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I decided to make this post after a morning watching Freema’s first episode of Confidential. I am a huge fan of Freema and Martha is my favourite companion by miles. I didn’t watch it with the intention of getting this fired up, but I found myself stunned by the difference of approach I was seeing as I watched.
Moffat’s era of Who is far too sexist, heteronormative and non-inclusive to be particularly enjoyable to me, but it really struck me, watching RTD and his team talk about Martha with such love and excitement, that the role of the companion really has changed since RTD left.
I feel the companion has become too much of a side-kick, too much of an accessory, as opposed to the main character, our gateway into the Doctor’s magical world, our link with the beauty and potential of humanity even in the most awful situations.
I realise not everyone will agree with me, and I’m not saying you have to, but I’ve collected some quotes together to emphasise what I think is the toxic difference in the approach of each showrunner in their writing and presenting of the companion, and why we have such an issue with women in Doctor Who at the moment.
RTD and his team introduce Martha:
"Really we’re following Martha’s story and that’s, I think, how the show has always worked really. It’s the point of view of the human character that allows the audience in.’ - David Tennant.
"This story’s got dozens of elements in it, but actually they’re all just satellites. The whole focus of the whole episode is Martha’s mad first day with the Doctor, and throwing everything at her and seeing how she survives. It’s really all about her. - RTD
"We could have had an alien. We could have had a Time Lady. We could have had anything, but actually, what you want is our point of view in there." -RTD
"He’s attracted to her intelligence and the fact she’s analytical and she’s got attitude as well and she’s not frightened, she’s questioning." - Charles Palmer (director)
"Sometimes you don’t necessarily want to be the Doctor, you want to be the person WITH the Doctor, ‘cause that seems to be the most exciting thing imaginable, which is kind of what the thing is, really. It’s telling you that anything is possible and that you can break out of your mundane circumstances, you can have dreams that can come true." - Charles Palmer.
"We do see Martha as, the sort of peace-maker within her family because it is a family in crisis." - RTD
"She has a great family dynamic so we’ve been able to bring in a mother and a father and a brother and a sister and across the thirteen episodes we keep going back and visiting that family.’ -Phil Collinson
"I remember us all having a conversation where we said ‘This girl is brilliant, isn’t she? She’s amazing!’" - Phil Collinson (on casting Freema)
"She first came to our attention because obviously we’d cast her in series two. We were dead impressed with her audition as Adeola and you kind of saw that there was someone quite special." - Julie Gardener
"There was just something about her. We were already thinking we could use Freema. We’d love to work with her!’ - RTD
(Quotes are from the Doctor Who Confidential episode introducing Martha Jones.)
I found it interesting that the team were all very enthused about Martha’s character, her personality, her family, her relationship with Ten and the ways in which she differs from Rose Tyler.
There is barely anything on her appearance and the team seem keen to talk about the vital role of the companion and the way they serve as the empathy, eyes and ears of the audience.
The team adore Freema and respect her as an actress and a professional.
The team are keen to talk about the role of the companion and how important that role is for modern day viewers. The companion is clearly the priority, and ordinary human that manages to be magnificent. All clearly have a very firm grasp of Martha’s personality.
Here is the video if you’d like to watch it: X
Steven Moffat and his team introduce Amy:
"She’s the girl who waited and he’s the man that didn’t show up." - Steven Moffat
"Amy has turned into this very feisty, rather attractive young lady." - Matt Smith.
"She’s fun and witty and her and the Doctor have a great time together.’ - Karen Gillan
"And I thought, ‘well she’s really good. It’s just a shame she’s so wee and dumpy.’ When she was about to come through to the auditions I nipped out for a moment and I saw Karen walking on the corridor towards me and I realised she was 5’11, slim and gorgeous, and I thought, ‘Oh, oh that’ll probably work." - Steven Moffat
"We saw some amazing actresses for this part. But when Karen came through the door, the game was up — she was funny, clever, gorgeous and sexy."- Steven Moffat
"A generation of little girls will want to be her. And a generation of little boys will want them to be her too." - Steven Moffat
(Quotes are from Amy’s introductory Confidential episode and interviews with Moffat about the casting of Gillan.)
Note the use of girl and man which emphasises inequality between the Doctor and Amy. Also the extreme emphasis on Amy’s physical appearance rather than her emotional qualities and character. We also have Moffat declaring that Gillan may not have landed the role had she been ‘wee and dumpy’ which is really rather insulting to Karen as an actress and a professional.
Amy Pond is presented as someone FOR the male viewership, rather than a character all viewers can relate to. Instead of seeing through her eyes, the male gaze is heavily used and her scenes can become voyeuristic, which is uncomfortable and deviates wildly from RTD’s companions, who were used as the audience’s jump-on point. We stood by the companion’s side, we did not gaze and perv on them from afar.
