Could A Doctor Who/Star Trek Crossover Work?

Doctor Who and Star Trek are the two longest running and most beloved sci fi television series.

Whilst there is something of a rivalry between the shows, its a very friendly one. Many people who have worked on Star Trek and Doctor Who are friends with one another (such as William Shatner and John Barrowman, and Jon Pertwee and James Doohan), whilst many prominent people who’ve worked on both series are fans of the other show.

In fact at least 3 actors who played the Doctor, Patrick Troughton, Richard Hurndall, and Christopher Eccelston have all said that they preferred Star Trek to Doctor Who.

Leonard Nimoy meanwhile actually tried to revive Doctor Who in the 90’s as a series of films, after having fallen in love with the show whilst researching it, but sadly he was ultimately unsuccessful in his attempts to bring it back.

Not surprisingly given the positive relationship between both series there has actually already been a comic book crossover miniseries, Assimilation 2, which saw the Borg and the Cybermen (two major antagonists from both series who are somewhat similar to one another) team up against the 11th Doctor and Enterprise D.  It was a good crossover, but sadly that’s all there has been despite the goodwill between the two shows.

In this article I am going to explore ways in which Star Trek/Doctor Who crossovers could have worked on tv.

3 Things A Crossover Would Have Had To Do

Make Sure That They Don’t Exist In The Same Universe

Whilst its a charming notion that Doctor Who and Star Trek take place in the same continuity, ultimately its one that wouldn’t work in practice.

Doctor Who and Star Trek have two such vast continuity’s and histories, that its often hard to try and make all of their own stories fit in together. Trying to squeeze all of the adventures from another equally long franchise in there as well would be impossible.

The easiest way would simply be to have the two series take place in alternate universes to one another. That way you really get the best of both worlds as you can still have them be linked in some way, but ultimately you would avoid making both series history even more muddled and contradictory.

Also I think this would open up more interesting story possibilities. You’d have the Doctor fall through a portal into the Trek universe (or the Enterprise fall through a portal into the Who universe) and then have a stranger in a strange land type of scenario.

For once the Doctor wouldn’t know ANYTHING about the Trek universe and its creatures, which would be refreshing (particularly with the way the Doctor has been god moded in New Who.) Whilst if you did it with the crew of the Enterprise you could have them explore the history of the earth in the Who universe that would obviously be totally different to the one they are accustomed too.

Indeed the future of humanity in Doctor Who is not always presented as being rosey like it is in Star Trek. Not only are there periods where humanity are conquered by monsters like the Daleks, but the humans themselves in stories like Frontier in Space and Planet of the Ood aren’t always presented as the good guys either.

Also the laws of both universes are different too. Time travel is ironically much easier in the Trek universe, whilst in the Who universe travel between other universes is much harder. So again perhaps the Doctor would be appalled at Kirk’s more cavalier attitude towards time travel (just like the department of temporal investigations were in Deep Space 9), whilst at the same time if the Enterprise got stuck in the Who universe then it might not be able to escape back into its own quite so easily.

Also you could explore the differences between the Who universe and the Trek universe’s histories to one another and explain why certain races exist in both universes such as humanity, whilst others such as the Klingons evidently don’t.

I tend to see it as being like this. In the Who universe no life ever evolved on Vulcan. The Vulcan we see in Power of the Daleks IS an alternate version of the Star Trek Vulcan, but its a barren lifeless husk as the circumstances on this planet simply didn’t allow life to evolve. Maybe in the Who universe Vulcan was struck by an asteroid before any intelligent life could evolve and made the planet barren.

As there were no Vulcans there were no Romulans either. Meanwhile as for the Klingons, lets just say in the Doctor Who universe they never ended up becoming a war like race. In the Doctor Who universe Kahless was killed before he could unite the Klingon Empire and they wiped themselves out. Thus in the Who universe the Klingons were wiped out before they could ever be a big presence.

As for the Earth’s history well I see it like this. In the Who universe history went different from the 70’s on. In Day of the Daleks, earth is shown to be on the brink of a Third World War. In Day of the Daleks this is averted, thus there were no eugenics wars in the Who universe and therefore no Khan.

I know that the World War 3 we saw in Day of the Daleks wasn’t the Eugenics wars, but lets just say that was yet another different version. After all there are multiple possible futures for any event no matter how trivial, so lets just say it goes like this. For Sir Reginald Styles peace conference one possible outcome was that he was able to reach peace which is what happened in the Doctor Who universe. Another was that it didn’t work and then led to the Eugenics wars decades later.

The bad future in Day of the Daleks meanwhile was created by the Daleks (or rather the rebels) tampering with history by killing Styles and caused a war to break out instantly, as opposed to in the Star Trek universe where Styles actions simply didn’t ease tensions, but didn’t lead to an all out war.

Earth’s history would also be changed by the fact that there were no Vulcans to make contact with them in the Doctor Who universe. They were also later conquered by the Daleks in the 22nd century too which obviously held them back by many years too. Humanity’s experience at the Daleks hands may also have made them slightly harder to other races as seen in various Doctor Who stories such as The Mutants.

It makes sense after all. In one universe humanity’s first proper contact was with the Vulcans, a peaceful race and as a result they built up the United Federation of Planets, whilst in another their first contact was with the Daleks, the most evil race in the universe, which instead lead to them building the Earth Empire as seen in stories like Frontier in Space.

As for the Daleks and the Time Lords place in the Trek universe well. Lets assume that in this reality, the Doctor was never born, and another member of the CIA was sent to disrupt the genesis of the Daleks. Unfortunately this agent buggered things up and was captured by Davros. Davros was able to download all the info from his mind about the Time Lords into the Daleks databanks.

The Daleks came to see destroying the Time Lords as their most important goal due to the fact that the Time Lords could wipe them out at any point. The Daleks took the fight to the Time Lords much earlier as a result before they bothered with other lesser races like human beings (who they believed they would dispose of at a later date.)

The Time War was fought on a much smaller scale as neither race were as powerful when it happened, and it ended in the total extermination of both the Daleks and the Time Lords before the Daleks could ever reach the earth or even our galaxy.

As for the Cybermen and the Borg, well I see it going like this. In the Who universe as we know the Cybermen began on the planet Mondas. They were originally humanoid life forms who slowly removed their organic components and transformed themselves into emotionless machine creatures who sought to do the same to all other life forms in the universe.

Eventually however their planet Mondas was destroyed during a botched invasion of the earth in the year 1986 which nearly wiped out their kind. Though they would later establish a second base on Telos, they never became the intergalactic power they had once been on Mondas.

In the Trek universe however, what if the Mondasians only partially converted themselves? They still by and large became machine creatures, but they left some organic components behind as that way they did not have to waste so many resources doing a full body conversion.

These Cybermen later simply left Mondas and managed to take over a galaxy many light years away where they would eventually become known as The Borg!

The turning point was when the Mondasians of the Trek universe found a way to convert their victims using nanoprobes which was more efficient for them than full body conversions the Mondasians of the Doctors universe used. 

The Voth and the Silurians meanwhile can also be considered counterparts to one another. In the Who universe the creatures were unable to leave their planet and forced to go into hibernation on earth, whilst the Voth were able to leave and settled in the Delta Quadrant.

Over the next 65 million years, the Voth obviously evolved into a different life form, but still ultimately they evolved from the Trek universes version of the Silurians.

Finally as to why there are no Sontarans in the Trek universe, well its not so unreasonable to simply assume that they wiped themselves out in a war thousands of years ago.

Overall I think there would be a lot more scope for stories and no danger of continuity problems if Doctor Who and Star Trek were in separate universes.

Do NOT Have The Villains Fight

The worst thing about crossovers is that often whoever is writing them is a fan of one series or character more. Now this isn’t normally a problem when its the heroes. Ultimately even the most uber fanboy isn’t going to completely undermine one hero for another.

However sadly when it comes to villains often one will be completely undermined in favour of the other based simply on who the authors favourite is.

Look at Batman and Superman. Whenever they meet the writers are always so careful to show how both heroes are effective in different ways, have moments where they save each other, and make sure they BOTH play a part in saving the day.

With the Joker and Lex Luthor, their two most iconic enemies however? The Joker (who is overall the more popular villain. No one playing Lex has ever won an Oscar for playing Lex for instance.) Has so far across animation, and comic books outwitted Lex, captured him and used his own Lex wing to nearly destroy his entire life’s work (with Lex only being saved by Batman and Superman), captured and almost tortured Lex Luthor to death, killed him over and over again, and beat him up in unarmed combat, whilst lecturing him about how much better a villain he is than Lex.

To be fair Lex did get a good insult in against the Joker, but at the end of the day, he was the one who was almost tortured to death.

The Simpsons/Family Guy crossover also whilst having Peter and Homer’s epic fight end in a draw, had Stewie Griffin the main villain from Family Guy capture and brutally torture Sideshow Bob and Nelson Muntz two major recurring antagonists from The Simpsons.

Then of course there is Alien Vs Predator Requiem which completely undermines the Alien for the Predator. The Aliens barely kill any Predators on screen in the film whilst one Predator mows its way through the Aliens, slicing and dicing them, blowing them up, and battering them away.

The crossover series Once Upon A Time meanwhile has regularly undermined one villain for another.

The Sheriff of Nottingham, Robin Hood’s archenemy got tortured by the Evil Queen, Snow White’s archenemy (after an unsuccessful attempt to seduce her.)

He had already got the shit kicked out of him by Rumplestitlskin, another famous fairy tale villain earlier.

Sad day for Robin Hood fans. If it had been Paul Darrow or Alan Rickman’s Sheriff’s however they would have found a way to talk themselves out of it and convince Rumple to follow them. This Sheriff was crap however.

In the classic movie King Kong vs Godzilla, Kong actually beats Godzilla. It is somewhat left open as both monsters fall into the sea and we merely see Kong fleeing, but ultimately the intention of the film makers at least was that Kong won, and the next time we see Godzilla he is a bit beat up.

Even within Doctor Who itself look at the Daleks vs Cybermen battle. The Daleks and the Cybermen were the Doctors two greatest adversaries, but they never met onscreen for 40 plus years until the 2006 story Doomsday.

Sadly when they did finally clash, it wasn’t a fight, as the Daleks slaughtered the Cybermen. 5 million Cybermen weren’t even able to chip the paint off the casing of one Dalek.

Finally even the actual Doctor Who/Star Trek crossover itself, “Assimilation 2” was guilty of this. It had the Cybermen completely and utterly thrash the Borg.

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Assimilation is pretty much exactly the same as the Batman/Superman crossovers, in that it goes to such great lengths to make sure that neither the Doctor nor Picard are undermined for each other, but sadly when its the villains turn then the Borg are just made into completely second rate monsters compared to the Cybermen.

Of course the great irony is that by undermining one heroes villains for another, then you actually do end up undermining one hero for another. After all if the Cybermen can thrash the Borg so effortlessly, the Borg who gave Picard more trouble than anyone else (save Q). Then the Doctor who regularly beats the Cybermen is obviously better than Picard.

I’m not saying you can’t have the villains meet. It might be quite interesting to have the Daleks and the Klingons work together to take on a bigger threat, or to have the Master try and manipulate a Star Trek race like the Romulans into helping him rule the universe.

However definitely do not have them fight. You might be thinking “well its not so bad if one villain is already vastly more powerful than another anyway”, but even then I think that’s a weak argument.

Yes its fun to debate “who would win in a fight between so and so”, which is something I have done before, but ultimately as none of this is real then really a writer can decide anything they want in terms of a villains power.

For instance at one point the Daleks could be killed by being pulled over a rug, but another writer then made them so powerful that they could destroy every universe!

The only way you could have say the Cybermen and the Romulans fight is if you made it a draw, or at least showed them both being capable of killing each other, but perhaps the Cybermen would win this fight because they had greater numbers, or get lucky, or even just tricked the Romulans.

You certainly couldn’t have it that the Romulan’s weaponry was completely ineffective against the Cybermen, as when you do that you are just making one franchises villains lesser than the other. A crossover is supposed to be a celebration of two great franchises coming together. Its NOT supposed to be the writer of that particular stories favourite one pissing all over the other.

Make Sure The Right Doctor Meets The Right Star Ship Captain

Ironically Jon Pertwee has said “Beam Me Up Scotty” whilst William Shatner never has.

There have been many different versions of Doctor Who and Star Trek over the years, and not all of them would mesh together.

For instance I don’t think a crossover with 60’s Who and Trek would really work. Stylistically they would be just too different.

60’s Trek was famous for its beautiful sets, bright colours, up beat premise where everything had worked out for humanity, and featured aliens who were more human and could interact with people in different ways.

60’s Who however was in black and white, was renowned for being scary, its sets were dark, and claustrophobic, like the ice tombs of Telos, and obviously its most famous aliens were hideous monsters that wanted to take over the universe like the Daleks and the Cybermen.

You can see how those two worlds aren’t going to mesh. One is ultimately going to swallow up the other. Either you will have to have the first or second Doctor in colour and face more Star Trek type aliens, IE creatures who are more human, sympathetic, and in the process lose everything that made 60’s Who great, its scary monsters, creaky sets and spooky atmosphere.

Or you are going to have the Enterprise in black and white, and the crew of the USS Enterprise fight over the top monsters, and in doing so lose everything that made the original Trek so great, its bright, beautiful sets, more human aliens who were able to interact with the crew in all kinds of fascinating ways, and more up beat, progressive tone.

A 60’s Who/Trek mashup would really be out of the question, which is a shame as they are two of the best era’s for either franchise, but sadly they are just too different.

However I think you could have had a great crossover between the Jon Pertwee era of Doctor Who and Star Trek.

The Jon Pertwee era of Doctor Who was in colour, and its stories tended to be a bit more political at times just like Star Trek. Overall I think Trek and Who were just fun escapist series most of the time, but occasionally they could touch on some topical issues, and I think you see that more in the Pertwee era than any other.

Also I think the aliens and creatures in the Pertwee era of Doctor Who tended to be a bit more sympathetic and human than they were in 60’s Who. You had creatures like the Silurians, the Draconians and the Sea Devils for instance who were just like us, capable of being good and evil, and villains like Omega who were genuinely tragic and sympathetic villains. Even old favourites like the Ice Warriors were shown to be capable of being good and evil too.

The Third Doctor is not entirely unlike Captain Kirk as a hero either. They both are action heroes who get into big over the top fight scenes, both also are fond of giving big cheesy speeches about morality, and both work for an organisation, UNIT and the Federation where they are respected, but at the same time mavericks who don’t always play by the rules and like to do things their own way.

The Pertwee era of Doctor Who I think was actually inspired by Star Trek to an extent. It drew from many things of course, but still I think Star Trek was in the minds of the makers of the show quite often.

Star Trek was first shown in the United Kingdom in 1969. Ironically Star Trek was far more popular at first in Britain than it had been in its native USA. It was a huge sensation in Britain in the early 70’s, whilst in America though it had developed a strong cult following, it was actually a huge flop in the 60’s.

Its worth noting that Jon Pertwee was a massive fan of Star Trek and used to watch it with his children whilst he was the current Doctor.

Many Pertwee stories appear to have been inspired by, or at least bare a strong resemblance to classic episodes of Star Trek The Original series.

The Curse and Monster of Peladon, both deal with the Doctor trying to convince a primitive planet to join the Federation, an organisation started by the earth which is a unification of several planets. The Curse of Peladon much like the Star Trek episode Journey to Babel is also a whodunnit type story with all of the delegates being accused of a murder and attempts to sabotage the peace process.

The Doctor Who adventure Frontier in Space meanwhile also bares some similarities to the various Klingon episodes of the original series particularly the story Day of the Dove. It revolves around humanity’s tense relations with another proud warrior race, the Draconians, with both having established a frontier in space just like the neutral zone between the Klingons and the Federation.

The Daleks and the Master meanwhile plan to provoke a war between the Draconians and humans, using powerful mind control techniques, and illusions, combined with playing on the already existing prejudices between both races. In Day of the Dove a highly advanced alien similarly pits the Klingons and the humans against each other through mind control techniques, illusions and again playing on the existing hatred between both species.

The Pertwee classic Inferno meanwhile which sees the Doctor travel to an alternate universe and encounter evil versions of his friends such as the Brigadier, Liz Shaw etc, (with the evil Brig having an eye patch.) Has often been compared to the iconic Star Trek episode Mirror Mirror where Kirk, Uhura and McCoy travel to an alternate universe where they encounter evil versions of the main cast (with the evil Spock famously having a beard to distinguish him from the original.)

Finally the Doctor Who story, The Mind of Evil is somewhat similar to the Star Trek episode The Dagger of the Mind.

The Mind of Evil sees the Doctors nemesis the Master create a machine that can remove evil from people’s minds which he tests on criminals. In The Dagger of the Mind meanwhile there is a machine that is similarly used to rehabilitate prisoners by purging their minds of evil thoughts.

Both machines are at one point used on the main heroes, The Doctor and Captain Kirk. and nearly destroy their minds.

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Overall I think its fair to say that Star Trek was one of the major influences of 70’s Who and thus its not hard to see how a Pertwee era Doctor Who and an original series Star Trek crossover might have been really good.

I’d LOVE to have seen a fight between Jon Pertwee and William Shatner. You’d obviously have to have it be a draw, but still it would would have been a brilliant fight scene.

You can see how Kirk and Pertwee’s Doctor would be a good match for each other, though Kirk definitely had the better fighting music.

As for the 4th Doctor and Star Trek the original series, well, that is obviously the crossover that everyone would have wanted to see.

Tom Baker and William Shatner are unquestionably sci fi’s two most famous leading men on tv. Both huge hams, with massive all encompassing personalities. Get those two in the one episode and you almost wouldn’t need a story!

I don’t think the Tom Baker era would be quite as perfect a fit for the original series of Star Trek as the Pertwee era, but at the same time unlike with 60’s Who I can see this crossover actually working because of their differences.

Tom Bakers era was a little bit darker, and edgier than Pertwee’s. It tended to draw on old horror movies for inspiration, and was less up beat than Star Trek.

However that could have worked as it might have been interesting to see Captain Kirk go up against an enemy that was devoid of any kind of redeeming features.

The villains in the Tom Baker era tended to be absolute monsters like Sutekh, Morbius, Davros and Magnus Creel. All of these characters are not only absolute pure evil, but they are horrifying even just to look at too.

In Star Trek the original series meanwhile most of the villains were sympathetic, and in a lot of episodes Kirk was even able to reach a compromise with them.

Even Khan arguably one of the most evil original series villains, did genuinely love his wife, and want the best for his people. You can even have sympathy for him at certain points in Wrath of Khan, such as when his most devoted follower dies in his arms and Khan vows that he will avenge him. You could never have sympathy for a villain like Sutekh however.

It would be a knew and scary environment for the crew of the USS Enterprise to face an enemy like this. or Davros

I think Spock’s reaction to a monster like Sutekh in particular would be very interesting. Spock relies on logic. Normally he can understand most of the villains actions, even if he obviously doesn’t condone them. Khan for instance genuinely believes than under his rule the world will be a better place as he is smarter and stronger than the average person.

With Sutekh however there is nothing logical about his plans. He is just irrational hatred, and senseless cruelty, yet he is not insane. It would be hard for Spock to understand his actions in any kind of way.

At the same time however it would be interesting to see the 4th Doctor interact with the crew of the USS Enterprise as they are obviously somewhat more hopeful and merciful than the 4th Doctor who tends to be a bit more of a sombre, brooding, even at times a callous hero, who is far more willing to murder his enemies.

Imagine Doctor McCoy’s reaction to the Doctors callous dismissal of Lawrence Scarman’s death in Pyramids of Mars for instance. No way would he have let the Doctor off with it as easy as Sarah Jane Smith did!

I think its quite funny actually how the general public often view the Doctor as a peaceful scientist who never uses weapons, whilst Captain Kirk is often dismissed as an action hero.

Obviously yes, Kirk is a man of action, whilst not all of the Doctors have been, but still when you watch the two shows, of the two of them the Doctor uses weapons and lethal force against his enemies far more often. Kirk actually most of the time tries to find a peaceful solution in dealing with his foes, and most of the time he succeeds. Very rarely does Kirk have to murder his opponents. Hell even Khan, his archenemy he gave a way out to at first (though we all know it went spectacularly wrong, but still at least he tried.)

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The Doctor has clearly never thought “We’re not gonna kill today”.

I can see the Doctor and Kirk clashing over the methods of dealing with their enemies in some instances. Obviously overall both men DO prefer a peaceful solution, but certainly the Doctor is more prepared to kill than Kirk or indeed any member of the Enterprise.

Though having said that I can also see the 4th Doctor having the utmost respect for the crew of the enterprise too. All of the Doctors love humanity, but the 4th Doctor had a particular love for the strength and perseverance of humans. One of his most defining moments is in the story The Ark in Space where he gives a speech about the indomitability of the human spirit.

“Homo sapiens. What an inventive, invincible species. Its only a few million years since they’ve crawled up out of the mud and learned to walk. Puny defenceless bipeds. They’ve survived flood, famine, and plague. They’ve survived cosmic wars and holocausts and now here they are amongst the stars, waiting to begin a new life, ready to outsit eternity. They’re indomitable, indomitable!”

With this in mind what greater example of the indomitable nature of the human race is there than the crew of the USS Enterprise?

