Oh fucking fuck me, Doctor Who: Legacy is coming to Facebook next week. There goes whatever was left of my productivity.
Madame Vastra and Jenny (x)
I’ve seen a lot of commentary about how awesome it is to have a lesbian couple on this show (which it is!), but can we talk about how it’s even awesomer that they have a perfect Dom/sub dynamic? Jenny acts as Vastra’s maidservant, calls her wife “Madame”, curtsies for her, and is the best example of the “submissive badass” idea I’ve ever seen.
I can’t even remember the last time I saw a well-written Dom/sub couple in a TV series, and I’ve never encountered any story before which presented it so casually and naturally. To see consensual power exchange written entirely without the standard BDSM tropes, instead just focusing entirely on their day-to-day-lives… I think it’s absolutely fantastic. Even more because it’s part of a kids’ TV show! These two are happy, their relationship is completely stable, and they just happen to be queer and interspecies and into cross-dressing and living in a mistress/servant arrangement. And other characters are mocked for thinking it’s weird.
I think Doctor Who is genuinely changing representation in mainstream media, at a pace well beyond any other show, and I completely adore every bit of it.
Anyone else going to Antwerp Convention next week? :)
doctor who rewatch → 1x12
Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaldi on set, 15th April 2014.
Whenever I see a group of space humans consisting entirely of white people, I imagine they’re all descended from an Eastern European nation state. Like Albania. Yeah, I think I’ll go with Albania.
So there you have it. Destrii is Albanian.
None. Of. You. Bitches. Warned. Me.
That was completely, mind-blowingly fantastic. It ticked just about every single one of my “things I like in Doctor Who” tickboxes. I’ve been putting off listening to this audio for well over a year, thinking it wouldn’t be to my tastes. How wrong I was.
For those of you who haven’t heard it yet: the Eighth Doctor, pre-Charlotte, meets the Eighth Doctor, post-Lucie. And that’s all I’m going to spoil. Everyone in this fandom get off your butts and go listen to it.
Hi, shy nonny!
You’re right, I haven’t said much about f/f couples on this blog! But since you ask, I like ladies and dudes and dudeladies and most other people.
I’m very happy with the way that Doctor Who is inclusive of different groups, and that it strikes a great balance between presenting the sexual side of being queer in a positive light (which I think is very important) and at the same time including lots of queer characters in non-sexual ways (which is equally important).
Most media tend to go for one or the other — queer characters are presented either with their sex lives on display or practically as nuns. Doctor Who happily has both extremes, as well as everything in between: we’ve got Jack, and Izzy, and Fey, and Canton, and Tosh, and Vastra and Jenny, and Yates, and Vi and Nuane, and Oliver, and Fitz, and Caroline, and Majenta, and of course the Doctor himself — I could go on, but you get the idea! Lots of characters who are queer in their own individual ways, all across the spectrums from gay to straight and from poly to mono and from asexual to hypersexual and whatever other spectrums come into play, with varying levels of emphasis on their sexualities. I think the show is, and always will be, absolutely revolutionary in this regard.
I’m an extremely sex-positive person, and I’m always delighted to see overtly sexual and especially positive sexual themes in fiction. But I also understand that other fans would prefer to see relationships (or particularly queer relationships) in Doctor Who presented without a sexual component. I respect that, too! That’s what’s great about this show, there’s always something for everyone. Always some character, or some situation, that you can identify with. It won’t always all be for you, but that’s the fun of it, isn’t it?
Okay, got side-tracked there for a moment! Long story short, yes, I ship quite a few ladies, and if you ever want to chat with me about how great Izzy Sinclair is or why Toos totally had a crush on Leela that one time, feel free to send me a message. And I’ve still only scratched the surface of the expanded universe, so please let me know if you want to recommend me stories!
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