But look what you did!
# it hurts me # because usually by this point in a companions arc # aka at the end of their season # they believe in themselves # theyve traveled with the doctor and theyve done and seen such amazing things # and in doing so they realize their own potential # their own skills # but donna # despite everything shes done # saved a family in pompeii # freed the ood # solved murders with agatha goddamn christie # saved the doctor from himself #despite ALL OF THAT # she still thinks shes nothing special # because her entire life thats what shes been told # she has never been able to see just what a remarkable person she truly is # and the doctor is so surprised here # because he can see it # clear as day # hes seen it for a long time # and what kills me about donnas ending # isnt just that she loses her memories # she loses him too # her best friend in the universe # the one who listened #even when she wasnt shouting (via yaccbs)
i’m not crying i just have a tardis in my eyes
Yah but I’m actually crying though.
#perhaps it’s the fact that twelve has a pose all about power and control while clara is all demure #he looks straight into the camera #challenging it #while she smiles sweetly and looks off to the side #one leg bent - one hand on the console #unsteady almost #certainly staged #this just has heteronormative gender roles written all over it #the oncoming patriarchy #is all i can seevia thesilverdevastation
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And in contrast, observe Rose Tyler, BAMF, in promo stills for Series 1:
Firmly rooted. Looking straight at the camera. NOT smiling. Even when Nine is guarding her with his body, she’s directly engaging with whatever they’re confronting. And sometimes she’s looking at the viewer, or the action, and Nine is looking at *her*. She’s a force to be reckoned with. She’s a force to be reckoned with.
Twelve looks like a dollar store magician and Clara looks like a bad 90s school marm cosplay.
The one promo with Donna is the undeniable best though. That fucking suit.
why do i only ever want to talk about shit at 5 in the morning when no one is online for me to yell at?
So, I was looking at this tumblr about queerbaiting and they accused Buffy of queerbaiting and I am just like:
Fuffy, which is the ship they accused of queerbaiting, is a ship based on an actual queered reading. Fuffy is a perfect example of unintential subtext and fan counter-reading, not the producers’ intentionally dangling the hope of queer representation just out of reach of their audience. In fact, at first Joss actually accused fans of reading too far into their relationship, and was himself schooled by Fuffy fans; they convinced him that what they saw in his show was actually there.
And even if the subtext between Faith and Buffy had been purposeful, y’all need to remember that that was 1999-2000 and censors are a thing. At that point in television history, there had never been a lesbian relationship on a teen-focused show (there had barely been that on adult shows, tbh). And you know what show actually was the first in that regard? Fucking Buffy the Vampire the Slayer.
The importance of Willow/Tara in television history really cannot be overemphasized. Prior to 2001, same-sex female “relationships” were woefully underrepresented on television. We’re talking, like a 1996 kiss between Jennifer Aniston and Winona Ryder during sweeps weeks and one between Lucy Lui and Calista Flockhart when Ally McBeal’s ratings were dropping. After Ellen came out in ‘97, ABC put a fucking parental advisory warning at the beginning of her goddamn sitcom. Like, that is where we were at representation-wise when Willow and Tara got together on a show marketed towards teenagers.
Do you want to go ahead and guess how much rightwing homophobes flipped their shit at that? And fyi, the networks actually forbade them from kissing on screen, which is why casting spells was used so explicitly (and beautifully) as sexual metaphor before they switched from the WB to UPN. (Like, to this day I still tear up whenever I watch that one scene in “Who are You.”) In some cases, especially when you’re looking at older shows/films, subtext is not just a titlitating game of “no homo” but actually all the producers’ can get past the censors. That is precisely why people have developed such an eye for catching queer subtext, because for so long censors didn’t want to admit to the very existence of queer people. Things are different now (to an extent) but you cannot retroactively apply today’s standards to things that were made 15 years ago.
BtVS was groundbreaking. Literally. Willow and Tara were goddamn groundbreakers. Like, I just cannot with anyone who is going to put BtVS in the same category with Teen Wolf or Sherlock when it comes to queerbaiting. The television landscape looked a lot different in 2001 than it did today and y’all need to learn your history.
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