I can “hear” each of their voices saying the text on the gifs, swear to god.
Eleven and Nine would totally bond over laughing at Ten (at least for a few seconds); though at the same time, I can imagine Nine, after a half-hour or so of this, just knocking their heads together and leaving.
I’m reblogging because this is the kind of shit that gives a clear example about why I disliked RTD’s vision for Series 3.
I saw another confession which basically pointed out that they didn’t like her because Martha was the rebound and that’s how she was supposed to be viewed…So isn’t it OK that we dislike Martha? She was created to be disliked after all!
Well, I’ll agree with you on one thing: RTD definitely set Martha up to be the rebound. It makes it really easy for people to make comments like “she didn’t appreciate the Doctor and where he took her on this magical
carpetTARDIS ride to see the universe” even though the majority of her time with the Doctor was pretty shitty. Let’s review Martha’s trips after her first meeting with him, shall we?
(I won’t include most of the dangerous bits because that will always happen in Who. It’s why we watch it. I’ll just include the Doctor’s place choices and/or attitudes…Also most of the racial bits which were…nice.)
1st Trip- To Shakespearean England. Nice. Wonderful. Martha getting her flirt on with the Bard himself.
A brief scare that she might become a slave what with being Black and in England in the 1600s but it’s ok…Just let them believe that she’s the exotic Blackamoor Princess from Freedonia (AKA a place ridiculously similar in morphology with Liberia, a symbol of White colonial power in Africa) cause while that might be a little racist, it’s definitely less physically dangerous than being sold into slavery.
Oh yeah, and “Rose would know. A friend of mine, Rose, right now she’d say exactly the right thing. Still, can’t be helped. You’re a novice, never mind. I’ll take you back home tomorrow.”—AKA—“You’re not as good as Rose, but you’ll do for this one trip. I’m taking you back home after this, so don’t get your hopes up about seeing the universe.”
2nd Trip- To New New Earth. Oooh, nice. The future. Definitely cool and she’s less likely to be carted off in shackles to the fields.
Oh wait…He took her to places he took his girlfriend before. (Just in case you weren’t aware Martha is a rebound Companion, we’ll just hammer that in for you.)
Not only that, the Doctor took her to the slums where drug dealers and addicts abound. Do I really need to point out the problematic point in taking the Black girl to the drug infested ghetto? Even Martha was actively offended on screen. I guess having the Black girl on board made it irresistible to write a story about the ghetto, even a future one…
Also, “‘Just one trip.’ that’s what I said. ‘One trip in the TARDIS and then home.’ Though I suppose we can stretch the definition.”—AKA—“Just in case you forgot, I only want you here for one trip though I guess I can give you another one…”
3rd Trip- 1930s New York. Ok, nice. She’s always wanted to go to New York. Fine. (This was one of the least offensive episodes, but…)
Oh great…one more “Let’s help the downtrodden poor unfortunate souls episode” for the Black girl. And you know, it’s a story about how “We’re all equal, because we’re all poor” so White privilege no longer exists. *rolls eyes*
P.S. Thanks for killing the BAMF Black Hooverville leader…
4th Trip- Earth, Martha’s time. But not actually a trip since he’s taking Martha back home because he doesn’t want to travel with anyone after Rose…even though he just traveled quite a bit with Martha quite happily on his part.
It’s basically just there to underscore how much the Doctor doesn’t want to travel with people anymore because Rose!Angst but he’ll settle for Martha because Rebound.
5th Trip- Future on a spaceship. The first real trip without any Rose hangups, racial undertones, or the constant reminder that it’s only one more time before he dumps Martha back home. No complaints about this one. It’s one of my favorite Series 3 episodes actually because I found the sentient sun interesting and unique, it was time sensitive to 42 minutes and thus wonderfully tense, and the Doctor wasn’t a dick at all. Plus, Martha was a BAMF and she got herself a cute little boy toy crush too.
6th Trip- 1913 England. Oh nice. A bit of history for Martha…
Oh wait…She spent three months as a maid for John Smith. Made to endure extreme racial slurs from uppity White kids and not so subtle digs at her intelligence due to her race/sex/station from John Smith and Joan Redfern.
(Before anyone gives me the ‘the TARDIS was on random’ bit…Why? Why put the TARDIS on random? Why not pick a place where Martha would have a better ability to protect the Doctor while he was senseless and then use the Chameleon Circuit? Does the Family of Blood know his thought process so well they could easily predict where he’d pick? Well then, let Martha choose. I call shenanigans on that one right now…)
7th Trip- To who knows where cause they ended up stranded in the 1960s. Wonderful episode…and yet Martha again spent three months working a petty job at a shop to support the Doctor. I don’t think I would’ve even cared if she hadn’t just spent three months working as a maid.
But, hey…At least we know that before they were stranded there she got to see the moon landing a few times too.
8th Trip- An accidental trip to the end of the universe. Another episode/trip I had little problem with since it didn’t have too many racial undertones.
Well there was that completely ridiculous freak out of the Doctor’s when he SCREAMED UNNECESSARILY LOUDLY IN HER FACE FOR SEVERAL MINUTES WHEN MARTHA WAS JUST TRYING TO GIVE HIM IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PROFESSOR YANA!!!!!!!!
9th Trip- She never got a 9th trip because “Utopia” was the start of a long year of hell for Martha filled with racist undertones surrounding a Master directly enslaving Martha’s Black family, subjugating the human race, and slinging racist/homophobic slurs at Martha and Jack along the way…All the while Martha has to travel this new Master’s world alone. (And she does so superbly because she is a BAMF.)
You know what? You’re right! Why didn’t Martha appreciate the Doctor and her time in the TARDIS more? He took her to all these magical places where she could have racism and poverty shoved at her, where the Doctor constantly told her she wasn’t as worthy to travel with, and where she could work for months on end to support/help the Doctor.
WTF was this woman thinking ignoring all of that and still crushing on the Doctor while expressing clear delight with nearly every trip, even the shitty ones? All she could think about was her own infatuated needs instead of the Doctor’s wounded soul and all the magical places he took her.
I did a little playing around with some of the Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks still photos to vintage-ify them, trying to give them a bit more of the 1930s feel.
FYI, my background is 1920s/1930s history geek with a focus on pop culture (focusing predominantly film and dance marathons), so I own many old movie magazines, old film stills, etc. Some of the stills from these two episodes just really struck me as having a rather Pre Code-ish feel in their composition, so I tried to work with the coloring, brightness and contrasts to make them look/feel like they could be Pre Code era stills. I think this was one of the better attempts. I’ll be posting these periodically…I hope you guys enjoy them!