“… and believe me to be, my dear fellow, very sincerely yours…”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt for BlackBook Magazine, October 2011.
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“Don’t you worry about my immortal soul- it’s been starved.”
‘It’s just a question of who credibly is going to agree to go in the TARDIS? Who’s going to do it? Is it going to be a mother of 15 children? No. Is it going to be someone in their 60s? No. Is there going to be a particular age range? I mean… who’s going to have a crush on the Doctor? You know, come on! It’s more than a format. It’s evolved from good, dramatic reasons.’
I like the points this article makes on what Moffat said. He’s basically creating a template for the Doctor Who companion: they must be young, female (because the Doctor finds them attractive), feisty and a bit lost. It excludes pretty much a good chunk of the world’s population.
Moffat isn’t wrong… to a point. Yes, there is a certain personality type that will be drawn to running away with the Doctor. But he’s limiting himself in a way that’s frankly shocking for the guy running a show like Doctor Who, in which the range of dramatic possibilities is far wider than for most other shows.
Does Moffat seriously believe that only young people feel dislocated or dream of outer space or are a bit mad? Does he seriously think that a 60-year-old woman — or a 60-year-old man, for that matter — couldn’t possibly have a crush on the Doctor? Does he seriously believe that the only basis for wanting to run away with the Doctor is a sort of generic low-level disaffection with ordinary everyday life?
I’m sure there are a number of introverts who would love to run with the Doctor. Lynda from Nine’s era and Rita from Eleven’s would both qualify as one, and Martha was feisty, but more studious and grounded than Rose or Donna. And let’s not forget Bernard Cribbins who was well past 60 years old when he took the role of Wilf, one of Ten’s companions, and Jack Harkness definitely had a crush on the Doctor. Also, will he ever touch on mental illnesses in his characterisations of being ‘a bit mad’ or dislocated? These limitations are restricting ones for a writer to take and rather closed-minded as well.
In the audio series, the Sixth Doctor has an AWESOME companion who’s a 50something history professor. Her name is Dr. Evelyn Smythe and they’re amazing together!
Fuck you, Moffat. Basically your parameters are that he should only travel with young women you’d like to fantasize about fucking. You may be that narrow-minded, but the Doctor isn’t.
I’m reminded of that macro that said “Nerdy Girl Problems # [whatever]: Steven Moffat.”
Looking forward to the day he’s no longer in charge of Doctor Who.
Legit tearing up here, because seriously? Why the fuck do they need to have a crush on the Doctor? It’s not actually a requirement of the show, you know. And it would be really, really nice to have a show where the primary relationship is a friendship, not a romance. And OK, so you’re going to limit yourself by saying they have to be young and ‘feisty’ (god, I hate that word) and female (he doesn’t actually specify female, but I’ll wait til we get a male companion whose crush on the Doctor is the focus of the plot to change the wording), then can we at least get aliens and historical/future people? Please, just someone not from 21st century Earth? For the love of Gallifrey?
Ugh. I think I need to TS ‘Moffat’, because I do enjoy the show, but every interview with him makes me want to swear off it completely and just live in the spin-offs forever. Evelyn, you are so great, don’t listen to the silly man.
Anji Kapoor and Compassion would also like to have a word with you Moffat.