“I’m a lizard woman from the dawn of time, and this is my wife.”
Last night’s appearance of Lady Vastra, Jenny Flint and Strax seems to have hit a huge chord with the fans of Doctor Who with many even calling for a new spinoff of the show. Certainly there is room for Vastra Investigates as a separate show given that Torchwood appears to be at something of an end and The Sarah Jane Chronicles had to come to an end.
In many ways, those three stole the whole show last night. Vastra and Jenny had some of the best scenes in the episode. As a lesbian, I have to say that it is often hard to find portrayals of lesbians that aren’t overly sexualized. These two make such a wonderful pair that I would just adore having them as the center of a show. They really are fun, funny, and so obviously in love even at a time when being openly lesbian was not easy (unless you were very, very rich).
Well, the idea is certainly not an alien one. A year ago, after the two were first introduced, Steven Moffat stated:
“I think I might revisit them. They were great fun to write. Obviously the first person to think about a spin-off was me, when I was writing ‘A Good Man Goes To War’… A Victorian Silurian? Her lesbian maid? Come on!
“I was pleased by the reaction to them, but not surprised. They really cut through as characters, given how little screentime they had. I certainly wouldn’t be averse to them returning. It’s just a thing that worked, isn’t it? I love that Victorian setting, and having kicked it out of Sherlock Holmes I can always kick it in somewhere else!”
Of course, what with Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson going off on modern day adventures, the man who brought us the romantic comedy Coupling, is a tad busy lately. Hopefully, though, he will find the time to bring the adventures of Vastra and Jenny to life.
Just don’t forget Strax.