Suppose a man makes unwanted social advances to a woman in, let’s say, a restaurant or theatre, and she eventually has to tell him loudly or angrily to get lost. She is the one who will be perceived as rude, hostile, aggressive, and obnoxious. His verbal aggression and invasiveness are accepted and expected; her rudeness (or mere curtness) in getting rid of him is noticed and condemned. One of our great myths is that a “real lady” can and should handle any difficulty, defuse any assault, without ever raising her voice or losing her manners. Female rudeness or violence in resistance to male aggression has often been taken to prove that the woman was not a lady in the first place, and therefore deserved no respect from the aggressor or sympathy from others.
It’s performances like this which make me disappointed when I hear people say they don’t like Eccelston or skip over that whole season just to get to Tennant. Tennant was fantastic and a brilliant Doctor, but there wouldn’t be a Tennant Doctor without Eccleston’s Doctor. The way Tennant’s Doctor was portrayed was the effect that Rose had on Nine. In the beginning, Nine was harsh and unforgiving having come back from the Time War, his time with Rose softened that harsh attitude and it’s really shown in this episode.
“Just this once, everybody lives!” Has to be my absolute favourite line in all the history of Doctor who because in that episode everyone did.
I cry in almost all of Nine’s episodes. But not happy or sad tears. Just fucking intense emotion tears. He was fantastic.
I have a lot of favourite Doctors but Nine will and always be my Doctor. Not just my first Doctor but MY Doctor. And this is without doubt one of my favourite episodes.
“Everybody lives, Rose. Just this once, EVERYBODY LIVES!”
Oh God, I’m starting to cry gah.
Nine was sooooo intense. Intensely angry, intensely happy. He was the perfect Doctor to draw people back into the series because he there was just so much energy in everything he did and he made us want to run across all of space and time with him. Ten was all charm and easy smiles and then very cold and abrupt when he was angry. But he was a grown up with a huge conscience and sense of guilt. I love each of them to bits. Eleven is a pouting, whinging manboy in the shoes of giants by comparison. He is aging backwards, a tantrum throwing little shit who gets cranky when he can’t have what he wants.
One day, when I was little, I ran away and hid in a cave. That’s where I met them. They were blind, just like me, so we understood each other. I was able to learn Earthbending; not just as a martial art, but as an extension of my senses. For them, the original Earthbenders, it wasn’t just about fighting. It was their way of interacting with the world.