Well, now that my life has finally settled back down a bit, I should be back to bringing you your regular Whoydensday updates. 🙂 There are certainly lots of exciting things going on at the moment, what with David Tennant’s final few episodes coming up at the end of this year — for those of you who want tasty, tasty spoilers, I recommend that you head over to Planet Gallifrey. But please, refrain from discussing them in this post! (But I’ll do a spoiler discussion day soon, I promise!)
Today, let’s all look back to the past, and name our favourite feminist moments from Old Who — that is, Doctor Who from between 1963 and 1989. Personally, I absolutely love how explicitly feminist a lot of the Old School companions were — not always, of course, but plenty of them were willing to tell the sexist idiots they encountered exactly where to go!
Here are my top three:
1. As pictured above, Zoe and Isobel teaming up in The Invasion, a Second Doctor story from 1968. Not only do they give the Brig and earful for being an anti-feminist (yes, they actually use the term “anti-feminist”, and it’s clearly an insult), they then team up and use their infra-red photography and 133t haxxor skillz to save the day (Zoe causes a computer to self-destruct — it is a beautiful thing to behold).
2. Sarah Jane tells the Third Doctor to make his own coffee in The Time Warrior, in 1973. I think Sarah Jane became my favourite companion the moment I saw this, and from that moment forward, she could do no wrong, no matter how many poor scripts she was saddled with!
3. Ace, in Battlefield, from 1989. There are too many awesome feminist moments in this episode to list, but my favourite (which I also mentioned in a response to Chally’s Whoydensday Ace post) is when the Seventh Doctor, the Brig, and Sir Ancelyn are arguing about who deserves the honour of returning Excalibur to King Arthur’s grave (in true chivalrous tradition, each wants the other two to do it). While they’re arguing, Ace steps in and does it herself, undercutting the masculine homosocial traditions that reinforce male privilege while marginalising women. Yay!
Feel free to share your own favourite Old-Skool feminist moments (link to pictures if you like), and discuss feminism in Old Who more generally, in comments!