Sorry there were no posts last week; I'm in the middle of deadline hell right now and writing as fast as my fingers can type! I'm not out of the weeds yet, but I thought it necessary to take a break and share some awesome Doctor Who links with you all that I discovered in the course of my research (for an article I should be writing right now... anyway):
- It's a truth universally acknowledged that the Doctor can only regenerate 12 times, and Steven Moffat has recently confirmed he will hold to this convention. Since Peter Capaldi is the 12th Doctor, one wonders what's going to happen upon his inevitable exit to bigger and better things. Bring back Tennant? Start a new series called Son of the Timelord? Also: which Doctor is John Hurt supposed to be? I'm very confused.
- "I hate strong female characters." This article in The New Statesmen isn't about Doctor Who, exactly, but I think the female characters on Doctor Who do fall into this trap of being "strong" and little else, one of the reasons why female viewers are so frustrated with Moffat. I also hate the phrase "strong female character." It should be dashed from the lexicon.
- We can all agree Moffat is a terrific writer, but his female characters suck. This absolutely brilliant essay at Of Dice and Pen details exactly why and and how the women of Doctor Who have been re-imagined as characters without agency who only serve at the whims of men. I would just like to add: Clara's not even a character, she's a plot device.
- But maybe that's because there are no women writers on the show. There hasn't been a single episode penned by a woman since Moffat took over, and even during the Russell T. Davies era there was only one female writer on staff. The Guardian investigates why.
Hopefully I'll have everything finished in time to post the queue on Friday. If not, I'll see you for The Sea Queen's Daughter blog tour, starting next week!