Spoiler Warning: this post will be discussing “Cold Blood” the second part of the “Hungry Earth” episode featuring the Silurians, which has just aired in Australia. If you haven’t watched it, I recommend not reading on.
If you have watched episodes after this one, please do not discuss them on this thread, as some of us are watching them as the come on the ABC on Sunday evenings. Thank you.
Alaya – picture sourced from the BBC Dr Who website.
I’m calling this episode the woman hating episode. I found it really irritating to watch, despite the fact that I generally enjoy Dr Who. Let me explain why. Firstly – military leader who has to be put back into their box – female. Over ruled by Patriarchal elder. Why couldn’t we have an
alien alternate earth species matriarchy, just once? Person blamed for stuffing up alliance between humans and the Silurians? Female. Person who drove the mother to kill – female. Character killed off at the end because she didn’t do what the patriarchy demanded – female. Character punished for choosing someone other than the Dr? Amy, by having her significant other, Rory, erased. Am I just imagining or reading too much into this? (Yes, I’m aware that Rory, male, also died, but that doesn’t fit in with my theory so I’m leaving it to one side at the moment. Maybe he was just an expendable beta male?)
I think what really annoyed me was the Dr having a go at Ambrose for not being human enough to rise above the torment of not knowing what was happening to her family. For not rising above her fear for her father. For believing that her son and husband were in the clutches of a species who might mean them harm, which is exactly what she was told by a member of that very species. In short, for caring about her family just as she has been taught to do as a good girl by society. Then she gets slammed for it by the Dr. Not. Good. Enough. Woman. Now your only role is to teach your young male child how to save the world.
You know what, if I were Ambrose I’d do it all again. If I were in Ambrose’s position I’d do it the same way, plus I’d tell the Dr to get his head out of his arse and realise that what I had done was completely human. If the Dr thinks that in 1000 years people are going to welcome the Silurians he has another think coming. They will welcome them with big bloody weapons, if they don’t dig them out and try to destroy them first. That’s human.
I’m not sure who wrote this episode, but in general I find the way that the Dr talks down to Amy, blames her when things go wrong and generally fails to acknowledge when she gets things right, even if he doesn’t like it really shits me. The erasing of Rory is giving me Donna flashbacks too. I’m very concerned about the story arc for Amy’s character.
If you think I’m reading too much into this, please say so (nicely). I’m desperate to start enjoying Dr Who again.