But when it comes to Kate, it’s the sexism that’s most relevant. Revisionist fans may choose to ignore it, but the Brigadier was pretty much an old-school misogynist. He said something like the following (though this is by far the most egregious) to pretty much every one of the Doctor’s female companions, all of whom had to lock him up, throw him out of cars, or generally just run away in order to do their job of being awesome:

BRIGADIER: “Well, you’re a young woman. This is a job for my men.”ISOBEL: “Well, of all the bigoted, anti-feminist, cretinous remarks…”BRIGADIER: “This is no job for a girl like you. Now that’s final.”


It’s impossible to believe that he even supported Kate having a career, let alone a career at UNIT. She would have had to fight tooth and nail to prove herself, and probably more than once. Someone who grew up that way would not break down at the first sign of trouble. She could not have reached her current title without a whole lot of strong will and self-belief.
More thoughts on “The Brigadier Issue” in The Power of Three: http://theoncominghope.blogspot.com/2012/09/doctor-who-power-of-three-and-brigadier.html#ixzz27acrUWGr

But when it comes to Kate, it’s the sexism that’s most relevant. Revisionist fans may choose to ignore it, but the Brigadier was pretty much an old-school misogynist. He said something like the following (though this is by far the most egregious) to pretty much every one of the Doctor’s female companions, all of whom had to lock him up, throw him out of cars, or generally just run away in order to do their job of being awesome:

BRIGADIER: “Well, you’re a young woman. This is a job for my men.”
ISOBEL: “Well, of all the bigoted, anti-feminist, cretinous remarks…”
BRIGADIER: “This is no job for a girl like you. Now that’s final.”

It’s impossible to believe that he even supported Kate having a career, let alone a career at UNIT. She would have had to fight tooth and nail to prove herself, and probably more than once. Someone who grew up that way would not break down at the first sign of trouble. She could not have reached her current title without a whole lot of strong will and self-belief.

More thoughts on “The Brigadier Issue” in The Power of Three: http://theoncominghope.blogspot.com/2012/09/doctor-who-power-of-three-and-brigadier.html#ixzz27acrUWGr

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    Whoa whoa whoa hold on now. Are we forgetting all about Liz Shaw? The scientific advisor who the Brigadier himself...
  4. commas-and-ampersands reblogged this from xingshining and added:
    Agreed. Its hard to unlearn that kind of behavior, but I think having a daughter/granddaughter and loving them makes you...
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    I agree with Mewiet. People have the capacity to change their views, especially on something like this. When I graduated...
  9. mewiet reblogged this from theoncominghope and added:
    I haven’t seen a majority of Classic Brigadier. Only an episode here or there and it was a long time ago. (I did watch...
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    I take your first point, yes he could have changed, but as I showed in the video of Battlefield, he very much still...
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    As a loooooong-time Doctor Who fan, I didn’t find it impossible to believe the Brig supported Kate at all. It might be...
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    Interesting.
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    Some people change when they become parents, but this is still relevant.
  17. hellotailor reblogged this from theoncominghope and added:
    Interesting post from my go-to girl for oldschool Doctor Who knowledge! :)
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    I always thought that he was there for those awesome women to bounce off and show up. As for plausibility, I have...