The Ladies of Doctor Who
Curse of Fenric, Part 4 (1989)
Eddie Izzard - shopping at Mac store in Soho
New York City - May 14, 2014
When I was a kid I saw his HBO special. I watched it so many times I still know most of the words. It was the first time I saw a man dressed feminine, be funny, and not have women as a punch line. He didn’t slump out in front of the stage embarrassed by his clothing, he came out perfectly happy, hoping around, and didn’t do some silly feminine voice for laughs, he just used his voice, he wore his clothes, spoke about social injustice, and he was fucking funny. It was nice to watch a comedian and not be the fucking punch line or a flattened stereotype for laughs.
Eddie Izzard is a treasure.
An Unearthly Child (1963) // Listen (2014)
This is exactly the reason why she quit! When she signed up for the job she got the impression that she would play a super smart alien girl - but this is not how it turned out and the writers were refusing to give her better material. I need to find this interview again. She was so frustrated it breaks my heart!
The more I watch Classic Who, the more I really start to resent that Christopher Eccleston interview in which he implies that the companions of Classic Who were bumbling pretty faces who were only there to show of the doctor’s intelligence and ask questions.
Like really resent.
The women of classic who are incredible. Barbara and Susan and Vicki and Jo and Sarah-Jane and Romona and Tegan and Ace…they are all complex characters who offer a great deal to the show.
How Christopher Eccleston can look at Barbara Wright, one of the companions who started it all, and call her an anti-feminist or weak character, when she’s out there running over Daleks with a truck, or trying to desperately save a corrupt society from immorality, or putting the doctor in his place on account of his rudeness, or fighting and bypassing hypnosis and smashing the aliens who had control over her mind, or ranting at a prison guard who tried to sexually assault her, or manipulating Emperor Nero of Rome, or rescuing a teenage girl from a stranded spaceship through friendliness and compassion, I don’t know.
So honestly, kind of sort of fuck the people who are reblogging that gifset that derogates and shames the women of Classic Who, simply to one-up them in favour of their own ‘post-Time War’ companions.
And kind of sort of fuck Christohpher Eccleston for putting that kind of false information out there in the first place, when it’s adamantly clear that he has no idea what he’s talking about. It’s insulting to Barbara. It’s insulting to Ace, it’s insulting to Sarah-Jane. It’s insulting to Verity Lambert, and on top of all that it’s insulting to me as a viewer, who takes a great deal of inspiration and joy from these characters.
I think people are really blowing this interview out of proportion. Christopher Eccleston was certainly not looking at a specific companion and calling her unfeminist. If that’s what you take away from this interview bit you missed the point by a mile and then some, to be very blunt with you here.
What he’s talking about is the general sentiment in the public and even production team back then that had the Doctor as the smart one and the companion as the screaming damsel in distress. If you’re mad at him for talking about this I suppose you’re also mad at Katy Manning, Louise Jameson, Nicola Bryant and Janet Fielding (amongst others) who’ve all said pretty much the same in various interviews. They are the very women who played those characters. They had to fight tooth and nail to get some respect on set. They were the ones being told to their face that their characters are not there to be brave and smart role models for the girls who are watching - their primary job was to look pretty “for the dads” and ask questions and get into trouble so the Doctor could rescue them.
Of course that doesn’t mean that the Classic Who companions are awful (I personally love them dearly) but they also are not exactly a beacon of feminism and equal representation either. And when people dismiss Christopher Eccleston’s interview I get angry because they’re basically dismissing the experiences of those very women who’ve played companions in the past, who say the same things and who would’ve loved for their character to get something like Billie Piper got with Rose.
Rupert Pink (who changes his name to Danny Pink) has the toy soldier without a gun, which Clara gives special significance to in the Orphanage, so that it becomes a family heirloom passed on eventually to Orson Pink as a good luck keepsake.
Then Clara takes it off Orson to give to the young Doctor, which is in the past. P.S anyone else notice that she just stole Orson’s family heirloom!?!
So this is the question.
Does that mean that the Doctor actually owned the soldier first, not Danny, and if so how does Danny end up getting it so Clara can later give it special significance and make him Soldier Danny?
Or did Danny own it first and the young Doctor own it last?
Rupert owned it first. There is no indication that the Doctor even still has the toy soldier nor was there a scene in which the Doctor gave it to Clara or Rupert. Clara took it out of a box in Rupert’s room and it was one amongst other toy soldiers in there.
Paul McGann about the Five-ish Doctors: ‘Wasn’t that actually the best thing about that weekend? That was the best thing on, wasn’t it. I think it was. It was the thing with the true spirit’
well… he’s not wrong, is he