The biggest misconception about me is that I’m uptight. There’s nothing uptight about me! I’ve got this ice-blonde reputation and that’s just not me. I do silly things in public all the time, like hosting Saturday Night Live, or I’ll go out with friends and have a good time. I try to live my life to the fullest even if it means making a fool of myself.
But also that awkward moment when the Forest of Cheem’s sacrifice is relegated to unimportance in Moffat’s world. Her bravery and kindness don’t matter, and she’s turned into yet another cheap joke about women being infatuated with the Doctor.
That she fancied the Doctor did not feature at all in the season 1 episode. She was curious about his origins, she had sympathy for him, and she gave her life so he could save the rest of the people aboard the base. I personally don’t see her fawning over him (like so many of Moffat’s women do). Thus, with no real evidence to draw this from, Moffat seems to be interpreting her sacrifice as “fancying” the Doctor, which is immensely problematic: It suggests that she did this only for him rather than to save everyone on the ship, and it shows yet another example of Moffat thinking that any woman who interacts with the Doctor must be infatuated with him.
Even if she did fancy him, the fact that Moffat considers her actions negligible in comparison to her “crush” is pretty gross, especially when the payoff from this line is so small. All it does in the context of the episode is set up the Doctor as an object of desire. But in the context of the show, it undermines the agency and power of women to act with bravery and integrity without it being all for the Doctor.
lmao i remember complaining about this exact same thing on this exact same gifset back in 2011
additionally THAT’S NOT EVEN HER NAME
her name was Jabe??? this is like saying ‘i met the human race once. they fancied me’
I think the tags should have been #that awkward moment when Moffat tries to reference his predecessor’s run and that’s what he comes up with
<sigh> people don’t seem to understand that writer’s don’t necessarily write from THEIR perspectives… I know that it sounds whacky because who else’s perspective could they write from, right? Well, it’s simple… the character’s.
I see people all the time calling Moffat a misogynist or someone who obviously belittles/ hates women due to things like Sherlock, etc…
I think that people just don’t get the point here.
SHERLOCK despises all people, so he treats women like he despises them as well. The women in Sherlock are not PORTRAYED as weak, sexual objects, who are servants or the butt of Sherlock’s jokes. That’s how SHERLOCK sees most of them. The women themselves are actually wonderful characters.
Dr. Who is a silly/ flirty (at times), smart, eccentric, self confident character. He PROBABLY recalls everything that this character did, but at times the Doctor is a bit how shall I put this… cocky? Not in any way that is evil or mean, but certainly over confidant.
NOW, take into consideration that the doctor (Matt Smith’s and David Tenant’s specifically) is often compared to a 7 year old… and you end up with a line like this.
I’m sure that what Jabe did was noble, and I’m sure that the doctor remembers it… but this line is obviously said partly to himself, partly to someone else. (he’s remembering it)… so what do you think that he’d say out loud… “I met the forest of Cheem once *goes into tirade about all the glorious things that she did…*” probably wouldn’t fit the time frame for the line or the mood… but that’s not the excuse that I’m using, because YES, he probably could have said all of that…
The reasoning that I’m using is that the doctor is a seven year old in an adult time lord’s skin… what sticks out to him? The fact that Jabe liked him. ^_^ And to be fair, having done what she did probably made him admire her MORE which was probably why he remembered that she liked him.