Because I’m lying in bed sick with nothing to do but watch Doctor Who right through…
Mickey’s one of those characters who I don’t feel the show—the producers, writers, whatever—did right by; he sort of got shunted aside in favour of a frankly rather predictable and tiresome Doctor/Rose romantic subplot. One aspect of the show I really like is how people on Earth start learning about the Doctor and other aliens, and how there are Doctor internet conspiracy theorists, and how Torchwood develops. It’s the background to the Doctor and Rose’s adventures—and in a lot of ways it’s more interesting than the usual alien-menace-of-the-week sort of stories. It’s on-the-ground, with a lot of different perspectives involved. It’s a lot more human..
So Mickey’s part of this whole story that we never really get to see, where he’s a mechanic by day, hacker and alien hunter by night, researching meteorites and weird news, and leading this online community of other alien-aware Earthlings. He doesn’t just sit around waiting for Rose to come back—he’s keeping busy. You don’t really get this in the show, but from the supplementary material. There were the TARDISodes (short clips, something like the BSG webisodes) and the website “Who is Doctor Who” (later “Defending the Earth”), that fill in a lot of the details. If you haven’t looked at it yet, it’s well worth poking around! Anyway, yeah…I do love Doctor Who, but it’s a pity that one of the more interesting characters, who’s also one of the very few non-white characters in the show, period, doesn’t get more screen time.
P. S. Also: both Maggie Chascarrillo and Rand Race (of Love & Rockets) are missing from the Wikipedia category of fictional mechanics. WHAT IIIIS THIIIIIIIIIS
P. P. S. Have you got a favourite overlooked character?
- The Doctor: And if things weren't bad enough, now there's two Mickeys!
- Ricky: [looking very angry] My name's RICKY.
Aaah!! I TOTALLY live in Toronto. But I’m working Friday afternoon & evening. I can do stuff in the morning/lunch-ish, though, if you’re in town by then! My email’s nevi dot park at gmail dot com.