Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

We’re wrapping up the second mini-arc of our Year of Women! Join Deb, Erika, Lizbeth, and Tansy as we talk about the lady-villains of Doctor Who.

What women actors do we still need to have in Doctor Who? What are your favorite villainous archetypes? And should there be more cloaks? (Yes. Yes there should.) Let us know in the comments!


Also covered:

  • Liz is relieved that the pre-Gally-ticket-buying nerves are over and she has her ticket to Gallifrey One 2019!
  • Tansy loves Big Finish’s Torchwood Series 5!
  • Erika cannot wait for Gallifrey One, even though it’s almost a year away!
  • Deb just got ATA Girl and discovered she bought a Big Finish Humble Bundle a while back and now has so much great audio to dive into!

Bonus link:
Lost in Space on Netflix

Download or listen now (runtime 1:14:08) 

Comments on: "Ep 163 – Villainous Women" (5)

  1. I would like a sweet old grandmother running an alien criminal syndicate from her kitchen played by Maggie Smith please. With scones. *smiles sweetly*

  2. By any chance was Deb thinking of Tasha Lem for the third? I know she tends to get much the same criticism.

    I’d like to see more female villains like Janley in Power of the Daleks. She had a fantastic arc.

    Or maybe a character like Rachel Herbert’s in The Prisoner.

  3. Squiblet said:

    I’d like to hear your opinions on sexism inherent in fandom reactions to female villains.

    Creature From The Pit is derided for a scene chewing, leather clad lead “villainess” with an agenda for controlling a resource.

    Caves of Androzani is praised for a scene chewing, leather clad lead villain with an agenda for controlling a resource.

    Is it really valid to view these villains so differently?

  4. The hand-wringing about the “severe woman with an up-do” trope always bothers me. Yes, the costuming is vaguely similar among a small handful of characters, but perhaps that is for good reasons. Regardless of those reasons, are we really going to start judging the motives of the writers and production team based ONLY on still photographs of a character? I would argue that how a person looks is rarely the most important consideration when determining anything about their character, or how they were written, or how they are used in a story.

  5. Barbara Cagle said:

    I do hope you enjoy ATA Girl! I have my fingers crossed it generates enough sales to generate a second series. I enjoyed it so much I even emailed the folks at Big Finish (which I rarely do). Looking forward to hearing whether or not it makes it as one of the things that makes you happy 🙂

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