miss_s_b: (Who: Six (Ego))
So, the two parter which began the new series of Doctor Who is over, and the critiques have started appearing. I've read several. Some of them were very good, and went into great depth about elements of the story and the craft of writing it. Some of them were more superficial, and full of squee. Almost all of them, though, had one thing in common: they all concentrated on the Doctor/Davros relationship.

Now I'm a big Davros fangirl. I think he's a fascinating character, and his relationship with the Doctor is a complex one. I am dead set certain that when the Doctor says to Baby Davros "I've come to save my friend" the friend he is referring to is Davros, not Clara; this two parter struck me as being all about the nature of the Doctor's friendships. But* it does strike me that there's a big bit missing here.

I am reasonably sure that in any previous Doctor Who story the other major character would not have been so comprehensively ignored by almost everybody, except for those who want to complain about that character even existing. When The Master was a man, his every appearance was greeted with gallons of digital and literal ink dissecting his every nuance. Now (s)he's Missy, (s)he doesn't seem to matter any more. Missy is a woman over the age of forty, and can therefore safely be ignored.**

This really, really pisses me off, and not just because I'm less than 3 years away from hitting the magic age of invisibility myself. Michelle Gomez has put in a stunning performance as Missy, yet everything I read is about Julian Bleach***. Missy is the fulcrum on whom the majority of this story rests - it is she who gets the Doctor's Last Will And Testament Disc Thingy; it is she who works out that the space station is a fake and they're actually on Skaro; it is she who goads Clara, with the help of UNIT, into finding the Doctor in the first place, and it is she who (magnificently) pokes Davros in his electronic eye. At every turn she is advancing the plot or the other characters or both... And yet nobody seems to have noticed, because the only important thing is the bromance. I can dig that people like a bit of Doctor/Davros - hell, someone once wrote me Six/Davros slash for a birthday present - but really, people, there were LOTS of other characters onscreen too.

I actually feel sorry for the Moff here. I mean, he's clearly made a conscious effort to address his subconscious sexism**** in writing lots of women. And there goes the audience, still concentrating on the men. Because we've all been conditioned to think that what men say and do is important, and what women say and do is frivolous and can be ignored.

C-, must do better, Who fandom.

  1. I have not read every critique on the internet of the first two episode of the new series of Doctor Who. I am sure you can find counterexamples to what I have said here. One or two counterexamples will not convince me you have found anything other than exceptions. No, this does not mean post a huge long list of links that I will have to click on that will turn out to not actually disprove anything I have said at all.

  2. I am reasonably sure that none of the people I have read are doing this consciously or on purpose. I have spent a long time cultivating my various reading lists so that the sort of person who does this sort of thing on purpose does not appear in them. IMHO the fact that I have spent so much time making sure my reading lists are full of non-sexist people and this kind of thing still goes on is, frankly, even more disturbing.

* I like big buts and I cannot lie
** I don't actually know what Michelle Gomez's age is, but Missy/The Master is several thousand years old, and therefore well past forty.
*** my view? He's good, but he's no Terry Molloy. I realise there are those among you who think "he's no Terry Molloy" is the highest compliment one can pay an actor. You're wrong :P
**** Although not entirely successfully. For example, while all the speaking parts of the scene between UNIT HQ, Missy and Clara were women, women still made up less than 20% of the faces on screen. It's true, count 'em. All the snipers were men, for starters. This is Geena Davies's 17%-in-crowd-scenes thing right in front of our faces, and people on certain internet forums which I will not link to here STILL complained that the women were too prevalent, too noisy, etc.
miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Don Warrington)
1, Vengeance on Varos
2, Attack of the Cybermen
3, the Colin Baker Dalek one that begins with R that's all Waughy and has the Stengos cliffhanger in that properly freaked me out when I was 8
4, The Horns of Nimon
5, The Sylvester McCoy Dalek one that begins with R with Unlimited Rice Pudding
6, The Daemons
7, The Green Death
8, The Invasion (with the animated episodes, obvs)
9, The Mind Robber (AKA The one with Zoe's Arse)
10, Battlefield because Brigadier Bambera is made of aweome
miss_s_b: (Who: SixAppeal)
The actual episode was OK. Rattled along at a fair pace. Probably won't stand up to too many repeated viewings. Plot had more holes than Blackburn, Lancashire. Needed MOAR RIVER, or even SOME River. John Hurt awesome. David Tennant reminding me of everything I hated about his Doctor. And Clara and Kate FTW. And apparenty I am the only person left on earth who isn't a zygon. Which means zygons ARE good kissers, and I need to do some exploring of some people to find out what to do with all those suckers... >:)

The Afterparty thing on BBC3 was car crash telly but amusing. Highlights were seeing so many girlcrushes in one place. Alex Kingston and Suranne Jones on VT and then Lou Jameson and Jean Marsh and Nicola Bryant and Sophie Aldred oh my. And Sylvester McCoy playing the spoons on Bernard Cribbins' arse. And...

Well, you all know what's coming don't you? BEARDY COLIN! *fans self* ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ Beardy Colin ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ Beardy Colin getting immensely and adorably excited by an enormous cake. And slapping Sylvester's hand away when he reached for the cake. Colin/cake OTP :) Yes, yes, I'm a strange person.

By far the highlight of the evening, though, was the utterly hilarious Five-ish Doctors, written and directed by Peter Davison, and starring Peter Colin and Sylvester. THAT is going to stand up to repeated viewing. I haven't laughed so hard in a very, very long time. Colin and the Vengeance on Varos special edition! ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ I would so totally not have been running away...

