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Ten Years of Ten: Gridlock (April 14, 2007)

“The Macra used to be the scourge of this galaxy. Gas. They fed off gas, the filthier the better. They built up a small empire using humans as slaves and mining gas for food.”
“They don’t exactly look like empire builders to me.”
“Well, that was billions of years ago. Billions. They must have devolved down the years. Now they’re just beasts. But they’re still hungry and my friend’s down there…”

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favorite tv shows moodboard: Doctor Who (2005 – present)

So… So… Come on, then. Take mine. Take my memories. But I hope you’ve got a big appetite because I’ve lived a long life and I’ve seen a few things. I walked away from the Last Great Time War. I marked the passing of the Time Lords. I saw the birth of the universe and I watched as time ran out, moment by moment, until nothing remained. No time. No space. Just me. I walked in universes where the laws of physics were devised by the mind of a madman. I’ve watched universes freeze and creations burn. I have seen things you wouldn’t believe. I have lost things you will never understand. And I know things, secrets that must never be told and knowledge that must never be spoken. Knowledge that will make parasite gods blaze. So come on then! Take it! Take it all, baby! 

The thing I loved most about “Thin Ice” (and I loved the whole episode) was that when Bill expressed concern for her safety in 19th Century London, The Doctor didn’t wave it off (the way Ten did to Martha). She wasn’t the only Black person there like she thought she’d be, but that didn’t automatically mean she’d be OK. In The Shakespeare Code, Ten pointed to the two Black women, and that was it, it was a non-issue. And don’t get me started on how she was treated Family of Blood… Twelve made it pretty clear he would not allow Bill to be treated like that.

If you’re not into Doctor Who or quit watching it, this season is a good time to start up (again). It’s a fresh start (you don’t need to have seen previous seasons to follow it) and so far it’s seriously good.

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Some days are special. Some days are so, so blessed. Some days, nobody dies at all. Now and then, every once in a very long while, every day in a million days, when the wind stands fair and the Doctor comes to call…everybody lives.

Martha: *is worried about experiencing racism in the past*

Ten: *Tells her she’s being silly and should simply behave like him, a white man.*

Ten: *Acts as if one black extra makes everything fine*

Ten: *Makes Martha pretend to be a Victorian servant while his girlfriend makes racist comments towards her*


Bill: *is worried about experiencing racism in the past*

Twelve: *is called out for forgetting racism is a thing*

Twelve: *doesn’t pretend everything is fine*

Twelve: *presents them both as respected members of society*

Twelve: *Tells Bill that Jesus wasn’t white either*

Twelve: *IMMEDIATELY PUNCHES RACIST MAN IN THE FACE*