#Fffff Mike you hypocrite #I’ve never seen such a ‘wileish’ display from a bloke #You should be ashamed #Is that how you got such a respectable firing from UNIT? #Did you use your wiles on the Brig? #Oh I can’t wait to listen to the commentaries #dsfdfsdfsdf #Mike Yates #Sarah Jane Smith #Doctor Who #Classic Who
whoa wait what serial is this are sarah jane and mike trying to woo the same guy what’s happening here
Not sure if you ACTUALLY wanted an answer to that but it’s Planet of the Spiders and… sort of? They are both trying to divert attention from their Terribly Sneaky Acts, and accomplish this by distracting him with shiny objects
…Though actually, if we’re factoring in the novels (which are dubiously canon, contradict each other, but are quite good
mostly), Paul Cornell’s Happy Endings makes your statement SURPRISINGLY ACCURATE. It’s set in UNIT’s future and has older Mike Yates who apparently is living with Tom (the guy in the green sweater in these GIFs - Cornell has said it was meant to be him) in what I like to call THE COTTAGE OF BEES AND SODOMY. No, really:
‘Absolutely, sir.’ Mike Yates pressed the fedora hat that concealed his bald patch further down on to his head. It was in danger of being blown off by the force of the air. His long hair blew out behind it. ‘By the way, Tom sends his regards. I’ve got some of our honey for you in the baggage.’
‘Very kind,’ said the Brigadier.
Happy Endings is the book where Yates is explicitly coded as gay (though in my headcanon he’s bi, whatever) and it makes me RIDICULOUSLY HAPPY you don’t even know. There are so many good bits - the poem in the beginning implying HE kind of fell for Dr. Jones, too; the scene where Yates is chatting in polari to a gay chap named Alexander and someone gets uppity at them and Alexander sets him the fuck down with his “count yourself fortunate that you have never needed a secret language” line - I don’t even. Here look at this excerpt:
'…Are the people of Earth quite ready for this?’
‘As long as they’re applauding, sir.’ Yates plucked a pair of round, orange- tinted sunglasses from his pocket and propped them on his nose. ‘It’s when they start screaming that we’re in trouble.’
The Brigadier looked at Yates’s spectacles for a moment. ‘For some of us,’ he muttered under his breath, ‘I suspect that date is long past.’
AHAHAHAHA, the Brig called him ‘screaming’, GET IT. As in screamingly homosexual. It’s funny and
way a bit awkward and honestly if Mike were out later in life you just know that the Brig would try to be understanding but he would occasionally make HOLY AWKWARD jokes like this.
Wow I better stop this has just become a Rose Has Feels About Happy Endings post.