by maryann johanson, liberal movie person
Mon Nov 11 2013, 08:02am | 7 comments
Looks like that Zygon rumor is confirmed:
I’m gonna try my damnedest to blog about the classic Tom Baker story “Terror of the Zygons” before the anniversary episode airs…
(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)
To quote Sarah Jane (RIP–sob!), “THE. Loch Ness. Monster!!!”
There’s a second, longer trailer as well:
10th Doctor: “For once, I’d like to know where I’m going.”
11th Doctor: “No, you really wouldn’t!”
I’m going to copy direct from Whovian Feminism (http://whovianfeminism.tumblr.com/), because this fear is one I share deeply:
“So in the extended trailer, we see Rose with John Hurt’s Doctor, and we see her eyes glow in a way that is very reminiscent of Bad Wolf. Now, there are LOTS of different ways those scenes could be interpreted. But the post I saw was concerned that Rose met a Doctor before the Ninth Doctor, and had the advanced knowledge and power of the Bad Wolf. A few other people are speculating that this means the Doctor knew Rose before he met her in “Rose” and that he was driven to bring her along with him because he knew she would be someone important to him in his future, and that somehow she would acquire unbelievable powers.
It would make Rose, like Amy and Clara and River, just another “mystery” for the Doctor to solve. The Doctor wouldn’t have brought her along because he liked her, or because he was grateful that she saved his life, but because he knew that she needed to come with him and fulfill her “destiny.” She wouldn’t be that normal girl who did something extraordinary for the Doctor. I’m really wary of another plot line in which the companion’s relationship with the Doctor is driven by the mystery she presents to him, rather than true interpersonal dynamics.
The brilliance, in my opinion, of the RTD companions is that even when something amazing happened to the companions that was “like destiny,” their relationship with the Doctor was primarily driven by their friendship. Rose was the Bad Wolf who created herself, but the Doctor asked her to travel with him and she agreed on fully equal footing, with neither knowing more about the other’s future and with both interested in their developing friendship. Dalek Caan may have intervened to make it easier for the Doctor and Donna to find each other again, and he may have had advanced knowledge of the future, but Donna was already searching out the Doctor and both decided to travel together again because they wanted to be friends, not because the Doctor needed to “figure out” Donna or because Donna had no choice but to fulfill her destiny to become the “DoctorDonna.”
I don’t want the Ninth Doctor to seek out Rose because he’s already met her. I don’t want him to bring her along because he needs to “figure her out.” I don’t want Series 1 to be retconned so that the Doctor had advanced knowledge of what would happen all along and withheld this information from her “for her own good.”
Let me stress, this is all just speculation. But given Moffat’s track record for turning the companions into mysteries, I don’t think I’m unjustifiably worried.”
I’m not sure it’s possible to diminish the character of Rose Tyler. >.>
I liked Rose. Some people don’t, but I don’t get why.
they REALLY should have found a spot for McGann’s Eighth Doctor to give his transformation into John Hurt’s Doctor (apparently the one who resolved the Time War in the worst way possible) more importance.
i agree jurgan… moffat’s record for dealing with the strong, interesting women of DW is nervous making.
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