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30 May 2010 @ 02:25 pm
New Who Companion Rant of the RTD Era  

In the start of writing my little series featuring my female Doctor, I guess i should do a little rant about the New Who companions.

First off, I do not believe in the Doctor having a romantic relationship with one of his companions.  To me, that just seems...wrong.  Now, don't get me wrong, I have read two or three authors who write excellent and convincing Ten/Martha stories and onthetardis  writes excellent Ten/Donna stories.  But good romance stories are few and far between.

If I want to read romance, I'll read those that feature one-off companions, like Christina, or Astrid, or even Sally Sparrow.  I don't read Doctor/River because I just don't get her.  I like her as a character, but not as a romantic interest. 

Okay, so let me do each of the major companions in my kind of detail (though I may add a few extras).

Donna

I start with Donna first, since she is my favorite.  Though I watched a couple of Series 1, I have to say that Donna was my first companion.  I found her to be wonderful companion, full of fire and life.  I loved the fact that she was able stand up to the Doctor - like when Pompeii was erupting and she convinced him to go back at least to save one family from the catastrophe.  She got along with Martha (and to an extent Rose) and was not jealous.  She was not afraid to voice her opinions and would not put up with the Doctor's crap.  She, in the end, became his rock, his best friend, the most important woman in the universe.

But the real tragedy was what RTD did to her.  Why in the world would he do that to her?  What did he have against her?  Okay, so he needed a plot point; but there had to be another way to take the Time Lord consciousness out.  She did not need to lose her memory.  That was then that I was through with RTD and was so happy to hear that he was leaving.  He screwed my favorite companion and has earned my anger.

Martha

Martha Jones.  The lovely Martha Jones.  The woman who got screwed.  I mean, come on, what did she do to deserve to be treated the way she was?  My gosh, the poor woman was doomed from the beginning.  Don't get me wrong, she's one of my favorites, but she was doomed.

What I admired about her was her spirit and determination.  She was not afraid and overcame a lot to get where she was.  She was studying to be doctor, she had a clear path in life, which was a lot like many of the Doctor's former companions.  Yet she fell in love, a love that would never be returned.

And the Doctor basically treated her like shit in the beginning, pretty much implying that she was second best and would never be anything but.  Towards the end of the series, he did begin to appreciate her, I'll give him that.  Though what got to me was his treatment of her during their time in 1913.  To me, he should at least have put something in his new human memories to make her a little more important than what she became.

In the end, though, Martha had the courage to walk away, to know nothing was going to change.  Though they became really good friends and she eventually got married (to Mickey), their time together was filled with heartbreak.

Mickey

Mickey, Mickey, Mickey.  What can I say about Mickey?  The poor bloke got the short end of the stick.  I mean, he lost his girlfriend (who treated him like shit anyway), he was talked down by an alien, and he became the tin dog.

He had the right to be scared in the beginning.  I would have been scared if I got kidnapped by mannequins and used.  But to be told that he was nothing?  That's just low.  I was pleased to see him grow over time to eventually striking out on his own, doing something independent of what Rose would have wanted.

He was awesome.

Jack

What can I say about Jack?  Seriously, what can be said?  The former Time Agent-turned-con artist-turned-hero showed a lot of growth in a brief amount of time during his brief tenure.  He's just one of those people that is hard for me to say anything about because, to me, he's too complicated for me to...describe?

Jackie

I love Jackie.  In the beginning, I thought she was a bit harsh; but over time, she grew on me.  She suffered so much - loosing her husband, raising pretty much an ungrateful daughter - and yet she kept her spirit.

and last and certainly the least...

Rose


Hm, I guess the trick to this companion is to get through this without really cursing her. 

Okay, to me, I don't see what is special about Miss Rose Tyler.  I mean, she is a naive, whiny little girl who is suffering from some sort of cross between Peter Pan/Snow White syndromes.  She does not seem to grow up and has this delusion about "happily ever after" or "her one true love".   Sorry, I'm not a big believer of "happily ever after" and am not afraid to say it.

She was also obsessive and destructive.   Doesn't all this silly fangirls even see that?  First, and foremost, she litterally ripped open the TARDIS.  A living, sentient being.  She ripped its heart and used it for her own means.  If I was the Doctor, I would have just let her go.  Or save her and then ditch her on her ass.  No one sane would have kept her around.  So that means the Doctor is naive also.  Also, she proved in the end to be obsessive to the point of destruction.  Did not anyone hear the Doctor say that traveling between just two universes could destroy everything?  Or was that just me?  And for all her efforts, she got left behind again by her "true love".  Again.  With a clone.  Which I found hysterically funny.

And finally, she was emotionally abusive.  Yep, you heard me.  Look how she treated Mickey.  She treated him like dirt, like he wasn't worth anything - but he was.  And the Doctor - even the Doctor was not excused from it - both incarnations were basically under her sway.  He were basically her puppet - even using the fact that he was lonely against him.  And, worst of all, she even abused her own MOTHER.  Jackie did not do anything to deserve to be abandoned like that.  Rose basically just...forgot about her, leaving her without even saying goodbye or "I love you".  What kind of daughter did that make her?

How can he have loved her?  How could anyone love her?  And no one tell me that the Doctor loved her.  If that is love, then I'm a millionaire (and I'm not).  That is not love.  Rose was obsess, obsessed to the point of terrifying.  I dare anyone to prove me wrong.

And...

That's it!  Let me know what you think.  Agree, disagree, let me know.

 
 
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Malice Haughton/SilverWolf7malicehaughton on May 31st, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
COmpletely agreed on all of it. Except I would have added in that I quite like Captain Jack Harkness :P
jedimasterstar: pic#99012505jedimasterstar on May 31st, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
Jack, in my emotions, is complicated. Half the time I love, half the time I hate him. I guess he's the type to provoke those emotions.
Malice Haughton/SilverWolf7malicehaughton on May 31st, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
I like him. I don't love his character, but I don't hate him either. Mainly because he is abit complicated and has a bad past.

I didn't like him as a con man though, that's for sure.