Mmmk, so I realize now that “body of a weak and feeble woman” is something Liz I legit said once, and it is indeed appropriate to her time period. So I can mostly forgive that one. (I say only mostly because is there really a need to perpetuate such past beliefs now? We could have used some other distinctive quote.)
But that moment where Tenn kisses Clara’s hand and then looks at Eleven like “Oh look I’ve got your girl now!” What the actual fuck. This is not the first time Moffat has treated one of the companions as an object for sexual rivalry or possession. A certain moment with Amy and hug pops to mind. And I’m sick of it.
Okay, yeah that was something she said but for me that almost made it worse. If you look at the whole speech it’s a giant fuck you to everyone who didn’t think she was strong enough to do it. The speech was about her strength despite what the men might think.
"I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm; to which rather than any dishonour shall grow by me, I myself will take up arms, I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field.”
So really, while it may have been appropriate for the time Elizabeth didn’t buy into that idea. She knew she could hold her own against the men of her court despite her gender.
Moffat however, manages to miss that so horrifically and turns it from “I’m strong despite what you think my body suggests” to “I’m so weak I can only kill an alien because it’s weak too!”
That line though is the least of Moffat’s crimes against Elizabeth. He seems to forget she was an actually person with huge political reasons why she wouldn’t want to get married. She knew if she married she’d lose control of England and that wasn’t something she was willing to do. Moffat though turned her into some love-struck teenager, willing to throw away everything the moment some guy blunders into her life. How dare he reduce her to that.