Also finally I’d have loved to have seen a romance between Leela and Captain Kirk. She’d definitely be his type. Savage, alien warrior woman, and she always seemed to respect men who were brave, great leaders and tough guys too, so I think her and Kirk would have made a brilliant couple.

Of course having said all of that it is worth mentioning that some Tom Baker era Doctor Who stories were inspired by various episodes of Star Trek the original series too.

Philip Hinchliff and Robert Holmes who made the show in Tom’s early years were big fans of Star Trek. Though Holmes did bash Star Trek’s habit of having all perfect aliens show up and fix everything. It was actually this that motivated him to make the Doctors people the Time Lords more flawed and even somewhat degenerate in the story The Deadly Assassin.

Still he did watch Star Trek regularly and bits of it popped up now and again in his work on Doctor Who.

The story Planet of Evil, visually was inspired by Star Trek, and its plot bares some small similarities to the Star Trek episode The Alternative Factor with both involving careless experiments leading to a rip between this universe and one made of anti matter which threatens to destroy both.

On the official BBC website, The Alternative Factor is even listed among the influences on the story.

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Pyramids of Mars also explores a similar idea to the Star Trek episode Who Mourns For Adonais.

Both revolve around the idea that the Gods from ancient mythology were actually aliens (in Star Trek’s case we meet the Greek God Apollo, whilst in Doctor Who’s we meet Suetekh the Egyptian God of evil.) Though such an idea has been done to death in the decades since, it was a fairly original concept at the time.

Finally the Talons of Weing Chiang is also similar to the Star Trek episode Conscience of the King.

Both revolve around a war criminal (Magnus Creel in the Doctors case, Kodos the executioner in Kirks) who is in hiding and who had previous dealings with the main character, Captain Kirk and the Doctor. Despite the atrocities they carried out, Creel and Kodos actually believe that they are hard done too, and had things gone a little differently then they would have been remembered as great men.

Creel attempted to master time travel, but all of his test subjects died gruesome deaths and eventually he was forced to flee to the 19th century using his own time machine which ended up horribly disfiguring him.

Kodos meanwhile in order to deal with a lack of resources on Tarsus Four slaughtered over 4000 people.

I always loved it when the Doctor and Kirk confront Creel and Kodos and let them know just how they are viewed by the rest of the world. Creel learns that all of his experiments were for nothing, whilst Kirk doesn’t buy into Kodos’ pity party for one second.

DOCTOR: I was with the Filipino army at the final advance on Reykjavik. 
WENG: How can you in the nineteenth century know anything of the fifty first? You lie! 
DOCTOR: Listen. What’s your name? What were you called before you became a Chinese god? 
WENG: I am Magnus Greel! 
DOCTOR: Oh, yes, the infamous Minister of Justice. The Butcher of Brisbane. 
(The Doctor moves a cockerel on the board.) 
DOCTOR: Checkmate. 
WENG: It is impossible for you to know these things! 
DOCTOR: I know you’re a wanted criminal and that a hundred thousand deaths can be laid at your door. 
WENG: Enemies of the state! They were used in the advancements of science. 
DOCTOR: They were slaughtered in your filthy machine. 
WENG: So, you are from the future, and I, for all my achievements, are only remembered as a war criminal. Of course, it is the winning side that writes history, Doctor. Remember, you would not be here if it were not for my work. 
DOCTOR: Your work? Your work? 
WENG: Yes! I made this possible. I found the resources, the scientists 
DOCTOR: The zigma experiments came to nothing. They were a failure. Nothing came of them. 
WENG: No! No, they were a success! Why, I used them to escape from my enemies. The first man to travel through time. 

DOCTOR: Hmm. Look what it did to you. 
WENG: A temporal distortion of my metabolism. It can be readjusted. 

DOCTOR: Greel, listen. If you activate the zigma beam, it’ll be certain death for all of us. 
WENG: Lies, Doctor. 
DOCTOR: Listen, Greel! Greel, listen! The zigma beam is at full stretch. If you trigger it again, it’ll mean certain collapse. You know what that means? 
WENG: You can’t fool me. 
DOCTOR: There’ll be a huge implosion, Greel, and you’ll be at the centre of it. The zigma experiments were a disaster! 
WENG: No, no, the zigma experiment was a success! A brilliant, total success!
KIRK: I’m sure you are. Are you Kodos? I asked you a question. 
KARIDIAN: Do you believe that I am? 
KIRK: I do. 
KARIDIAN: Then I am Kodos, if it pleases you to believe so. I am an actor. I play many parts. 
KIRK: You’re an actor now. What were you twenty years ago? 
KARIDIAN: Younger, Captain. Much younger. 
KIRK: So was I. But I remember. Let’s see if you do. Read this into that communicator on the wall. It will be recorded and compared to a piece of Kodos’ voice film we have in our files. The test is virtually infallible. It will tell us whether you’re Karidian, or Kodos the Executioner. (switches on comm.) Ready for voice test. Disguising your voice will make no difference. 
KARIDIAN: (reading) The revolution is successful, but survival depends on drastic measures. Your continued existence represents a threat to the well-being of society. (stops looking at the paper) Your lives means slow death to the more valued members of the colony. Therefore I have no alternative but to sentence you to death. Your execution is so ordered. Signed, Kodos, governor of Tarsus Four. 
KIRK: I remember the words. I wrote them down. You said them like you knew them. You hardly glanced at the paper. 
KARIDIAN: I learn my parts very quickly. 
KIRK: Are you sure? Are you sure you didn’t act this role out in front of a captive audience whom you blasted out of existence without mercy? 
KARIDIAN: I find your use of the word mercy strangely inappropriate, Captain. Here you stand, the perfect symbol of our technical society. Mechanised, electronicised, and not very human. You’ve done away with humanity, the striving of man to achieve greatness through his own resources. 
KIRK: We’ve armed man with tools. The striving for greatness continues. But Kodos 
KARIDIAN: Kodos, whoever he was 
KIRK: Or is. 
KARIDIAN: Or is. Kodos made a decision of life and death. Some had to die that others might live. You’re a man of decision, Captain. You ought to understand that. 
KIRK: All I understand is that four thousand people were needlessly butchered. 
KARIDIAN: In order to save four thousand others. And if the supply ships hadn’t come earlier than expected, this Kodos of yours might have gone down in history as a great hero.
KIRK: But he didn’t. And history has made its judgement. 

I always loved both of these scenes as they take you deep into the villains psyche. As evil as they may seem, Greel and Kodos clearly still feel some guilt, buried deep down for all they have done, and for years have tried to do all they can to justify it to themselves. “I was just doing what anyone would have done, it was all worth it in the end as we got time travel thanks to my work.” They’ve come to believe this crap so much that they now see themselves as the victims, but the Doctor and Kirk however shatter their delusions and they can’t take it, with Creel in particular screaming like a petulant child that his experiments were a success.

Both stories also play out like classic detective stories with the Doctor and Kirk having to piece together various clues to find Kodos and Creel.

So you can see how there was a bit of Star Trek in the Baker era too. Not quite as much as in Jon Pertwee’s time of course, and obviously though all of these Baker stories have similar basic plots to their Star Trek predecessors they are definitely done in a different style.

Still the fact that both era’s did explore similar themes, coupled with the fact that they were different in a number of other ways could have potentially led to a very interesting crossover between Star Trek the Original Series and the Tom Baker era of Doctor Who.

Moving on from the Tom Baker era, I don’t think 80’s Doctor Who would mesh very well with the original Trek which had graduated onto the big screen at that point, but I do think that there might have been quite an interesting crossover between Star Trek The Next Generation and mid to late 80’s Who.

Later Who and Trek were quite interesting in that they were an odd mix of the old and new styles. They were a bit more gritty than previous versions of Doctor Who and Star Trek, as popular sci fi at that point was becoming much darker overall like Alien, Blake’s 7, Bladerunner, the Terminator etc.

Gone were the cosy spaceships like the Jupiter 2 from Lost in Space, big beautiful bright colours of the original Star Trek and heroes who always triumphed over the monsters like the Doctor and Captain Kirk.

In their place were anti heroes who often lost like Blake and his crew, filthy, creepy, gritty looking spaceships like the Nostromo and main heroes who regularly lost or were even killed.

You can see this in many episodes of the Peter Davison and Colin Baker era’s of Doctor Who in particular as well as many episodes of The Next Generation. However at the same time both still keep up the original versions more old fashioned, up beat spirit.

Thankfully the Next Generation still portrayed the Federation as a utopia just like in the original series. 80’s Who meanwhile still kept up the original series fun sense of boys own adventure too.

Also the two shows explored similar ideas and themes too. The Cybermen who made a big comeback in the 80’s were obvious precursors to the Borg in the Next Generation.

Both were cybernetic races who began as organic life forms until they slowly replaced all of their body parts with machine components and now seek to do the same to all other life forms in the universe.

The Borg Queen is also similar in design to the Cyber Controller as both have a huge dome shaped head and an enlarged brain.

Its no secret that the Cybermen were an influence on the Borg. Many of the writers of the Next Generation were big Doctor Who fans and there are in fact quite a few references to Classic Who in the Next Generation from the actors of then all 6 actors who had played the Doctor appearing on a computer screen to the crew of the Enterprise encountering a time pod that was bigger on the inside than the outside.

I’d like to have seen Picard meet Colin Bakers Doctor. Both have such a large, commanding presence, but Picard is very much a by the book character. He is someone who is prepared to sacrifice a planet out of fear of going against the prime directive. The Doctor meanwhile obviously whilst there are things he wouldn’t do, I can see him thinking he has the right to go against the prime directive if it suited him, and really clashing with Picard over it.

Another crossover that would have been interesting would actually be between Star Trek Voyager and the First Doctor’s era. Obviously that would be unfeasable due to the fact that Voyager was made decades after William Hartnell who played the First Doctor had passed away. (Though I suppose you could have done a special with David Bradley as the First Doctor instead.)

Voyager and the original Hartnell episodes of Doctor Who both revolve around people being lost in space and trying desperately to return home. In Doctor Who’s case it is the Doctors companions Ian and Barbara who the Doctor actually kidnapped from 60’s earth. Every story from that point on sees the Doctor try and make amends by getting them back to their right time, though sadly as the TARDIS isn’t working at that point he is unable to return them to earth for two years despite constant attempts.

Star Trek Voyager meanwhile revolves around a starship simply called the Voyager which becomes lost in the Delta Quadrant, an area of space controlled by the Borg, with the series focusing on their desperate attempts to get home.

I would have loved to have seen the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan accidentally fall into another universe and land on Voyager.

Not only would they be able to relate to each others predicament, but I can see certain characters being quite a good match for each other. The Doctor, the Voyagers hologram would be quite a good match for the First Doctor. Both quite arrogant, with a taste for the finer things, the most important members of both crews, but also the most difficult and at times selfish.

Barbara and Captain Janeway meanwhile are both strong, brave, non sexualised female heroes too, who yearn to return home. Whilst characters like Kirk and the Doctor want to keep exploring the universe, Janeway and Barbara are the polar opposites and just want to get home, and then have a completely quiet life.

The only Star Trek series that I don’t think could ever mesh with Doctor Who would be Deep Space 9. Now I love Deep Space 9. Its probably the best version of Star Trek for me after the 60’s series. However as it tends to follow a story arc more, then it would be harder to stick in a story about Daleks and Cybermen into its narrative. Also its tone is overall, I don’t want to use the word realistic, but still its more about the politics of the Federation and other races like the Cardassians, and thus I don’t think the more comic booky world of Doctor Who would be a good fit.

Having said that I suppose you could do a story where maybe Worf was a companion to the Doctor. I think they’d be quite a good fit. Like the Doctor and Leela, except obviously Worf would be more intelligent.

I actually always thought you could have done a great Doctor Who/Star Trek crossover using the original planned story for the 5th and final Next Generation film. Originally it was planned to be a crossover movie that would have seen the greatest heroes from all the Star Trek series including Captain Kirk be brought forward in time to help Picard deal with a major crisis.

Sadly the script was rejected as at that point mainstream interest in Star Trek was beginning to fade. Still I always thought it would have been great if you’d had the Doctor be the one who brought all of the different Star Trek heroes together, as after all he might need them to deal with a crisis in their universe, as he isn’t as familiar with it as they are.

Here is what Patrick Stewart himself said about the proposed crossover film.

“One of the ideas John Logan and I had about what the next film would have been was a Justice League of Star Trek. Something would bring all the great Star Trek villains together from Khan to Shrinzon and Picard is the only person who could stop them and he has to go through time and pluck people he needs to help him. He goes back to the moment before Data blows himself up and takes him back to get Kirk and Spock and goes even further back to get Scott Bakula’s character Archer. The problem with that more than anything else is cost. How do you pay for that?”

I think it would have been cool if they had done this and had the thing that brought all of the villains together be the Master, calling the Doctor into action in uniting all of the greatest heroes against the Masters army of Star Trek villains.

The best Doctor to use for that story would be the 8th Doctor as he was the current one at that time, whilst I think that Geoffrey Beavers version of the Master would be a good one to unite the Star Trek villains. Imagine Khan and the Burned Master sharing the screen!

As for a crossover with the New Doctor Who and Star Trek well it depends. I think that a lot of New Who could have crossed over with Star Trek (though again it would have been difficult as New Who begun after all of the Star Trek series had finished ironically, just as the Star Trek sequel series began close to the end of Classic Who.)

I think the David Tennant era of Doctor Who would be the best one to have a crossover with.

I think the Tenth Doctor’s era would have merged with Star Trek the Original series the best. Much like with the Pertwee era, I think that you can see bits and pieces of Star Trek the Original Series throughout all of David Tennant’s time.

Though he has made a few good natured jabs at Star Trek over the years, Russell T Davies the producer of the show in Tennant’s time is a big fan of Star Trek. In fact he actually wanted to do a crossover with Star Trek in his first year as producer, but sadly these plans were foiled by the cancellation of Star Trek Enterprise.

Still you can see a definite Trek influence in Tennant’s time.

Take a look at the first season finale of David Tennant’s era, Army of Ghosts/Doomsday. Long regarded as one of the best New Who episodes, its kind of a mash up of two different Star Trek episodes at its core.

Army of Ghosts/Doomsday sees the Daleks escape the Time War by hiding in the nothingness between universes, the void. When they emerge they create a rip between realities which the Cybermen from another universe use to crossover into our reality. The Cybermen invade the earth and though they propose an alliance with the Daleks, the Daleks being Daleks, refuse and unleash their hidden army in the Genesis ark leading to an all out war between both races across the world. On top of this the Cybermen and Daleks tampering with the walls between realities are in danger of causing both universes to be destroyed. The Doctor however saves the day and defeats the Daleks and the Cybermen by pulling both armies back into the void and sealing them there, seemingly forever.

In the Star Trek episode The Alternative Factor a man named Lazarus discovers that there are multiple versions of himself and goes insane as a result. He tries to murder his counterpart from an anti matter universe. If the two of them meet however it will result in the total destruction of both universes, but the original Lazarus doesn’t care as he’s mad. With no way of stopping him, the anti matter Lazarus is forced to lure his evil counterpart into the nothingness between universes (the only place they can meet) where he asks the crew of the Enterprise to seal the rip between realities, trapping both versions of Lazarus in the nothingness between universes forever.

As you can see both stories involve a threat to two universes, caused by irresponsible travelling between universes, both feature a nothingness between universes where time stands still, and both feature the main antagonist being trapped in that nothingness for all eternity, whilst fighting with their mortal enemy.

Doomsday also bares some similarities to the Star Trek episode All Our Yesterdays. All Our Yesterdays features Spock and McCoy accidentally travelling into the past of a planet that is about to blow up. They land in its ice age where there is only one humanoid life form, a woman named Zarabeth. Zarabeth explains that she was condemned to live here by a ruthless dictator in the future and that none of them can return to the future as the time machine conditioned them to only be able to live in the past.

Zarabeth and Spock soon fall in love, but sadly it turns out that Zarabeth is lying and that only she can’t return to the future (furthermore if Spock and McCoy don’t then they will die) thus Spock and McCoy and forced to leave Zarabeth behind to a lonely life in the frozen wastes.

In Army of Ghosts/Doomsday meanwhile the Doctor and Rose are separated when Rose is almost pulled into the void along with the Daleks and the Cybermen. Fortunately however an alternate version of her father Pete catches her and takes her to his universe. After the rip between universes is sealed then Doctor and Rose are trapped in two different universes forever.

There are some similarities between Spock and Zarabeth and the Doctor and Rose. Both feature lovers trapped in totally different worlds from each other forever, and in both cases there is even a shot were we see all that separates them both is seemingly just a wall, but it is in fact an entire reality.

This trick is used again in The Girl in The Fireplace. Here the Doctor and Madame DePompadour who falls in love with the Doctor are separated by a wall, which is actually a barrier between two different time zones where the woman is forced to remain on the other side away from her love forever.

The Doctors Daughter meanwhile bares some similarities to Star Trek 3 The Search For Spock in that both feature a machine that can create the entire surface of a planet. In both cases the planet even aids in the resurrection of someone who died giving their life for the main hero (Jenny and Spock.)

The Waters of Mars meanwhile has a similar premise to City on the Edge of Forever in that both see the Doctor and Captain Kirk stumble upon an important historical person, who is a good person, but sadly needs to die in tragic circumstances in order for the greater good of humanity in the future.

The beloved Tenth Doctor story Human Nature/Family of Blood also bares some similarities to the Star Trek episode This Side of Paradise.

In both stories we have a character who is an alien, the Doctor and Spock suddenly become more human (in Spock’s case he is hit by spores that bring out his human side, whilst in the Doctors he actually becomes a human.) Both end up falling in love whilst in this state, and don’t want to go back to being their old alien selves, but eventually they are convinced that they have to by a friend, Martha Jones and Captain James T Kirk.

Of course there are other huge differences in the two stories plots but you can see how the basic crux of the two stories is the same.

I might add that it was during the Tenth Doctors era that they actually had the Doctor gain the power to basically perform a Vulcan mind meld. Of course they don’t call it that, but its pretty much exactly the same.

The Tenth Doctor is also somewhat similar to Captain Kirk in that he is a somewhat more emotional, flawed, human hero, who falls in love just about every other week. He’s also fond of giving big, cheesy, over emotional speeches about the morality of humans too.

A lot of critics of the Tenth Doctor have actually often complained that he was written more like a conventional human hero like James T Kirk than the previous Doctors, and there is a great deal of truth to this.

For instance I can imagine Captain Kirk in the Tenth Doctor story Voyage of the Damned a lot more easily than any of the first 7 Doctors. In that episode the Doctor falls in love with Astrid played by Kylie Minogue, snogs her and is devastated when she dies to the point where he screams “I CAN DO ANYTHING!” when he fails to save her.

Be honest here could you imagine William Hartnell, Jon Pertwee or Tom Baker, even Peter Davison’s versions of the Doctor in Voyage of the Damned?

But you could imagine Kirk as he was always in a similar position of losing the latest love of his life every second week!

Then of course there is this notorious scene from The Doctors daughter.

Now as we all know its ridiculous to have the Doctor say “I never would” when we all know he always kills his enemies.

However again I could imagine Captain Kirk delivering this speech and whilst it would still be a bit hypocritical (as Kirk has killed more than a few people), it wouldn’t be quite as glaring as the Doctor, as most of the time Kirk and the rest of the crew of the enterprise won’t kill.

Take a look at the Star Trek episode “By Any Other Name” where Captain Kirk shows mercy to aliens who murdered members of his crew in cold blood and even offers to help them.

In contrast the Doctor actively hunts down creatures like the Daleks and the Cybermen with the sole purpose of killing them, and even in some cases wiping their entire race out like in Remembrance of the Daleks.

Now to be fair it can be argued that its different for the Doctor as he often deals with monsters who are programmed to all be evil, like the Daleks and the Cybermen, and whose very existence is a threat to the rest of the universe. Captain Kirk’s enemies meanwhile like the Romulans and the Klingons do still at least have the capacity to choose between good and evil (though even then so do many of the Doctors enemies that he slaughters like the Ice Warriors, the Sontarans and the Sycrocrax.)

Still whilst it could be argued that the Doctor often has less of a choice than Kirk, either way you still can’t really have the Doctor go on about how he would never kill or never use a weapon when he does all the fucking time. In fact he probably has the highest kill count of any hero.

Definitely a man who never would!

With this in mind its not hard to see how the Tennant era would actually probably be the best fit for the original Star Trek in a lot of ways.

However there might be a problem with the fact that the Tenth Doctor and Captain Kirk are so similar. Part of what makes a crossover so much fun is seeing two different characters clash like Batman and Superman for instance.

You’d still have this with the Third Doctor and Kirk. As similar as they are in some ways, ultimately the Third Doctor is very different to Kirk. He is very anti authority, he is obviously a totally asexual hero, he is very British (even though he is an alien), more of a loner who likes to do things his way, and clashes even with his companions all the time, and is very stiff upper lip, serious and more restrained than the emotional Kirk, yet also far more willing to kill too.

With the Tenth Doctor and Kirk however I fail to see how they’d react to anything differently?

If they both were to meet a sexy, alien babe like Astrid or Shahna, they’d both fall in love with her. If they were both in a room full of aliens who weren’t sure about whether to continue warring with each other, like the Hath or the Eminian people, they’d both give a big cheesy speech about war being awful “WE’RE NOT GONNA KILL TODAY”, “MAKE THAT THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR SOCIETY A MAN WHO NEVER WOULD!” They’d also both go on about needing their friends like Martha, Spock and McCoy to stop them from going too far as well.

