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Pondering

Found this below on Tumblr, and made me think. As much as I really, really don't respect RTD for his behaviour around Gareth, it does seem like he actually thinks a lot about his characters, and understands them, so long as they are not Ianto Jones, that is. He did create Ianto, too, and Jones Ianto Jones has turned out to be a fantastic character, although more of that is in fan fiction, but the basis had to be there, right? So I'm not actually sure what I think, or how I feel about RTD overall. Anyone? Opinions? Thoughts?

Here's the thing:

"In terms of the companions all being ‘the same’ — that’s not as phony or artistically crap a thing to say as it sounds. What is the base group of people who would run away with the Doctor? They’re all going to be a bit mad. A bit dislocated. Not happy with where they are. Are they yearning for outer space? They’re going to be people who feel like they can take on the Doctor, who’s quite an intimidating sort of person. So, they’re going to be feisty — they’re going to be all those things. He sort of defines the people who are going to travel with him. The distinction comes very much from the various actors and actresses. So, you know, they’re the ones who create the differences between them.

Steven Moffat on companions

(via doctorwho)

“Rose is open, honest, heartfelt, to the point of being selfish, wonderfully selfish. Martha is clever, calm, but rarely says what she’s really thinking. Donna is blunt, precise, unfiltered, but with a big heart beneath all the banter. But we come back to what I was saying ages ago about turning characters. If Rose can be selfish, then her finest moments will come when she’s selfless. If Martha keeps quiet, then her moments of revelation - like her goodbye to the Doctor in Last of the Time Lords, or stuck with Milo and Cheen in Gridlock - make her fly. Donna is magnificently self-centred - not selfish, but she pivots everything around herself, as we all do — so when she opens up and hears the Ood song, or begs for Caecilius’ family to be saved, then she’s wonderful.”

- Russell T. Davies on companions

(via letseyx)