sometimes you’ve got to take the hardest line
Pronounced "ska-lya." A little curated space for my interests. Primary fandoms: Spider-Man and Doctor Who. Proportion of political content may vary.
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Is this better? I thought Mickey should have been in it as well (he’s a companion just as much as the rest)! Not that I don’t love Sarah Jane, it’s just that it didn’t feel like she fit with all these other companions from the revival series.
I saw a post about Who today where someone was arguing that something was ‘non-canon’ and I was tempted to call upon the powers of the canon police who’d come screaming in and point out that there is no canon.
But then I wondered why would you have a police force to defend something that doesn’t exist and I had a revelation: Faction Paradox are the canon police because if there’s anyone, anywhere in the multiverse for who the job of ‘defending the non-existence of a concept’ is a job description, it’s them. Isn’t it?
So remember, the next time you assert that Doctor Who has a canon, Faction Paradox will issue a stern warning about your behaviour to your grandfather.
I get to dress up in robes and a creepy skull mask? I am so for th— wait, I already did that, the Halloween I was the Death of Rats from Discworld.
Which was years before I got into Doctor Who, so… appropriate.
au: clara oswald as a member of the faction paradox
↳ There’s an order at the heart of the universe. The law of cause and effect. Event always follows event. Nothing happens without being caused. On that level, if no other, the universe is simple. Elegant. Stable. There are those who see this order as the handwriting of God. But, wherever there’s a god, there are those who wish to overthrow that god. They’re called Faction Paradox. They’re necromancers. They summon into our timestream things that never were, things that were never meant to be. They revel in paradoxes, causal loops, anything that tangles the Web of Time more and more, until the order of the universe is lost in a mass of exceptions and impossibilities.
As a fan of Doctor Who for many years, and as someone who’s aware of how white privilege and racism function both in the media and in fandom, it is not surprising to me to find that there’s a lot of overlap between the implicit message that RTD era Doctor Who has which promotes white privilege, especially in the form of Rose Tyler’s brand of young white womanhood, and how this translates to that character being utilized by many within the fandom as a tool to justify and defend their problematic reasons behind their ardent dislike of Martha Jones or even ageist reasons why they dislike Donna Noble.
Beautifully on point.
I went through the notes and noticed a couple of people pointing out that Rose herself faces a lot of classist bashing. This is true, and worth discussing either in its own right or as part of a wider intersectional conversation, if done with care and awareness that invoking classism is a concern-trolling tactic frequently used to redirect conversation away from racism, especially anti-black racism. But invoking class-bashing as a defense of Rose Tyler (who is a fictional character not being attacked here; the critique is of RTD’s narrative and the way large swathes of fandom interpret it) against charges of racism and ageism is textbook derailing.
Quick, everyone, vote for Sixie!
They’re basically just a guy in a suit and a hipster. I mean it’s nice and all, but snappy?
I would posit that this poll result has very little to do with actual style, and quite a lot to do with overall popularity of the characters/era.
On the bright side, Three is battling it out for second place now (against Eleven) so if we all vote for Three (who, let’s be real, easily the best dresser of the Classic Doctors but it’s not like there was that much competition) then he could beat out Eleven.
Eleven’s purple outfit may be my favorite Doctor costume of all, but “snappy”? Not really.
Right now Three and Eleven are tied for second after Ten, which is something.
A biography of Doctor Who’s first producer is to be published next January. Drama and Delight: The Life and Legacy of Verity Lambert is being written by Richard Marson and will be brought out by Miwk Publishing Ltd.
Not only was Lambert the show’s first producer, it was also her first TV programme as a producer, having been poached from commercial rival ABC by drama boss Sydney Newman. At the time, she was also the youngest and only female drama producer at the BBC.
Lambert went on to have a hugely successful and influential career in TV production, becoming a head of drama herself - at Thames Television - and later setting up her own production company. She received an OBE in the 2002 New Year Honours for services to film and television production, and that same year also saw her presented with BAFTA’s Alan Clarke Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television. She died of cancer in 2007 at the age of 71.
read rest of article here.
They’re doing a Verity biography! Yay this will be really interesting.