Its a moot point I suppose anyway as the two series were separated by many decades. Even the new rebooted Trek movies began just as Tennant was stepping down from the role of the Doctor.

As for Matt Smith well 11 has already shown to be a good match for Picard, with the 11th Doctors child like persona playing quite nicely off of Picard’s cool and more rational personality.

As for a crossover with the 12th Doctor or the 13th Doctor and the modern J J Abrams Star Trek movies, well I am sorry but I really would not be interested in seeing that.

I don’t hate the 12th Doctor. I’ve always spoken highly of Peter Capaldi as an actor, but I really did not like his era. I am not going to go into why here. I have done so many times before and well we’d just be getting off topic. If you’re really interested then check out the other articles I’ve written on the subject.

Its also no secret that I HATE the idea of a female Doctor. Got nothing against Jodie Whittaker either as an actress or a person (well I’ve never met her so obviously I couldn’t) But I have always felt a female Doctor was a mistake. I won’t go into it too much here as that’s really a subject for a different article, but I see it like this.

The Doctor is NOT like say the Trill from Star Trek where all of his different incarnations are actually different people. All of the Doctors are the same person whose body has simply changed. Regeneration is basically like an advanced form of healing. The Doctors old body is badly damaged, so it repairs itself, but in doing so it changes its appearance.

He is the same man however, and adding a gender change on top of that feels out of place. Also it doesn’t make any sense within the narrative as if the Doctor can change gender why has he not already when he has regenerated 12 times as a man? If he changes gender by chance, then there is no way he would be 13 men in a row. Similarly if he can change his gender by choice, why would he suddenly do it after being a man 13 times in a row? Why when he was morphing from David Tennant to Matt Smith and he knew he would be on his last ever life, did he not try to gender swap if he wants to or doesn’t care either way?

To me a female Doctor just doesn’t make sense so I personally would rather not see her meet the crew of the Enterprise.

Still good luck to Jodie anyway. Got nothing against her as she is just an actress earning a living like anyone else. And good luck to those who don’t think its silly and are just open to the idea. Hope you enjoy it, and by all means propose any crossover ideas between Jodie’s Doctor and Star Trek that you would like to see in the comments section below.

If Steven Moffat were still making Doctor Who I’d imagine he’d probably have there be a romance between the 13th Doctor and Captain Kirk. God imagine if the Doctor was added to the countless alien women James T Kirk has taught how to love!

William Hartnell and William Shatner have changed quite a bit since the 60’s.

 

Why A Female Doctor Who Is Anti Men Bigotry and Hate

Yes I know another article about why SJW’s have ruined Doctor Who. This is definitely going to be the last one for a long while. After this I am going to say farewell to the new Doctor Who from this point on.

I have touched on the anti men feeling among certain female Doctor advocates before, but I feel that in the past I have more focused on why a female Doctor is a terrible idea from a creative point of view. So in this article I am going to run through why I feel a female Doctor represents anti men bigotry for many reasons.

I am not saying that everybody who wants a female Doctor is a misandrist. Some people might just simply be curious, but ultimately I feel that the main driving force behind Jodie’s casting is sexism against men and it disgusts me the way its presented as something great and empowering for women.

Hopefully by the end of this article you will agree with me, and if not? Well tell me why in the comments.

1/ Why No Romana, Jenny, or Susan Spin off?

The main question that Steven Moffat, and Chris Chibnall should be asked at every single convention for the rest of their lives is “why didn’t you at least try to give Romana her own show?”

A lot of female Doctor advocates like Whovian Feminism, Claudia Boleyn, and Paul Cornell, have all said that they want a woman to play the Doctor because they want to finally see a woman play the hero.

Well leaving aside the dozens of female led shows and films that the likes of Claudia Boleyn and Whovian Feminism NEVER watch, review or even comment on, there are actually already THREE time lady characters exactly like the Doctor just waiting to return to the show and be spun off into their own series.

Romana was a character introduced near the end of the 70’s. She was a younger more inexperienced Time Lady who was somewhat more naive than the Doctor, but also in some ways had the greater scientific mind.

Romana was a very popular character. Not only is she a long standing fan favourite, but she is also fairly recognisable with the general public having been in the highest rated Doctor Who story ever made, City of Death, which was seen by over 16 million viewers.

She was played by the late Mary Tamm and Lalla Ward on tv and in spin off material she has also been played by Juliet Landau, best known for her role as Drusilla in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Romana ended her time on the show by deciding to explore E-Space on her own, with the Doctors pet, K9 deciding to join her instead of him. Spin off material has since shown her to have returned to our universe and become the President of Gallifrey.

Romana has already carried several spin off series in the Big Finish audio range already which detail her rise and tenure as President. We also do not know what happened to her after the time war either, so she is a huge loose end just waiting to be tied up. They could have easily brought her back in the Capaldi era and then spun her off into her own show.

I actually think a Romana spin off series could have been amazing. To start with it would be a solution that would make everybody happy. Those who don’t want a female Doctor don’t have to see the character changed, whilst those who want a female Doctor would get their leading Time Lady character.

Also a Romana spin off much like Doctor Who could run for decades if it was good as the character of Romana can change her face just like the Doctor can. In fact ironically at one point the Romana spin off might have ended up being more popular than Doctor Who itself! In say 10 years Doctor Who might be going through a dry spell whilst Romana could be going through a really good period.

A Romana spin off could also have enhanced the profile of Doctor Who too. It could have been like Buffy and Angel, Xena and Hercules, we could have had brilliant crossover episodes involving Romana and the Doctor being forced to team up to take on greater threats. You could have had Romana fight many of the Doctors enemies, and develop a different dynamic with them, and had her face her own new rogues gallery, many of whom could even later cross over into Doctor Who itself.

Wouldn’t two time travelling heroes be twice the fun?

There are also a number of quirky and unusual character actresses who I think would have been excellent as a 21st century Romana, and who could have really developed her character and added more to it.

Dawn Steele, Katie McGrath, Sarah Parish, Hayley Atwell, Carmen Ejogo. Any of these actresses would have been amazing as Romana, and could have easily carried their own series too (particularly Dawn Steele.)

Susan was the Doctors first companion and his grand daughter. She was played by Carole Ann Ford

Susan was a somewhat awkward, shy, geeky young girl. She was the classic screaming female companion who often had to be rescued by the Doctor, Ian and Barbara. However she was still shown to be a strong and brave person at her core when it mattered, such as in the first Dalek story where she ventures out onto the surface of the planet to find the anti radiation drugs that can cure the others.

Susan left the show at the end of the story The Dalek Invasion of Earth after falling in love with Dalek resistance fighter David Campbell.

Sadly 53 years on and the Doctor still hasn’t come back. Personally I’d LOVE to find out what happened to Susan. Even without this silly “we need a female Doctor” crap hanging over our heads. Much like Romana, Susan is a huge loose end waiting to be tied up.

What would Susan be like now? Did she have an easy life with David? Would she thank the Doctor for giving her this marvellous opportunity? Or would she be bitter and resentful towards him? What happened to her during the Time War? These are all things that could be the basis of an interesting story that reintroduced Susan to the show, and  set things up for her to have her own series.

Just like with Romana there are a lot of actresses out there that I think would be great as Susan. Morven Christie in particular.

Finally another reason to bring Susan back was because Peter Capaldi himself wanted to see her return to the show as he felt it would be a good way of showing a softer side to the Doctor.

Peter Capaldi Wants Original Companion To Return

Peter Capaldi mentions Susan in this video, showing that the character was clearly on his mind a lot. Look at the way he acts when talking about Susan in the little bit he improvises as well at round about 2 minutes 50 seconds in. Clearly he wanted a chance to do that in the actual show itself, yet he never got it.

Jenny is the Doctors clone daughter. Played by Georgia Moffet (who is not only the daughter of 5th Doctor actor Peter Davison, but the wife of 10th Doctor actor David Tennant.)

Jenny had the same moral code and sense of adventure as the Doctor, however she was shown to be a bit more of a straight forward action hero, and perhaps a bit more ruthless than the Doctor was at the same time.

Much like Romana, Jenny I think balanced out the Doctor quite well. She was a much more dynamic character physically than the Doctor and certainly more quick to use a weapon (which is saying a lot when you think about it.)

At the end of her debut she was seemingly killed, but the final scene saw her revived and journey into space with the desire to follow in her fathers footsteps.

JENNY: Oh, I’ve got the whole universe. 
(The shuttle takes off into the sky.) 
JENNY: Planets to save, civilisations to rescue, creatures to defeat, and an awful lot of running to do.

Sadly despite this ending being a clear set up for future stories with the character, Jenny has never appeared again in now almost 10 years. Georgia Moffet has regularly expressed interest in returning to the role even outright saying “please bring Jenny back”.

I find it very bizarre that in all of this discussion about whether or not the Doctor should be a woman, these characters were never brought up as a more suitable alternative?

You’d think the feminists who claim to care about strong roles for women would want one of these overlooked, interesting, original female characters to return, rather than awkwardly crowbar a woman into a male role?

Ironically the only person I’ve seen mention any of these characters in this debate is Peter Davison, one of the few people brave enough to say he doesn’t want a female Doctor.

The reason for this is because a lot of these female Doctor advocates. Not all, but a lot (and certainly the most vocal ones who are willing to slander other people as sexists like Whovian Feminism.) Actually don’t give a shit about there being more interesting roles for women on tv.

All they care about is taking them away from men who they all see as privileged shit lords that need taken down a peg or two.

Of course it wasn’t the feminist fans who actually made the show during the Peter Capaldi era, but as I have been over many times, they definitely had a massive influence on the show from 2014-17.

The feminist fans slandered Steven Moffat so viciously during Matt Smith’s time 2010-2013 that he gave into all of their demands during Peter’s era.

See here for examples of the feminist smear campaign against Steven Moffat, as well as the responses from people involved in the show, showing that it clearly bothered them.

Trigger Warning Sexual Assault In Doctor Who

Problematic Posters For Doctor Who Season 8

Steven Moffat Is A Classist

Has Doctor Who Become Sexist

Doctor Who Is Racist New Book Claims

Asylum of the Daleks Is Problematic

Are Women Just In The TARDIS To Flirt

BBC Responds To Sexist Claims

Karen Gillan “Steven Moffat Is Not Sexist”

Peter Capaldi Dismisses Steven Moffat Is A Misogynist Claims

That doesn’t mean Moffat should be let off the hook of course. Yes it was nasty and hypocritical the smear campaign the feminists launched against him, but he could have had a backbone and stood up for the show he claimed to love.

Instead Steven Moffat ironically ended up giving the people who completely and utterly ruined his reputation everything they wanted. The moral of the Peter Capaldi era and the Jodie Whittaker era it seems is whine, whine, whine, bully people, slander them in the most vicious ways and you’ll get what you want.

Whilst it was Chris Chibnall who cast Jodie Whittaker and as Ian Levine said “put the final nail into Doctor Who“. Moff should still not be overlooked for his role in sinking Doctor Who, as he was the one who brought us to this point.

For the past three years Steven Moffat has done everything he can to set up a female Doctor with things like Missy, and the Generals regeneration from a man into a woman. He was a complete traitor to Classic era fans as at no point did he even try and make a compromise. It was just all “lets do what the feminists want or else they’ll call me bad names on tumblr, fuck the Classic era fans” right the way through the Capaldi era.

He could have spent the last 3 years reintroducing any, or all of the 3 Time Lady characters I have mentioned into the show, and instead of making Class (which was a fucking disaster), he could have made a show about one of these characters. That way everyone would have won as those who did genuinely want to see stronger roles for women would have got their female led series, but they wouldn’t have had to change the Doctor at all.

Instead he actively went out of his way not to include any Time Lady character from the show’s past (apart from his own River Song of course who can no longer regenerate, and whose story is finished anyway.)

The return of Susan was in fact the only fanboy wish of Peter Capaldi’s that Steven Moffat didn’t grant to him during his time in the TARDIS.

Peter Capaldi wanted to see the Mondasian Cybermen return to the show so Moff gave him them in his last series.

See here Peter Capaldi Wanted Mondasian Cybermen

Capaldi also wanted a retro TARDIS to feature in one of his stories.

Peter Capaldi Wants Old Tardis To Return

So Moff gave him one in Hellbent (the old TARDIS will also be returning in Twice Upon A Time.)

Finally Peter Capaldi also wanted to do a story with the First Doctor too, which is a lot harder since both actors who played him in the original series, William Hartnell and Richard Hurndall are long dead, whilst not only is the original actress who played Susan still alive, but she could also simply have regenerated too.

It Was Peter Capaldi’s Idea To Cast David Bradley As First Doctor

Yet despite this, Capaldi ultimately still got his first Doctor story.

Still no sign of a Susan adventure however Moffat? Why was that the only one you stamped your foot down on evidently and didn’t do?

Simple because if you had brought Susan back it would have completely fucked the feminist audience (who have you by the balls) push for a female Doctor. Here we would have had a female counterpart to the Doctor, who if written well, played by a talented, respected actress like Morven Christie could easily be a candidate for her own show. What would the feminists arguments be if that happened?

They’d be exposed as being motivated by anti men spite right away, as they’d somehow have to actually argue that they didn’t want an original female character to get her own show, but instead rather the Doctor become a woman to piss off some male fans?

Really this was obvious as far back as when Missy first pranced onto the screen in Capaldi’s first story.

Why did Moffat cast Michelle Gomez as The Doctors male archenemy, The Master and not as The Rani?

Yeah it makes more sense to cast Michelle Gomez as that bastard with the beard who hates women, rather than as this woman who looks like her!

The Rani was a Time Lady enemy of the Doctor from the 80’s played by the late great Kate O’Mara. She appeared in two stories of Classic Who. The first, The Mark of the Rani was fairly well received whilst the second, The Time of the Rani is often regarded as one of the worst adventures of all time. (Though its not a tenth as bad as Capaldi stories like Dark Water/Death in Heaven, Hellbent or Kill the Moon.)

Still the character is a fan favourite. Its become a running joke in fact among fans whenever a new female character is announced that everybody thinks/hopes she is really the Rani in disguise.

The character is due a comeback. The reasons Moffat however gave for her not being brought back are incredibly lame. He said that she was in a terrible story, and that no one would know who she was anyway outside of a few fans. (He also used a similar excuse for not bringing back Romana and Jenny too of no one would know who they are.)

Well to start with mainstream viewers didn’t know who The Autons, The Macra, The Ice Warriors, the Sisterhood of Karn, Rassilon, the Silurians or The Great Intelligence were either who have all been brought back. (The only two stories the Intelligence was in were WIPED at the time he was brought back.)

Also I refuse to believe that Moff who revels in continuity porn and practically didn’t go a single episode of Capaldi’s second series without a reference to, or even a picture of a past Doctor, would be put off by bringing something old back. Why’d he do a spin off about Coal Hill school if he thinks no one will remember anything from the past? Coal Hill School is hardly one of the big icons of Doctor Who is it?

Second of all, so what one of the Rani’s stories was crap? What long running villain hasn’t been in a poor story? Not just in Doctor Who? PS Moffat the Master has been in stories far worse than Time and the Rani, including virtually every single appearance he has made in New Who!

And New Who fans have the cheek to say that the Rani was in terrible stories.

Surely there is something interesting that could be done with a ruthless Time Lady scientist who sees her twisted experiments as being for the greater good, who views humans as nothing more than cattle, was once one of the greatest scientific minds on Gallifrey, and who loves Dinosaurs and keeps them as pets?

Added to that Michelle Gomez would actually have been amazing as the Rani. She looks a little bit like Kate O’Mara and her sense of humour matches the character too. Furthermore it would actually have been a chance for her to do something different. The Rani is a more toned down, cold, logical villain and Gomez has often expressed an interest in giving a more subdued performance (as she is normally cast as out of control psycho’s like Sue White and Missy). She actually said that series 10 was her favourite series for this reason as she got to show a less crazy side to Missy.

Gomez as the Rani opposite a version of the Master played by an actor like Robert Carlyle would have been fantastic.

The Master!

The Rani

What the hell would be wrong with that casting? Two time lord enemies for the Doctor? You’d still have Michelle Gomez on the show, you’d still have a powerful female adversary for the Doctor, but this time Peter Capaldi would have two villains to play off of.

Again the reason Moffat didn’t do that and awkwardly crowbarred Gomez into the role of the Master was because he was pandering to a group of people who hate men and simply wanted to take as many characters away from them as possible.

Ask yourself, why do all of these people like Whovian Feminism, Anita Sarkeesian, Claudia Boleyn etc, view the Doctor being played by a woman, or even the Master being played by a woman as a victory when there are already 4 great Time Lady characters just waiting to be used? Why do they have such little interest in original female characters like Xena, Buffy, the Charmed Ones compared to female versions of male characters like Thor, the Doctor and the Master?

The way I see it is there are only two options. Either they are self loathing women who just want to be men, and playing a man is therefore ultimate victory for them. Or again having a woman play a man is better for them as in their mind it allows them to get back at the evil white, privileged, cis gendered men.

Personally I think its the latter of those two suggestions.

2/ The First Thing They Did When It Was Announced Was Gloat

It was very telling the way that when Jodie Whittaker was announced as the Doctor, so many people who had wanted it took to twitter, or even wrote articles for various websites, and papers just to gloat about it to the fans who didn’t want it (who were all dismissed as woman hating bigots, even if they were women.)

See here.

New Doctor Who Is Woman And Man Babies Are NOT Happy

Spectacular Online Reactions To 13th Doctor

Dear God Please Let The Identity Of Doctor No 13 Upset

This Will Annoy Exactly The Right People

Cry Me A River Song For The Man Babies

Samantha Bee Takes Down Doctor Who Sexists

The Thirteenth Doctor Who Is A Woman Now And Man Babies Are Upset

The Internet Is Roasting Sexist Doctor Who Fans And It Is Magnificent

Jodie Whittaker Will Be A Great Doctor Who

Miriam Webster Elegantly Tweet Slaps Sexist Doctor Who Fans

If You’re Angry At A Female Doctor Who Then You Are The Reason They Cast Her

Quote from Whovian Feminism from before the female Doctor was cast, but it still shows the attitude behind it (as well as little bit of class snobbery the way she equates having a low income to being a sexist.)

“Supposedly well-meaning observers always like to come in and say that hardcore fans simply won’t accept a woman portraying the Doctor. This attitude does both the show and our fandom a disservice. While there is always a smattering of assholes to prove this type of attitude does exist, they aren’t even close to a majority. And even if it were true, we should not let the direction of the show be dictated by the worst of its fans. If a misogynistic jerk who disparagingly refers to a woman Doctor as “The Nurse” says he’ll quit watching the show, he’s exactly the type of fan we should be proud to piss off. I promise, plenty of new fans (especially ones with disposable income!) are waiting in the wings to take his place.”

Here’s a video by Claudia Boleyn, who is actually quite a nice person normally. Though I have always disagreed with her opinions on Steven Moffat being a sexist, I still have found her to be very open minded and reasonable overall. Still sadly I feel she has been somewhat swayed by this toxic “all men are privileged shitlords” belief, and so when Missy was cast in 2014 I think we saw a similar “HAHAHAHAHA take that men” attitude towards the male fanbase from her.

PS Claudia if you want to do a response to this then go ahead. I understand that some youtubers feel uncomfortable with doing response vids to people with miniscule platforms like me as they think it looks like punching down, but I don’t mind. I can’t throw punches and then whine if someone does a response. Same applies to anyone else mentioned negatively in this article too BTW.

Finally there was this interesting response from Russell T Davies. Now I don’t think Russell was someone who was particularly desperate for a female Doctor, but obviously now that its happened and he is part of the fandom in crowd then he will have to say he likes it regardless.

Still anyway now that Russell has adopted their attitude he had this to say.

Ex Doctor Who Boss Says Fuss About Female Doctor Is Outrageous

Basically he said that there are only a few people who are creating thousands of accounts online to complain about Jodie’s casting. As someone else on a Doctor Who forum pointed out, this is exactly the same thing Michael Grade said on Room 101 when people complained about the show being cancelled.

Grade and Davies’ comments come from the same place. Absolute sneering contempt for a particular type of undesirable pleb. In Grade’s case its just all Doctor Who fans, but in Davies’ its “sexist” Doctor Who fans who dislike Jodie’s casting.

Of course these don’t represent everybody who wanted a female Doctor, but still you can see what I mean about how wanting to upset male fans really did play a huge role wanting a female Doctor for lots of people.

If something I wanted to happen in Doctor Who actually did happen. My first reaction would just be to be happy, rather than rub it in the faces of people who didn’t like it.

Like take for instance if Osgood, a character I like were made the companion I wouldn’t write article after article about why all the people who hate Osgood are just white men who can’t stand smart non sexualized female characters on tv and then go. “Oh its making me so happy to see you all flip out over this HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH”.

But again that would be because I would genuinely be happy that Osgood was the companion and not just desperate to annoy people who didn’t like Osgood.

Its not even like they tried to debate with people who disliked the decision (apart from a few exceptions like Claudia Boleyn). In fact ironically Peter Davison who simply suggested that we should try and welcome people who are unsure about it instead of telling them to fuck off was derided as a sexist, and eventually chased off of twitter.

