especially since churchill was a raging white supremacist.
Yeah, I’m not a fan of Churchill. I guess he was a good wartime leader or w/e (although I’m hardly an expert), but everything else I find out about him seems to be terrible. And he’s so, so respected over here.
I do tend to raise an eyebrow at the political BFFs of the Doctors and what it implies about RTD and Moffat’s politics.
- Nine: mentions Lloyd George “used to drink me under the table” in Aliens of London. Lloyd George was a wartime PM and hardly perfect, but he’s known for beginning to introduce the welfare state. Nine also becomes BFFs with Harriet Jones (strongly implied party allegiance to Labour, as well as the ‘Britain’s golden age’ stuff)
- Ten: obviously has that fallout with Harriet Jones, but that’s not exactly shown as his best moment and it’s hardly implied to be his best decision. I don’t recall him mentioning/hanging out with any other politicians (other than earning Queen Vic’s disapproval, which tbh is a point in his favour yet again).
- Eleven: BFFs with Churchill (??) and then Nixon (????), neither of whom are exactly bastions of forward-thinking and tolerance. Churchill is someone who was good for war and nothing else (he got voted out when the war was over, so that was even the majority opinion) which seems as anti-Doctorish as possible.
Like… idk I am judging Eleven’s choice of friends, basically. It’s obviously not completely cut and dry - Lloyd George was a bit too pally with Hitler and the Harriet Jones stuff is complicated as hell, but Eleven is basically friends with right wing/conservative/dickbag politicians.
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I love being horribly straightforward. I love sending reckless text messages (because how reckless can a form of digitized communication be?) and telling people I love them and telling people they are absolutely magical humans and I cannot believe they really exist. I love saying, “Kiss me harder,” and “You’re a good person,” and, “You brighten my day.” I live my life as straight-forward as possible.
Because one day, I might get hit by a bus.
Maybe it’s weird. Maybe it’s scary. Maybe it seems downright impossible to just be—to just let people know you want them, need them, feel like, in this very moment, you will die if you do not see them, hold them, touch them in some way whether its your feet on their thighs on the couch or your tongue in their mouth or your heart in their hands.
But there is nothing more beautiful than being desperate.
And there is nothing more risky than pretending not to care.
We are young and we are human and we are beautiful and we are not as in control as we think we are. We never know who needs us back. We never know the magic that can arise between ourselves and other humans.
We never know when the bus is coming.
Plot twist: The Doctor develops feelings for a companion, but the companion is not interested in being anything other than friends.
Further plot twist: The Doctor respects the companion’s feelings, does not throw a tantrum, and never crosses any physical boundaries without explicit consent.
Wasn’t that Donna?
The Doctor didn’t have any romantic feelings for Donna, though.
I mean, I’m getting a bit tired of any overt romantic/sexual dynamics between the Doctor and companions, but if it has to be there, then that’s a way that I would like to see it handled at some point. Have the Doctor be the one who develops feelings. Have him be aware that it’s not entirely appropriate, given that there’s (usually) a gross power imbalance between Doctor and companion. Have him be honest about it anyway, so the companion knows what’s up. Have the companion reject him and maybe get really scared that the Doctor is gonna throw them out on some distant planet or something. Have the Doctor be understanding instead and grateful that the companion is honest with him, too. Have them be really good friends for the rest of the season/the companion’s run.
Bonus points if, in this case, the Doctor is male and the companion female. Bonus bonus points if the Doctor falls in love for reasons that have nothing to do with human beauty standards.