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« on: February 06, 2012, 08:45:13 pm »

With the exception of the voice on the computer, I don't think this story has a single woman in it. We know there are Time Ladies and female Gallifreyans, so where were they all? Seems odd to me to not even have some as extras.
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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2012, 08:45:26 pm »

With the exception of the voice on the computer, I don't think this story has a single woman in it. We know there are Time Ladies and female Gallifreyans, so where were they all? Seems odd to me to not even have some as extras.
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2012, 03:05:02 pm »

You know, I can't say I even noticed. I think some of the characters could have easily been played as women, but I don't think the story felt like it lacked females. Perhaps for the time it made more sense to have a large male cast, especially given the 'high council' setting. It seems like something that would be more male dominated.
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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2012, 08:00:25 pm »

The Time Lords have always felt like a very male dominant race to me, so it didn't really feel unusual for there to be a lack of women in the story, and it certainly didn't suffer for it.
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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2012, 10:29:47 pm »

I think at the time it would just have been taken as "that's the way it is".  The issue does get shown up more when you get to there being high-ranking Time Ladies in the 5th and 6th Doctor stories.
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2012, 01:36:54 am »

Part of me feels like the lack of females in this is really obvious, but I think it may be down to the lack of companion more than anything else. Until this point, the Fourth Doctor had always had a woman with him and I think because of that I noticed the absence more. From a story perspective though I think it works.

I think at the time it would just have been taken as "that's the way it is".  The issue does get shown up more when you get to there being high-ranking Time Ladies in the 5th and 6th Doctor stories.

Maybe Womens Lib' had a growth spurt in the intervening years? Tongue
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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2012, 08:51:36 pm »

I think that the lack of women was obvious and sort of my only gripe with the story. It just felt a bit too male heavy.
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2012, 03:08:20 pm »

I didn't mind it. I don't think it would have worked in many stories, but it really fit this one. It made sense that it was so male oriented.
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2012, 09:11:19 pm »

I think TC and Nyki are right. At the time it probably wouldn't have stood out at all to see a high council with male only members. I don't think the story suffered as a result but I don't think it would go down as easily these days.
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« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2013, 02:29:45 pm »

I wonder whether the reason Sarah-Jane couldn't go was because she was an alien or because she was a woman
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