lives incredibly minutely planned out; rose and mickey found their path to success obstructed by class boundaries and working manually, donna worked a succesion of uninspiring office jobs and even well off martha was shown physically working very hard to achieve her medical degree.
this ability to skip through professions as well as change locations and dump family just grounds the idea that moffat’s companions are strange, non-human, undeveloped creatures. their lives, trials and tribulations don’t matter outside of the doctor, and it’s like they’re a succession of barbie dolls; “i can be a model! i can be a teacher! i can be an archaeologist!” with an awful lot of pluck, a cheeky grin, and no substance whatsoever
That is VERY true.
Like, the High Council was planning on ripping the Universe apart back in the Sound of Drums.
What about the Nightmare child? The Army of Meanwhiles and Neverweres, led by the Could’ve been King? The Hoard of Travesties?
Like, damn. Some fucked up shit went down on the Time Lord side of the war. Yes, there were innocents. But burning Gallifrey was JUST AS MUCH about stopping the Time Lords as it was about stopping the Daleks. People forget that in Classic Who? The Time Lords were NEVER heroes. They were very often the antagonists to the renegade Doctor.
This episode glossed over all the interesting moral complexity that the Time War provided for a feel good ending.
“It wasn’t my plan to bring River back after The Name of the Doctor, but I’ve since thought of a really funny orgasm joke, so we’ll see what happens.”
— Steven Moffat, on Alex Kingston’s future with the show
I know this quote sounds really terrible, but it’s always a good idea to look for a source when everyone’s confronted with stuff like this. The source I could find for this is a parody site called moffatsays, so it’s safe to say this is incredibly fake. Thank goodness, right?