10 years ago today, filming began on a brand new series of Doctor Who, starring Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler!
can I passively aggressively point out the way the shot is set up to make both of them equal including cancelling out the height difference and you really couldn’t tell who was meant to be the main character by looking at this photo? (Because of course they’re both the main character and of equal importance rose tyler Ninth doctor (via pygmy-of-triviality)
Thank god now we have this!
Yep! You’re right! And we also have this:
^^^ Ten is literally shielding Donna. If this was Eleven and Amy, we would be seeing posts about how this shows how “the man is in charge and the woman cowers in fear”. But since it is Ten and Donna, nobody had mentioned it at all.
All of these promotional pictures cannot be used in a “this is sexist” argument. Both the RTD era and the Moffat era pictures have the exact same type of staging.
So if you are calling the Moffat era images sexist, then you are calling this picture of Ten and Donna sexist (which is ridiculous).
We also now have this (where Clara is centered, and her gaze meets the viewer more directly):
And this (where Clara again meets the viewer’s gaze confidently while the Doctor, in a fearful pose, does not):
And this (where the height difference - which is considerable!) is canceled out)
Like this one!
Okay, back to the RTD era. Guess what the promo image used on the Series Four DVD boxset (and loads of the other merchandise) was? Surely it wasn’t the one of Donna cowering behind the Doctor, looking afraid- the one where hardly any of this fabulous, loud character can even be seen?
Well, at least there aren’t any promos of Rose where she’s stuck behind Nine as he protects her, right?
Damn again! (A similar version of the top right one appeared on the Series One box set, except that the Doctor was looking at the viewer, and Rose was not.)
Hey, I wonder what picture of Martha they used for the Series Three boxs-
Oh. (She is on the back, but only with the Doctor, and yes, people were rightly furious when that art was released.)
What about Amy? There isn’t a single promo picture where she looks like the Doctor’s equal!
Well, no, obviously. That was when Steven Moffat came in, and we all know that despite Doctor Who being an operation run by literally hundreds of people, he personally sat in on all the photo shoots and got them to nudge the female characters a little bit behind the Doctor.
Including the ones done by other magazines.
Okay, what have we got…? That’s six pictures from the Moffat era featuring a female character positioned as equal to or greater than her male counterpart, and five from the RTD era where she is not, plus one RTD one where she’s erased altogether.
The way female characters are positioned in images like this isn’t irrelevant - these are the images that end up on the merchandise, on lunchboxes and t-shirts, it’s important to have heroic female characters on these things. (And no, it isn’t the showrunner’s decision about what pictures end up on the cover of the Radio Times, for example.) That original picture of Rose and the Doctor in the TARDIS is nice, but I haven’t seen it on any of the merchandise, the children’s books, DVDs etc - the one I have seen is the one where the Doctor is standing in front of her protecting her. (That Nine and Rose photoshoot with Rose in the pink hoodie produced some other, lovely pictures, including one where the Doctor is staring at Rose while she looks at the viewer, but I never saw that one on any of the books or lunchboxes either.)
Some perspective/understanding of how images like this are actually taken and used would be nice, s’all I’m saying. And I still want to know who it was made the decision to leave Martha off the Series Three boxset.
things people do in fanfic no one does in real life
- smirk every frickin five seconds
- stutter to be cute
- be like “yeah ok” when asked to call someone “daddy”
- chuckle gently
- chuckle in general
- make simple misunderstandings into the biggest bitch fest you will ever experience
- NO ONE CHUCKLES IT DOESN’T HAPPEN
I chuckled so hard at this
I… I mean, o-okay…
boys= nasty and dress bad
me= somehow still likes boys and is disappointed in myself and thinks i should do better