A very pink cover for Martha Jones! Pink and purple just seem to suit her.
About the original Martha promo shot I used for this cover… I realised when enlarging it that she has blemishes on her skin AND THEY WEREN’T PHOTOSHOPPED OUT! So I didn’t photoshop them out either. Thank you Doctor Who photography people.
There’s some really nice Doctor Who blu-ray covers (both official and fanmade) out there at the moment, but as far as I know there’s never been any which feature the companions rather than the Doctors. So I thought I’d start making some!
It’s just the front cover at the moment, no back or spine! But if there’s any interest (I posted this over at the Gallifrey Base fanart forum too) I might make them!
Yesterday #SachaOurMaster was trending all over Twitter for Sacha Dhawan. The Radio Times even reported on it.
Which is good except, what happened wasn’t a criticism. It was this:
Which is all sorts of wrong (Sacha Dhawan is not black, for a start) and also, y’know, racist and homophobic. So I’m very glad the fandom rallied around Sacha but I wish the British media paid more attention to how much shit anyone who has the audacity to be Not A Straight White Male in Doctor Who gets. Because jeez… one look at Outpost Gallifrey or whatever the place is called now (I always forget) and it’s right there in your face.
You’d think more people would take Doctor Who’s messages and mottos to heart, but they so rarely seem to.
Sigh, anyway, Dhawan is a wonderful Master and a class act and neither he nor any of the DW cast deserve this rubbish. There is at least a nice thread of praise for him here:
In celebration of today’s occasion here’s five of my favourite dads who are not real, in no particular order:
If you’ve only ever seen the Spider-Man movies you may not know that Harry Osborn is a Dad, but he very much is. He has two sons, Normie and Stanley. Normie is named after Norman (Harry doesn’t seem to have ever gotten a chance to rethink that, oh well) and Stanley is… possibly named after Stan Lee? Who knows. Stanley is also never drawn as mixed race even though his mother is black, sigh.
Yeah you can probably tell I don’t really do comics anymore but I love Harry in almost all his forms and he deserves more recognition of the fact that he managed to be a pretty good dad when his own childhood was abusive as hell.
Rory is more on this list for what was, sigh, his eventually almost completely untapped Dad Potential. We knew he’d be a good dad. Amy knew he’d be a good dad. Then he BECOMES a dad and nothing. He gets one scene with a baby and barely gets more than a couple scenes with his magic time-travel now-adult daughter. It’s so terribly unfair, why? God season six of Doctor Who was a MESS.
Thankfully the showrunners did at least release one canon story of Rory being a dad, this from the Doctor Who Lockdown project. Arthur Darvill came back and everything. That’s something. But gah.
I shall ignore the BBC’s Les Mis adaptation, as you should, and focus instead on the JVJ/Cosette relationship as portrayed in the book and musical. It is probably not exactly HEALTHY but it is good. It is also of course very, very Miserable.
“And remember, the truth that once was spoken, to love another person is to see the face of God…”
EVERY DAY I FEEL SORRY FOR SIMON PETRIKOV! He had SO MUCH bad stuff happen to him, not least the actual apocalypse, and yet he was still a good adoptive father to Marceline for as long as he was able. Please watch Adventure Time if you want to see one of the most tragic character arcs to ever exist in cartoon form.
(There are many people who think that Simon’s condition is a metaphor for Alzhemier’s or dementia and I’m among them. Sadly the real thing can’t be taken away the way it was in the show. :( )
Ah, Yondu. Forever my problematic fave. He is not remotely deserving of a World’s Best Dad mug but hey, he knew that, and he did his best to apologize to Peter before the end, and basically just oh my god his death scene I can’t even now I just dissolve into a puddle of tears.
(There is so much meta about Yondu and his arc all over this blog, if you’re interested in that sort of thing.)
Bonus round! All the Star Wars dads. I can’t really choose between them because since Star Wars is basically a story about fatherhood they all have their roles to play. So a little shout-out to Anakin (the other problematic fave), Han Solo, Bail Organa, Qui-Gon Jinn (read Jedi Apprentice ok?), Jango Fett, Galen Erso, Lando Calrissian, Owen Lars, and so many more I forgot.
Rory Williams, as played by Arthur Darvill, is getting his own series, focusing on the period during the Doctor Who Series 5 finale when he was guarding the Pandorica. Legend tells of the Lone Centurion — a mysterious figure dressed as a Roman soldier who stood guard over the Pandorica, warning off those who would attempt […]
All the Doctor Who Lockdown episodes have been good, and many of them have been important to the overall fabric of the show, but this is the most important one.
It fills in the gaps in Bill’s story! And confirms that she ended up living as a human rather than a god. I admit I don’t love how Bill/Heather is presented here, having fallen hard for that ship a while back. Bill’s memories of the relationship don’t seem terribly healthy. But the important thing is, she’s happy.
“I think I love everyone I know,” is such a wonderful Bill line. It may be my favorite of hers, now.
Here’s the links this minisode was released with (picked out by Pearl Mackie:)
2) THE BLACK CURRICULUM, which aims to get accurate Black history on the curriculum in the UK as soon as next year. Support this initative by donating here: https://www.theblackcurriculum.com/do…
3) CAMPAIGN ZERO in the US, which has a brilliant, clear strategy called ‘8cantwait’ consisting of 8 policies which will, if passed, decrease police violence by 72%. Donate via their homepage here: https://www.joincampaignzero.org/
4) BLACK VISIONS COLLECTIVE, a black, LGBTQ+ led organisation that is committed to dismantling systems of oppression and violence and shifting the public narrative to create long-term change. Donate via their homepage here: https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/
Today’s rewatch-along was Listen! And I had to work and missed it, which sucks because it’s still my favourite, favourite episode. The speech which began with “Fear is a superpower” came along at just the right time for me, and ensured this episode would always have a place in my heart.
The little minisode released for the watchathon is named after those four words, and it’s a lovely tribute to Danny, who is still one of my favourite Doctor Who characters despite (or probably because of) all the flack he gets. Thank you, Danny Pink. And thank you, Doctor Who.
The next Doctor Who Lockdown tweetalong will be the Peter Capaldi story, Listen, written by Steven Moffat. Moffat and director Douglas Mackinnon will be tweeting along, and as ever organiser Emily Cook promises extra material, detailed in her tweet below. Hashtag for this one is #FeariIsASuperpower. It begins today (May 20) at 7 p.m. Tonight! […]