Peter Davison Quits Twitter Over Toxicity Of Doctor Who Fandom

Peter Davison’s Tweet is Disappointing

Levine should be mocked not encouraged

Its very telling that Peter Davison was chased off of twitter for simply saying that people who didn’t like a female Doctor shouldn’t be abused as sexists, whilst Colin Baker was able to slander all those who didn’t want it as not true fans, people who think they own the show and sexists several times, and hey he’s still on twitter.

Colin Baker Supports Female Doctor

Kind of lets you know which side are the bullies doesn’t it? This is leads onto my next point as well.

3/ Little Girls Need Role Models

I think its hilarious that Colin Baker claims that people who don’t want a female Doctor are the ones who think they own Doctor Who. We aren’t the ones who have come to the show later than anyone else and then demanded that the biggest change happen in the entire shows history just for us, and then attacked anyone who didn’t agree with it as a sexist, and actually succeed in driving a former Doctor Who off of twitter.

One of the arguments I have seen most often from people (including Colin Baker) for a female Doctor is that little girls need role models.

Now personally I don’t give a shit about role models for either boys or girls. I don’t want the Doctor to stay a man because I’m a man.

I just hate a female Doctor because I think its a silly idea creatively.

As I have said many times before there are only really three ways you can have a characters gender change and it work.

Write them as being like a real trans character, someone who feels they were born in the wrong body and transitions into the opposite gender. Or write them as being completely gendereless. Or change their gender in a remake, or a reboot that has nothing to do with the original.

None of these options is a good fit for the Doctor.

All of the Doctors are meant to be the same man underneath. They all have the exact same core personality, with differences between the Doctors merely being superficial.

When you think about it, if you were put in a different body your personality would change to an extent too.

If you were put in the body of a 80 year old guy with a stick like the First Doctor, you might be a bit more short sighted and grumpy too. Then if in a flash you were in the body of a young, handsome, guy like David Tennant, you might be a bit more dashing, and vain. This is why it often takes the new Doctor a while to settle in as he needs to get used to his new body and adapt to it.

Other changes in the Doctors persona come about simply from new experiences and developments, the same way they would with any fictional character (or real person).

Obviously from a real world point of view the reason the Doctors are different is because they are all played by different actors who all want to bring something new to the character.

Still the writers, producers and actors have managed to get round that quite well in a number of ways.

To start with they have always gone for actors who are similar in that they are unusual, quirky, character actors with big personalities. They’d never cast a conventional leading man in the role. The closest they came was with Tennant and Davison and McGann, but even then all 3 actors are still known for playing more unusual characters.

They’ve also made sure that all of the Doctors main personality traits remain completely unchanged regardless of his regeneration.

All of the Doctors have a desire to explore the universe, all of them are mysterious and don’t want people knowing what they’re true name, or identity is. All have a hatred of the Daleks. All prefer non violent means, but will use them if need be.

There are even many little character traits that carry on from Doctor to Doctor that all reinforce he is the same man. All Doctors have a love for more old fashioned clothing for instance (except for 9, who was meant to be more toned down after the war.)

They usually tend to dress in Edwardian, Victorian era style clothing, they usually tend to have long or big unmanagable hair, they all tend to travel with young women who are a lot of the time, (though not always) clearly a surrogate, replacement for Susan, hence why he often develops a fatherly relationship with them too as in the cases of Jo, Vicki, Victoria, Nyssa, Ace, Bill, and Zoe. They all also even love Jelly Babies too!

Now as you can see with this in mind its actually very hard to make the Doctor a woman.

As all of the Doctors are the same man its not like changing say Starbucks gender in the remake of Battlestar Gallactica. The female version of that character has absolutely NOTHING to do with the previous male version.

Also its not like replacing Picard with Janeway as they are different characters.

Furthermore the Doctor has never been written as genderless. His gender has become part of the template of all the different versions of his character really by default.

Every single one of all 13 Doctors relationships have been from a male perspective. They’ve all at various points, been a grandfather, a father, a husband, a boyfriend, had fatherly relationships with their companions, they’ve all dressed in more masculine clothes, all of the male actors who have played the role have brought aspects of their own male personalities to the role.

If the Doctor could have morphed into a woman at any point in his previous 12 regenerations then I feel he would have had to have been written and played as more gender neutral.

Same with other Time Lords (as they all regenerate too.) Again why were the likes of Romana and Susan quite so feminine if they could technically at any point have morphed into Brian Blessed?

Its one thing to have say Tom Baker morph into Peter Capaldi and Lalla Ward morph into Dawn Steele, but imagine if Tom had morphed into Kylie Minoque and Lalla Ward into Vinnie Jones. It would be much harder to take them seriously as the same characters anymore.

Really if they wanted to make Time Lords gender neutral it should have been done right away. The characters should have been less gendered, dressed in neutral clothing or both male and female clothing, and not had the types of relationships they have had with one another.

Look at this exchange from the most recent two part story, written by Moffat to try and pave the way for a female Doctor.

DOCTOR: Yeah, I think she was a man back then. I’m fairly sure that I was, too. It was a long time ago, though. 
BILL: So, the Time Lords, bit flexible on the whole man-woman thing, then, yeah? 
DOCTOR: We’re the most civilised civilisation in the universe. We’re billions of years beyond your petty human obsession with gender and its associated stereotypes. 

Yeah except that’s bullshit for many reasons. Number 1, binary genders are not a petty human obsession with gender stereotypes. Binary genders are something that most species have. They are a facet of evolution.

Here from a trans person.

Now fair enough Time Lords are aliens, but again looking at everything we saw of their society, and Time Lords themselves before a few years ago when Steven Moffat introduced this shit to pander to feminists, they most certainly did not seem like a gender neutral species.

Master/ Killed by an insect. A girl. How inappropriate!

How did the Master have that attitude Moffat if Time Lords apparently didn’t even NOTICE the differences between men and women?

The Doctor has also never been written as a trans character either.

I have no problem with trans people, and would be fine with a trans main character on Doctor Who, but you can’t just write the Doctor into being trans when he has never been that way for over 50 years.

That would be like suddenly rewriting Captain Jack Harkness into being asexual. It would fly in the face of everything we know about the character. Why would Jack have shagged all of those people if he was asexual? Similarly why would the Doctor always have changed into a man, and acted like a man, and been 100 percent completely comfortable as a man too, if he was really trans and wanted to be a woman?

Even if the Doctor has no preference in being either a man or a woman, why did he choose to be a man 13 times! Remember that when he regenerated into Matt Smith he was on his last life and at that point as far as he was aware the Time Lords were gone, so he had no chance of getting any more lives.

Even then however he still didn’t change into a woman! Clearly he has a preference (nothing sexist about that. We all have a preference, even trans people hence why they change.)

For all of these reasons a female Doctor just seems like a farce. I honestly can’t see any value in it. Its not like a female Doctor gives you a chance to create a new and iconic female hero like Buffy or Xena. The character of the Doctor will always be viewed as a male character as that’s the way he has been seen in popular culture around the world for 50 years and 13 interpretations. One forced female version isn’t going to change that.

Similarly its not going to give you a chance to create a memorable trans character either, as a female Doctor is a male character forced to change against his will, rather than someone who has chosen to change due to feeling like they were born in the wrong gender.

All you’ve got is a female version of a male character who doesn’t fit in with her male predecessors. As an idea a female Doctor is really more like that Futurama episode, Neutopia where the main characters genders are changed against their will by a powerful alien.

How is that scene any different to virtually any involving Missy talking about her gender or the General’s ego line?

Still whilst those are my reasons for hating a female Doctor, lets say Colin Baker and others like him are right that little girls need role models.

Well okay don’t little boys need them too? This to me just strikes of more anti men feeling, as basically its saying “lets put our little girls first before our little boys.

Suicide is the leading killer for young men in today’s society.

Suicide Leading Cause Of Death Among Young Men

If role models are crucial to someone’s development and self esteem, then why try and take them away from the group who are killing themselves in record numbers?

And don’t give me that shit of boys have enough role models. To start with so do young women. Xena, Buffy,  Charmed, Once Upon A Time, Sarah Connor Chronicles, Terminator 1 and 2, Nikita, Resident Evil, Wonder Woman film and tv series, Supergirl, Earth 2, Charlies Angels, original and remake, The Survivors original and remake, Dark Angel, Alias, Ghost Whisperer, I Zombie, Sleepy Hollow, Jessica Jones, The Bionic Woman, Sarah Jane Adventures, Kill Bill, Alien film series, Underworld film series, do they all mean nothing? How very feminist to say that all of these great female led shows and films are worthless compared to the Doctor, one male character.

Also suppose a young boys favourite show is Doctor Who? Suppose they don’t give a shit about Batman, Superman, or Spider-Man? Are they just to lose that role model then?

Colin Baker and others have said in response to this “boys can still have a female Doctor as their role model too“, but this is extremely hypocritical. If that’s the case then why can’t girls still have a male Doctor as their role model?

If you think the Doctor has to be changed to be a woman in order to be a role model for little girls, then he has to be a man to be a role model for little boys too.

Now you might be thinking “well you want to put little boys ahead of little girls by keeping the Doctor as a man” but I’m not.

I have actually tried to think of a compromise for everybody. A Romana, a Jenny, or a Susan spin off alongside Doctor Who.

That way girls would get their role models and boys would get theirs. People like me who don’t care about role models, but think a female Doctor is a really silly idea, also wouldn’t have the show ruined for them. Even actresses like Michelle Gomez and Jodie Whitaker still get to play leading roles in the Doctor Who universe, but its roles that they are actually right for like Romana and the Rani, and therefore don’t have to deal with any controversy.

You could also still have a trans companion accompany the Doctor and Romana, or have a trans Time Lord character become the President of Gallifrey.

Everybody wins that way!

That’s the point however the likes of Whovian Feminism don’t want a compromise for everybody because they absolutely despise the male fans and want to upset them.

So sadly we do get this horrible double standard where we are constantly told how marvellous it is that little girls have someone they can look up to, whilst anyone who is upset that little boys have lost this character are chased off of twitter like Peter Davison.

This cynical, and manipulative video trended online to show us how marvellous it was the Doctor was someone she could look up to, but all it did to me along with the vile treatment that Peter Davison got highlighted how little boys are placed behind little girls in so many ways. Rather than even attempt to make little boys and girls happy it was all just the one way. PS using children as human shields for their arguments is something that feminists are fond of doing.

Colin Baker has made a big mistake in siding with these people. I don’t think he is a bad guy or anything for doing that. We all make mistakes, and I can say having had the pleasure of meeting him that he is a very nice person. Still he has certainly put his money on the wrong horse here. I can’t imagine many of the fans who bought his Big Finish stories being happy to cue up to get his autograph after being told by him that they aren’t true fans compared to feminists gloating about man babies.

At the end of the day if Colin and others like him care so much about young people having characters they can look up to, then they should have been in favour of Romana, Susan and Jenny getting their own shows so that little boys and girls would have had a role model.

4/ Many Of Its Most Vocal Supporters Are Misandrists

I wonder if Alyssa will be so upset when Jodie saves her male companion and write blog articles saying that the show is anti men? Also whilst I don’t condone online abuse everyone does get it regardless of gender. Alyssa should google Thunderf00t’s video “Hate Mail Special” to see what people who speak out against feminism also get. 

Now I am not saying that all of the people who wanted a female Doctor are misandrists. However the most high profile supporters for a female Doctor, as well as those who arguably had the biggest influence on the decision actually happening have at least expressed misandristic views.

To be fair they might not actively hate men. I think that a lot of these young people as ShoeOnHead has pointed out are simply misguided as they have been spoon fed a lot of this crap at University courses for years and by the mainstream media. They think they are just trying to create an equal society, but little do they know, they have actually been indoctrinated to view a whole section of society, white men, as being responsible for all its problems.

If any of the women I am going to talk about in this section want to debate me here in the comments of this article and get their side of the story out there on this page, then by all means go ahead. I’m no Steve Shives or Richard H Cooper who’ll just shut them down. They’ll get a fair hearing. Also again I have a small platform, so they won’t have to deal with fanboys (or girls) all swamping them if they try and comment. I don’t have any fans!

Anyway yes a lot of the people who were pushing for a female Doctor have said things about men that quite frankly if I were to say to say them about women, I’d rightfully be branded as a woman hating pig.

Lets take a look at Whovian Feminism. Now Whovian Feminism whose real name is Alyssa is a blogger that has interviewed members of the New Who production team like Rachel Talalay, who directed every single finale of the Peter Capaldi era, and writer Sarah Dollard. Talalay has also promoted her blog, whilst others such as Paul Cornell have retweeted her on many occasions too. Russell T Davies also seems to be a big fan as well.

Clearly Alyssa is someone whose opinion the makers of the show care about. There are so many Doctor Who fan blogs out there, yet Whovian Feminism is one of the very few that the makers have given any attention too, even outright promoted and she is nowhere near close to being the most popular.

Now Whovian Feminism has certainly expressed many misandiristic opinions over the years.

For instance she defended a remark in the episode Hell Bent where a character called The General makes fun of men by saying that all men are egotists.

Regarding The General’s Ego Line

Whovian Feminism I also find brings up the fact that people she doesn’t like on twitter are white and men. This might seem like a small thing to complain about at first, but its actually very bad.

What the hell does the colour of someones skin have to do with their opinions? Imagine if someone commented here and I just dismissed them as “okay black guy whatever you say”. That would be racist as it would show that I looked down on his opinions even more because he was black.

Whovian Feminism On Seth McFarlane

Add This To Your Collection Of White Men

Whovian Feminism White Women

Whovian Feminism also has openly said that she does not want men to direct female led films and television series such as Wonder Woman, (even stating that she would boycott the Wonder Woman sequel if a man was hired to direct it.)

Whovian Feminism’s Reaction To J J Abrams Hiring

Whovian Feminism All Female Lord of The Flies

Kind of a bit hypocritical Whovian Feminism when you desperately want more women writing Doctor Who a show (until you got your way) that was about a leading male character?

Whovian Feminism “Steven Moffat We Need More Female Writers”

Woman Director For Series 9 Conformed!

So what in your mind, men aren’t allowed to write something about a woman like Wonder Woman or the all female remake of Lord of the Flies, but men also should be limited or outright refused from being allowed to write for and even play classic male characters like the Doctor or Thor. So basically men are not allowed to have anything at all?

And you wonder why I think you’re a misandrist?

Another notable pro female Doctor advocate is Tabetha Wallace. Now Tabetha Wallace is the host of the RT show Watching the Hawks. I enjoy some of Watching the Hawks. They did make some good points, but ultimately the show ended up becoming far too SJW heavy.

Tabetha seems to be the worst of the lot. She follows both Anita Sarkeesian and Linda Sarsour on twitter. For those of you unfamiliar with her, Sarsour is a woman who thinks that Sharia law, a law that deprives LGBT people and women of basic human rights is reasonable! She’s also said that she hopes Ayaan Hirsi Ali (a true feminist champion) gets her vagina taken away from her and gets the shit kicked out of her too!

Still Tabetha Wallace ironically considers herself a feminist despite following someone like Sarsour, but sadly her brand of feminism seems to be shitting on white men.

Take a look at these tweets.

I’m enjoying the fall of mediocre misogynistic white men

(Its a shame she has to associate the late great Kevin Smith and the wonderful Xena/Hercules franchise with her racist, misandristic tweet.)

Men Are Always Lying

White Men Need To Shut Up

If You’re A White Woman And A Feminist

White Male Fragility

So again baring this in mind its not hard to see how a case could be made for Tabetha caring more about the Doctor being a woman just to get back against white men, than because she gives two shits about the actual show itself.

Another prominent female Doctor advocate is Gaby Dunn, a woman who works for Buzzfeed. Here is a video she did about why the Doctor should be a woman.

Gabby also famously did a video where she said she wanted men to have to gain consent to say hi to women as she hated having to talk to men unless she absolutely had to.

Of course Buzzfeed themselves who Gabby works for were all in favour of a female Doctor and produced videos and articles arguing for it (and took part in the smear campaign against Steven Moffat.)

It would be harder to find a more anti white male organisation than Buzzfeed. They have made countless videos tarring all white men as racists, sexists and homophobic.

This Is Why Its A Bad Idea To Have A Lady Doctor Who

Quite frankly the most pathetic strawman I have ever seen in my life. Buffy, Game of Thrones and Wonder Woman were all ORIGINAL creations. Janeway meanwhile was a new character, not Kirk who’d been turned into a woman against his will.

Also even the Battlestar Gallactica remake was different as it was well, a remake. The Doctor is a long running male character who has been turned into a woman against his will within the narrative so its completely different. This would only be applicable if these people were saying women heroes in general is a bad thing, but not one of the examples they could find has said that. Instead it was all just strawmanning them as people who hate women on tv.

Then again what do we expect from the people who brought you this gem.

Finally the journalist Caitlin Moran who has also expressed anti men sentiments many times is in favour a female Doctor too.

Fishing is just an excuse for blokes to have a sulk

Caitlin Moran’s 12 ramblings from a nonsensical feminist

Now there are many more examples, but I feel these are the most prominent as most of these people will have had something of an influence on the show itself.

Whovian Feminism as we have seen is beloved by many of the people who make the show. Buzzfeed and Tabetha Wallace meanwhile all have a wider reach than most fans and can give off the impression that their opinion is the majority, whilst Caitlin Moran is a close personal friend of Steven Moffat.

Thus I think its fair to say that they will have helped sway the decision more than anyone else, and with this in mind its not hard to see how their anti men and anti white people sentiment seeped into the show not only with the casting of Jodie designed to spite male fans, but also with the many anti men and white remarks such as not only the General ego line but the following bits and pieces, seeped throughout Doctor Who and Class.

MASTER: Do as she says. Is the future going to be all girl? 
DOCTOR: We can only hope

BILL: Regency England. Bit more black than they show in the movies. 
DOCTOR: So was Jesus. History’s a whitewash.

TANYA: White people. 
APRIL: White people what? 
TANYA: Always so optimistic. Always so certain things are going to work out for you. Oh, well, because they usually do. 
APRIL: My dad tried to kill me when I was eight. 
TANYA: But you got your mum up walking again. Typical white-person happy ending.

CLARA: Hush. Go, now. Go and find Vikings on other planets. The universe is full of testosterone. Trust me, it’s unbearable. We won’t follow you, see? We don’t need to fight.

River Song: What’s that face. Are you thinking? Stop it! You’re a man it looks weird.

APRIL: I like Downton Abbey. 

TANYA: Of course you like it. It’s a bunch of white people being nice to each other. 

5/ All Male Roles Are Being Replaced

As I have pointed out before its not just a question of the producers being open to having a woman play the Doctor. It seems like they are going out of their way to replace all the male roles with women in the show.

The role of the Master, the main UNIT personnel and now the Doctor all used to be occupied by men, but in the last few years they have all to the last been feminized.

Now I don’t hate the new female UNIT family which consists of Osgood and Kate. In fact I love Osgood as Ingrid Oliver who plays her is one of my favourite actresses and just an all around amazing person.

I also a few years ago when I thought representation was needed thought it was a good thing that we had a female UNIT, and to be fair it does have an actual story justification too. Obviously there is no problem with having women take over the Brig and Benton’s roles as unlike the Doctor and the Master they are not meant to be the same people. Also it might be quite a nice contrast too to have women occupy the roles that used to be occupied by big manly men.

However it just feels that on top of the Master and the Doctor becoming women that they are trying to feminize the show from top to bottom.

Now this bugs me because again it feels like an attack against the fact that Doctor Who was a more masculine show.

Imagine if I were to remake a predominantly female led show like say Xena and replace all of the female roles with men.

Xena herself, her female archenemy Callisto, and the Amazons who she works with, who I suppose in a way are her version of UNIT. Imagine if not only were they all replaced with men, but the new version of Xena was littered with anti women remarks about women being all nags, the future being all male, femininity being toxic etc.

Female Xena fans would rightfully view this version with contempt not just for messing with the shows dynamic, but for outwardly attacking women by saying “this thing would be so much better if it were starring men”, or worse “I think its time the women who love Xena and the little girls who look up to her get taken down a peg or two and we remake it all with men just to spite them.”

I certainly wouldn’t mind a female UNIT normally. Indeed they already gave the Brig a female replacement in the 80’s and I, nor anybody else cared. Its just on top of everything else it feels like they are basically trying to eliminate every strong male role in the show.

6/ No One Is Pushing For A Male Xena

Okay I know what you are going to say “but Xena doesn’t regenerate”. Well to start with I’ve never really thought that argument had much merit anyway.

You can change a characters gender in any remake you want as a remake is not connected to the old version. Did Batman regenerate from Adam West into Michael Keaton for example? Ironically a female version of a hero like Batman, Superman or Sherlock Holmes wouldn’t bother me in the slightest. I don’t think they would be particularly good ideas, but the female Batman wouldn’t actually be any of the previous versions who had suddenly changed his sex for no reason. It would stand as its own separate thing to all the previous versions, just as Christian Bale’s did, so I really wouldn’t give a shit. Make as many female versions of Batman as you want.

With the Doctor however, ironically the fact that he can change his shape I think means he’s probably the only character whose gender you shouldn’t change.

Unlike with Batman, all of the different versions of the Doctor from Hartnell to Tennant are the same person. Thus crowbarring a woman in after 13 men not only looks out of place, but it actually destroys the very delicate illusion that these are all meant to be different aspects of the same man.

