Unawesome people can have shitty sleep.
daily reminder not to reblog missing people posts unless you actually know who the person in the photo is and that they really are missing, there are shitheads out there who look for people hiding from them. an abusive husband found his wife and child…
con. tin. u. i. ty
I like that this changed the context of the line from The End of Time.
Originally the “That was a mistake” sounds like he decided to get married then regretted the decision, whereas in this episode the proposal was a failed ploy to uncover a plot.
(But you know, she probably accepted mainly because she’d just been shown his TARDIS and could see a tactical advantage in marrying a time-traveller. I say this because it seems like they hadn’t spent much time in each other’s company, hence his surprise at her acceptance.)
And also the way he stumbled over the end of the sentence “…her nickname is no longer the Virgin Queen”. Many took this implied use of ‘virgin’ to be sexual in nature, but here we see in fact that his use merely refers to her state of marriage. Which is in itself a continuation of Eleven mentioning (in the Wedding of River Song?) that Queen Elizabeth the First “…is still waiting for me in her garden.”
And it comes full circle in “The Shakespeare Code” of course when Liz I wants to exact revenge on the Doctor for not returning as he promised.
Ooooh, you know I hadn’t even thought of that, but you’re right. Marrying him to get at his TARDIS or time-travel or just a guarantee of his help in general is totally something Bess would have done. A treaty with Spain or other advantages was never quite enough incentive, but I can definitely see her going for a shot at that advantage - especially since the Doctor certainly wouldn’t strike her as the kind of man who would want to take ruling England from her either. (This was the only part of the episode I had some issues with, but this idea so makes it work.)
Here she was presented with a fairly laid back man with not an ounce of ambition towards her politics or her throne, who was generous and fairly romantically minded, who also happened to have mastery over time and space… Suitable for marriage, performing as a puppet-monarch to herself, and also giving her the ultimate advantage over her enemies.
And all she has to do is play along with his obvious infatuation with her. Win win.
The bottom photo is Stuart’s 7-year old son this past weekend with Tom Baker at the 50th Anniversary celebration, exactly 35 years later.