god damn and like, gallifrey has some deeply fucked up and repressive gender norms also, the doctor is a patronizing sack of shit to barbara his first incarnation, he doesn’t expect women to to be useful and his smacked on the snout by polly and zoe and liz and sarah jane until he gets the message that women can be absolute badasses, and when we get to see gallifrey we see vastly less women than men, and only one single woman (the doctor’s aunt flavia) with any political power whatsoever, until we are later told via audio and books that romana got the presidency (and she was promptly removed as soon as the fucking council was like ‘yeah we’re at war so we’d rather that completely bonkers monstrous asshole rassilon lead us than you, thanks much, goodbye’) and anyway romana was defensive as hell about her talents and intellect when she was first assigned to help the doctor find the key to time. god only knows how much shit she had to shovel to get through school, but she acts like a woman who’s had to be twice as good as anyone to be thought of as a fraction as worthwhile. her snide, icy aloofness and iron poise is so heartbreakingly familiar.
the doctor learned to respect women once he left his planet and met some snappy aliens who didn’t take any of his civilized time lordy bullshit. and he never went back. he could have picked out any number of submissive braniacs from the whole universe and he didn’t, he liked the feisty, brave, inquisitive, compassionate kids who thought for themselves and wandered off and got into messes and ran away laughing. that’s the doctor i want to watch a show about, not some elitist, predatory dick in a box who’s no better than the crushingly repressive patriarchs he ran away from in the first place.
you know, i always put that stuff down to the political climate the show was written in, but i like the idea that gallifrey was actually, canonically, a really sexist place.
like, there’s always this idea that high-tech societies are going to be totally over that shit, but the time lords are archaic in a lot of other ways too.
Well yeah, at this point—the point where a bunch of time-blind primates who haven’t even colonized our own moon have better representation of women in our governments than Time Lords— there’s absolutely no way to argue that Gallifrey wasn’t massive fucked up. In the books they ‘loom’ new kids, sort of a manual genetic recombination kinda deal, and their Houses-slash-clans seem a lot more like Britishy boarding school nonsense than anything else. All the Houses have like… their own little customs and their own stable of Time Lord alumni and they vie for power and prestige with the other Houses over thousands and thousands of years of tedious infighting. Much enlightenment. So civilize. Wow.
I guess the question remains why do Time Lords even bother preserving the female sex when they prefer to reproduce via machinery, and consider gestational reproduction to be the province of unenlightened primitives? It’d make more sense for them to get rid of all their women entirely…. I haven’t read enough books or heard enough audio to know what’s up with that. But anyway when girls do get loomed, they seem to be severely outnumbered and really othered. Most of the government is men, all the guards are men, and we hear it’s possible for time lords to change gender on regeneration—but as far as we know only the Corsair’s explicitly done so, and the Doctor hasn’t yet (and very likely won’t).
I would like to note, very grumpily, that while there weren’t any women but a mad old witch-prophet featured in the council chambers to make any decisions about the War there sure were a lot of adorably cute little girl children dancing around maypoles to die tragically in the War. RTD and Moffat both get squinted at angrily for this.
Dude, Peter Capaldi totally refused to flirt with Clara in the new series.
Damn, I’m so ready for this.
Just dig the knife a little deeper, why don’t you Rose? How unhappy with your life must you be, to find dying better than sticking around with your family and friends? Yes, the Doctor changed her for the better, showed her all of these amazing things, but does that mean she should abandon her family over it? At this point she has no way to save the Doctor, she’s just going back to likely die with him. She could have stayed with Mickey and Jackie, gone out drinking with her buddies after work, found her own apartment and started a new life. She couldn’t imagine going back to ordinary, and Jackie and Mickey weren’t enough to keep her living. How that must have stung, if Mickey told Jackie. She’d rather go back there and die than live and be stuck with us, we aren’t worth living for. Rose, I love you, but sometimes you gotta think about what you say more.
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.
DOCTOR WHO PARODY BY THE HILLYWOOD SHOW HAS ARRIVED!
It’s the DOCTOR WHO musical parody you’ve been waiting for! Join The Tenth Doctor, an alien Time Lord who travels through time and space in his TARDIS, in an eye-catching parody that’s out of this universe. People assume that a parody is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big video of wibbly-wobbly, Time Warp stuff. Like the TARDIS, The Hillywood Show® makes a production that’s bigger on the inside and showcases David Tennant’s beloved Doctor in a memorable way. Allons-y!
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If you haven’t seen it yet, this Doctor Who parody by The Hillywood Show is everything a Whovian could ask for, we’ve watched it at least 20 times already.
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