Episode 5 – Big Bugs and Gassy Guests

Episodes discussed: Buffy 1×4 Teacher’s Pet and Doctor Who 1×4 Aliens of London

Teacher’s Pet

Written by David Greenwalt; Directed by Bruce Seth Green

The teenage boys of Sunnydale High fall for a seductive new teacher who turns out to be a bit more intense than they had bargained for. Discussion points include:

  • “The Monstrous-Feminine”
  • Xander and Blaine: Insecure and not-so-innocent boys
  • Buffy and Angel: Letterman jackets, cryptic warnings, and going steady
  • The She-Mantis as a “natural monster”
  • “Don’t be sorry, be smart”: Buffy’s intelligence

Read more about Barbara Creed’s theory in The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis (1993).

Aliens of London

Written by Russell T. Davies; Directed by Keith Boak

The Doctor and Rose stop by London for a quick visit home only to discover that they’re accidentally twelve months late. Discussion points include:

  • Sub-textual romantic tension aboard the TARDIS
  • The TARDIS Key and Domesticity
  • Rose’s increasing alienness and isolation
  • The Time Lords’ non-interference policy
  • Fan Fiction: Filling in the narrative gaps
  • Juvenile Humor: Farting aliens and “Pigs in Space!”

Next time: Buffy 1×5 Never Kill a Boy on the First Date and Doctor Who 1×5 World War Three

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About Katherine Sas

I graduated from Messiah College in 2009 with a B.A. in English Literature. I'm a student of all things arts and humanities, in particular Tolkien, the Inklings, and the fantastic and imaginative tradition in storytelling.

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