Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

This week’s “last” is a goodbye to a companion we’re all quite fond of, Steven Taylor (not to be confused with Steven Tyler). Join Deb, Erika, Liz, and Tansy as we marvel at the excellence of this story, the excellence of Dodo in it, the excellence of Steven’s reason for leaving the TARDIS, and the total lack of excellence in the general amount of fandom discussion surrounding this story. Why have we heard so little about this one?

Have you watched/read/listened to “The Savages”? Did you love it? Tell us in the comments!


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Bonus links:
Lazy Doctor Who talks about “The Savages”: Part 1, Part 2, Parts 3-4
Humble Book Bundle Women of Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Comments on: "Episode 131 – Steven, Leavin’" (7)

  1. Reblogged this on Confessions of a Curator, Editor, Geek and commented:

    New Verity!

  2. Elinor said:

    the last ‘trilogy’ of Steven companion chronicles, consisting of ‘The War to End All Wars’, ‘The Founding Fathers’ and ‘The Locked Room’ all explore Steven’s post-savages life. And while the first two also include stories from Steven time with the Doctor, ‘The Locked Room’ is all future Steven.

  3. Dodo head canon suggestion: if we assume the LSD theory, she’s woken up in this country house with memories of traveling through space with a magic “Doctor.” All of the very respectable people at the house are telling her that something bad happened to her mind, but now she’s okay. She’s going to assume “The Doctor” is some Timothy Leary type and that Polly is one of his acolytes. Of course she’s not going back.

  4. terminuspodcast said:

    Loved all the Dodo head canon talk in this episode!

    I’ve actually never seen/heard ‘The Savages’, so I’ll definitely have to check it out. I’m actually tempted to watch that CGI version that Liz watched, as it looks like fun to watch. 🙂

  5. It seems to be a recurring pattern: a companion’s last story or two are often the ones in which they are at their best. (Romana, Zoe, Jo Grant, Victoria.) I suspect it’s a confluence of effects: the script writer and director know that they don’t have to worry about any continuity they might establish, and the actor knows they’re going to leave this job and go on to something else.

    But then there’s Nyssa and Terminus, and Leela and The Invasion of Time, so it’s not universal.

  6. MJ Fouldes said:

    I have only seen the Loose Cannon recon. Enjoyed the story. The leader channelling the essence of The Doctor was good fun. Steven’s departure did seem to come from nowhere! I must download this podcast. Be interesting to hear your excellent take whist I walk Yana (my dog).


  7. MJ Fouldes said:

    Okay just heard after a long walk with Yana (dog) and I very much enjoyed the episode. Dodo as an LSD casualty made me smile but made a weird kind of sense!! I do enjoy the story and do wish it could be found again. I was thankful we had the little clips, Steven leaving is a lovely but slightly mournful clip.

    Great analysis of it my dears. Splendid girls, all of you!


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