The Mistress: A Steampunk Feminist Perspective



Oh, how I enjoyed the resolution of the enigma of Missy – revealed to be the Mistress, the female incarnation of the Master. It was even better than I hoped. The interaction between Miss and the Doctor was charged with sexual tension. All the Doctor/Master shippers must have been screaming with delight. I know I was.

Missy wears a classic late Victorian/early Edwardian nanny’s outfit, just like Mary Poppins would wear (shades of Clara in the Christmas special?); her outfit is perfectly situated in the Steampunk Vicwardian era. Her outfit complements the Doctor’s outfit, her skirt and jacket are plum with black trim, his black jacket is lined with red, and both are wearing collared white shirts completely buttoned up. They look like a couple visually, which is a clever use of wardrobe. She has a lot of gadgets …so I’m calling her a Steampunk Icon!

doctor with missy

From a feminist viewpoint, this is a brilliant addition to the Doctor Who canon. So, can all Timelords change their gender? Or just the Master, who always marched to different drums. Who really cares with the Mistress in charge of situation. She is clever, cruel, flirtatious, fickle; everything the Master was and more – and she refers to the Doctor as her ‘boyfriend’. She certainly knows how to manipulate him. One gets the impression that she isn’t so much trying to take over the Earth as trying to gain the Doctor’s interest. Missy is certainly the Doctor’s equal.

I think this new incarnation of the Master is a genius move. Not only is the Doctor no longer the last of his kind. We now have a breeding pair…



Filed under Characterization, Doctor Who, Mash-ups, Steampunk, Steampunk Feminist

7 responses to “The Mistress: A Steampunk Feminist Perspective

  1. This event made me wonder what would happen if one half of a pair of timelord lovers regenerated into a different gender. Or what if one’s same sex best friend regenerated into an attractive member of the opposite sex. Or vice versa for gay timelords. The imagine the emotional complexity of such a relationship.

  2. Reblogged this on Cogpunk Steamscribe and commented:

    I’m having Doctor Who withdrawals. What about you?

  3. Nice Blog, thanks for sharing this kind of information.

  4. Pingback: Other opinions about Missy in Doctor Who | Kristin Ann King

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