There is little discussion of Amy’s background, family or personality beyond her identity as the Girl Who Waited and her inability to grow and mature after the Doctor let her down.
Instead of the intense insight into the mind and world of the companion, we have her being sold as more of a concept than a person, and looks seem to be her primary selling point, at least to Moffat.
This episode of Confidential focusses far more on Eleven (which is understandable seeing as it was his first ep) but Amy is given little thought. Rory’s feelings about Amy are discussed, but Amy is not given that same level of emotional depth.
There are far less quotes about Amy simply because she is not discussed in enough detail.
So, in summary, I suppose this is just me feeling pretty let down. It makes me feel sad when I think about the strong female role models we had under RTD, and what we now have.
I support Clara and Amy 100%, but I don’t feel their characterisation has been up to scratch, and surely that should be the number one priority?
Certainly, as RTD saw it, the Doctor was a wonderful alien that we all fell in love with, but the companion was US. They were ordinary and human and yet wonderful.
Watching Doctor Who now, I do feel a real disconnect, simply because I don’t believe I could be a companion. The Doctor now seems to only pick up pretty, special, impossible girls, and their feelings don’t seem to matter to him.
I don’t know if I’d even like to travel with Eleven, quite frankly.
Doctor Who has become cold and cruel and sexist and violent, and I don’t like it. I don’t like it at all.
A Pozzitive Production by the TVP
Po sukcesie Szczepana oraz Niemożebnych TVP ma zaszczyt przedstawić kolejną produkcję, tym razem dla miłośników dramatu obyczajowego.
Ksiądz Kto? powraca na ekrany polskich telewizorów. Starsi widzowie z pewnością pamiętają emitowany w latach 60. kultowy, czarno-biały serial o księdzu zmagającym się z trudami duszpasterstwa w czasach wczesnego PRL.
Do prowincjonalnej mazowieckiej wioski Mofaciny przybywa nowy proboszcz, tajemniczy Ksiądz Kto. Swoim niecodziennym ubiorem ekscentryczny duchowny od razu przyciąga uwagę skupionych w kółku różańcowym parafianek: nosi glany, turban, a pod koloratką żabot, o którym uparcie twierdzi, że jest zajefajny. Często też używa swojego sonicznego kropidła.
Pierwszą parafianką, która poddaje się urokowi Księdza jest właścicielka miejscowego lumpeksu, Róża Tylińska, którą ten zwabia do swojego niebieskiego konfesjonału ze zniczem na czubku, obiecując, że pokaże jej cuda czasu i przestrzeni. Życie w Mofacinach nie jest tak beztroskie jak mogłoby się wydawać – spokój nieustannie zakłócają krępi bojówkarze prawicowej partii Daleko od Sodomy, używający jako broni trzepaczek do jajek i przepychaczy do toalet oraz głoszący hasła eksterminacji lewaków. Ksiądz i Róża przekonują jednego z nich do zostania ministrantem, a następnie ratują wiejską szkołę przed atakiem zmutowanych nietoperzy, w czym pomaga im starsza parafianka, Sara Janina Kowalska i jej piesek z metalową nogą.
Z inną członkinią kółka różańcowego, szkolną pielęgniarką Martą Janowską, Ksiądz powstrzymuje zapędy złowrogiego wójta-komunisty Masztalskiego, który chce utworzyć w Mofacinach PGR swojego imienia. To jednak nie koniec ich przygód – w miejsce komunisty Masztalskiego pojawia się armia biurokratów z Urzędu ds. Cyfryzacji, których celem jest informatyzacja wszystkiego, co się rusza i ma kod pocztowy. Zgoła inne zamiary względem wszystkiego, co ma kod pocztowy ma policjant Jacek Harkotny, miłośnik ortalionowych kombinezonów oraz posiadacz stylowej czarnej Wołgi.
Kolejną parafianką w niebieskim konfesjonale jest księgowa Dorota Szlachta, która odkrywa machlojki w miejscowej aptece sprzedającej pigułki na cellulit. Ksiądz i Dorota wspólnie powstrzymują też małego geniusza stojącego na czele szkolnego kółka ekologicznego, które chce zakazać w Mofacinach palenia liści na zimę. W trakcie trwania serialu Ksiądz spotyka też Ryfkę Singer, swoją miłość z czasów seminarium, a obecnie doktor historii sztuki, która przybywa, by badać stiuki w miejscowej bibliotece.
W najnowszym odcinku we wsi pojawia się nowa parafianka, panna Klara, która zwróci uwagę Księdza na morderczy lód na schodach kościoła i spróbuje odciągnąć go od posługi kapłańskiej…
Era McCoya to wspaniałe lata osiemdziesiąte, a wtedy wszystko miało znacznie większy współczynnik zajebistości.– Preity (28 lipca, 10:40 pm)
This picture is perfect. And the Doctor is perfect. And the scarf is really perfect, have You seen that? :D