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Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks

An interesting mishmash of the RTD and Chibnall eras! I appreciated the shout-outs to Rose (man, who would have thought we’d still be getting those in the year 2021?) and to Gwen Cooper. Oh and seeing some of the old rogues gallery was fun as well. Wonder what that one Weeping Angel in particular did to get itself thrown in prison? Maybe it’s the one that turned into the Statue of Liberty.

Jack was really the highlight of this episode for me at least, I assume based on his lack of a real goodbye to the Doctor that he’ll be back? I hope so. I loved the scene between him and Yaz. Guess Thasmin (or whatever it’s called, I quite like Yazteen) might really happen after all?

Hooray, Graham didn’t die! I’ve been expecting him to do so for a very long time but he didn’t! He and Ryan left in the best way they could’ve done really. I never really thought Ryan enjoyed the space adventures that much, why would he, one of ’em killed his gran. Oooh it was good to see Grace again too, even if just for a few seconds. A nice way to bring everything round full circle.

Oh and now there’s about to be another companion on board!

So that’s interesting. And lastly…

I appreciate that this episode got political but I don’t think they pushed it anywhere near hard enough. The concept of government-sanctioned security Daleks killing protestors, that’s huge, enough for a whole series of its own. And what with Robinson and PM Jo representing the worst parts of the American and British political systems respectively… I dunno, I just thought there’d be more. Don’t forget, the Daleks were straight-up stand-ins for Nazis originally.

Thirteenth Doctor Graphic Novels V. 2: Hidden Human History — Jelly Babies and Reversed Polarities

Writer: Jody Houser Artists: Roberta Ingrata (covers), Rachael Stott (interior art), Enrica Eren Angiolini (colorist), Comicraft’s Sarah Jacobs and John Roshell (Letterers) Issues Collected: 5-8 Publisher: Titan Comics Summary: The Doctor takes her companions to a medieval village ravaged by Stilean Flesh Eaters. But the companions already have some insight into the situation thanks to a podcast called Hidden Human History. How […]

Thirteenth Doctor Graphic Novels V. 2: Hidden Human History — Jelly Babies and Reversed Polarities

This is gorgeous artwork and man I gotta read these comics when everything is over and I can get to a comic store, but something was bugging me about this cover and now I know what it is: it looks like Graham’s old-man wrinkles, of which he has plenty, have been airbrushed out in some way! #LetGrahamHaveHisWrinkles

Happy International Women’s Day!

To celebrate the occasion, here’s some of my favourite ladies from fiction!

Row 1: Amy Pond (Doctor Who), Sephy Hadley (Noughts and Crosses), Gamora (Guardians of the Galaxy/MCU), Rose Tico (Star Wars), Elsa (Frozen/Disney), Melissa Chartres (The Last Man on Earth)

Row 2: Eowyn (The Lord of the Rings/Middle Earth), Quinn Ergon (Final Space), The Thirteenth Doctor (Doctor Who), Princess Bubblegum (Adventure Time), Jane Foster (Thor/MCU), Amy Santiago (Brooklyn 99)

Row 3: Brook Soso (Orange is the New Black), Nebula (Guardians of the Galaxy/MCU), Erica Dundee (The Last Man on Earth), Kitty Winter (Sherlock Holmes), Rose Tyler (Doctor Who), Briony Tallis (Atonement)

Row 4: Meredith Quill (Guardians of the Galaxy/MCU), Missandei (Game of Thrones), Rey (Star Wars), Donna Noble (Doctor Who), Carol Pilbasian (The Last Man on Earth), Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame/Disney)

Row 5: Sansa Stark (Game of Thrones), Ash Graven (Final Space), Tiana (The Princess and the Frog/Disney), Sophia Burset (Orange is the New Black), Misty (Pokemon), Clara Oswald (Doctor Who)

Row 6: Bill Potts (Doctor Who), Mary Brown (Paddington), Mako Mori (Pacific Rim), Gwen Stacy (Spider-Man), Jackie Tyler (Doctor Who), Ursula Ditkovich (Spider-Man)

