Words are not sufficient to express how much I love this picture!
Only just noticed his cobra tattoo! Had to look that story up. Cute.
The theme from The Prisoner, like the theme from Doctor Who, is
- absolutely gorgeous,
- composed by Ron Grainer,
- influenced heavily by people who were not Ron Grainer.
In Doctor Who's case, Delia Derbyshire and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop basically made that theme what it is, to the extent that Grainer asked ‘Did I write that?’ in utter astonishment. (Quoth Derbyshire: ‘Most of it.’)
In The Prisoner's case, an apocryphal account has Patrick McGoohan actually humming/whistling the tune to Grainer, who then proceeded to flesh out the theme music. The original arrangement, however, was very gentle, electric harpsichord-heavy, and almost downright respectably baroque, and if nothing else, McGoohan was likely responsible for scrapping that version and commissioning this revision instead—bold, powerful, upbeat, blasting trumpets and timpani and twin guitars like nobody's business.
(The audio posted is a remix cobbled together from the opening theme from ’Arrival’, the opening theme from later episodes, and the closing theme. It’s messy.)
The more I watch Classic Who, the more I really start to resent that Christopher Eccleston interview in which he implies that the companions of Classic Who were bumbling pretty faces who were only there to show of the doctor’s intelligence and ask questions.
Like really resent.
The women of classic who are incredible. Barbara and Susan and Vicki and Jo and Sarah-Jane and Romona and Tegan and Ace…they are all complex characters who offer a great deal to the show.
How Christopher Eccleston can look at Barbara Wright, one of the companions who started it all, and call her an anti-feminist or weak character, when she’s out there running over Daleks with a truck, or trying to desperately save a corrupt society from immorality, or putting the doctor in his place on account of his rudeness, or fighting and bypassing hypnosis and smashing the aliens who had control over her mind, or ranting at a prison guard who tried to sexually assault her, or manipulating Emperor Nero of Rome, or rescuing a teenage girl from a stranded spaceship through friendliness and compassion, I don’t know.
So honestly, kind of sort of fuck the people who are reblogging that gifset that derogates and shames the women of Classic Who, simply to one-up them in favour of their own ‘post-Time War’ companions.
And kind of sort of fuck Christohpher Eccleston for putting that kind of false information out there in the first place, when it’s adamantly clear that he has no idea what he’s talking about. It’s insulting to Barbara. It’s insulting to Ace, it’s insulting to Sarah-Jane. It’s insulting to Verity Lambert, and on top of all that it’s insulting to me as a viewer, who takes a great deal of inspiration and joy from these characters.
I think people are really blowing this interview out of proportion. Christopher Eccleston was certainly not looking at a specific companion and calling her unfeminist. If that’s what you take away from this interview bit you missed the point by a mile and then some, to be very blunt with you here.
What he’s talking about is the general sentiment in the public and even production team back then that had the Doctor as the smart one and the companion as the screaming damsel in distress. If you’re mad at him for talking about this I suppose you’re also mad at Katy Manning, Louise Jameson, Nicola Bryant and Janet Fielding (amongst others) who’ve all said pretty much the same in various interviews. They are the very women who played those characters. They had to fight tooth and nail to get some respect on set. They were the ones being told to their face that their characters are not there to be brave and smart role models for the girls who are watching - their primary job was to look pretty “for the dads” and ask questions and get into trouble so the Doctor could rescue them.
Of course that doesn’t mean that the Classic Who companions are awful (I personally love them dearly) but they also are not exactly a beacon of feminism and equal representation either. And when people dismiss Christopher Eccleston’s interview I get angry because they’re basically dismissing the experiences of those very women who’ve played companions in the past, who say the same things and who would’ve loved for their character to get something like Billie Piper got with Rose.
Thank you stardust-musings for your response to this. I was going to respond until I read the whole post and figured the OP was smoking crack. Looks like a Nine hater watched some old Who and found a way to attack him for being an anti-feminist by making pro feminist comments. Weirdos. They need to go back and watch some more Who before making these ridiculous claims. Specifically, all the companions you mentioned. Bravo!
Fuck Christopher Eccleston? Yes Please!
Christopher Eccleston | AWTF Pinknic 2014
The thing is, it’s as if Moffat saw the most common criticisms that were made of his writing and style during Eleven’s era, made a vague hand-gesture towards change, then decided to carry on exactly as before, except this time with long lectures towards the fangirls (because that is what the whole thing with the Clara/not your boyfriend anymore in ep1 was, a long strawman lecture with Steven Moffat lecturing the fandom) and repeating the exact same problems… except this time with a cheeky nod and a wink, as if by lampshading it and continuing to do it anyway, it’s now “ironic.”
This episode seemed like another “Moffat responds to critics” attempts, where he tried de-gross, de-powertrip, and de-pedophile, his version of the Doctor going back to tinker with or raise assorted hot-pets and wives.
Seeeee guys, Clara did it too. She went back in time and Super-Mommed the Time Lord, so she must be really very stroooooooooong*.
*Unclarified “strong” is every moffat stans favorite pseudo praise. Apparently all the women Moffat writes are secret weight lifters.
it’s ridiculous how much i like capaldi, though.
Every time Alfie has been naughty and he knows he is going to get into trouble as soon as we walk over to him he rolls onto his back and gives us those puppy eyes.
this is very familiar