Pop Culture Fix: Drag Race Star Jinkx Monsoon Is Doctor Who’s New Queer Pal

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Happy Monday and congratulations to the LSU Lady Tigers and their fans for winning the NCAA National Championship! I have created one (1) Pop Culture Fix, which isn’t exactly the same as winning a chip, but is still an accomplishment nonetheless.

+ Jinkx Monsoon, whose run on Chicago recently broke a ten-year box office record, is joining DOCTOR WHO! I am so glad this news broke today because it is too good to have been believed on April Fool’s! She’ll be joining Ncuti Gatwa’s new Doctor. About her role, Jinks said, “I’m honoured, thrilled, and utterly excited to join Doctor Who. Russell T Davies is a visionary and a brilliant writer— I can’t wait to get into the weeds with him and the crew! I hope there’s room in the TARDIS for my luggage.” I hope RTD has finally learned his lesson from Torchwood and doesn’t come in murdering anymore queers!

+ Tawny Cypress chatted Yellowjackets, queerness, and the potential of fans hating things about this season of Showtime’s buzzy grizzly hit series.

+ BBC’s A Kind of Spark is groundbreaking in its portrayal of autistic women (and we’re hearing it’s queer!). 

+ And here’s the trailer for Single Drunk Female season two.

+ Margaret Cho joins DJ Qualls and Marisé Alvarez in the romantic dark comedy Evilou.

+ grown-ish’s sixth season will be its last.

+ I just found out about this podcast called Hey, Adora from a Twitter buddy. It’s about She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, if you’re missing that ragtag rainbow crew as much as I am.

+ While hosting the Olivier Awards, Hannah Waddingham told Jodie Comer she wishes they could do a Killing Eve reboot together because she wants to be mauled to death by Villanelle.

+ Alison Steadman recalls filming British TV’s groundbreaking lesbian kiss — in 1974.

+ Anwen O’Driscoll stars in a new lesbian romance, You Can Live Forever, which is just the kind of title that makes me think she’s gonna die!

+ Why are queer scripted TV shows disappearing?

+ Ilana Glazer tells LGBTQ+ kids that being queer is “unquestionably beautiful.”

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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. i think somebody misread the jinkx news i don’t think she’s necessarily playing ruby sunday – via hollywood reporter “Jinkx Monsoon, the actress, singer and two-time winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, will star the next series of Doctor Who in a major role, joining Ncuti Gatwa as the new Time Lord and Millie Gibson as the new companion Ruby Sunday. ” it’s saying millie gibson is ruby sunday (already cast) and jinkx is joining her.

  2. Hannah Waddingham wanting to be killed by Villanelle makes me think that Villanelle should just pop up randomly in various shows. Grey’s Anatomy? The patient of the week was stabbed by Villanelle. L Word Generation Q? Shane hooks up with Villanelle as she’s in the middle of trying to kill Cherie Jaffe. Drag Race? This week’s Maxi Challenge is Girl Slay! Assassin Realness with special guest star Villanelle.

  3. In other pop culture news, did we know that Showtime was going to remove Gen Q from streaming and I somehow missed that?? (The OG L Word is still there, but Gen Q seems to have disappeared in the past week?)

    • Whaaat, that is literally the only reason I have Showtime right now! I guess I missed my window to actually watch Gen Q season 3. That seems like a very stupid thing to do, but what do I know, I am but a lowly bisexual viewer.

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