Last year we talked about the dads of Doctor Who. This Mothers’ Day, why don’t we look at some of the best mums of Doctor Who? Motherhood means caring about your child, putting their welfare above your own, but it also means being able to let them go when they want to fight aliens and travel around the universe. Here are some of the Doctor Who mums we admire.
All Jackie wants for her daughter is for her to be happy. If that means Rose travelling around the galaxy with the Doctor, so be it – Jackie will do her laundry whenever she comes home. Keep her happy with the occasional phone call home. It’s not easy being a single mother after the death of your husband, but Jackie did it. Maybe Rose didn’t have the same opportunities as other kids, but thanks to Jackie, she can do anything she puts her mind to. And when Rose went tearing through universes to find and save the Doctor, it was Jackie who followed her to keep her safe as she battled the Daleks.
Top Mothering Tip: Let them have their own space, even if that means going off to travel the universe.
Who doesn’t want a mum who takes down aliens from the suburbs, and lets you tag along for the ride? Sarah Jane’s parenting methods might not be the most health and safety approved, but she’s trying to make the world a safer place for everyone. Just because you’re not a biological mother doesn’t mean that you aren’t still a mum, and Sarah Jane proves that in spades, taking in Luke and Sky as her adopted children and protecting them against the universe.
Top Mothering Tip: Involve them in your hobbies, like solving mysteries and fighting aliens.
Amy never got to be a conventional mother to her daughter, given that Melody was taken away at birth to become a brainwashed assassin. But even if she wasn’t aware that her friend Mel was actually her daughter, Melody knew. She clung to her unaware mother for advice and lectures on her behaviour, with Amy having to rescue her recalcitrant offspring from teachers and police alike. Then, once Amy found out Melody’s adult identity as River Song, the two were able to have that grown-up, gossipy relationship that we’d all quite like with our parents.
Top Mothering Tip: Always have bail money for your friends, because they may turn out to be your future children.
Madge epitomises the British stiff upper lip approach, sacrificing her own happiness in order to maintain her children’s joy. Believing that her husband is dead, she hides the knowledge from them so that they can have one final happy Christmas. Stepping into the future of a different planet, Madge uses every weapon at her disposal to search for her missing children. And there’s no greater power than her own determination, whether that’s to trick soldiers, absorb a whole forest or shine bright enough to guide her husband home.
Top Mothering Tip: Don’t let anything get between you and your kids, not even acid rain or sentient trees.
Now, just because you’re evil, it doesn’t mean you can’t be a good mother. Rosanna took her children across the universe in an attempt to save their lives, and had to live under an assumed form in order to keep her sons fed. She was willing to sacrifice the city of Venice to save their lives, and when the Doctor foiled her plan, she stepped into the water so her children could eat her. No greater love hath a mother than this.
Top Mothering Tip: Make sure your children are fed. Suitable food sources include young women and your own flesh.