Spot the odd one out there? It really isn’t hard.

However the reason I bring up Xena is because Xena does actually have the power to change her shape and gender within the narrative of the original series just like the Doctor.

Sadly its a moot point now anyway as recently it was announced that the Xena remake had been cancelled. I think this is a shame as Xena I feel has a lot of potential for a remake. To me she is a character like the Doctor, or Sherlock Holmes that can be reinterpreted again and again.

Anyway yes within Xena canon it is established that Xena will be reborn again, and again, and again alongside her friend and lover Gabrielle. Now this never played that big a part in the narrative of Xena, but it is still established canon and furthermore its established that Xena can change gender when she will be reborn too.

Thus you could make the next Xena a sequel series following Xena and Gabrielle’s souls reborn into two male bodies in the future, rather than a remake (in this respect you could extent the life of the show too.)

So with this in mind why weren’t people like Whovian Feminism, Paul Cornell and Claudia Boleyn campaigning for a male Xena before the remake was canned.

Absolutely all of the same arguments apply for changing Xena’s sex as they did for changing the Doctors.

1/ Its canon (I might add that it was always part of the canon that Xena could change gender when she is reborn, unlike in Doctor Who where for almost 50 years it wasn’t established that time lords gender bend until the feminist “fans” bullied Moff into making it canon.)

2/ Its something new.

3/ It could give marginalized groups a chance to be the hero (lets make Xena and Gabrielle black gay men, who have fewer role models than women.)

4/ Anybody who doesn’t like my idea of a gay male Xena is homophobic and misandristic. They are probably men hating bitches who hate men because no man wants to touch them. (No more nasty, and ridiculous than saying that all people who don’t like a female Doctor, or Ghostbusters are sexist, man babies, who hate women, and are sad basement dwelling smelly losers!)

5/ Female fans who don’t want a male Xena shouldn’t be allowed to think they own it, by stopping people who know fuck all about the franchise from coming along and completely changing the dynamic of the show to suit their divisive political agenda’s that demonise half the population of earth.

6/ Since when did Xena need a vagina and a pair of tits to save the day?

7/ Xena always thrived on change, because there were a few continuity blips in the shows history, and they introduced new characters now and again, that means there are no constants apparently.

8/ What possible characteristic does Xena have that a gay man can’t?

9/ Xena was always silly and camp. What gods, women like Callisto coming back to life after being killed in quicksand, women like Alti who feed on people’s souls, and Xena getting a sex change is sooooooooo unrealistic compared to that nonsense?

10/ There are so many men out there who would be amazing as Xena like Tom Ellis. Why should he be excluded just because he has a penis hmmm?

How are those any different to the arguments that actually persuaded Chris Chibnall to castrate the Doctor?

Answer? They aren’t, so why did those who wanted a female Doctor not demand that Xena change sex for all of the same reasons?

They can’t say that they don’t care about Xena, as all of these people like Tabetha Wallace, Whovian Feminism and Caitlin Moran claim to care so much about strong roles for women on tv. So I assume that they would care just a little bit about the return of a female character so iconic she had a planet named after her’s return to tv ?

However they didn’t campaign for a gay, black male Xena, because again all they actually cared about was in taking a role away from men.

A male Xena would rightfully be viewed as a stupid idea by the mainstream media, whilst a female Doctor, though being every bit as stupid an idea, is hailed as a great thing because its seen as a way to kick male geek culture, and male viewers in general in the teeth.

7/ No Men Were Allowed To Audition For The Role

It was recently revealed that Chris Chibnall had only auditioned women for the role of the 13th Doctor.

Now from Chibnall’s own perspective this is sexist. You might be thinking that I am equally sexist as I do not want a woman to play the Doctor, but its different.

I do not see the role of the Doctor as one that men and women can play. Yes women can play similar roles, but that specific character to me is male for the reasons I have already been over. I would view the role of Xena as being the same. Yes men can play similar characters to Xena, but that specific character is female to me.

So I would only ever audition men for the Doctor and women for Xena. Here’s an article I did before the Xena reboot was cancelled giving suggestions for who could play the Warrior Princess.

7 Actresses Who Could Play Xena

There you see no men awkwardly (and obnoxiously) crowbarred in there, so I am consistent if nothing else. I would only ever hire a man for a male character, and a woman for a female character, villain, sidekick, love interest or main hero.

However Chris Chibnall, Steven Moffat, Paul Cornell and Whovian Feminism are all saying that the Doctor can be a man and woman. Again I don’t agree in the slightest, but lets say they are right. In that case the only not sexist thing to do is to open the role to both genders and simply pick the best person for the part regardless.

Chibnall didn’t do that. He excluded one gender from a role that he claimed to be one anyone can play regardless of gender. So why did he exclude men from the part then? He can’t use the same reason I would for excluding men from being allowed to audition for Xena, as well you can’t say the Doctor isn’t a male character can you?

Its yet more anti men feeling regardless of whatever way you spin it. Either you think the Doctor is a male part in which case he has been changed into a female role because? Or you think he is a role that anyone can play regardless of gender, and that the best person should get the part regardless. Okay, why shut out half the population then unless you are bigoted towards them or at least operating from that mindset.

8/ Why Do The Female Doctor Advocates Have Such A Problem With A Male Hero

Anyone who doesn’t want a female Doctor is instantly treated as though they can’t stand a female hero, or any form of entertainment that is female dominated.

Even if like me you’ve written 10 thousand word articles about Xena, Buffy, Amy Winehouse, Paloma Faith etc, you’ll still get told from people that you need to get used to a female lead.

The funny thing is why is this logic never applied in reverse. It seems that all the female Doctor advocates are the ones who are the sexists as they have a problem with a man being the hero.

Take a look at this article from Vanity Fair.

How Doctor Delivered A Righteously Feminist Finale

See what I mean? The article constantly goes on about how awful it is that the Doctor is the hero in his own show simply because he is a man! They actually want the Doctors companion to be the hero instead.

When did that ever happen before? Does anyone want Watson to solve all of Holmes’ cases? Robin to solve all of Batman’s cases?

It would be ridiculous for anyone to suggest such a thing, so why is it okay to want to see the Doctor be undermined for his sidekick, just because he is a man?

Lets imagine that I constantly complained about the fact that Xena was a female hero with a male sidekick, Joxer. Imagine I constantly said that it was awful the way that Xena, the main hero saved the day, and not Joxer, and went on about how awful it was that Xena was a woman.

The Depressing Disappointing Maleness Of Doctor Who

“The Depressing Disappointing Femaleness of Xena the Warrior Princess.” Yeah I would look like I had a problem with the fact that a woman was the main hero if I wrote an article like that. Now imagine I was demanding that all the female roles in Xena be replaced with men too, and insulting the female fanbase as “whiny little bitches”.

I would rightfully be viewed as a sexist who couldn’t stand women on tv in leading roles. At the same time if I didn’t want Xena to constantly be degraded, and undermined as the lead in her own show for her sidekicks simply because of her gender, and for all of the strong female roles in the show to be changed into men, simply because some men were apparently uncomfortable at the thought of them remaining women. I don’t think that anyone would view me as a sexist.

So lets cease this double standard then. The real sexists are the people who evidently had a problem with a strong male character on tv. Whovian Feminism who couldn’t stand seeing 11 carrying Amy Pond to safety because for once the man was in the heroic position.

I have 0 problems with watching Xena save Joxer, Buffy save Xander, (in fact I’m consistent. I said that I thought it was quite crap in the Buffy finale the way that basically Spike saved the day, as it was Buffy’s show. I don’t like the main hero being undermined regardless of gender as its silly.)

I don’t have a problem with this pose. A woman standing at the front as the hero, whilst the man cowers behind her. Doesn’t make me think the producers hate men, doesn’t make me feel threatened as a man. I love the show and I think Lucy Lawless is easily as good a genre lead as William Shatner and Tom Baker.

Yet feminists actually had a problem with this poster, cited it as proof that Steven Moffat is sexist, claimed it was reinforcing harmful attitudes towards women.

See here. Problematic Posters For Doctor Who Series 8

Yeah it seems to me that the female Doctor advocates are the true sexists here. They actually feel threatened when a hero isn’t the same gender as they are.

9/ Its Part Of A Bigger Drive By The BBC To Get Rid Of Roles For White Men

The BBC in order to bring greater diversity to their co-operation have begun to fire white men from jobs that they earned through their own hard work.

Now Presenter Fired For Being White And Man

Autumn Watch Presenter Sidelined For Being Too White

I honestly do not think that representation matters. I think that you can get anywhere you want provided you are good or lucky enough, or know someone.

Also its not only bigoted to fire people for the colour of their skin and gender (its fucking textbook bigotry.) But its also extremely condescending to women and minorities to basically say the only way they can succeed is if we rig the competition for them.

With this in mind you cans see how a female Doctor fits into this. Basically lets not hire men for any more leading roles.

10/ They Haven’t Actually Got A Reason For Wanting A Female Doctor

Its quite incredible that for the past 30 years not one person has been able to give a reason as to why a female Doctor should happen. Every single reason that I have seen from the most passionate female Doctor advocates like Richard H Cooper and Whovian Feminism are incredibly weak, and indeed they have all been torn apart multiple times.

Yet they’ll still be trotted out later without trying to offer any kind of counter argument to the previous rebuttals.

Here honestly tell me in the comments below if you have ever seen any argument for a female Doctor that wasn’t one of the following lazy, poorly thought out arguments.

1/ It will be a change and all change is good. Right so that’s why the half human bit in the 96 movie, the 6th Doctors coat, 6 choking Peri, 7 acting like a clown in season 24, the new Dalek Paradigm, and “I don’t want to go” were all such massive successes with fans and audiences right?

Doctor Who has a very flexible formula that can allow it to change if need be, but there has to be a reason. With Hartnell to Troughton, there was a reason. Hartnell was too ill, it was the only way the show could go on, it technically didn’t contradict much, as nothing had been revealed about the Doctors race, and home planet.

Similarly setting the show on earth for large periods in Pertwee’s time was so that it could reconnect with audiences after a ratings drop, by being in more familiar surroundings.

Now if someone could come up with an actual story reason as to why a female Doctor was a good idea, and why it was vital to the survival of the show then fair enough. But so far its just been a generic “all change is good.”

2/ Sydney Newman wanted it and he was the creator of Doctor Who. Okay first of all Sydney Newman wasn’t the sole creator of Doctor Who.

Second of all Newman didn’t always want what was right for the show. This is the same man who hated the Daleks and didn’t want to do the first Dalek story. Newman by his own admission “really tore” into Verity Lambert the day after he saw the first Dalek story screaming “YOU’VE RUINED IT!” by including the Daleks, what ended up becoming the greatest icon from the series!

He also hated Patrick Troughton, and didn’t want him cast. He also was ironically the one who botched Susan’s initial characterisation to the point where Carole Anne Ford left the show, and wanted the show to be nothing but an educational series for children.

Ironically the very things that made Doctor Who so popular in the first place, and ensured its longevity, the Daleks, the monsters, stories about aliens, and casting Patrick Troughton, were ALL vetoed by Sydney Newman. On top of that his ideas to reinvent the show in the 80’s were terrible too. They included first of all, ironically turning the Doctor back into Patrick Troughton, then into a woman, and giving him a trumpet playing hippie with John Lennon glasses.

Needless to say saying Newman wanted it isn’t the best argument for what should happen in the show over 20 years after he died, when most of his ideas were lets be honest. Shit!

3/ It will finally give women a chance to be the hero. As we have been over all this argument does is just show that the person making it has 0 interest in female led series as there are dozens and dozens out there, and even within the Doctor Who universe as we have covered, there are at least THREE Time Lady characters set up who could be heroes in their own series.

4/ The Doctor is a shapeshifter so he can be a woman. Since when did shapeshifter equal genderless? Mystique? Martian Manhunter? Both of these characters are much more extreme shapeshifters than the Doctor, should they automatically change gender?

If a character has no gender then they have to have been written that way before hand or else its just jarring. Nothing about the Doctor suggests he is genderless which leads to my next point.

5/ Its canon. Yeah except for almost 50 years across all forms of Doctor Who media, it was NEVER said that they could regenerate into the opposite gender. It was only a few years ago when Matt Smith mentioned the Corsair.

As I have said before that would be like me coming in, taking over Doctor Who and having it that Time Lords can regenerate into Dinosaurs and then acting like its always been canon. I could use the same argument. “Well they never said that they couldn’t change into Dinosaurs did they?” And hey they didn’t, but obviously given how Time Lords and Time Lady’s acted, its pretty obvious that that wasn’t the case.

Also just because its canon doesn’t mean it HAS to happen. The TARDIS can change shape too remember. Unlike gender bending Time Lords which was put in at the behest of a self loathing fanboy, bullied by feminists, this has been there from the start.

So why then is the TARDIS still a police box? If all change is good and its canon and Sydney Newman wanted it and he did. He wanted the chamelion circuit to work originally, but the budget wouldn’t allow it so they settled on a police box. PS yet another icon of the series that Newman didn’t want.

So then why don’t we change the TARDIS every week and do away with the police box permanently?

6/ I and every other person who doesn’t want a female Doctor is a racist, a sexist, transphobic and homophobic too. Yeah I don’t have to point out how stupid this one is do I?

All of these arguments are so flimsy that I refuse to believe that any pro female Doctor person actually believes them. And these are the best they could dredge up. They’ve had about 30 years since Tom Baker first said in an interview (as a joke to wind up John Nathan Turner.) Yet this is the best they’ve got?

There has to be a reason these people care so much about making the Doctor be a woman, and given the anti men sentiment so many of them have expressed, coupled with the level of misandry in Doctor Who itself as of late, I am inclined to believe that the reason these people wanted a female Doctor was again just to stick it to the male viewers.

Conclusion

As you can see the motive behind casting Jodie Whitaker was really nothing more than spite against male viewers. There were alternatives that could have created a happy compromise for all viewers, like a Romana, a Jenny, or a Susan spin off.

Added to that the majority of, at least the most high profile people who wanted a female Doctor (and who most likely had an influence on the show itself.) Seemed far more interested in “annoying the right people” than they did in Doctor Who itself.

Also many of the most high profile supporters have exhibited clear prejudices towards men many times.

Finally the fact that all male roles in the series have been slowly phased out, mixed in with the fact that there are NO attempts to replace female characters with male counterparts shows that it is all one way directed towards removing strong male characters from tv.

For all of these reasons I refuse to even watch a second of Jodie Whittakers era. I have always disliked the idea of a female Doctor yes, but to be fair if it had happened under different circumstances then I would have at least given her a go, but its the reasons that this already terrible change happened that actually anger me.

Like I said before the 13th Doctor, Missy and the whole Peter Capaldi era represent bullies getting their own way. They demonstrate how sadly in modern society if you shriek the loudest, are willing to actually slander people like Steven Moffat, Peter Davison and famous Doctor Who fan Ian Levine who has also been derided as a sexist and a bigot after his outburst against Jodie’s casting on twitter. Then you’ll get your own way, regardless of how stupid it is.

To those of you who still want to watch it, and aren’t anti men bigots then good luck to you. I hope you do enjoy it, but for me this is the end of Doctor Who.

I will of course still watch the classic episodes and the new who stories from the past I do enjoy, but sadly Doctor Who officially belongs to the anti men bigots, the spoiled brats who always have to get their own way, and the bullies who call anyone who disagrees with them sexists and so it certainly isn’t the show for me anymore.

Thanks for reading.

In the words of Ian Levine. “He can fuck off!”

 

Doctor Who Reviews/ The Evil of the Daleks

The final Dalek story of the 1960’s. The Evil of the Daleks has a somewhat more surrealist, even whimsical aspect to it, though it would also set down many tropes and ideas that later Dalek stories (particularly those of Big Finish and the New Series) would use.

Sadly all but the second episode is missing from the archives though much like The Power of the Daleks its reputation is still high among Doctor Who fans, with it even being voted the greatest Doctor Who story ever made in a poll taken for the 30th anniversary.

Premise

The Doctors TARDIS is stolen in London in 1966. The Doctor and his companion Jamie are able to track the perpetrator down, a man named Edward Waterfield who sells Victorian clocks.

At his shop they discover an advanced, seemingly alien machine at the back, as well as the dead body of a man named Kennedy who appears to have died in the most terrible agony.

Before the Doctor can investigate further however, he and Jamie are knocked out by gas and whisked away 100 years into the past by Waterfield.

There Waterfield reveals why he stole the TARDIS and what his plan is. Waterfield and his friend Maxtible were experimenting with time travel technology which eventually created a portal to another time and world, Skaro!

The Daleks arrived through the portal and captured Edward’s daughter, Victoria who they threatened to kill unless he helped to lure the Doctor into a trap by capturing his TARDIS.

The Daleks threaten to destroy the Doctors TARDIS unless he helps them with their latest experiment. The Daleks have always been defeated by human beings and believe that it is because of certain traits that human beings have. The Daleks call this “the human factor” and wish to isolate it from humans in experiments and transfer it into themselves.

With no other options the Doctor is forced to help the Daleks and even performs experiments on their human captives, Victoria and Jamie.

The Doctor eventually is able to isolate the human factor and transplant it into three Daleks. The Daleks develop human emotions, become happy, caring and even come to see the Doctor as their friend.

The Doctor gives the three Daleks names, Alpha, Beta and Omega. Whilst Edward Waterfield only serves the Daleks reluctantly, Maxtible is willingly working for them as they have promised him the secret of alchemy.

The Doctor plans to spread the human factor like a virus throughout the Dalek race in the hopes that it will lead to a civil war that will destroy them.

However his plan fails and he is captured by the Daleks and taken back to Skaro (along with Waterfield, Maxtible, Jamie and Victoria.) the Emperor reveals that he no longer wants the human factor. Considering the experiment a failure after Omega, Alpha and Beta became too compassionate. The Emperor instead wants the Doctor to implant the Dalek factor (which makes the Daleks evil, xenophobic, and ruthless) into the human race throughout all of history which will wiping humanity from existence.

Once again with no other options the Doctor is forced to help the Daleks. The Doctor is able to isolate the Dalek factor which the Daleks then transplant into Maxtible. Maxtible comes to think and behave exactly like a Dalek just as they hoped. 

The Daleks then plan to implant the Dalek factor into the Doctor himself, in order to make him their servant. Their plan however fails as the Doctor programes the machine to make sure the Dalek factor only infects humans. 

The Doctor however pretends to be loyal to the monsters and works against them from within. Freeing the three humanized Daleks, the Emperor becomes scared that the human factor will spread. The Doctor tells the Emperor to send all Daleks through the Dalek factor machine to which the Emperor agrees.

Unfortunately for the Daleks, the Doctor reprogrames the machine to infect all of the Daleks who go through it with the human factor.

The humanized Daleks soon turn on the rest of their kind and a massive civil war erupts. The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria escape to the hills of Skaro where the TARDIS is. Sadly Edward Waterfield is killed whilst saving the Doctor from a Dalek. The Doctor promises Waterfield that he will look after his daughter.

As the city of the Daleks erupts in flames and the Emperor is seemingly exterminated, the Doctor comments to Jamie on how he believes he has seen the final end of the Daleks.

Review

The Evil of the Daleks is overall deserving of its status as a classic story, but I do think its flawed somewhat, particularly when compared with the previous Troughton Dalek adventure.

The Evil of the Daleks was intended to be the final ever appearance of the monsters in Doctor Who, and whilst I am of course glad that it wasn’t, it would have been a brilliant send off for them if it did, and still serves as quite a good ending for the 60’s Dalek stories.

Evil takes us deeper into the monsters psychology, as well as their society and how they function than any other before. We see their chain of command, the Emperor and how they deal with members of their kind who are different.

Before we have only ever seen the Daleks persecute other life forms, but showing them turn on and actually exterminate members of their own kind was a nice twist that made them seem even more horrifying. It also helped to explain why the Daleks were so uniform, and also helps to set up why the monsters are doomed for extinction as ultimately any race or society or belief system that can’t look inward and change when it has too will eventually stagnate and die.

The idea of a Dalek being infected with humanity is an interesting concept, and one which many later stories particularly in the revival, such as Dalek, Into the Dalek and Journey’s End would explore too. Though David Whitaker had explored the idea of a humanized Dalek in The One in A Million Dalek comic story much earlier, Evil marked the first time this idea was explored in the television series itself.

The creatures are also at their sneaky and manipulative best in this story too. We get to see them twist the minds of various people, good and evil over the course of the story. With Waterfield they can recognise that he would never help them willingly so they threaten to hurt the person he loves the most to get him to serve them. Maxtible however fulfils the Mavic Chen type role of being the devious, self serving human who thinks he can use the Daleks for his own ends, but they play on his greed instead.

The interactions between the Doctor and the Daleks are also particularly strong in this story. I think this adventure and Power of the Daleks really helped to shape the kind of Doctor Patrick Troughton ended up being.

When you look at other stories in season 4, Pat’s Doctor tends be a more lighter version of William Hartnell. A crazy old uncle/ grandfather type figure, fond of name dropping all of the famous people he has known throughout history.

However in these two stories we see the Second Doctor become a more manipulative and sly individual, often putting on a bumbling facade and even resorting to lying to his companions too.

