David Tennant’s Contributions to Doctor Who Episodes “Sarah Jane Smith” Edition
Excerpt from Benjamin Cook’s interview with David Tennant from DWM 440:
He stops mid-sentence, and smiles. “I got to call her Sarah. Everyone else had to call her Sarah Jane. When we did School Reunion, she was very much written as Sarah Jane, and that’s how she referred to herself. It was Lis who came to me and said, ‘It’s a wonderful script, but the Doctor always used to call her Sarah, back in the day.’ I said, ‘You’re absolutely right. Of course! I remember that vividly.’ It was Lis’ idea, although I was very happy to go along with it.”
“What almost never happened when I worked on Doctor Who was, the scripts just never needed tinkering with,” he continues. “If there were anything to change, Russell and I might have a brief chat, but once the cameras had started rolling, the scripts basically remained unchanged. That name thing was an exception. Lis and I just did it. It was a little tribute to the days of old. A couple of times, people queried it, and we’d just go, ‘Ah, no, that’s just… that’s what it’s meant to be.’ We were kind of stubborn about it. Until, in the end, a line or two was put in to slightly explain why I was calling Sarah something different to everyone else,” he laughs.
Orig.Poster’s note: This post is part of a series on some of the contributions that David made to episodes of Doctor Who, because he sometimes gets questions about ad-libs or input he may have had to episodes, but he tends to not take credit for his various additions/suggestions - so I figured I’d list some for him. Most of the credit for this one actually goes to the lovely Elisabeth Sladen for bringing it to David’s attention. I love his telling of the story above, with he and Lis conspiring together to go off-script and being “kind of stubborn about it”.
Can pro-choice people please start normalizing abortion as an option in non-dire circumstances?
I know that it can be hard when so much of the conversation around this issue centers on whether or not abortion constitutes baby murder, so people always wind up arguing pro-choice with the most extreme examples, circumstances where you can argue that a person would have to be a monster to insist the woman had to carry out the pregnancy.
And I acknowledge that there are also a lot of people who are only pro-choice in the event of those dire circumstances, who only see it as an acceptable option when the situation is extreme.
But for the people who believe that a person should ALWAYS have the right to dictate what happens to their body, that circumstances are subjective and legally irrelevant, and that a clump of rapidly dividing cells is not more important than the life and livelihood of the fully-formed human being it is growing inside of…
Can we please start normalizing the idea that teenagers and rape victims are not the only ones who have legitimate reasons to get an abortion?
Alternative, equally legitimate reasons include:
they can’t afford to support a(nother) child
they can’t provide a safe, stable environment
they might want children, but good gods not right now!
having a baby would mean derailing their life
they just don’t want children (and/or think that bringing a child into a world where they are unwanted would be cruel)
pregnancy and childbirth would be psychologically damaging (such as for trans men experiencing body dysphoria)
they rely on medication which can’t be taken while pregnant
There are LOTS of reasons why a person might choose to get an abortion (or even just consider it), and from a pro-choice perspective, all of them should be equally valid.
“You have fought many battles in your life. You’re about to fight another. But this time, it will be different. This time, Sarah Jane… you lose.” - The Sarah Jane Adventures, s02e03 Secrets of the Stars
Doctor Who Gifset School Reunion- Of course Sarah Jane Smith would be upset after losing K-9. He was the one thing that tied her to the Doctor and her adventures she had with him all those years ago. Yeah, he was a daft metal dog, but K-9 was her daft metal dog, and that makes all the difference in this moment.
you know what i want to see on doctor who? i want to see a companion who knows a lot about outer space. i want someone who studies astrology and already knows that there’s stuff out there - they just can’t see it. i want the doctor to show them a planet and they say “i knew it!” because they fucking knew that humans aren’t alone in the universe - that there is plenty of life among the stars, you just need to know where to look.