Over the weekend I reblogged some Doctor Who meta for the first time ever. No one is more surprised than me that I’m now penning one. But! I had some thoughts, partly prompted by a fantastic post-“Deep Breath” conversation Saturday night with one friend (who is not on tumblr) and our impeccable host, carolinecrampton, who did not, in fact, butcher the butternut squash.
Is Doctor Who sexist? The more relevant question here, at the start of series 8: is Moffat’s Who sexist? We have a new Doctor, and we’re approaching an equal number of episodes in Moffat and RTD eras, and God, I see this question everywhere I turn. I think it’s a tricky one—and I get a little frustrated by people who don’t hesitate when saying yes: I think our cultural analyses deserve a little more nuance than what I often see. This is mostly a complaint about Twitter; for all my moaning about discussions on the platform, Tumblr people think.
And one of the interesting things to note is that Moffat Who is much closer to classic Who. It wasn’t a show about the companions; it was a show about the Doctor AND his companion. I do believe he’s trying…especially given his own argument that the Doctor is “unknowable.” I just hate when he does the TELL thing (let’s see…throw in 2 lines about Clara being “egomaniac” and “narcissistic tendencies” vs all of the evidence SHOWING her to be completely the opposite) - or the “I’m going to present you with strong women!”…just to have them a) flirt; b) be a “badass”; c) be completely entwined/co-dependent with the Doctor. But I think the basic argument here is accurate:
RTD wrote character-driven stories that advanced the plot;
Moffat writes plot-driven stories that move the characters
They are completely different storytellers. So you will get completely different stories.