Row 7: Yaz Khan (Doctor Who), Mary Jane Watson (Spider-Man), Marceline (Adventure Time), Michelle (10 Cloverfield Lane,), Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow/MCU), Mantis (Guardians of the Galaxy (MCU)

Row 8: Eponine Thenardier (Les Miserables), Mabel Pines (Gravity Falls), Sandra Kaluiokalani (Superstore), Padme Amidala (Star Wars), Martha Jones (Doctor Who), Jasmine (Aladdin/Disney)

Row 9: Beru Whitesun (Star Wars), Nakia (Black Panther/MCU), Diana (Wonder Woman), Chummy Browne (Call the Midwife), Rosa Diaz (Brooklyn 99), Leia Organa (Star Wars)

Very possibly a new top ten Doctor Who episode there

Alright it just finished, hardly any time to process it, but my initial thoughts are thank you, writers! Yes, “let’s have an episode about the importance of discussing mental health (and call it Can You Hear Me)” seems anvil-icious but it was important, you know? As a mentally fragile person I WANT people to discuss it! So there ya go. Other things I loved:

  • Claire-Hope Ashitey! I always wanted her to appear on Who, ever since seeing Children of Men.
  • Sonya, Yaz’s sister, I really like her and she got some character development along with Yaz here.
  • The whole scene between Yaz and the police officer was beautiful, although I do hope we’ll revisit that period of Yaz’s life at some point, I don’t think it was ever mentioned until now?
  • I thought Grace might make an appearance this episode and she did, hooray
  • A first for modern-day Doctor Who, an animated sequence!

One tiny little thing which always bugged me about Doctor Who

…is that so few of the companions have siblings!

Okay, a few of the more recent ones do. Yaz has Sonya:

(I find Sonya and her current status as the not-favourite granddaughter interesting, I really hope she’ll be back in some capacity.)

And Martha had Tish and Leo, although even then Leo just kinda disappeared halfway through the series:

I’m not really all that good with Classic Who but Turlough had a brother called Malkon, although I gather he only ever appeared in one story:

And although we never see them in the flesh we learn at one point that Rose gained a brother called Tony, and River a brother called Anthony (the similarity in those names, I always wondered if it was coincidence or tribute or what). Also the Brig, uh, seems to have a brother who may be canonical or may not be. (Welcome to Doctor Who.)

Is it that weird that the Doctor only seems to travel with only-children? I suppose it makes sense that she would gravitate towards them. Lots of the Doctor’s companions (take Amy or Bill for example) don’t just have no silbings, but no-one at all. Plus I suppose back in the older Who days there was never any need for much companion backstory at all.

However! Me personally, I’m dying for more sibling stories. Doctor Who does so few of them and I want more! There’s so many dynamics there that writers could explore. I’d quite like to see Sonya travelling with the Doctor and Yaz for a bit, for example, and get a proper exploration of the relationship between the Khan sisters. My fingers are crossed, anyway.

Stray Doctor Who thoughts

I remember last year I was sitting in a cafe and the people next to me started talking about the new series of Doctor Who. I eavesdropped (I couldn’t not, it was quite a small cafe) and one of the blokes said the show had become “too PC.”

He said this in Leicester. In LEICESTER! He had only to look out of the window and there were tons of Yazs, Ryans, Graces, and tall blonde snappily-dressed women walking around right under his nose. And Doctor Who is currently using Sheffield as its home base, where there are also tons of Yazs, Ryans, Graces, and tall blonde snappily-dressed women walking around .

See, I hear that a lot about Doctor Who these days – “Too PC! Too pandering!” and I just fundamentally don’t understand it. Like, if you want to complain about the plots, go ahead! Every Doctor Who series is a very mixed bag and honestly I thought the one with the killer bubble wrap was pretty silly too. But who is it pandering to? Women? People of colour? In that case, in what way was the original Doctor Who not pandering to white men?

I think really Mandip Gill, aka Yaz, said it best:

But I just fundamentally don’t understand how someone can walk among all different kinds of people and then decide he doesn’t want those same people to be in the sci-fi TV shows he watches.