This would carry over into stories like Tomb of the Cybermen, The Web of Fear and The War Games and really became the dominant characteristic of Troughton’s Doctor that would also in turn carry over into later Doctors too such as Sylvester McCoy and Matt Smith.

I don’t think the Second Doctors manipulative side however was ever more effective than it was against the Daleks. The Daleks were the only enemies who were a match for the Doctor, as they knew all of his tricks. Thus he would often be forced to go the extra mile against the monsters.

You can see that in Evil the way the Doctor and the Daleks use everyone around them like pieces on a chessboard and are constantly trying to stay one step ahead of each other.

The supporting cast of the story is very strong too. John Bailey is excellent as Edward Waterfield, who is a truly tragic character,

Despite the bad things he does you never lose your sympathy for him as Bailey always gives the character a real gravitas, and its brilliant the way the character is able to find redemption at the end when he sacrifices himself to save the Doctor. The final scene where the Doctor promises the dying Waterfield that he will look after is very touching. Victoria Waterfield played by the late Deborah Watling also gets a strong start.

Some fans have knocked her character for not being strong enough, but personally I think this is unfair. After all how do you expect a young, pampered Victorian woman to react to being menaced by monsters?

I always thought Victoria had a more interesting backstory due to losing her father under such tragic circumstances. On the one hand the last few things he did such as kidnapping the Doctor, and even covering up the Daleks murder of Kennedy were terrible which made his loss even more painful for Victoria as we see in the next story Tomb of the Cybermen, but on the other he only did them out of love for Victoria, and in the end he did give his life for the Doctor, so there is at least that comfort for her.

I also loved her relationship with both the Doctor and Jamie. We got to see a softer side to both characters in the way they take such an instant liking to Victoria and become very protective of her.

I always thought that Victoria served as quite a good surrogate for Susan, whilst at the same time the Doctor would have been a surrogate for her father, (both eccentric, doddering old scientists obsessed with time travel.)

The sets and production values for this story are also among the best for any 60’s adventure. The Dalek Emperor is a truly spectacular prop and its destruction at the end of the story is a thrilling sequence as the monster pitifully begs its own subordinates to try and see reason and stop fighting or else the Dalek race will be destroyed.

In a way it reminds me of Davros later begging the Daleks for mercy in Genesis.

Despite these strengths however Evil is still let down by the fact that its just a bit too long. I think it drags when the Daleks make the Doctor perform their experiments. It picks up again when the main characters get to Skaro, but overall much like the first Dalek story it could definitely be an episode shorter.

Also some of the moments of comedy in the story are a bit too overt too.

Still overall The Evil of the Daleks is a classic, highly influential story and a great end to the 60’s Dalek saga.

Notes and Trivia

  • This is part of a trilogy of stories that all link into each other. At the end of The Faceless Ones the preceding story, the Doctor and Jamie discover that the TARDIS has been stolen which leads into The Evil of the Daleks. At the start of the next story the Tomb of the Cybermen meanwhile, The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria are still shown to be on Skaro before they take off for the next adventure.
  • Ian Levine attempted to animate all of the missing episodes for this story, but sadly his version has not been made available to a wide audience as of the writing of this article.
  • Though this was the last Dalek story of the 60’s the monsters would go on to make a cameo appearance in the Second Doctors last story The War Games.
  • Terry Nation the creator of the Daleks hated this story and said that if he had known about it when it was being made he would have pulled the plug on it.
  • Many aspects of this story pop up in future Dalek adventures such as the idea of Daleks being infected with humanity (Dalek, Into the Dalek) the merging of Daleks and humans (Revelation of the Daleks, The Parting of the Ways.) A Dalek civil war (Remembrance of the Daleks) and finally the Emperor of the Daleks (The Parting of the Ways.) Certain bits of dialogue such as the Doctors “final end” also pop up in future Dalek stories such as Victory of the Daleks.
  • Patrick Troughton named this as one of his favourite stories.
  • Fraser Hines who played Jamie has said that he was always desperate for the Daleks to show up as he had enjoyed watching stories with them before he was cast. Sadly for Fraser this marked the only time they appeared during his three year long stint as the companion.

Why William Shatner Has Done More For Social Justice Than Any SJW

Okay now I know I am a little late to this, but still I feel I had to comment on it.

Recently William Shatner provoked outrage among the regressive left when he posted a series of tweets bashing SJW’s.

Now I have always been a massive fan of William Shatner. The original Star Trek series is still my favourite incarnation of Star Trek, but my respect for him just went up even further after this.

As many of my regular readers will know I feel that the SJW’s have had their talons locked around the sci fi and fantasy genres for the past few years. They ALWAYS have to take over everything they become “fans” of. Famous examples of this include Doctor Who, Ghostbusters and both Marvel and DC.

Sadly however whilst most people hate the influence these people are having on things like Doctor Who and Ghostbusters. (As evidenced by the fact that all the SJW versions of these formerly beloved franchises like Doctor Who, Marvel and DC have all to the last been huge flops.)

Figures Reveal Sharp Decline In Viewers For Doctor Who

Marvel and DC Suffer Slump in Sales

Virtually no one within the entertainment industry at least has spoken out against them. The reason for that is simply because the SJW’s are bullies who will slander anyone who disagrees with them and may even finish their careers.

Peter Davison who played the 5th Doctor for instance merely said that people should go a bit easier on those who are unhappy with a female Doctor and was chased off of twitter as a result.

See here. Peter Davison Quits Twitter After Female Doctor Comments

Tim Allen meanwhile in this clip points out how anyone in Hollywood who is even remotely pro Trump is treated like a Jew in 1930’s Germany.

Of course it later cost him his career.

Things aren’t any better for women either.

Nicole Kidman similarly tweeted that since Trump is our President now we better just get behind him. She didn’t even say that she had voted for him, or that she thought he would be a good President, just that at this stage there is no point in complaining about something we can’t change.

Kidman subsequently had to endure a barrage of abusive tweets, including ironically from Anita Sarkeesian fanboy Joss Whedon, who mocked Kidman’s appearance.

Remember kids the feminist thing to do is call a woman who disagrees with you a turd and mock her appearance.

Then of course any woman who says that she isn’t a feminist is often bullied and forced to say she is one, like Taylor Swift.

So with this in mind first of all I think its incredibly brave of William Shatner to not only say anything even remotely negative about SJW’s, but to do so in such a blunt, aggressive way too.

Also I think its brilliant that not only has such a major figure from the sci fi genre come out and stood up for geek culture by attacking the biggest threat to it. But the fact that William Shatner was also someone who did combat genuine racism, sexism and prejudice in the entertainment industry just further highlights how the SJW’s are not true progressives, but mere posers.

William Shatner starred in one of the most progressive series ever made, Star Trek. It featured a Japanese man a few decades after World War 2, a Russian at the height of the cold war paranoia and a black woman during the height of the civil rights movement among the main cast.

Shatner’s character Captain Kirk also had the first ever interracial kiss in the history of American drama. Both he and Nichelle Nichols sabotaged attempts by the network to block the kiss too.

William Shatner on Interracial Kiss

In addition to Star Trek, William Shatner also starred in a Roger Corman film called The Intruder in 1962.

Based on the novel of the same name by Charles Beaumont, Shatner plays the villain of the piece Adam Cramer who attempts to whip up hatred against the black townspeople. At one point he even goes as far as to frame a black man for raping a young girl.

After Wrath of Khan I’d say its the greatest performance of Shatners career. He is every bit as good as the villain as he would later be as the hero.

The Intruder was a remarkable film. Released two years before the Civil Rights Act, it showed how easy it was to whip up racial violence, and the dangerous effect people like Cramer can have on communities.

Of course Shatner wasn’t the only famous entertainer who had helped to combat prejudice decades ago, but now viewed the modern day SJW’s with disdain.

The late great John Hurt in one of the last ever interviews he gave complained about how modern day society had become too politically correct and how angry he was that people can just decide something is offensive and that’s that its not open for discussion.

Sir John Hurt Slams Modern Society For Political Correctness

John Hurt starred in The Naked Civil Servant back in the 1970’s which told the life of Quentin Crisp, and much as The Intruder showed us the full extent of racism in 60’s America, then The Naked Civil Servant showed us the full extent of homophobia in British society.

Its very telling that people like John Hurt and William Shatner would view the modern day “progressives” as nothing more than posers and bullies.

These are people who did combat genuine prejudice within the entertainment industry and now they have to see a bunch of spoiled brats, who’ve never dealt with any kind of genuine prejudice, not only making words like racist, sexist and homophobic lose all meaning by applying them to everything, but also ironically employing genuinely racist and sexist attitudes and policies against people.

From barring all white men from being allowed to audition for a character like the Doctor, to calling all white people racist, to accusing all men of being privileged etc.

And on top of that they have the cheek to compare themselves to people from the 60’s a decade where combating racism wasn’t things like being upset over a Halloween costume, or tweeting about how much you hate Trump to your friends who all think EXACTLY the same way, but instead actually fighting to have equal rights.

So yes I now have even greater respect for William Shatner from not only standing up to these bullies, but also disassociating the true progressives from the modern day posers.

Of course Shatner has since been accused now of being a racist, a sexist, homophobic etc. Fortunately however anyone who has followed his career knows that Shatner has done more for true social justice than posers like these people

Will ever do.

 

 

 

 

Dinosaurs and Tall Tales

Hi just to let you know I have set up another website called Dinosaurs and Tall Tales. This will be original science fiction and fantasy stories. I’m still running my other blog “The Secret Lives of Vampire Killers”.

I’ve posted less content this year only because I am currently working on so many different stories and articles. I’ve definitely tried to take on too much this year, so with this in mind it might not seem like a good idea to set up a third website.

Still this will contain new and original stories by me that will not be part of the Vampires canon. Nothing will be on the site for a couple of months until I have finished the first few stories, but when it is I’d appreciate some feedback. ANY feedback is welcome as if I’m shit then you can tell me how to improve.

Thanks and see you soon.

Why I Hate Owen Jones

Owen Jones for those of you lucky enough to be unfamiliar with him is a left leaning political activist, and journalist for The Guardian and The New Statesman. He is also the author of such books as Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class.

Now in spite of what people have said about me being alt right I would consider myself a socialist. I believe a total capitalist system leads to corporatism and that we need to at least start making our way towards socialism. Despite its problems for instance I still think the NHS is vastly superior to a privatized health service.

So with this in mind there are probably a lot of things I overlap with Owen Jones on. However ultimately I find him to be someone who does far more harm than good. He is almost a walking parody of a “Social Justice Warrior”.

Now normally simply being an SJW wouldn’t be enough to make me dislike someone. Claudia Boleyn for instance who is a total SJW I actually rather like personally. Whilst I think a lot of her beliefs are silly (as I am sure she does mine.) She’s always very polite to me and other people, and has never EVER tried to shut anyone she disagrees with down. Indeed she doesn’t even delete comments on her channel. So really its very hard to dislike Claudia.

However Owen Jones is actually a threat to free speech, as well as a total hypocrite and a racist, on top of being one of the most high profile apologists for the most retrograde system on earth, and in this article I am going to show you why as I run through the reasons I hate Owen Jones.

Hypocrite on Free Speech

My biggest beef with Owen Jones is the way he tries to present himself in his youtube series such as in the video above, as a laid back, nice guy who is open to hearing other people’s opinions. He even ends his video with a “tell me what you think in the comments below”. The truth of the matter is its best not to disagree with Owen Jones too much or else he will try to shut you down and maybe even get you fired from your job and ruin your life.

The most notorious example of this was when he complained about there not being enough LGBT voices being allowed to talk about the Orlando massacre, yet he deplatformed Douglas Murray, a gay man by refusing to appear on Channel 4 with him because he disagreed with Murray’s views on Islam (and other things).

A more recent example of Jones’ shutting down people he disagreed with was when he got Katie Hopkins fired from LBC.

Now I generally don’t like Katie Hopkins. Much like Milo Yiannopoulis, she is someone who does make some valid points, but generally seems more obsessed with presenting herself as outrageous.

Still Jones behavior towards her was absolutely disgusting. What happened was that Hopkins said there needed to be a final solution to the Islamic problem after the recent Manchester attack.

Now obviously “final solution” was a very poor choice of words, but Hopkins after realizing how bad it sounded apologized and said that she did not mean to encourage violence against Muslims, simply that people needed to wake up to the problems Islamic extremism caused.

That wasn’t good enough for Owen Jones however. Jones started a campaign to get Hopkins fired from her job and sent tweets to her employers. He called for a public boycott against LBC until they fired Hopkins.

Sadly LBC relented and after Hopkins was dismissed from her position Owen Jones spent the next day gloating about it in the most nasty and childish ways.

See for yourself

Owen Jones Tweets About Katie Hopkins Being Fired

Owen Jones Gloats Over Katie Hopkins Firing

Of course after the next Islamic massacre in London, Owen Jones ended up putting his foot in his mouth just as Hopkins did when he tweeted not long after the attack that he was sitting in a pub having a great time.

Many people took it the wrong way and thought that he was gloating over the victims by pointing out that he was having a nice night whilst they were being butchered. Jones however claimed that people were taking him out of context and that he simply meant that he was trying to show how the Islamic extremists have not won as people are still having a nice time in London despite their efforts.

Personally I still thought it was an insensitive remark, but whatever ridiculous statement Jones was trying to make, it was nice seeing him have people refuse to accept his apology, refuse to believe that his words could be taken out of context and jump down his throat like he did to Hopkins.

Owen Jones is a like a little spoiled child, stamping his foot, and refusing to appear on tv if someone he doesn’t like is on with him, or storming off on live tv if everybody isn’t talking about what he wants. Compare him to another left leaning journalist John Pilger who in this clip interviews a truly disgusting individual named Duane Clarridge yet keeps his cool.

And Owen Jones couldn’t even share the stage with Douglas Murray! To even call him a journalist is an insult to true journalists like John Pilger.

Ultimately I don’t think Jones has actually harmed the career of Katie Hopkins or Douglas Murray in the long run, but its not through lack of trying. The fact that he would want to prevent some opinions from being heard, and even ruin people who express a view he doesn’t like’s entire livelihood makes him a threat to free speech and a nasty bully all around.

Rank Islam Apologist

Owen Jones despite being openly gay is an utter apologist for a belief system that wants to criminalize his entire way of life. He treats all legitimate criticism of Islam as comparable to people who want to drag Muslims off the streets and kill them.

The fact is that apart from a few genuine right wing fanatics nobody has ever even tarred all Muslims as evil.

People like Tommy Robinson, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Paul Joseph Watson, Sam Harris and Douglas Murray have always stressed that not all Muslims are evil. Indeed the likes of Murray and Harris are close friends with Maajid Nawaz a devout Muslim man and reformer of the Islamic faith. Sam Harris has even written a book with Nawaz.

However whilst there are obviously many decent Muslims, the fact is that Islam itself is a dangerous, violent and evil ideology.

Its holy books the Quran and the Hadith command ALL Muslims to murder all non believers, and apostates, and all LGBT people too. It also says that all women are inferior to men, and that white people are superior to black people too.

Here are some sources to back this up.

Note: I also lost all respect for Kraut the maker of this video after he got Rage After Storm a youtuber fired by contacting her employers. I didn’t agree with Rage’s video that he replied too about race realism, but Kraut much like Owen Jones should not have tried to harm someone’s career. I am no longer subscribed to Kraut on Youtube, and I will not support him any longer. However that said this video is probably the most detailed and well researched on Islam’s violent hatred towards LGBT people, so I will still use it for the purposes of this article. I can dislike someone and still agree with them on some things. Hell like I said before, there are plenty of things I will agree with Owen Jones on too. 

Muslim Grooming Gang Statistics

Easy Meat: Britain’s Islamic Rape Gang Problem.

The Proof That Islam Has A Problem With Homophobia

52 Percent of British Muslims Think Homosexuality Should Be Illegal

Now again there are many decent Muslims in the west, but these Muslims tend to either be cherry pickers who select only the good parts of their religion and dump the bad bits, or in some cases I think a lot of them haven’t even read their holy book as David Wood has often pointed out.

However the many Muslims who are raised on genuine Islamic beliefs hold very bigoted views towards women and LGBT people and Jews and Atheists. And this is before we get into the rise in Islamic terrorism which has struck nearly every major European city over the past 4 or 5 years from Paris to Barcelona to London.

Islam’s influence needs limited in the west. All Madrassess and Muslim faith schools should be shut down and a limit must be placed on immigration from any Muslim majority country until these issues can be dealt with. Furthermore all of Islam’s flaws need to aired out in the open, and the religion needs criticised as often as other faiths such as Christianity.  Finally the religion also needs reformed by people like Maajid Nawaz, Imam Tahwidi and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Ironically thanks to the likes of Owen Jones who shut down any discussion about Islam, Muslim reformers such as Imam Tahwidi are actually in greater danger as even they are deemed as Islamophobic, and thus their message isn’t able to reach as wide an audience leaving them more vulnerable.

This is not about race, this is about stopping a dangerous and poisonous ideology’s influence from spreading throughout Europe.

Sadly however Owen Jones and others like him have to make it all about race simply because a lot of Muslims have dark skin. This in itself ironically is racist as basically Owen Jones and others like him are not holding dark skinned people to the same high moral standard as white people.

Owen has done all he can to make it impossible for people to talk about the problems with Islamic extremism. From slandering and ruining the reputations of anyone who talks about Islam as a racist like Richard Dawkins, to getting them deplatformed like Douglas Murray, to getting them fired from their job like Katie Hopkins. Jones has also I’ve noticed almost every time there is an Islamic attack managed to shift the discussion away from Islam and onto some kind of manufactured offence against the mainstream media.

After the Orlando massacre, Owen Jones I feel gave a lot of the SJWs an excuse to not talk about what it was that caused the massacre, the Islamic hatred of gays. For the first few hours after the slaughter I noticed a lot of SJW’s I follow like Claudia Boleyn and Paul Cornell being oddly quiet on social media. I think it could have been a turning point for many of them as this was one of the worst terrorist attacks in American history directed solely at a group of people whose rights they claim to fight for. Here for once they couldn’t just sweep it under the rug. They’d have to confront Islamic hatred of LGBT people as dictated by the Quran, but sadly Owen Jones on air tantrums allowed them to side swerve it once again.

Instead all the SJW’s would talk about the next day was “Sky News is so homophobic because it didn’t say LGBT every two seconds and apparently mistreated Owen Jones because of that.”

Similarly after the Manchester bombing, Owen Jones once again diverted attention to Katie Hopkins, and again gave the SJW’s a chance to not talk about the real issue, a religion that commands that all non believers be killed and is inspiring people to do that all over Europe. No the problem is Katie Hopkins tweets of course!

Owen Jones has often compared the hatred towards Muslims in modern society as being comparable to the hatred Jews experienced in Nazi Germany.

I think its disgusting that Owen would try and compare people like Tommy Robinson and Paul Joseph Watson to the Nazis. People like Jones ironically with their obsession with comparing everything to World War 2 (Trump is Hitler, the Muslim ban is like the Holocaust, the EDL are the Fourth Reich etc) are in danger of trivialising the true horror of the Nazis.

The hatred of Jews by the Nazis was widespread, violent, and culminated in an attempted genocide. Its obscene to even attempt to pretend that some bad tweets against Muslims is even remotely comparable.

Furthermore hatred of Jews in Nazi Germany was obviously sanctioned by the government. Laws were brought in against Jewish citizens, police officers wouldn’t charge people who carried out acts of violence against Jews.

In modern European societies there have been some occasions of the authorities actually covering up crimes carried out by Muslims out of fear of looking racist.

Police Cover Up Islamic Hate Crimes

Why Did The Police Cover Up The Abuse Of 1400 Girls

Its Not Only Germany That Covers Up Muslim Sex Attacks

Swedish Police Cover Up Migrant Crime Spree

Can you imagine the Nazis doing all they could to cover up a crime carried out by a Jewish man so as not to appear racist?

The Nazis’ hatred of the Jews was also founded on a racist belief that the Jews were racially inferior, the unter mensch.

Now I’m sure that there are some individual bigots who hate Muslims because a lot of them have brown skin, but certainly the majority of, as well as the most high profile critics of Islam are not racist.

Watch any video by the likes of Paul Joseph Watson, David Wood and Ayaan Hirsi Ali and all of their objections against Islam are to do with the beliefs of Islam, NOT the race of any of its followers.

Ironically Islam as an ideology is comparable to Nazism. Both have a pathological hatred of the Jews, both despise LGBT people, both view dark skinned people as inferior to white people, and both want to impose their own fascist rule on all societies across the world.

With this in mind Owen Jones ironically can only be viewed as a modern day Quisling or Lord Haw Haw. He is betraying everything he claims to support such as free speech, LGBT rights, gender equality, and equality for all based on skin colour by making it virtually impossible to have the discussion that needs to be had about Islam.

Racist, Sexist Hypocrite

Owen Jones like many on the left is not only a racist who I feel refuses to say anything bad against Muslims simply because most of them have dark skin, but he is also happy to generalise all white people and men too.

Want proof? Take a look at this article that Owen wrote about the supposed rape culture in the west.

Not All Men Commit Rape, But All Must Condemn It

In this article Owen argues that all men in the United Kingdom are complicit in the widespread abuse of women due to the culture they live in. Apparently even though we live in a culture where rape is rightfully viewed as one of the worst crimes a man or woman can commit, and where an accusation of rape is enough to ruin a man’s entire life, our culture still somehow tells men that rape is okay?

