This weekend promises bittersweet tears for Doctor Who fans as the fall finale features Weeping Angels saying hello to Manhattan and the Ponds saying goodbye to the Doctor. Amy, Rory, and their — spoilers! — daughter River Song will have one last hurrah in the Big Apple, and if the thought of Alex Kingston‘s departure makes you want to blink and let the angels get you, I implore you to stand strong. Next weekend, PBS will finally air the second season of Upstairs Downstairs, in which Kingston plays a lesbian archaeologist called Dr. Blanche Mottershead.
Blanche is introduced to the show as a spinster. Spinster, spinster, spinster. They say it a billion times. She’s married to her career, and after driving an ambulance in Belgium during the Great War, she took part in some of the most famous excavations in history. But Blanche is only a spinster because gay marriage isn’t legal. because Blanche is in love with Lady Portia Alresford, who just happens to write a thinly veiled memoir about their lesbian exploits together. The repercussions, they are sexy as hell.
Kingston chatted to The Daily Beast earlier this week about her role. If the sound of River Song crooning “spoilers” makes you swoon, wait’ll you get a load of Kingston dropping the word “patriarchy” in everyday conversation.
On why she took on the role of Dr. Blanche Mottershead:
On what make Blanche different than the other women of her day:
Instead, Blanche is prepared to be this woman:
And this woman:
Will you clutch these pictures close to your heart when you’re sobbing your eyes out over “The Angels Take Manhattan”?