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“For me though, it’s those little one liners that cut deeply. Because remember, the Doctor often forgets the social mores of the time. Who can remember if the way people greet each other is with two cheek kisses or a handshake? He also finds certain human perceptions of the time incredibly odd and dated. But when the Doctor says things like “because she’s a woman” or when he smirks when Clara asks him if he’s making flying the TARDIS easy because she’s a girl, then you get the sense that the Doctor has this perception of women that belongs to the present time. A perception of women that women are fighting hard to erase […] Part of the reason that women are so up in arms about Moffat is that the way he writes women hurts stories and characters with so much potential. A lot of the stereotypes he indulges in are so incredibly unnecessary to the story he’s telling and you wonder why they are there at all. They strain credulity, twist the story and characters in weird ways and he doesn’t really get a whole lot of bang for what’s a very expensive buck.”
A comment on Of Dice and Pen: Sexism in Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who? The anonymous reader who sent this to me added:
This is one of the key problems I have with so many forms of Sci-fi media and the anon summed it up perfectly. In a futuristic world, in other universes and on other planets, the presence of today’s sexism is not only just as problematic as it is in any media - it also doesn’t even make logical sense in the majority of cases. Why is the Doctor, a thousand-year old alien who has been just about everywhere and experienced a melting pot of cultures, acting like the sexist old men from down the pub?
One of the reasons sci-fi is a fantastic genre is the pure escapism it offers, and unlike, say, fantasy, it can avoid the “But in the past sexism was present!” tropes and justifications that are often used (see GoT..) with relative ease. But so often it completely fails to do so, the writers unimaginatively falling back on today’s stereotypes - and the missed opportunities to be progressive in such a small way is very disheartening. I don’t know if it’s down to lazy writing or simply being oblivious that doing this is both very problematic and making their world less believable, but I can only hope more sci-fi writers manage to avoid this trap in the future.
“After two and a half years, we know less about Amy Pond than we did about Rose, Martha or Donna in their first episodes. In fact, due to ret-cons and time manipulations, we actually know less about Amy now than we did about her in her first episode. Who are her family? What’s her relationship with them? Who are her friends? What are her dreams? What is she unsatisfied with? Once we disregard the no-longer-true details revealed in the first episode, we’re left with one compelling answer to each question: Rory. It is all Rory.”
i just want to love and enjoy doctor who again. i want the thrill and excitement and anticipation of a new episode and getting excited to go on a journey with the companions and see a distant planet and learn that ordinary is extraordinary
what i dont want is to learn that if a man comes and talks to me when i am between the ages of 8 and 11, i should pine after him to the detriment of my own personal life and relationships and when he comes a knocking in his blue box because our time lines are ~interconnected~ i have to mack on him because yay my life is now complete and my kickass self can emerge with the assistance of a time lord
that storyline is relatable to none and no one wants to feel like we have to wait for the doctor to be kickass. you’re supposed to show me that i am already special, i’m already awesome. you’re not supposed to make me awesome, you’re supposed to give me the opportunity to show myself what i already am.
i miss being rose tyler—flawed shop girl and compassionate and brave beyond measure. i miss being martha jones—neglected and ignored but determined to be fucking kick ass and a world savior and a med student. i miss being donna noble—self esteem issues through the roof but finding a voice that’s worth listening to. i miss being mickey smith—insecure and terrified but finding strength in unusual circumstances and developing past those insecurities. i miss wilfred mott—aging and feeling too old for this world but finding youth in adventure and a purpose in life.
i miss my doctor who and i want it fucking back