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FTN Mondays! Doctor Who: An open letter to Steven Moffat: Give the Irish a chance

April 2nd, 2012 by Marc Comments

Another day and another new companion set to grace the Tardis this Christmas. Personally, I’m delighted that yet another gorgeous young lady will stand side by side the Doctor and us as we plunge into the fiftieth anniversary. And having had such a high profile on Emmerdale farm, Jenna- Louise Coleman has proven her acting skills in some of the soap’s most notorious murder stories. As yet all we know is the Ponds will face the Weeping Angels one more time before leaving the Doctor’s life permanently and Jenna’s character will team up with our favourite Time Lord by Christmas.

But I have a problem. In fact it was a problem I never realized I had until the announcement came. In fact I never realized it was an issue until I looked at my own books the Time Warriors. Find them at by the way.

Here’s my problem. The Irish have never joined the Doctor on the Tardis as a companion- EVER! And I know there are many nationalities from all over the world who haven’t done so either but I’m choosing us because we’re right next door literally. It’s like ignoring your neighbours.

And just to point out that I am not crying racism or victimisation, let me be clear on that right away before I get lynched. I love Doctor Who, completely, wholly and without reservation. Without it the Time Warriors would exist but that’s another story; literally.

Why the hell not? If memory serves when Gallifrey was mentioned people thought it was in Ireland (Galway) and there was a nice Irish actor Harry Towb from the seventies who ended up being suffocated by a plastic chair in Terror of the Autons as well as the Mr Jago’s theatre doorman who also died in the Talons of Weng Chiang when he was scared to death in a cellar. Harry Towb also appeared alongside the Ice Warriors in the Seeds of Death though with an English accent. Yes, he died there too. Is it me or are the Irish suddenly the red shirts of the Whoniverse?

Now people, I’m not including the couple of Big Finish stories that have seen the seventh and eighth Doctors land in Ireland to meet Oliver Cromwell and the Book of Kells respectively. Nor am I including the Irish actors who have appeared over the years including Ardal O’Hanlon who played an Irish tomcat Brannigan in the tenth Doctor story Gridlock. And the less that is said about the Five Leafed Clover in Dalek World where an Irish stereotype Pat Kelly manages to con the Daleks. But then again, if anyone can outwit the pepper pots it would be the Irish. And even if I did they still don’t count since there is no Irish companion.

We have seen Time Lords, robot dogs, Australian, American, Scottish, English, alien, companions and if you include Torchwood put in the whole of the Welsh, they’ve all been through time.

But not the Irish. Why is this? Sure we all understand the budgetary constraints of the show forcing local actors to be used and even local actresses with American accents so I’m not bitching about that.

I am concerned that Ireland doesn’t exist as far as the Doctor is concerned. We have such a rich history of myth and legend, something everyone seems to forget including us and so many supernatural creatures ripe for a story eg the banshee so why are we not being used? Come on Mr Moffat, we are ripe for our place at the Doctor’s side and if you can make a wall in Cardiff look like the base of the Statue of Liberty then surely you can double Irish settings. Even better we are literally across the road geography wise so how hard can it be to jump in the van with a few cameras and film here. You managed the Doctor Who bus when promoting the Eleventh Hour which by the way excluded so many fans it wasn’t funny.

You owe us Mr Moffat. You have made broad and stunning changes to Doctor Who so why not bring the Irish in? So far it seems the show is controlled by the Scottish, Welsh and English; not a bad thing when you’re turning out such good product. But it feels like you’re ignoring the black sheep of the family who hasn’t done anything. It’s the mad old uncle people seem to speak about in whispers but never really acknowledge.

We are the land of saints and scholars, again everyone seems to have forgotten this but believe me Mr Moffat I intend to change all that. In my books I have set stories entirely in Ireland using our history and legends; I have an Irish girl right at the front of the action and you wouldn’t like to cross her mother but you’d love her grandmother’s apple tarts. We have Celts, we have banshees, leprechauns, mystery shields that keep us from the veil of the dead and yet no one ever in Doctor Who has mentioned them. And I wonder Mr Moffat, did you feel the same when you were a boy? Ok I’m a forty three year old boy but you know what I mean. There is an entire canvas right in your backyard to play with and keep the show going for another fifty years and yet it’s ignored. This Irish writer is ready to plunge the Tardis into the Emerald Isle but maybe, just maybe, the next companion you introduce could have that Irish lilt whether it be north or south. Counting down the days.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….