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A Whovian question



Are we to assume that Nefertiti and Riddell could understand each other even after the TARDIS dropped them off?

Though I am not a specialist in this period, I wonder if Riddell and Nefertiti are references to Allen Quartermain and Ayesha (sp?).

I'm sure a post-colonialism scholar would have a LOT to say about those two. I'm not one. I do wonder, though, whether Riddell and Neffy's relationship could survive contact with any other human beings, especially white colonists. I wonder whether Riddell would be up to the job of defending her against their prejudices and hatreds. I would hope he would want to. And if it all falls apart, has Neffy any way to get ... well, anywhere else, in space or time?

Leaving all that aside, though: accepted on their own terms (Neffy wouldn't have it any other way), Neffy and Riddell were awesome, separately and together.

Loved the Indian Space Agency, too.

My spoiler tag, by the way, is a shout-out to another colonial of that time period, Rudyard Kipling.

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wickedgillie
Sep. 10th, 2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
It never occurred to me that Neffi and Riddell wouldn't be able to understand each other. My only worry was that they had potentially anachronous technology. But we really don't know where/when Eleven dropped them off. So I am going to handwave the hell out of this 'ship.

The Indian Space Agency was made of awesome. This was the most diversity we've seen in a while, isn't it? Also, Neffi basically saved herself. A woman with agency in Moffat's era? Never thought I'd see it, but I love the hell out of it!
np_complete
Sep. 10th, 2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
Indira (I don't know her title) had such composure and dignity! And she took Nefertiti completely in stride.

I like this reminder that there's lots and lots of human future and all kinds of alliances and agencies will come and go. It's not all the British and UNIT in perpetuity.

wickedgillie
Sep. 11th, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)
She really did put up with Neffi gracefully, didn't she? I thought she (Indira) was absolutely lovely as a character. I hope we see her again.
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