Actually, I really like the way they did Ace’s Doctor Who episodes?
Some of them are confusing and screwy because they’re all out to make Seven ~mysterious~ and I can only hold the plot of “Ghost Light” in my mind for about a minute before it dissolves and stops making sense again BUT.
Ace is a teenage girl with clear motivations, likes and dislikes, and backstory, and all of these drive her through her two seasons of Doctor Who. And she gets a female friend her age on just about every adventure, so there’s Bechdel test passing and sometimes femmeslash subtext. And sometimes there’s a love interest and she gets to flirt with boys too but her storyline always involves other things just as much and moreso.
Ace doesn’t think her parents are her real parents and imagines she’s been stolen away from some alien planet, which is a feeling we can relate to when we’re sixteen. She lies about her age and dumps milkshakes on people. She doesn’t easily connect to adults but at the same time she wants to earn the respect of the adults who count. She’s clever and resourceful but in this street smart way and she’s got that curious Mythbusters instinct to screw around with science and make things blow up, and she’s learning, about herself and about the universe.
And then Seven and Ace’s relationship is full of so much goddamned love I can’t. Not that there aren’t misunderstandings, or tough moments, but at the end of the day he is her teacher and they are so important to one another and aaahhhhh.
There’s that whole post on “strong female characters” vs “strong characters, female” and I’d hold Ace up as an example of the latter category and Doing It Right.
I HAVE A LOT OF ACE FEELS OKAY.
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