movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Sun Apr 24 2016, 10:00pm | 14 comments
Moffat will still be writing this series. Thus, I can’t wait to see her mysterious time-hopping backstory that the fate of the universe hinges on.
A pretty young woman. Well, there’s a surprise.
Actually, compared to past companions she’s decidedly “normal”. Nowhere near stunningly beautiful like the past two ladies. IMHO, of course.
A co-worker wondered is she’s supposed to be out of the 80’s. Odd thought, but I guess it’s because of the hair? Not sure.
A likeable and intelligent young woman from the behind the scenes material I have viewed who has a strong background in the theatre. I do like the idea of the Doctor and a young woman who is just ‘normal’, so am hoping that Bill and the 12th Doctor can just do some adventuring around the universe and have a bit of fun. The show needs to lighten up a little and that doesn’t mean excruciating Moffat-y ‘sassy’ dialogue, just showing the wonder of travelling through time and space. Good luck to Pearl and she is certainly fortunate to have someone so talented and kind as Peter to mentor her as she moves into the public spotlight.
Given all the recent fuss about diversity that has been made on this forum, I’m surprised that no one here seemed all that impressed that Ms. Mackie’s Bill will be the first nonwhite companion on NuWho since Martha Jones.
Granted, diversity in casting alone does not necessarily make up for a bad script or bad direction but considering all the recent fuss about a woman playing a starring role in the recent Star Wars movie — a film that is part of a movie franchise that has produced more than its share of clunkers — I can’t help detecting a bit of unintended irony here.
I don’t think there’s any chance she will be anything other than Moffat Stock Woman #1 (she’s not old enough to be Moffat Stock Woman #2). The colour of her skin is unimportant since it won’t affect her characterisation in any significant way.
You’re doing it again, Tonio: assuming that lack of commentary on a specific topic (and on a post barely 2 days old) indicates lack of interest in, or awareness of, that topic. Always a highly flawed assumption to make.
If you want to point out that Mackie’s casting is a win for diversity, just say so. No need to scold everyone else here for not mentioning it beforehand.
The colour of her skin is unimportant since it won’t affect her characterisation in any significant way.
But that’s a good thing, isn’t it? Otherwise, you have the opposite (and highly irritating) argument: that there has to be a special reason to cast a nonwhite actor in a role.
Basically I’m not celebrating the casting of a PoC in a role that is very unlikely to be well-written because I would much rather see a well-written role. I realise the point you’re making (and similarly, crap films need more sensible female roles in them) but I can’t get enthusiastic about this.
exactly. moffat thinks by giving her a *boy’s* name “Bill” that sums up her character. she’ll be a poor imitation of Ace, and something about the universe will revolve around her that only affects the Doctor and will never be resolved or explained properly. all their adventures will be on earth and we’ll have the same old stock enemies (*daleks* already!) and i weep for the charm, eccentricity and sheer britishness this show displayed in the past. in the Beeb’s and Moffat’s effort to make the show “global” they have robbed it of everything that made it a fan favorite.
She’s the first weeping angel. But she’s stronger and more betterer than them all. She’s part Dalek but she’s nice, except when the plot says so. She’ll have a flirty relationship with the Doctor that goes nowhere.
There’s nothing ironic about it. Why not take it as a given that we’re happy to have some diversity? Yes, it’s cool (though we did just have Danny Pink, too, as a supporting character if not technically a companion), but that’s nowhere near enough for us to cheer. And you will recall that I did NOT cheer about a woman seemingly at the center of the new Star Wars movie until AFTER I had seen the film! Because we had no way of knowing in advance what sort of character she was going to be.
I’m sorry. I’m really trying to break the scolding habit. Or at least channel it toward more deserving targets than the good people of this forum.
Point taken. Though technically Danny Pink was not so much a companion as a would-be companion of a companion — and his interracial relationship with Clara really did not break much new ground to those of us who still remember Rose Tyler’s relationship with Mickey Smith. Nevertheless, I get your point.
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