Russell T Davies ridiculed the LGB Alliance in a powerful speech that highlighted just how sinister its anti-trans rhetoric is. The BAFTA-winning TV writer spoke passionately of the need for trans allyship as he collected the Inspiration Award for his seminal drama, … 583 more words
Okay, I am feeling a lot more optimistic about RTD’s new Doctor Who season after seeing this. A LOT. I still haven’t quite gotten his past racism out of my head but this is a really good step forward, especially considering, you know, how disgustingly and shamefully transphobic the BBC is these days.
An unpopular opinion here I know, I’m so sorry… but I really don’t like this development. Here’s a few reasons why:
1- There was lots that really, really wasn’t good about the RTD era in terms of representation. Suffice it to say I really don’t think a guy who tried to sneak the n-word into one of his scripts is suitable to be writing diverse stories. I’m sure he’s changed a lot over the years but he had huge blind spots, huge. And Doctor Who seemed to bring out the worst in him somehow.
2- In a show that’s about going forward, this seems like a big step backwards. Literally. We’ve done the RTD era. Why does he get another go when the modern-day series hasn’t even had a female showrunner yet?
3- This will give a lot more ammunition to the people who have been screaming “Go WOKE GO BROKE!” ever since Jodie was cast. The implication people are throwing up is that being that Being Woke ruined the show and they had to bring in an expert to fix it all again (despite the fact that Davies’ putting LGBT characters into the show would probably have also qualified as Woke if the word had existed back then.) And I hate that.
As Captain Jack Harkness, the omnisexual immortal Time Agent, John Barrowman blazed onto screens in the 2005 revival of Doctor Who and has never looked back. Fifteen years later – via headlining the show in spin-off Torchwood – Jack’s back to battle Daleks on New Year’s Day in the festive special “Revolution of the Daleks”.…
Even as a teenager watching Jack I knew he was important in a way I couldn’t even describe. God, there are problems with 2005 era Doctor Who, but Jack isn’t one of them.
I really hate how it’s been forgotten now what a HUGE GODDAMN impact John Barrowman and Russell T Davies had on a particular generation of British kids. I still see Jack’s character being labelled as “queerbaiting” and it makes me so fucking angry. Barrowman and RTD were two gay men who put their careers at risk to create Jack and that was how they were thanked.
Okay so the rewatch of the Doctor Who season 4 finale was a BIG undertaking and loads of the cast and crew joined in! And some wonderful person actually put them all together in a list so the whole watchalong was made easier! Woo!
However, I’m gonna do the same thing I did for some of the other rewatches and put all the most interesting tweets together and in order. (Also I added Georgia Tennant’s tweets because they were friggin’ hilarious.) So first I’ve done The Stolen Earth and tomorrow I’ll do Journey’s End. There’s a wealth of fascinating information in there and well, this blog isn’t called Overly Devoted Archivist for nothing.
(Freema is utterly and totally delightful throughout all of this)
(I absolutely love all the Noel-Freema interactions here. Hey hope springs eternal Mickey and Martha will be back one day…)
Yesterday Chris Chibnall released a little Doctor Who story and today Russell T Davies released one. You can find them here –
She saw the ground and calculated her own velocity. Ooh, this is going to hurt, she thought. Even with a soft landing. And it probably won’t be a soft landing. She crossed her fingers and hoped she was heading for an open air trampoline factory.
The Doctor falls. Every atom around him is sucked upwards, towards the fire, but he alone is capable of falling, saved – or damned – by the Moment’s shadow. Above him, he feels the Time Lock solidify, sealing off the war from reality, and as his body tumbles out of existence, into plasmaspace, then foulspace, then beyond, the Doctor leans into the fall, head first, arms wide, diving into infinity.
(Davies’s one isn’t canon-compatible anymore, but who cares. Also his one comes with a snazzy mockup Target cover.) Apparently there’ll be something else released tonight as well, so that’s nice.
Following the extraordinary success of the global rewatch of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary story, The Day of the Doctor, on March 21, DWM’s Emily Cook has set up another rewatch. Rose, the opening episode of the 21st century incarnation of Doctor Who, will be the next episode, airing on its 15th anniversary, 26 March, […]
Hmm, I very much enjoyed the Day of the Doctor watchalong but I’m not sure I can be bothered with Rose simply because… I don’t like it. I wish I did, it was my first Doctor Who episode ever after all, but oh man its flaws have become so pronounced over the years.
(Also the 26th is a Thursday, and there is lots of good TV on Thursday evenings including Noughts & Crosses, so…it’s not like I don’t have other things to do.)
We’ll see. I will be interested to know what Russell T Davies thinks about it now though.
Nobody ever speak ill of Mickey Smith in my presence ever again.
Now this, this is character development
I dunno… it’s from the novelisation of the episode Rose, so I’m not sure I’d call it character development so much as “stuff RTD should’ve put in from the start.” Maybe it’s RTD’s writing development. I don’t know. Somebody help me