On Saturday, Doctor Who returns, kicking off the second part of the seventh series with a James-Bond inspired episode that sees the Doctor and Clara whizzing round London on a motorbike. Which is exciting if you like interesting drama with witty banter and thoughtful concepts. But less exciting if you like interesting dramas that include women on their writing teams.
Because season seven of Doctor Who will feature no female scribes at all. Not in the bombastic dinosaurs and cowboys episodes that aired last year, and not in any of the new episodes we’re about to receive. In fact, Doctor Who hasn’t aired an episode written by a woman since 2008, 60 episodes ago. There hasn’t been a single female-penned episode in the Moffat era, and in all the time since the show was rebooted in 2005 only one, Helen Raynor, has ever written for the show.
Dramatist and author Stella Duffy – who has noted the absence of women writers, and indeed directors, from Doctor Who on her blog – thinks that there needs to be a conscious effort to recruit writers from outside the usual small pool of male writers. “Try harder. Stop assuming that men can do the job well enough. If women are saying they feel left out (and they do), if women are saying they feel marginalised (and they do), if women are saying they do not see their voices on screen … Listen to them and do something about it,” Duffy says.
“We can knock and knock, but if they won’t let us in, we’ll never get to see how big the Tardis really might be inside. Right now, the Tardis only holds men, so maybe it’s not that big, after all.”
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- Stereotypes women using sweeping generalizations such as “Women are needy” and believes that “There’s a huge, unfortunate, lack of respect for anything male”
- Thinks asexuality is boring and the Irene Adler in the original story was un-feminist
- “You have to hand it to the Doctor for dumping a slightly needy girlfriend by palming her off on a copy of himself. He tried leaving her in a parallel universe, and that didn’t work.”
- “And I thought, ‘well she’s really good. It’s just a shame she’s so wee and dumpy…When she was about to come through to the auditions I nipped out for a minute and I saw Karen walking on the corridor towards me and I realized she was 5’11, slim and gorgeous and I thought ‘Oh, oh that’ll probably work’.” - Doctor Who Confidential, All About the Girl
- “And there’s a moment with two Amy Ponds in it. If you’re a red-blooded male surely that’s enough! You’ve got Amy Pond flirting with herself.”
- Regarding bisexual representation “We don’t acknowledge you on television cos you’re having FAR TOO MUCH FUN. You probably don’t even watch cos you’re so BUSY!!”
- Told a dyslexic follower to run their tweets through spell checker, never apologized
We recently talked on this blog about why the thought of Steven Moffat writing a female doctor makes so many women uncomfortable. This is a pretty good masterpost of many of the problematic, questionable, and downright offensive Moffat has said about women if you are new to the controversy surrounding his time as head writer.
There is definitely more than this out there, but this is covers a lot of why Moffat is the worst.
UGH MOFFAT. Yeah, I wouldn’t really trust him with a female Doctor. I don’t trust him with THIS Doctor.
Wondercon 2013 - Things The Deserve Their Own Post : canaryblack’s FABULOUS Femme!Ten costume.
LOOK HOW FABULOUS IT IS.
I HAVE LOST ALL ABILITY TO CAN WITH THIS YOU DON’T EVEN UNDERSTAND.
Hand-frakking-made, GORGEOUS in person and the parasol (go, J!!!) was utter perfection.
WINNER OF BEST ORIGINAL DESIGN AND JUDGES’ FAVORITE AT THE WONDERCON MASQUERADE!
I’m so stupidly proud of her.
This is one of the most gorgeous cosplays I have EVER seen. Ever.
this chick and the chick who made her dress as the tardis?? they should totally go to a ball together and blow everyone out of the water. GORGEOUS
remember when Doctor Who was really fun and you didn’t feel like ripping out your insides every episode
ALWAYS REBLOG NINE’S FAMILY
Unpopular opinion: I love Rose so much more with Nine than I EVER do with Ten. Like, I adore Ten, and at first I liked him much more than Nine, but the relationships that go on in the Nine series are a lot more interesting I think.
THIS IS NOT A DRILL I REPEAT THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
STEVEN MOFFAT HAS CONFIRMED THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY EPISODE WILL CONTAIN ALL 11 DOCTORS.
that’s not possible
Harty, Troghty, and Perty are in the great Gallifrey in the sky
IT’S NOT POSSIBLE THEY’RE GONNA SPECIAL EFFECT THEM IN OH LORD THE NEW WHO FANDOM’S GONNA ALL START WATCHING THE CLASSICS AFTER THEY FALL IN LOVE WITH 1-8 YES I AM A HAPPY FANWARRIOR LET’S DO THIS SHIT
Dammit Doctor Who, stop trying to lure me with beautiful posters and all my doctors in the same room.