Earlier today I shared with you the news that we were going to get a new companion of color in a Titan Comics tie-in featuring the Tenth Doctor. After a little bit more poking around at the new comic series I found out that we’re going to be getting another companion of color in a second comic book series featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Alice Obiefune!
From the summary of the first issue, which also comes out July 23rd:
Alice Obiefune has just lost her mother when the Doctor explodes into her life.
But what does this grieving young woman have to do with the career of a 70s musician, an amnesiac alien, and a terrifying cosmic threat?
In the wake of the second Big Bang, find out what the Doctor gets up to when Amy and Rory aren’t around!
This comic book series will be running at the same time as the one featuring Gabby and the Tenth Doctor. Again, I was already excited for this series because of Alice X. Zhang's fantastic cover art, but now I'm really excited to see where both of these series will be going. Maybe I'll do reviews of each issue as they come out? Let me know if you all would be interested in that!
Titan Comics’ new tie-in Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor will give the Tenth Doctor a new companion, a Hispanic New Yorker! From the summary of the first issue, which comes out July 23rd:
Gabriella Gonzalez is stuck in a dead-end job in her family’s New York Laundromat, dreaming of college and bigger, better and brighter things.
So when a strange man with an even stranger big blue box barges into her life on the eve of the Day of the Dead celebrations – talking about an infestation of psychic aliens – she seizes her chance for adventure with both hands.
After Donna’s tragic exit, the Doctor thought he was done with new companions. But Gabby Gonzalez is going to prove him wrong… if she survives the night!
Guys, I was already really excited for this comic. I was totally judging this comic by its cover, which was designed by the amazing Alice X. Zhang, but now I’m ridiculously excited. Gabby will become one of the few companions of color and few Americans to join the Doctor. Maybe it’s a little insensitive to use a Donna Noble gif here, considering the timing of this comic, but I think I speak for all of us when I say:
Congratulations, you are an ignorant, misogynistic jerk who contributes to rape culture AND a girl! Nothing I said to you indicated that I thought you were a man. Though if you want, I can give you an extra gold star.
People like you are the reason rape culture is a thing. Kissing is not consenting to sex. Saying “No” and trying to push someone away clearly shows that that person is not consenting to sex. Pinning someone down and forcing yourself on them while saying “I don’t care” clearly indicates that you don’t care about their consent. I literally don’t know how to make it clearer to people like you that a person is not consenting to sex and is being raped unless the person who is committing the rape says “I’m going to rape this person now.” And even then you’d probably try to excuse their actions by saying, “Well she kissed him first.”
Jaime raped Cersei. Stop being such an ignorant, misogynistic jerk and watch the damn show.
I had completely forgotten about how young she was because of how much older she appears when portrayed by Emilia Clarke, and I agree with your assessment.
I might have given the writers the benefit of the doubt early on and suggested that they interpreted the scene the way they did to make those problems more obvious, but after the last few seasons, I’m more inclined to say that their interpretation was intended to exploit sexual violence and rape for entertainment and shock value.
Yes, I know this is supposed to be a Feminism+Doctor Who blog. But my feminism cannot be contained to one fandom, and Game of Thrones royally pissed me off last night. So below the jump is a brief discussion of last night’s episode of GoT and the show’s history of gratuitous violence against women. Trigger warnings for rape, incest, and violence all apply.
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Honestly, that isn’t how I interpreted that line at all. I agree about the sexism in politics, especially when it comes to looks and age, but when the doctor said that, I don’t think it actually had anything to do with how she physically looks. The Doctor said that right after she killed every alien on that spaceship, a ship that was retreating. He said she looked tired as a reference to her decision making. As prime minister, she’s had to make many major decisions with a ridiculous amount of stress. In this episode, she has reached a point where she’s taking the easy way out by killing. When people get tired, they get lazy. He was referencing her taking the easy way out, the lazy thing to do, if you will, not how she actually physically looked. She took the easy way out and killed a mass of aliens. The doctor knows better than anyone that when one gets wary, when one gets tired of traveling and making huge decisions, sometimes it would just be easiest to kill (A Town Called Mercy & The Runaway Bride, for example), which is why he needs companions, because when he gets tired, he considered making bad decisions. He’s seeing that happen in Harriet Jones. The doctor was referencing her decision making and lack of ethics within that decision making, not her physical appearance.
Actually, I didn’t say that the Doctor said it because he actually thought she looked tired. He said it deliberately to depose her. That’s what I object to. He relied on people making sexist judgements about her appearance to remove her from power.
Furthermore, I object to the argument that she was so stressed or lazy that she took the “easy” way out. She struggled with the decision, and forced herself to think it through and justify it to herself. She didn’t do what she did because that was the easiest thing to do; she did what she did because she knew they were hopelessly outmatched by the aliens that invaded them and only barely survived because the Doctor was there to help. And, as she said time and time again, the Doctor isn’t always there to help. She didn’t enjoy killing the Sycorax, and she certainly didn’t do it out of vengeance. She did it because she feared they would return, or that they would tell other others about the Earth and encourage others to invade the Earth.
I am by no means defending her decision. I think there are a lot of complex issues and questions involved in that episode, which is why it remains one of my favorites. But I think describing her actions as the product of laziness because she’s too tired and stressed by her duties as prime minister does a real disservice to Harriet Jones’ character. She faced a complicated set of choices with limited resources and did what she thought was right.