Yes there are terrible miscarriages of justice in some rape cases, but the same is true for many crimes. Our justice system overall is not perfect.

Still lets play Devils Advocate here and suppose that Owen is right that there is a rape culture in the west.

Okay Owen so if all western men, even those who do not commit crimes are still complicit in it because they are part of a culture that promotes it why does the same not apply to Muslims? Even all of those innocent Muslims? They are part of the same ideology that does say to kill all LGBT people, kill all non believers and that all women are inferior? So using YOUR logic Owen ALL Muslims are complicit even if they don’t take part in the extremists atrocities.

Yet you won’t find Owen ever saying that all Muslims need to take responsibility for the crimes carried out by their religion. In fact quite the opposite

Is Islam the Problem? No

“Look At The Difference In Owen Jones Articles When Its An Islamic Terrorist And A Far Right One

The great irony here is that Owen is judging people for something beyond their control, whilst famous critics of Islam like Tommy Robinson that he regularly derides as bigots are not.

If you are a Muslim then that means you have actually chosen to be one, as Islam is NOT a race or a gender. Its a belief system. Yes okay some people are born into Muslim families, and in a lot of cases are scared to leave the religion out of fear of being killed. Though these people are most certainly not helped by the likes of Jones who shout down anyone willing to talk about the problems of Islam as a racist.

Still in most cases Muslims have chosen to be Muslims and so therefore its not unreasonable to ask them to defend their faith, anymore that it would be to ask a Communist or a Socialist like me to explain why they have chosen to associates themselves with this particular political ideology.

Being a man however is simply how you are born, yet apparently all men are still somehow guilty because of the actions of a few in Owen’s mind?

Of course ironically I have never nor indeed have any of the major critics of Islam like Paul Joseph Watson, Tommy Robinson, Sargon of Akkad, Douglas Murray Sam Harris, and David Wood have ever said that all Muslims are evil or that they are accountable for what the extremists do.

Indeed as I have been over many of these people have worked with and promoted Muslim reformers such as Maajid Nawaz and Imam Tahwidi.

Still Owen dismisses them all as bigots because they apparently tar all Muslims as evil by simply saying that there is a problem with Islam.

So then by his own standards Owen Jones is a bigot too. Not only is he holding people accountable based on how they were born, but he is also tarring an entire group of people based on the actions of a few. Still I suppose because they are white men, then in Owen Jones’ mind that’s okay which makes him a genuine racist.

Worse than that however, Owen Jones has even said that white people are not victims of racism in the United Kingdom.

See here White People Are Not Victims Of Racism In The United Kingdom

Really Owen? So in that case anti semitism doesn’t count as racism? Also what about the unprecedented epidemic of white girls being abused by Muslim men who openly say that they abuse them because they view white women as inferior.

White Women Are Inferior Says Muslim Grooming Gangs

All White Women Are Only Good For One Thing For Me To Fuck Them And Use Them As Trash

Owen Jones for all his talk of socialism and feminism is perfectly happy to throw these young underprivileged girls under the bus by basically denying that they were victims of racism, as hey by his logic they can’t as they are white.

Its very telling that Naz Shah recently retweeted and liked a tweet from an Owen Jones parody account telling white girls who had been abused to shut up for the sake of diversity, thinking it was actually a real tweet of Owen’s.

Naz Shah Shared And Liked Tweet From Parody Account Of Owen Jones Telling Abused Girls To Shut Up For Sake Of Diversity

It amazes me that Owen Jones after this didn’t maybe rethink a few things? Imagine knowing that someone could do a parody of you saying that young girls who have been raped should shut up, and people would actually think it was you!

Personally if that was me I’d definitely reassess my position as a champion of women’s rights and the little guy.

Conclusion

Owen Jones is a bully and a threat to free speech, and is actually helping to stop genuine progress in the United Kingdom. There is a real problem with Islam that needs to be talked about, but the longer it goes unsaid the more not only will innocent people like the victims of the Muslim grooming gangs continue to suffer in silence, but also Muslim reformers will continue to be in danger as they will be left out in cold, and finally there will be a greater chance of a genuine right wing backlash against ALL Muslims.

Finally Owen Jones also seemingly doesn’t care about people as much if their skin is white. He’s happy to demonize a group and hold them all accountable if their skin is white (and their gender male), and he’ll deny that white people are victims of racism in this country even when hordes of young white girls are being sexually assaulted because of the colour of their skin.

With all of this in mind Owen Jones in my opinion can only be viewed as an utter disgrace and a Quisling.

 

 

 

 

 

Top 30 Dan Dare Monsters and Aliens

It was recently announced that Titan Comics will be reviving Dan Dare. Whilst the adventures of the pilot of the future have continued in the magazine Space Ship Away, (which only has a very small circulation) and there was also recently an award winning audio drama based on the character. There sadly hasn’t been a mainstream Dan Dare publication for almost 10 years. Its practically a dead brand, so naturally long terms fans are excited at the prospect of a whole new generation being introduced to the character.

I personally have decided to celebrate by looking at what I feel to be the greatest monsters from all of the various versions of Dan Dare throughout the decades. From the hideous Biogs, to the evil super computer Orak, to the bloodthirsty space Vampires to the evil galactic super criminal Xel to the most famous of all Dan’s adversaries, the green skinned, dome headed super genius The Mekon!

30/ Morag

An ally of Dan Dare, appearing in the last ever issue of the 2000 AD series. Morag is an alien whose planet was conquered by the shape shifting aliens known as the Krulgans. The Krulgans were once great rivals of the Treens (who were the only species that could detect them) but by the 23rd century all of their power and influence appears to have gone, with the killer of Morag’s husband even working for the Mekon of all people.

Morag makes her introduction when she sends her pet Pterodactyl to murder the Krulgan. Scenes like this are why I love the 2000 AD version of Dan Dare so much. They’re just so wild and crazy almost anything can happen. Dan and Sondar have been chasing the Krulgan for the past 3 issues (as it was he who framed them both) and just when you think they’ve caught up to him suddenly out of nowhere a Pterosaur shows up and snaps neck!

Morag though having inadvertently blundered Dan and Sondars chance to prove their innocence nevertheless agrees to help them bring down the Mekon. Sadly however it was at this point that the series came to an end, due to the Eagle reacquiring the rights to Dan Dare.

I think its one of the biggest wastes in all of comic books that we never found more about Morag. An alien woman who looked like Xena the Warrior Princess and had a pet Pterosaur that ate people at the very least sounds like a really, really fun character. Apparently there were even plans to give her her own spin off series after a short run in Dan Dare.

Sadly again nothing came of it, but personally I hope that we some day find out what happened to Dan, Sondar and Morag. It would be brilliant if we saw her in the revived Titan series.

29/ Orak

The main villain from the 50’s classic Rogue Planet. Orak is a gigantic super computer that rules over the Phant race who worship him as a God. Constructed many thousands of years ago, Orak ensures that the Phants and the Crypts are locked in a perpetual war through their food rations, with the Phants food making them more aggressive and the Crypts making them more docile.

Orak obviously doesn’t have much of a personality for Dan to play off of, but still his design is brilliant, one of Hampsons best. Like all of his best monster designs it is powerful and menacing looking, yet at the same time it has an oddly pleasing shape with Hampsons use of striking colours and vivid details making it a fantastic piece of art in its own right.

Orak would later go on to influence characters in both Blake’s 7 and Doctor Who. In the story The Underwater Menace, the false God Amdo is based on Orak, whilst the super computer Orac from Blake’s 7 was obviously based on and named after Orac, though Orac in Blake’s 7 was mostly on the side of the good guys however.

28/ Cosmobes

Cosmobe

The main villains from the late 50’s story The Phantom Fleet. Now the Phantom Fleet is almost universally regarded as the weakest of the original Dan Dare series by fans. Even Frank Hampson himself hated it.

Personally I think its not a bad story, its still if nothing else enjoyable. Still it definitely is flawed and the Cosmobes probably have the most uninspiring design of any of Hampsons aliens. They are just fish men.

However I have to give them some credit for being among the most dangerous aliens Captain Dan ever faced.

They are shown to have a weapon capable of eating metal, which they use to decimate an entire Treen invasion fleet. This could be seen as one of the first examples of the Worf effect in practice with the Treens who are the most iconic of Dan’s enemies being slaughtered en masse just to show how badass the new villains were.

Dan actually doesn’t manage to defeat the Cosmobes. Its only a blunder with their own weapon that causes their own destruction.

Whilst they may not have been in the best story and their design was quite bland, it cannot be denied that few villains gave Dan as much trouble as these guys so I feel they still deserve a place on this list.

These guys would absolutely thrash the Mekon in a fight.

27/ The Mercurians

 Mercury

Appearing in the third Dan Dare story “Marooned on Mercury” these aliens are peaceful but also somewhat placid too. They are easily conquered by the Mekon and the Treens but eventually Dan is able to convince them to overthrow their reptillian oppressors.

A problem with the Mercurians was that they were in some respects too similar to the Therons who had appeared in the original Dan Dare story Voyage to Venus.

The Therons were similarly a race of peaceful creatures who refuse to fight the Treens, until Dan Dare shames them into taking action against the Treens. The idea of Dan helping a peaceful but useless race of aliens to learn how to fight would also resurface in the Rogue Planet with the Phants and the Crypts.

Still despite this the Mercurians were quite an interesting race all around. They had a bizarre design and I liked the way they were only able to communicate with each other via song too.

Also whilst they were just kind of a retread of the Therons, in some ways I actually preferred them. The Mercurians somewhat refreshingly weren’t that fond of humanity either. The Therons were kind of the standard “thank you wise earth men for teaching us your ways” where as the Mercurians never really trusted humanity and they don’t become our allies afterwards either. Its more of a “get off our planet and keep your war with the Mekon away from us in future” type of agreement they have with humanity. Indeed throughout the story we are left to wonder if they are friend or foe, and in the end they only fight back through their own accord when they realise that the Treens will exterminate them completely.

26/ The Silicon Mass

The Silicon Mass is native to Venus. It lives on the Treens side of the planet in a large molten lake. The Silicon Mass is the most dangerous life form on Venus. Even the Treens are terrified of it. It has no weaknesses and devours anything that comes near it, even spaceships!

The Silicon Mass is an absolutely terrifying villain. You’re never sure just how intelligent it is. In some moments it feels like its on the level of an animal hunting and killing for food, whilst in others there are hints that its perhaps on the level of a human being or a Treen the way it is able to outwit its prey.

The Silicon Mass much like the Daleks in Doctor Who is one of the few genuinely alien life forms in all of science fiction in that there is nothing we can really relate to about it.

Its obviously not human, buts not even like any kind of animal either. Its a sentient, gigantic, well mass of living silicon. I don’t know how it even eats it prey it just seems to envelope them and then they’re gone!

Whilst the Silicon Mass was  brilliant creation, ultimately it only ever played a minor role in any of the stories it appeared in. It understandably was a bit limited as it only lived in one lake on Venus.

25/ Princess Myriad

Princess Myriad is a supporting character throughout the “Servant of Evil” story arc in the 2000 AD series.

Myriad is a warrior princess and ruler of the planet Lystria. She and Dan have a very tense relationship at first, but eventually the two grow to respect one another with Dan even declaring that she had more courage than anyone else he ever met.

Myriad for me was quite an interesting character as she was quite an interesting deconstruction of the stereotypical beautiful female alien in Science Fiction.

In shows like Star Trek we are often introduced to a female warrior alien who is alien looking in that she might have green skin or even have a bumpy forehead or something like that, but otherwise she will still presented in a way that’s designed to be appealing to the male audience. Not that there is anything wrong with that of course.

Still what I thought was quite interesting about Myriad was that on paper she sounded like the stereotypical savage alien babe that the earth man eventually “civilises” through this strange earth thing called love.

However in Lydia’s case they thankfully don’t go down that route.

To start with they actually make her quite hideous looking. She has a long thin face with no nose, a tiny little blow hole for a mouth, and big black eyes.

Also she and Dan have a totally platonic relationship throughout. Though they clash at first, eventually the two come to have nothing but the utmost respect for one another based on the sacrifices both are prepared to make in order to bring down the Mekon.

Its just such a shame that we didn’t get to see more of Lydia as sadly the strip ended not long after her introduction and thus her story arc was left unresolved.

Personally I would love to see her return as an ally in the new Titans series.

24/ Elektrobots/Selektrobots

elekrobot

From the 50’s classic The Reign of the Robots. These robots were created by the Mekon and used by him to conquer the earth (and Venus) in Dan Dare’s ten year absence from the Solar System.

Reign of the Robots is one of my absolute all time favourite Dan Dare stories, and the Elektro/Selektrobots are a big part of that. They help to make the Mekon and the Treens seem even more menacing than usual. At certain points you honestly feel like there is no way can Dan can win against the robots. Here Dan isn’t just fighting lizard men, or fish men, but huge mountains of flying steel!

I also love their designs as well. Their design can almost be seen as a precursor to many of the robotic monsters in Doctor Who including even the Daleks and the Cybermen themselves.

The Selektrobots have the same basic pepperpot shape as the Daleks, with a similar round base, dome shaped head, and long mechanical grip hands.

There are also elements of the Cybermen’s basic design in the Elektrobots look too, whilst they are almost identical in design to these white robots that appear in the classic Patrick Troughton story, The Mind Robber.

Overall Elektro/Selektrobots are the original classic British robots and its a shame that the Mekon didn’t use them more often.

23/ The Dark Lord

The main villain for most of the 2000 AD series. The Dark Lord was the leader of the Starslayer Empire which covered most of the region of the Lost Worlds Galaxy. In some ways he was quite a flat character. He was just a kind of generic evil space emperor. Even his name was a cliche.

Still I did love the Starslayer empire. It was actually the most ambitious story in probably any Dan Dare series. Normally it would be a big deal for Dan to rescue a planet from under the rule of an alien like the earth from The Mekon in Reign of the Robots, but here Dan would have to try and save an entire galaxy.

What was really interesting about The Dark Lord story arc was that the evil aliens looked mostly human whilst the aliens they were persecuting looked monstrous.

Its true that in most sci fi the sympathetic aliens are made to resemble us. The Doctor, Spock, Dan Dare’s own Therons etc whilst the aliens who are more unsympathetic like the Daleks, the Cybermen, Jabba the Hut and The Mekon are obviously more inhuman. Even the Klingons are later give a more monstrous look than say the sympathetic Vulcans.

However once again Dan Dare is able to turn quite an old Sci Fi cliche on its head by making the evil, frightening, alien resemble us in almost every way. The only difference between us and the Dark Lord physically is that his skin is green. Among the aliens he has conquered however and who Dan mus risk his life for are hideous Insectoid aliens.

Overall whilst he wasn’t the most deep villain the Dark Lord did make an effective nemesis for Dare and once again allowed Dan Dare to flip an old Sci Fi trope on its head.

22/ The Phants

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Though they only appeared in The Man From Nowhere trilogy, these aliens are undoubtedly among the most iconic of all Dan Dare’s enemies.

The Phants would wage war on the hapless Crypts for sport every few centuries. They would drive them to near extinction after which the few surviving Crypts would escape and go into hibernation for years before returning to their ruined planet to rebuild, only for the vicious cycle to begin all over again when the Crypts would return to invade them.

It is later revealed that the Phants and the Crypts were both influenced by their food supplies, with the Crypts food making them aggressive and violent and the Phants making them placid and harmless.

Its quite an interesting twist that The Phants who seem like the most formidable monsters are really nothing more than mere pawns themselves of the great super computer Orak.

In terms of design they are reasonably interesting. They have a strange mixture of reptillian and mammalian characteristics. Their skin is scaly like a lizards, but at the same time their faces are long and somewhat deer like. They’re almost like some strange creature from Greek mythology the way they are a mix of different creatures and

However it is really the quality of their single appearance in the original Dan Dare series that scores them a place on this list. Sometimes you can get great monsters who were wasted in crap stories, and other times you can get what are fairly bland monsters that happen to be in terrific story.

I wouldn’t say the Phants are bland, but again its really the quality of their story that I think has made them endure as one of the all time most famous monsters from the Dan Dare franchise.

21/ Krulgans

Introduced near the end of the 2000 AD series, the Krulgans are a race of hairy war like creatures who once held a huge influence in the galaxy, though it appears to have vanished by the 23rd century. They also have the power to shapeshift.

The Krulgans are the sworn enemies of the Treens as the Treens were always able to smell them regardless of whatever form they were in.

It is hinted that the Treens won their centuries long conflict and destroyed their empire as one Krulgan is shown to be a servant of the Mekon.

Sadly as the Krulgans only appeared near the end of the 2000 AD series we didn’t really learn much about them and they have never been featured in any of the other Dan Dare reboots over the years.

I think this was a real shame as the Krulgans had real potential. The idea of giving the Treens a rival race is inspired.

I’ve always loved rivalries between alien species whether that’s the Rutans vs the Sontarans, the Narn vs the Centauri, the Klingons vs the Cardassians, or the Daleks vs the Movellans, there is always a lot of scope for some great stories in there.

You can explore what begun the conflict, show the desperation both species are willing to go to to escape the centuries long war, see how third parties might attempt want to take control of the situation for their own benefit (like the Shadows aiding the Centauri against the Narn) or you can even have our heroes be forced to take the side of one warring race not because they are any less evil, just less dangerous, like the Doctor working alongside the Movellans against the Daleks. Finally you can also have one race triumph over the other for a short while like when we saw the Narn get conquered by the Centauri in Babylon 5 or the Movellans be almost brought to the very brink of extinction by the Daleks.

I always loved these types of stories because it was fascinating watching two races start out as equals only for one to fall so miserably. This seemed to be the direction they were going in with the Krulgans as again the only one we see is the Mekons slave.

On top of their potentially fascinating conflict with the Treens, the Krulgans shapeshifting abilities also opens up a lot of interesting story potential. Unlike Dan’s other enemies there was obviously a real sense of paranoia. Its also worth mentioning that the single Krulgan Dan encountered was able to m

I can’t believe that nobody has ever returned to the Krulgans in all the various Dan Dare revivals over the years. Here’s hoping that Titan think of something cool to do with them in their up coming reboot.

20/ Spiders (The Web of Fear)

Now The Web of Fear is often regarded as one of the all time worst Dan Dare stories of the 60’s (though it did inspire a Doctor Who story of the same name many years later.)

Still the Spiders I thought helped to elevate the story somewhat. Their backstory is barely fleshed out, but they were quite an interesting idea, and the artwork from Keith Watson also helps this story to be more enjoyable than its reputation would suggest. The story is in black and white as many early 60’s stories were. I think a lot of the 60’s stories tend to be looked down upon because they are in black and white, and Dan Dare obviously had become famous in the 50’s for its bright and exuberant colours, so understandably many felt this was a step backwards.

Still for this story I think it worked as it helped to generate a suitably spooky atmosphere with the monsters creeping in the dark, which obviously wouldn’t have worked in a 50’s strip.

The Spiders originate from an asteroid that travels through space. They survive by invading other planets, wiping out the native life forms and taking all they can from them.

In a way the Spiders are a retread of the main villains from the second Dan Dare story “The Red Moon Mystery” but still I think they were quite interesting visually and I particularly liked the way their webs were able to ensnare their victims in space. This is an idea that the Doctor Who story of the same name would later utilise when the Great Intelligence traps the TARDIS in a web in space.

The Spiders are also shown to have telepathic abilities which allow them to control people. Though sadly they didn’t really do much with this power in the story itself I do think it was a great twist that the Spiders seemingly had an almost human like intelligence when we initially they appeared to be nothing more than animals.

The Web of Fear is nowhere near as bad as its made out to be. Whilst I still wouldn’t call it a classic it does have a lot of interesting ideas and the Spiders are great antagonists.

19/ Monday 

Dan’s main ally in taking down the Biogs in the first 2000 AD story. Monday belongs to the 5th generation of humans who have settled on Mars. As a result of this his body has been altered somewhat to survive on the surface of the planet.

Monday was a brilliant character. With a striking design and likable personality, Monday made the perfect ally for Dan Dare. He is presented as being a strong, charismatic leader who will stop at nothing to protect his crew. He can be ruthless, yet is also fair, and though he distrusts Dan at first, eventually the two come to respect each other with Monday later sacrificing himself to save Dan and the rest of the earth.

Mondays death is one of the most moving moments in all of Dan Dare. The cover of his face staring into the sun mere minutes away from death is a truly striking and memorable image.

Whilst Monday’s sacrifice is perfect, at the same time I do think it was a real waste that the authors killed him off. Personally I’ve always thought that Monday, Rok and Doctor Ziggy Rodan would have been better supporting characters for Dan than those he had throughout most of the 2000 AD years, Bear, Gun etc.

18/ The Two of Verath

An enemy of the 2000 AD version of Dan Dare, the Two of Verath was originally two criminals who despised one another, who were subsequently fused together as a punishment.

The Two was an inspired concept. Two sworn enemies forced to spend eternity together, both as different as night and day, with one of the two being a violent savage, and the other being a twisted mad scientist. Despite their animosity however the Two have to rank among Dan’s most dangerous enemies. They commanded an entire planet made up of the worst criminals in the entire Galaxy, and very nearly managed to slay the Mekon too, after the latter had tricked them.

The Two was a brilliant foil for the Mekon. I liked the way that the more intelligent member of the Two is ironically the one who falls for the Mekons trick.

