Moffat’s Women - Elizabeth I

The depiction of Elizabeth I is interesting, because it plays on the audience’s expectation. On the surface, she begins the episode as a caricature, a natural prequel to her portrayal in The Shakespeare Code and jokes preceding The Day of the Doctor. But underneath her more jaring characteristics, she truly shines - not only is she perceptive and witty, she is brilliant strategist and leader. To underestimate her is a grave mistake.

The line "I may have the body of a weak and feeble woman" is lifted nearly word for word from a speech given by the historical figure. In it, she continues: “…but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and a king of England too.” [xTaking up arms and slaying the Zygon, demonstrating quick thinking when she decides to  impersonate her own duplicate, providing the Doctor with a potential escape and ultimately figuring out the Zygons’ entire backstory and plan - Elizabeth is certainly shown to fit this description.

Rose is open, honest, heartfelt, to the point of being selfish, wonderfully selfish. Martha is clever, calm, but rarely says what she’s really thinking. Donna is blunt, precise, unfiltered, but with a big heart beneath all the banter. […] If Rose can be selfish, then her finest moments will come when she’s selfless. If Martha keeps quiet, then her moments of revelation — like her goodbye to the Doctor — make her fly. Donna is magnificently self-centred — not selfish, but she pivots everything around herself, as we all do — so when she opens up and hears the Ood song, or begs for Caecilius’ family to be saved, then she’s wonderful.
Russell T. Davies, The Writer’s Tale (via thegirlwithmanynames)