Friday, 28 February 2014

Doctor Who rant

I was looking around a bit at different topics at the forum of Mugglarportalen, and found one called the Doctor Who Club. Checked it out and it got me disappointed and a bit angry. Why? Cause the club obviously stepped back from anything Classic Who. It was all New Who. Sure I can understand that it's easier to find New Who online (since it's not on TV in Sweden), but there's a big difference between not being able to see Classic Who and not wanting to see Classic Who. I can also understand that the majority of the members of the club were 13-15 years old, and probably not interested in anything coming from the last century. I know I've only been watching Doctor Who for about a year, but I started watching New Who with the intention of watching Classic Who when I was done with New Who. How can you say you're a fan when you're actively ignoring the larger part of the show/fandom? It's fine that you're usually recommended to watch New Who before Classic, since New is a format we're used to and there's a bigger risk you won't like Doctor Who at all if you start with Classic. All that's okay as long as you don't pretend that the whole thing started with Russell T. Davies back in 2005.

Something else that makes me angry are the feminists. The feminists who boycot Doctor Who as long as Moffat is writing it. The feminists who openly bash Matt Smith, Clara, Amy and Capaldi, and they try so hard to convince everyone else that they're right. Sure, Moffat is a self-serving, sexist bastard, but I don't think it shows through to his episodes. Besides there's a whole crew of people who can tell him off for going too far. They complain about Amy and Clara not being well-rounded characters, cause apparantly they can't do anything at all without the Doctor (say what?). They say that Rose, Martha and Donna were better characters cause they had other loved ones than the Doctor (i.e. their families), but Amy doesn't have a family at all in the beginning. Then she does when the Doctor resets the universe and she's ahppy with them, then she remembers everything. How is she supposed to go back to being in a loving family when, at the same time, she can remember not having anyone growing up? I don't find it strange that she doesn't have any connections to her family, even after she remembers them, cause she remembers two lives. Then there's Clara, we've seen the story of her parents and we met her family in the last Christmas special, what else are you asking for? She's only been with us for half a season!
The trouble she [Amy] had with commitment wasn't to do with them [Doctor & Rory] though, it was to do with abandonment issues as a child. She was a complex character who had a fear of commitment because before then she'd always been left in some way. That's a legitimate thing to go through, it isn't sexist. We then saw her develop out of that and mature into someone who wasn't afraid. And it's not like that's the only storyline she had; she was shown to be strong without the Doctor and Rory on many occasions. I do think people look too much in to stuff like that; you could say Rory's story arcs have very little to do with anything other than his relationship with Amy but that isn't seen as sexist, and yet when a female character has a story arc to do with her relationships it's called sexist.
Then there's the whole thing with Clara getting a boyfriend in the next season, the feminists hate that! They think it's because Moffat thinks that girls aren't anything without their men. But come on, getting a partner is a legtimiate and human thing to do! Long time fans complain that they don't want another Amy/Rory and they think that Barbara/Ian should be left well alone. So bringing back the Master was alright, but recreating a couple from Classic is a no-can-do? I don't understand the reasoning. And Amy/Rory was a huge hit in the UK, why is it so weird if they try to recreate a hit? The feminists complain that every girl that 11th has met (Moffat's Doctor) has fallen head over heels for him. Amy didn't, Clara didn't and River didn't. So what other girl has fallen head over heels for 11th?

It also makes me seriously angry when the feminists complain about the characters using sexist jokes. Example: "Is it an evil spirit?" "No, it's a woman." While I find that I think such things are completely okay as long as  they take place in the past. The example above takes place in the 12th century, I find that alright. The feminists complain about Moffat have a romantic view on stalking and uses Blink as an example when Sally's friend is transported back to the 20's and followed home by a boy. I still find that okay, cause it takes place in the past and things were different back then.

It's also common to complain about Moffat not being able to let characters die, and that 11th has made no hard choices. As if it wasn't hard for him to finally being forced to say goodbye to Amy and Rory. As if it wasn't hard for him to send away Clara for her own good. 11th has had his hardships and I'm sure 12th will too.

Then there are the younger fans who complain about Capaldi being too old. He's just as old as William Hartnell was (except Hartnell looked 10 years older than Capaldi). They complain that he's not good-looking enough to be the Doctor. The Doctor has never been about being good-looking, the only Doctor of Classic known to be good-looking was 5th, Peter Davison. And I must also add that perspective of what's good-looking is very individual. I, for one, don't think that Matt Smith is good-looking. He has no eye-brows ffs! And I, for one, do think that Peter Capaldi is good-looking, and I can't wait for a darker Doctor à la Classic.

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