Throughout Doctor Who’s six-decade history it has gone through innumerable changes. The Doctor/Companion dynamic has always been at the heart of the show. Yet, as the characters shift so do their dynamics. This post explores the the relationships between the Tenth Doctor and Rose (Tenrose) and the Thirteenth Doctor and Yaz (Thasmin). I pay distinct attention to why the Thasmin dynamic feels notable compared to other relationships due to race, gender, and sexuality. Furthermore, I touch on how the critical reception of the writing of Doctor Who in Jodie Whittaker’s era as a whole was affected by racism, sexism, and Covid-19. Finally, I investigate how the imbalance of power between the Doctor and their companion affects their relationships.
The thing I love most about Doctor Who novels is the chance they give to explore in depth the characters which aren’t always given enough of a chance to shine in the series itself.
One thing that I’ve always loved about Doctor Who is the way that people unfamiliar with the Doctor and how they operate react to them, and so I loved that The Good Doctor starts off from the perspective of someone utterly bewildered about what is going on.
Given that there’s no new episodes of Doctor Who until 2020, I decided to read some books that cover the adventures of The Doctor, Yaz, Ryan, and Graham. I started with Combat Magicks because the book is about witchcraft and battles between Attila the Hun and the Roman Empire. How could I possibly resist?
While this blog isn’t dedicated to Doctor Who, I can’t resist making a review for the New Year’s special, which absolutely blew my mind. Normal book reviews are already drafted and will resume next week! This first section is spoiler-free, but do mind the marker below. I made my review for series 11 as a […]
Wow. What a season. It’s been ten weeks since I shared my thoughts on The Woman Who Fell to Earth and in that time I have fallen even more in love with the thirteenth Doctor. (I even have an artist’s interpretation print of her on my wall). There is so much I want to say […]
It’s official — I have a new favorite Doctor. In the lead up to The Woman Who Fell to Earth, I did my best to stay away from spoilers and not look too much into what was going to happen in the episode. Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor is the start to a new era of Doctor […]