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The New Time Lady: Observations on a Legacy

Jodie Whittaker is The Doctor

July 16th, 2017 proved a momentous day for Whovians the world over. Not only were we introduced to the thirteenth Doctor, but it was the day we learned that everyone’s favorite Time Lord had, indeed, become a Time Lady. However, amidst the shock and excitement, Jodie Whittaker’s reveal prompted the posting of countless posts and videos with content ranging from rude to outright sexist. This post is for those fans as well as any fans who find themselves concerned with what a female lead could do to the show.

It pays to remember that sci-fi has a long and proud history of challenging social norms in ways that, plainly, would not work in other genres. Be it with diversity in the casting of lead roles, (Uhura and Sulu, Star Trek) or broader commentary on society in general as explored in Orwell’s 1984. As one of the BBC’s longest-running shows Dr. Who is no different.

Although, even some hardcore Whovians may be surprised to learn that Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, and others, dreamt up the BBC classic as a purely educational program. The Doctor would use his phone box time machine to travel through the past and teach young viewers about history. This idea got scrapped after the show aired in 1963 in favor of a science fiction adventure. However, Dr. Who has never abandoned its educational mission.

Classic Who, (1963-1989), is beloved by many for its campy nature. But, hidden beneath the comically simple props and delightfully over the top characters, are some rather weighty truths concerning human nature, equality and the importance of not taking oneself so seriously. It is within Classic Who that we also meet the show’s first Time Lady. Susan. The Doctor’s granddaughter. She traveled with him regularly from episode one (An Unearthly Child) until she was left in the 22nd century at the denouement of The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964). Susan paved the way for many more Time Ladies within the original series and set a precedent for their roles in the reboot.

Susan Foreman: The Original Time Lady

The 2005 reboot introduced legions of would-be fans to the Whoverse turning the beloved British institution into a worldwide phenomenon. With this new audience came, better graphics, more laughably absurd villains, and a renewed willingness to confront the issues of today. Doctor’s nine through twelve carried on a long tradition of boldness, when they championed the sanctity of all life, regardless of race, creed or culture. Why? Because that is what doctors do, they educate, and they heal.

Anyone who chooses to regard Ms. Whittaker’s casting as little more than ‘bending the knee’ to feminism betrays their ignorance regarding the show. Setting aside the fact that The Doctor is a fictional character and that the transition to a female Doctor has been in the works since Tennant, I assert that Thirteen is a woman because she needs to be. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past several decades, or more recently 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, you will have noticed the rising tide of people who refuse to remain marginalized. A show as beloved as Dr. Who has the responsibility to take a stand on the issues and let the world know: ‘We hear you; you are not alone.’ Don’t like that? Well, don’t let the T.A.R.D.I.S. door hit you on the way out.

To the fans who worry Thirteen will become a license for clique and misandry, I encourage you to be like the Doctor and choose hope. Give the new kids a chance. Adjusting to both a new lead and a new producer, (Chris Chibnall), is undoubtedly a tall order. However, if we can withstand the mistreated characters, convoluted plot lines, and abandoned story arcs hurled at us during Moffet’s reign of terror, we can survive anything.

Moreover, Chibnall and the BBC announced plans, back in November of 2016, to bring in all new writers. The goal is clear, a new show with a strong revival of the Tennant era format.[i] Season eleven is a fresh start, not abandonment. If you are someone who prefers more concrete evidence, take a stroll through the plethora of praise and well wishes offered to Chibnall and Whittaker by Dr. Who alums. Or better yet, rewatch reaction videos from reveal day. The sheer joy is contagious.

And while she will likely never see it, I would like to decorate the closing of this piece to Ms. Whittaker herself. Thank you for choosing to take up the mantle and guide the show into a new era. Whether you realize it or not, you are already fulfilling your role by offering us something we desperately need. Hope. Hope that our show can return to its roots; but most of all, hope that one day the adage ‘you can be anything you want to be’ will ring true for us all.

Allons-y!

