Doctor Who News Will Madame Vastra feature in a lesbian romance in Doctor Who?

Published on June 22nd, 2012 | by Meredith Burdett

A Lesbian Romance in Doctor Who?

Apparently not content with the sheer volume of happenings that he has concocted for Series 7 of Doctor Who, Head Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat has allegedly decided to give at least one of the new stories a good old mix up by bringing back the character Madame Vastra, whose appearance in last year’s A Good Man Goes to War was a massive hit with viewers.

Will Madame Vastra feature in a lesbian romance in Doctor Who?

Vastra, a Silurian living and working in Victorian London and dealing with evil doers such as Jack the Ripper, shared a house with her maid (and bit on the side) Jenny until they were called on by the Doctor to go and rescue Amy and Melody Pond on Demon’s Run.

There seemed to be a long past and established friendship between Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and the Doctor but it was never given much detail so hopefully Moffat can shine a bit of light on the character in the upcoming season. The Daily Star newspaper was overjoyed to claim that Vastra will encounter the Doctor when he is travelling with his new friend, as played by Jenna Louise-Coleman and that the Homo Reptilia will “fall” for the lady in question.

This probably means that she’ll find her quite attractive and fancy her rather than declaring her undying love as it’s been made to sound, much to then chagrin of her long suffering partner Jenny, who will probably forget all about her jealousies the minute she sees another part of Silurian anatomy do some serious damage on an enemy.

You read the sane version here, now bide your time and wait for the inevitable tabloid strap lines such as “Who’s Girl is Gay?” or “First ever gay companion for the TARDIS” or something inaccurate like that.

Of course, it might not happen at all. It might purely be based on the fact that Coleman’s Emmerdale character was a lesbian.

Doctor Who returns to BBC One later this year.


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11 Responses to A Lesbian Romance in Doctor Who?

  1. avatar Simon Spencer says:

    Y’know as much as a lot of people won’t want to hear this, I doubt we’ll ever see Madame Vastra ever again…

    I realise there are people out there that probably would like to have that kind of angle in the show, but there have been “fire and forget” characters appear on the show before for an episode or two where, due to the player not being available or the Exec. Producer’s position, they were meant solely to create an ally/villain that survived to fight another day.

    Now does that mean the character won’t appear in any of the other fiction (i.e. comics, audiobooks) either? They probably will if there’s enough fan-outcry for them.

    • avatar Lolz says:

      madame vestra will be in tonights episode……

  2. avatar DavidF says:

    Interesting how they make more of a fuss of the same-sex issue than of the fact that one of them is of a different species.

  3. avatar Jim says:

    It is a children’s show for goodness sake! Leave that crap for Torchwood.

    • avatar Stellaflora says:

      Jim, are you suggesting that it’s quite acceptable for Amy and Rory to be attracted to each other on a children’s/family show, but it’s not acceptable for two females to be attracted to each other? :p

    • avatar Tango says:

      completely inappropriate for masses of people who are watching the show.

      Dunno if it escaped the BBC’s attention, but it’s a little bit child-molestery to introduce aspects of sexuality to other people’s kids by surprise. To say nothing of the fact that parents might want to handle these issues sensitively (you know, perhaps when they’re within 5 years of actually having sex themselves!)

      Let’s see this in their adult content where it’s wanted and in some respects needed. NOT when 5-7 year olds will be watching FFS.

      • avatar Bananas says:

        Where does Dr. Who claim to be a children’s show?
        Just because you let your children watch it does not make it a children’s show.

        • avatar TonyS says:

          It is, and has always been, a family show. That includes children. Tango’s comment is a valid one.

  4. avatar CastellanSpandrel says:

    I said on here ages ago that Vastra (and probably Jenny) would be back. They’re the sort of characters that the producers like and find amusing and which are inexplicably popular with some viewers/fans but which I find make my teeth grind.

    I agree with David F on this one. She’s a Silurian!

    Maybe if they bring her back I’ll enjoy her appearance more this time; depends on the story. It’d need to be far better than A Good Man Goes… which was just a role call of characters and alien foot soldiers rather than a coherent, involving story.

    Don’t be surprised if the lactating Sontaran makes a return; or at least, one from the same clone batch.

  5. avatar Jess says:

    I am sorry to say this but the rumour is false madame vastra isnt returning, it all came about because Steven Moffat sent a tweet announcing, that Neve had just joined twitter, that is all.I have seen the tweet myself, so I can assure you all it is true

  6. avatar stlshawn says:

    If kids still read as much as we used to,,,,,, imaging how many offshoot books would be sold nowadays that would feature the introduced characters.

    My daughter would have bought an entire set of Jenny stories.

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