At the same time however I like the way that the Mekon in turn greatly underestimates the Two. The Mekon assumes that as the Two’s minions are criminals, murderers, the absolute worst the universe has to offer, that they will have no real loyalty to the Two and will gladly serve him. However he gets a nasty surprise when the Two return in alliance with Dan Dare and the Mekon discovers that actually all of the criminals are genuinely loyal to the Two after all.

The Mekon discovers much too late that there is honour among thieves after all.

Its sad that the Two like many of the 2000AD characters has been overlooked. Personally I’d love to see him pop up as a sidekick of the Mekon and recurring enemy in his own right in the new Titan series.

17/ The Therons

Arch rivals of the evil Treens. The Therons originate from Venus and are human in appearance. They all have brown skin, and blonde hair.

The Therons are a completely peaceful race, though despite this they were inadvertently responsible for the ascension of the Treens. They evolved on the other side of Venus to the Treens, with the two sections of the planet being separated by a natural flame belt.

The Therons evolved from mammalian like life forms, whilst the Treens evolved from reptiles and Dinosaur like creatures. The Therons built a highly advanced society, whilst the Treens were initially nothing more than savage war like monsters. The Therons would later find a way to cross the flame belt where they attempted to civilise the Treens and help them by supplying the reptile men with pieces of advanced technology.

The Treens played along at first and pretended to be grateful to the Therons, convincing their neighbours that they had honestly changed. Sadly however the Treens would later after mastering the technology granted to them by the Therons, attempt to conquer them and succeed in conquering humanity. Though the Therons managed to drive the Treens off of the Earth, Atlantis, the greatest city on earth was destroyed in the result setting humanity back by thousands of years.

The Therons vowed to never interfere in the affairs of other life forms ever again, but many thousands of years later when the Treens attempt to conquer the earth a second time, Dan is forces the Therons to help him. Following this the Therons would go on to be frequent allies of Space Fleet against the Mekon and other threats such as the Red Moon.

The Therons might seem a bit blander than some of the more colourful monsters in other Dan Dare stories, but they have a very interesting history and made great counterparts to the Treens.

It was a wonderful irony that they had actually created arguably the most dangerous creatures in the entire universe, and it was also I feel quite a nice metaphor perhaps unintentionally for when larger countries attempt to go in and fix the problems of smaller countries, but end up just making everything worse.

The Therons would also go on to influence the Thals in Doctor Who, with the Thals and the Daleks having a similar dynamic to the the Treens and the Therons.

The Therons I feel are often left out of further versions of Dan Dare because they are seen as excessive baggage, but personally I always felt that they helped to flesh Venus and the Treens out more.

16/ Nimbus Aliens

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The main villains from Project Nimbus, probably the best of the Frank Bellamy stories. These aliens are Ant men who originate from another galaxy and seek to conquer our solar system.

Their characters are paper thin, and their motive is very unoriginal. In fact they are so under developed, they aren’t even given names!

Still they score so highly on this list because of their spectacular design. Whilst the stories Bellamy worked on are not that highly regarded most critics and fans I think would agree that at his best, his artwork could rival even that of Frank Hampson, and the Ant Men certainly represent some of his best work.

I think they might have worked better as mechanical creatures. We’ve had a few insect or bug aliens in Dan Dare already, and I think they would have been more interesting if it had been left open as to whether or not they were wholly organic or at least part machine as what’s great about their design is that it looks like it could be a robot or an organic life form.

15/ The Atlantines

The Atlantines were the third intelligent race on Venus. The are not native to the planet however. Originally they came from the most advanced society on earth, Atlantis, but the Treens invaded and conquered their city.

Though the Therons did manage to drive the reptillian monsters away from the planet, unfortunately the Atlantines came to view all aliens as hostile and attempted to destroy them. In doing so they set off a Treen weapon left behind which eventually destroyed the entire surface of Atlantis.

The only Atlantine survivors were those the Treens had brought back to Venus who they would keep as their slaves along with their descendants. The Treens would perform horrific experiments on the Atlantines which caused them to develop a number of physical differences to regular humans such as blue skin, and a large bumpy forehead.

The Atlantines are eventually freed from the rule of the Treens by Dan and the earth men, and later become allies of the earth and the Therons.

The Atlantine’s are often jettisoned much like the Therons from future adaptations. Personally though once again I thought they were a brilliant idea.

They really showed us just how cruel the way the Treens and the Mekon were. It was through their cruel treatment of the Atlantines that Frank Hampson was able to make the Treens into the perfect metaphors for both the Nazis and the South African Apartheid regime.

There was also a certain tragic irony to the Atlantines. They had once been part of the greatest civilisation on earth, but thanks to the Treens when Dan first sees them, they are practically on the level of cavemen. They are violent, seemingly barely above animals, wield clubs, and they all live huddled by a fire in deep dark caves. Its a brilliant twist that I would have never seen coming that these people were once the most advanced on earth.

14/ Rok

Dan’s sidekick from the early 2000 AD series. Rok is a wolf like alien and a life long fan of Dan Dare who joins him on a mission to find the true mastermind behind the Biog invasion (which is later revealed to be the Mekon.)

Though he has some grissly habits like eating his enemies, what I think made Rok quite interesting was that despite his fearsome appearance he was actually one of the sweetest, nicest and friendliest characters.

Indeed he’s far more sympathetic than the overwhelming majority of Dan’s human allies. Its just a shame that they didn’t use him more often.

13/ Living Axe

A minor villain, but still a fan favourite nonetheless. The Living Axe is great because its just such a crazy idea. Its almost comical at first the way Dan’s axe grows a face and then tries to eat him!

However the fantastic artwork from Massimo Belardinelli actually helps to give the Axe a somewhat frightening and disturbing aspect. The creature looks absolutely disgusting with its thick, bulging vains wrapping themselves around the steel, its a truly bizarre mix of flesh and machine.

The Living Axe I think demonstrated what the 2000 AD series did well in that it was able to bring the most over the top ideas, even more so than the original series to life in a way that could still be quite effective.

12/ Solan

A Star Dweller and the main antagonist from 1978 Dan Dare Annual. Solan had a truly spectacular design. Like a weird cross between a Gargoyle and a Treen. Solan was one of the most powerful and dangerous creatures that Dan ever came across.

Solan has incredible mental powers, So much that he is able to build an entire city as well as several creatures and monsters such as the fearsome Scarag. Throughout the adventure Solan works alongside an evil human criminal named Mytax who wants revenge against humanity. The ending of the story sees Solan’s father arrive where it is revealed that Solan is in fact a child.

The ending is lifted straight from the Charlie X episode of Star Trek the original series, and its nowhere near as effective as it either, though the image of the gigantic Star Dwellers flying into space is absolutely striking. Despite the unoriginality of the conclusion to the story I still think that Solan was a great villain who again would have lots of potential in a future Dare series. A god like alien with an unusual friendship with one of the Earth’s worst criminals, who can conjor creatures with his mind, and who looks like a green Angel!

11/ Sondar

The most recurring character in the entire Dan Dare franchise after Dan and the Mekon themselves. Sondar has appeared in almost every iteration of Dan Dare.

Sondar is a Treen who stops suppressing his emotions after a near fatal encounter with the Silicon Mass which causes him to experience fear for the first time.

After this Sondar begins to question the Mekon’s orders and later helps Dan to bring down his regime. Sondar would later go on to aid Dan in future battles against the Mekon and other threats.

Sondar would be the only major supporting character from the 50’s, aside from Digby and the Mekon to appear throughout the 1960’s. He would also be the only character from the original series other than the Mekon and Dan himself to appear in the 70s series where it was revealed that he had somehow managed to survive for over 200 years. Sadly however the strip was cancelled before we could find out exactly how Sondar had survived or indeed how he and Dan hoped to bring down the Mekon who had framed them.

Sondar was a great character who in many ways was quite ahead of his time. The idea of having a more cold, logical, alien member of the crew that didn’t understand human emotions would obviously be something that would be replicated in many subsequent sci fi series, such as most notably Spock in Star Trek.

The idea of an alien from a malevolent race overcoming their naturally ruthless nature and then being rejected by its own kind as a freak is also something we have seen pop up across various other classic sci fi series such as Rusty the Dalek and Strax the Sontaran from Doctor Who or 7 of 9 from Star Trek.

I also felt that Sondar helped to make the series less black and white from the beginning as it showed us that unlike say the Daleks that the Treens weren’t all naturally evil. Most of them had simply been raised on evil beliefs, and if exposed to new ideas they could change.

This of course just made the Mekon all the more twisted at the same time as it showed how he chose to be the way he was after all.

10/ Carnivorous Sand

Sadly I can’t find a picture of this character online so I’ll just post a real sand storm.

Yes you read that right. In an issue of the 2000 AD series Dan goes to investigate what happened to an earth colony on an uninhabited planet that completely vanished.

He discovers that the sand on the planet is alive, and that it eats flesh! Many of Dan’s own team are stripped to the bone by the carnivorous sandstorms, but Dan is ultimately able to escape the planet by using his ship to affect the atmosphere of the planet to the point where it rains which destroys the sand.

What makes the flesh eating Sand so scary is that unlike the Mekon or Xel its obviously not something that you can fight. Its literally a force of nature and once its cornered you, you’re gone. Its a truly frightening moment when Dan realises that basically what he is standing on and everything around him is a predator.

The images of the monster ripping its victims flesh from their bones and eating it in front of them are without doubt among the most gruesome and horrific in the entire 2000 AD series.

One notable thing about this monster was that it inspired a later episode of Blake’s 7 by acclaimed sci fi and fantasy author Tanith Lee called Sand. Sand has almost the exact same premise as this story, involving members of a colony vanishing on a seemingly uninhabited world only for our heroes to discover that it is because the sand on the planet is alive and has eaten the colonists. Avon even escapes the Sand monster using the same trick as Dan of making it rain.

9/ Moebius

The main monster from The Last of the Golden Ones trilogy. This is one of my absolute all time favourite Dan Dare stories. It marks the end of the Lost Worlds story arc and sees the death of all of the 70’s era supporting characters. Though I never cared much for characters like Bear it still was shocking to see them die so suddenly and pointlessly. In a way it kind of reminds me of the ending of Blake’s 7.

Its an even greater irony that the alien that causes their deaths Moebius is actually not even remotely evil. Moebius once belonged to a race of aliens called the Golden Ones who wanted to explore the universe. The crew however were all killed by a space plague, but Moebius who was the last of them to die, was able to download his mind into the ships computer where he would continue to pilot the vessel, exploring the universe on his own for centuries.

Unfortunately the ship soon began to take on a mind of its own and began to conquer and destroy other worlds, and snatch spaceships .

Moebius’ mind was unable to overrun the ships, and there was no crew left to fix it.

The ship ends up snatching Dan’s space craft. There Dan and his men are forced to deal with the descendants of the others who have been captured, and who have since degenerated into brutal savages.

They build up the true mastermind behind the vessel to the point where you think its going to be the ultimate monster Dan has ever faced, and then in a brilliant twist it turns out to be the good guy who has brought Dan here so that he can help him destroy the vessel. Sadly whilst Dan is successful, none of his men are able to escape the ship in time, whilst Dan himself barely manages to escape and is left drifting, near death alone in space until he is discovered by the Mekon (poor guy can’t catch a break.)

Again its a brilliant irony that the one alien that was finally able to bring down Dan’s crew after all they had been through and arguably come closest to killing Dan himself was one of the most benevolent they ever faced who simply wanted them to help him save countless other worlds.

8/ Signa

Again sadly I couldn’t find an actual picture of this character online so this will have to do.

From the 2000AD series, Signa is a gigantic squid over several thousand feet long. It comes from a race who lived in the vaccum of space who were believed to be nothing more than a legend by the people of earth.

Though possessing great power, Signa led a terribly lonely life. Later when he became marooned on an Ice planet, Signa goes to great lengths to lure Dan and his team down to where he is trapped simply so that he can finally have some company before he dies.

Its quite a good twist that Signa despite being one of the most powerful and dangerous of all Dan’s enemies is actually the most pitiful and helpless.

You can’t help but feel a bit sorry for him, as ultimately all he wants is just for there to be someone there by his side when he finally dies having never had anyone who ever even remotely cared for him throughout his entire life.

Of course your sympathy can only go too far as Signa is more than prepared to sacrifice Dan and his team in order to simply make his last moments tolerable as when he dies, they die.

Still Signa is arguably the most tragic character in the entire history of Dan Dare.

7/ Dan Dare’s Eagles

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From the 1980’s series. Dan Dare’s Eagles were a team of aliens and mutants whose job was to help him track down the Mekon and deal with other threats across the galaxy.

They consisted of communications officer Velvet O’Neil who though appearing human, was later revealed to be half alien, specifically a Scouran, she had the ability to change shape every seven years (and would appear in 3 different forms throughout the series.) Tremloc a mutant Treen with blue skin and a former criminal. Apsilon Stelth an ex Paladin Knight, and Bounty Hunter who is dying of a terminal disease, and finally the only human member of the crew Andy Zapper Lawrence who had been flung forward in time from the 20th century.

The team were something of a mix of Dan’s allies and team mates from both the 50’s series and the 2000 AD series. Scouran obviously was something of an expy for Professor Peabody, whilst Zapper was in turn an expy for Flamer, Dan’s teenage sidekick from the 50’s, and finally Tremloc bares many obvious similarities to Sondar.

At the same time however Tremlocs criminal past, and Apsilon’s status as a bounty hunter obviously owes more to Dan’s allies like Bear from the 2000 AD series who were similarly criminals and murderers.

Whilst not the most original idea, I still really enjoyed the team. They were great allies for Dare as they were a much more varied lot compared to his previous teams. In the 50’s all of Dan’s allies had been fine upstanding members of society, whilst in the 70’s they were all criminals, but among the Eagles we had a hardened, brutal criminal, an enthusiastic young computer genius, a half human/ half alien who had never really fitted in anywhere and finally someone at the end of their life, desperate for one last thrill.

They were a very unlikely group to put together to say the least and that’s why in some ways for me at least they were Dan’s most interesting group of allies.

6/ Xel

Dan’s archenemy in the 1960’s. Xel was a criminal from another galaxy who was accidentally brought to our solar system by Dan himself when Xel stowed away on board his space ship. Xel would go on to become Dan’s main recurring adversary throughout the 60’s apart from the Mekon himself.

Xel was a very different type of enemy to the Mekon. Where as the Mekon was a cerebral character who relied solely on his brains, and was (most of the time at least) a more logical and cold villains, Xel was a savage, brutish, war like character who relied more on his sheer strength and power.

Thus Xel could be a more direct foe to Dan, and actually take him on in one on one fights unlike the Mekon who always had to work through his enemies.

Another great thing about Xel was that Dan was completely responsible for the havoc he wreaked on our solar system, as he brought him here.

Whilst Xel to this day remains one of the most iconic and beloved Dan Dare villains, sadly except for a tiny cameo in the 2000 AD series, Xel has not appeared in any of the mainstream Dan Dare revivals.

Here’s hoping he turns up in the Titans Comics series.

5/ The Biogs

The first villains the 2000 AD version of Dan Dare ever faced. The Biogs are hideous race of mutants whose technology is grown from living tissue. They travel the universe searching for other organic life forms that they can convert into their fuel. In a way they are kind of like an organic version of the Cybermen or the Borg the way they assimilate other races into their own.

The Biogs whilst a fascinating idea only score so highly on this list because of their absolutely spectacular design by Massimo Belardinilli. The Biogs are just a mass of flesh, slime and tentacles desperate to consume everything near to them.

The Biogs definitely helped to establish the 2000 AD version of Dan Dare as being a much darker and in some ways more frightening take on Dan Dare than anything that had come before.

4/ Vampires

From the Lost Worlds story arc. The Vampires are a race of bloodsucking monsters who lure Dan and his men down to their planet (which only has one continent shaped like a heart.)

They pretend to be a friendly and peaceful people at first, but later Dan discovers the awful truth when two of his mean are lured away and killed by having their hearts torn out!

From the start I knew the aliens were really evil, simply because if they weren’t then there wouldn’t be any story, but I honestly would never have guessed that they were Vampires. Its a fantastic and absolutely terrifying twist when Dan finds out what they are and realises that all of his men are trapped unarmed and helpless with the Vampires ready to tear them to shreds.

The artwork for the creatures when they suddenly morph into red skinned, fanged, bestial monsters is fantastic, in fact I’d say that its Dave Gibbons, who drew most of the 2000 AD stories’ best work on the series.

To me the Vampires are without doubt the most frightening monsters in the entire Dan Dare franchise.

3/ The Red Moon Aliens

From the second ever Dan Dare story. The Red Moon Aliens are gigantic insect like creatures who have destroyed countless worlds across the universe simply to survive.

Originally their planet began to drift away from their sun and the beasts were forced to live underground in order to survive. They soon degenerated into hideous beasts who were forced to raid other planets in order to gain the food and resources from them. The creatures would first conquer the native life forms, take whatever they could from them, and then when they were of no further use, completely and utterly destroy them before moving on again.

By far and away one of the most interesting concepts in all of Dan Dare. Though their design isn’t anything particularly special. Its not bad, but it is just kind of a generic big bug. Its the idea behind them that’s so fascinating that on the one hand they are utter monsters, having destroyed billions of worlds across the universe, yet on the other they are also victims themselves having only ended up the way they are because of the tragic circumstances that befell them.

Also I love the way that there’s no easy way out for Dan when facing these aliens. Even when he has diverted them away from earth he still decides to wipe their species out as ultimately he realises that he can’t let them go back into the universe as they will continue to destroy billions more worlds.

Thus in order to save countless lives Dan is forced to carry out genocide.

The aliens recently appeared in the award winning Big Finish audio Dan Dare series. This version gave the monsters a Queen figure that Dan could play off of. Sadly however whilst the adaptation of the Red Moon Mystery was excellent in the end it simply had Dan imprison the monsters rather than wipe them out which I think took away from how dangerous they were in the original story.

Before these monsters felt so unstoppable that Dan of all people was forced to do something utterly heinous to stop them, but here sadly it seems the writers just took the easy way out and had Dan stop them in a way that kept his hands clean.

Still overall both the audio adaptation and the original story are absolute classics. Its worth noting that the Red Moon Aliens were a big influence on the Cybermen from Doctor Who. Kit Pedler, the co-creator of the Cybermen was admittadly a huge fan of Dan Dare, and the Cybermen’s origins are very similar to the Red Moon Aliens.

The Cybermen were originally organic humanoid life forms from Earth’s Twin Planet Mondas. When Mondas drifted away from our solar system however, the Mondasians in order to survive slowly replaced all of their organic components with machine parts until they became the Cybermen. The Cybermen would then in order to survive invade other planets and Cyber convert other races into members of their own kind.

The Cybermen’s first story The Tenth Planet was in turn very heavily inspired by the Red Moon Mystery too.

2/ The Treens 

The main alien race of the Dan Dare franchise. The Treens have appeared in every single version of Dan Dare to date.

The Treens originate from Venus. They evolved from reptiles and were originally a primitive and war like race, but when their neighbours, the peaceful and advanced Therons visited them, the Treens were able to steal their technology and become a highly advanced race in their own right.

The Treens would later suppress their emotions and become a totally ruthless race of conquerors desperate to subjugate all other life forms in the Galaxy.

The Treens would even succeed in conquering the earth a few times too.

Despite their status as the main villains of Dan Dare however, not all Treens were shown to be evil. Sondar was one of Dan’s closest allies, and many of the other Treens were only shown to serve their vile leader, the Mekon under duress.

The Treens are among the most important aliens in all of sci fi. Really I’d argue that they were second only to the Martians from H.G Wells War of The Worlds.

Whilst Wells’ Martians laid down the template for the classic alien invaders, the Treens marked the first time we really saw a fully fleshed out evil alien culture and society. Before the Treens most, though not all invading aliens were simply monsters, whilst with the Treens we saw how their society worked, their full history, and were taken deep into how their twisted minds worked. They also marked one of the first instances of aliens being based on the Nazis too. Frank Hampson openly admitted to this and following the Treens we would obviously see many more examples of aliens and monsters being based on the Third Reich too such as the Daleks from Doctor Who and the Empire from Star Wars.

Whilst the Treens may be overlooked by modern audiences personally I’d say they were every bit as well realised as many other classic alien races in big sci fi franchises such as the Klingons and the Cybermen.

1/ The Mekon

Well who else would it be? The Mekon is the leader of the Treens and Dan Dares archenemy.

The Mekon has entered into popular culture in a way few other villains have. With his popularity at times even exceeding that of Dan Dare himself.

The Mekon was created by the Treens to lead them. There have in fact been several Mekons created through the centuries, but the latest is the only one we ever see.

The Mekon like the rest of the Treens is said to be utterly emotionless, but over the decades he develops a very personal hatred of Dan Dare to the point where he sometimes is even willing to sabotage his own plans just to make Dan pay.

The Mekon has appeared in every single version of Dan Dare to date with it being conformed that he will be appearing in the Titan comics version. Ironically his characterisation has remained far more consistent than even Dan’s himself over the decades.

An enormously influential character (with Davros from Doctor Who having been inspired both visually and in terms of characterisation by the Mekon.) The Mekon is not only the greatest Dan Dare villain, but one of the greatest sci fi and comic book villains of all time too.

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