And now the comedown has hit and I am in bed. Sleep would be sensible because I have to go to thought bubble in the morning... And yet I'm knackered-but-not-sleepy and I have Lib Demmy design work to do and the graphics prog is just there... But if I do design work it'll be crap, cos look how I am abusing the elipsis again... Maybe I'll just go look at Ichabeard on tumblr for a bit...
miss_s_b: (Feminist heroes: Liz Shaw)
If you don't know who Delia Derbyshire is, you've not been reading my blog very long click here

Firstly, the estwhile Dr Goldacre made a sterling suggestion on twitter the other day:I very much approve of this idea. I understand why it hasn't happened yet (BBC staffers never got the credit they deserved, it's why Raymond Cusick doesn't get credited with dalek design too) but that doesn't mean it can't happen now. Just one line to the credits of the show isn't too much to ask, surely? Ben got nearly 250 retweets on that one tweet, but I think Delia deserves a bit more than that. So lets get to it. Email/write/phone the beeb and lets see what we can get done, yeah?

Secondly, and possibly slightly more acheivably, BBC Radio 3's composer of the week feature is seventy years old this year, and they want listeners to suggest composers they haven't featured before. They've provided a handy list of composers they HAVE featured, and Delia is not on it. They say:
If there is someone you think we’ve unjustly overlooked, please do let us know. Send an email to composeroftheweek@bbc.co.uk, write to Composer of the Week, BBC Wales, Cardiff, CF5 2YQ. Or tweet us using the hashtag #COTW70.
I think it'd be awesome to have Delia featured for a whole week on radio 3, and not just because I download the Composer of the Week podcast ;) So if you've got a moment to email or tweet or even write them a snail mail, that'd be fantastic.

Thanks guys :)
miss_s_b: (Who: Three (Polarity))
Qualified because he's another skinny abled white bloke. Not Miriam Margolyes, booooooo. But out of all the skinny abled white blokes they COULD have chosen, PCap is pretty near the top of the list.

I don't think the fact that he's a known Who geek (or, indeed, a geek in general, and if you think he might have grown out of it you need to see Cricklewood Greats, which I have previously squeed about) makes a lick of difference - both my favourite and my least favourite Doctors were fanboys before being cast - but the fact that he's a damn good actor is a great thing. I like that by the time he comes on screen he will be the oldest actor to have ever played the role (he's a couple of months younger than Bill Hartnell as I type), and am amused by all those who are whining that he's too old and the fangirls won't go for him - have these people never SEEN tumblr? lol. I also don't buy that he is too much identified with his most recent iconic role. He's not Malcolm Tucker to me, he's The Angel Islington. To many others he is Uncle Rory, and as James points out, that role was pretty close to how we could imagine a Capaldi Doctor to be.

He's got the seal of approval from my two favourite Old Whovians - Louise Jameson and Colin Baker - and he's someone I like as an actor and a person. So yes, a qualified hurrah.

And, of course, the image manipulation has started already, so here are 3 of my favourites:

(by AmyLikesToDraw)

these two are not safe for work )

All in all, I'm rather looking forward to it. Bring on the Twelve :)

miss_s_b: (Who: SixAppeal)
[profile] sassyscot pointed me towards this travesty on the Torygraph website.

For the avoidance of doubt, the correct order in a chart like this should be:
  1. Colin Baker

  2. Circa 60 other actors, including Peter Cushing, Joanna Lumley, Arabella Weir, Derek Jacobi and Mark Gatiss

  3. David Tennant
Poor form at the Torygraph, given that their article didn't even mention the best actor to play the role. Still, what does one expect from a rag like that?

ETA: as Andrew quite correctly points out in the comments The Torygraph article is even more of a travesty than I thought because it calls itself "the top ten time Lords" and yet all of the entries are for the doctor. Whither Anthony Ainley, Lalla Ward, Timothy Dalton, Don Warrington, etc.etc.etc.?
miss_s_b: (Feminist heroes: Liz Shaw)
Today's news that we're going back to all-male icons on our currency reminded me that I meant to blog about the dearth of lady Who writers (covered here and here, among other places).

[personal profile] magister and I have been chatting about this, and we reasoned it's no good moaning about a lack without suggestions so we thought up some.

I'm only going to give you two of the names we came up with because I'd like to see if other people find this as easy as we did.

1, Tanith Lee - from the fantasy/SF/horror side of things, but has written for TV before (Blake's 7)

2, Sally Wainwright - from the TV side of things, but Who when written by writers from outside the box has been great lately (thinking particularly of Vincent and the Doctor here).

Who would you lot suggest?
miss_s_b: (Politics: Democracy)
Have been discussing with Emma Burnell of Scarlet Standard on twitter which Doctor would win a Best Doctor poll if run under different electoral systems. And then we got to thinking we ought to test it...

We'd ideally want to have "who was the best doctor?" as the question three times, and then have twelve options to vote for (One to Eleven and then Other for the snowflakes) - one question would be FPTP, one would be STV and one AV. Theoretically the poll software on dreamwidth is good for it, but people often have problems logging in with openID etc. So, which would be the best software to use?

Aside from the fact that it would be interesting to Whovians it's also Serious Political Research, to prove that electoral systems really do affect results.

And, you know, I could at least HOPE that my beloved Sixie wouldn't come bottom in all three...

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