Doctor Who: A theory about Companions

Jul. 25th, 2017 05:51 pm
[personal profile] morganminstrel
I wanted to expand a bit on my "paternalism" comment about the Doctor's character, and (obviously) one can only do that by focusing a bit on his "Companions" or "Assistants." (Both terms have been used.)

[NOTE: For the purposes of this post, I will not be considering Brett Vyon, Sara Kingdom, or most UNIT personnel. I know, I know, but it simplifies things a bit--although I could probably fit them into my schema below...)

THESIS )

Let's look at individual Companions and where they fit into the schema of my thesis.

THE '60s )

THE '70s )

THE '80s )

We're gonna skip the TV Movie. I love Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor, don't get me wrong. But I just can't get into calling Grace and Chang Lee "Companions." Sorry guys.

And now we get into the hard bits--the 21st century series!

THE '00s )

THE '10s )

So, what am I trying to say here? Well, let me preface everything with the fact that I've become excited about Jodie Whitaker, and am looking forward to seeing how the show changes.

But I'll cite the above as part of the evidence that the show will be changing, to some extent. The Doctor's relationship to his companions has been a rather paternal one, either that of a grandfather figure or a sometimes condescending (and yeah, can't come up with another word than "paternalistic") mentor/teacher.

I have no doubt Jodie will continue as much of the through line of the character as the scripts allow her to, but, unless the show ignores what the change of gender would actually do, the Doctor's attitudes will have to shift to a certain extent. I mean, I suppose she can play "grandfatherly," but I'm not at all sure it would be a good idea!

All of which makes me wonder how the show I love will grow and change--even more than is usual for a new Doctor! It's exciting and scary and all kinds of things, but it's definitely going to have to be a big change in character attitudes. I don't blame some fans for being scared--not the sexist twats, but the ones who are wiling to be open, but are very nervous about how things will change and how the Doctor will ultimately change.

So, what do you think about my Companion thesis? Or about things in general? Let me know in the comments!

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Jul. 16th, 2017 12:04 pm
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