Bethany Killian

[i] http://www.gallifreyannewsroom.com/?p=4723

Haven Editorial – Regncon 2017

Bergen is a great town at the west coast of Norway, with lovely people and some cozy conventions, such as Regncon 2017. Which on its own is a very fitting pun for a convention taking place is a very wet country. The convention takes place during autumn and host a slew of wholesome geek activities. Its the one place to go in order to try out odd board games. Since people bring a bulk of them, which can be lent then and there.
Table top RPG’s, my personal favorite. Essentially a game master cook up a scenario in a setting, then people sign up to partake in that story.

I had one hell of a time playing Paranoia, a fantastic game about conspiracy, secret organizations and clones gone wrong. 

Now I should also mention the various card games such as Yu-Gi-Oh! Pokemon, Cardfight Vanguard and many others. Including a Norwegian favorite  Magic The Gathering. Often followed by a tournament of said game. It’s a good place to find players. Daniel (Rose) found someone to play Yu-Gi-Oh with, a rarity in Norway.


I did also held a chill and impartial cosplay competition. Due to few costumed people actually showing up, I just gave them prices accordingly to my specifications. Which weren’t three handcrafted Necronomicon’s.

There was also very nice workshop for learning how to paint table top figurines, held by an organist which specialize in miniature gaming. Which was also a wholesome activity to participate in. 

Regncon also invested in beads. Those hollow plastic cylinders you put on top of a spiked board. Then fuse then together with an hot clothing iron.

Someone even brought a button making machine. It’s a fascinating contraption to behold.

At least two video game completions where held as well. One revolved around Tekken, that combo heavy fighting game with quirky characters, beating the snot out of each other.

Same holds true for the more fast and fluid brawler Smash Bros.

Personal thoughts from Daniel, I enjoyed the convention. I won a bag of Smash a Norwegian chocolate in a smash brothers tournament. Because why the fudge not, the old Yugi player I played against is a old friend, he ran glad beasts and my Blue-Eyes feasted upon him and his soul and it was absolutely a wonderful time in competitive and casual gaming then I spend the rest of the day taking these photos you see here and painting a miniature, I ultimately really enjoyed Regncon 2017 and hope everyone gets to visit Regncon in the future.

Njål Sand

 

Haven Review: Stan Lee Box #1

Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond my control, that being life I’ve not had the chance to take the time and review. The Stan Lee Box! I have been excited for months about this, literal months, and although it’s a older box that does not take away from the excitement I’ve had about being able to open this up and finally take a peak!

So let’s get started shall we?

First up are the two really amazing figures that came in this box the MK 1 of the fire Iron Man armor that Tony Stark made while he was captive.

This lovely little piece is die cast which means its metal, a literal Iron Man armor that is actual metal! I love it, and besides being a beautiful figure to look at and admire it also makes a great paper weight due to its weight! So not only a collectible but also a beautiful desk ornament also!

But let’s not forget the other figure this box came with, and as you all have guessed from past experiences I am a fan of Spider-Man! So what makes me happy, is having my own little web slinger hanging around taking photos of things on my desk and everything and brightening my room with some color! I love not only the design of the figure itself but also the fact that I got two awesome figures both in one single box!

We also got a How to Draw Comics The Marvel Way!  Where it teaches the step by step guide on how to draw your very own comics! So for all those aspiring artists out there who want to start their own comics this alone is already super beneficial to you!  Having clear instructions to be able to help you pursue your dream of making your own comic whether it be a Super Hero comic or a romance comic it’s all up to you!

The box also comes with Raw Hide Kid from the Marvel Masterworks a good piece for those of you out there who love the comics that aren’t focused around everyone’s favorite web-slinger or man of Iron. But speaking of Marvel Master Works, let’s not forget the limited edition variant covers from Monsters Unleashed drawn by Marvel artists and signed!

So not only do you get the comic with it, with protective casing and hard back but you get the drawn versions of it as well! It’s a amazing and beautiful piece for all collectors and comic enthusiast’s alike, I personally won’t be opening these. They are simply satisfying for me to look at and enjoy.

Last but not least, do we have a T-shirt with the big man’s face on it, but we also got Excelsior! The wood shavings that inspired Stan Lee for his catch phrase, and with it comes a info card that explains where the phrase originated and what inspired him to start using it as his catch phrase.

In conclusion the Stan Lee box is completely worth it and I absolutely love it, maybe someday we’ll do a give-away for one, but for now we will enjoy this box and all its contents!

-Daniel Clatworthy