Haters Gonna [maybe calm down a little and stop with all the] Hate
These pictures are only mildly relevant to the following rant, but I really wanted an excuse to post Rory in his pants. [Source].
Something that I’ve been noticing, particularly within the Doctor Who fandom, is that there seems to be a lot of hate going round. People are throwing about words like “sexist” and “homophobic”, posting angry rants all over the internet, and attacking those who disagree with them. Now, I can understand that sometimes the television shows that we love the most can cause the most harm, but surely all of this anger is counter-productive. I love Doctor Who – it’s my favourite television show that’s currently on air – but I’ll happily admit that it’s not perfect. Sometimes Steven Moffat likes to make things a little too complicated for his own good. Sometimes Russell T Davies sacrificed actual story in order to include as many past characters as he could in his season finales. Sometimes otherwise excellent episodes can contain small yet significant continuity errors that just bug you the whole way through. But, despite all of these things, I am a Doctor Who fan. I care about the Doctor. I care about Amy and Rory – and Donna, and Martha [not so much Rose, I never liked her that much]. I watch Doctor Who because I enjoy doing so, and when I write about it, or talk to people about it, I try to do so in a positive manner. What’s the point of calling yourself a fan of something and then completely ripping it to shreds?
Now, while I’m at it, I feel the need to debunk those “sexist” and “homophobic” claims that I mentioned earlier.
Doctor Who is not sexist…
Having an attractive female character find paid work as a model is not sexist, particularly when that woman is proven to be as smart and fierce as Amy Pond. I’ve always been drawn towards television shows with an intelligent female lead – Press Gang’s Lynda Day, the eponymous Veronica Mars, even Pawnee’s own Leslie Knope – and the past few seasons of Doctor Who have been no exception. Sure, Amy’s not a career-driven character, but neither was Donna. You can’t exactly tell me that Rose had the most promising future before the Doctor whisked her away from her department store job. You don’t have to have a career to be a strong woman. You can get married if you want. You can choose to have children – or not, it’s up to you. It’s how you act that makes the difference – and as Amy would tell you herself, she’s “easily worth two men”.
…nor is it homophobic.
In the past few seasons of Doctor Who there have been several mentions of fully functioning homosexual couples without a big deal being made of them. They were treated with the same respect as a heterosexual couple. Just in the most recent episode, “The Power of Three”, for example, Amy agreed to be a bridesmaid at a gay wedding. The fact that it was two women marrying was brought up exactly once, and nobody seemed shocked or found it weird. Isn’t this exactly what we want? For all couples to be treated equally without prejudice? According to the angry internet people, apparently not.
I honestly believe with both of these issues that it’s a case of people wanting to be angry about something, and therefore over-scrutinising every possible aspect of Doctor Who in order to find something that could potentially be offensive, and I just don’t understand it. As I said before, Doctor Who has its flaws – and I’m not afraid to point them out – but it’s certainly not sexist or homophobic, and as a fan, I’d much prefer to celebrate the series’ triumphs than its errors.
Edited to add a slight disclaimer-like thing: What I’m trying to say is that the fans should stop throwing around big words like “sexist” and “homophobic” about this show that they supposedly love, which is clearly neither of those things. I’m not telling people that they can’t write negative episode reviews, or that they have to think everything as perfect – as I’ve already said many times in this little rant: I don’t think Doctor Who is perfect, and I hate Rose. But, I love the show, and I hate to see people who call themselves fans so aggressively ripping it to shreds over nothing.