A couple of years ago, disliking showrunner Steven Moffat was a niche interest in Doctor Who fandom, mostly the realm of feminists who objected to seemingly misogynist themes in his writing, and die-hard fans of his predecessor Russell T. Davies. Now, it seems, Moffat’s anti-fans may be in the majority.
Reactions to this week’s Doctor Who Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor,” have been decidedly mixed. Along with the predictably tearful mourning for the departure of eleventh Doctor Matt Smith, the episode was widely criticized for being incoherent, confusing, and sexist.
There’s a reason why this fake TV listing has been retweeted almost 500 times:
The episode included (spoiler alert!) the Doctor spending 300 years in an isolated village called Christmas, which did not develop culturally or technologically during the entire time he was present. Essentially, the Doctor has now spent about a fifth of his current lifespan inside a Dickensian snowglobe. Another baffling detail was the fact that his companion Clara was touched by one of the previously notorious Weeping Angels but survived unscathed, despite the fact that a Weeping Angel directly caused the final disappearance of beloved companions Amy and Rory last season.
The episode also introduced a new female character who embodied many of the characteristics of a stereotypical “Moffat woman”: a sexy, powerful woman who flirts with the Doctor while he bobs around awkwardly like a confused child, before she is killed off, brought back to life, and then insulted by the Doctor for not being as good “a woman” as Clara—10 seconds after he kissed her without her consent. It was like a Greatest Hits montage of all the bizarre interactions between the Doctor and his various female companions and love-interests since Moffat took over as showrunner. And this was just a few minutes after Clara was forced by the Truth Field to admit that she first began travelling with the Doctor because she “fancied him.” [READ MORE]
Hey, its ok to dislike the episode but a lot of these plotholes were addressed or rectified in previous episodes.
1. Christmas is basically a snowglobe because a. its a designed trap for the Doctor b. because its an audience trap designed by Moffat. A cyclical Dickensian hell (basically Christmas, hello.)
2. The weeping angel also touched River in that same episode where Rory and Amy die. Because it did not have enough temporal juice it could only move and not send her back in time. Those angels were stuck under the snow on a basically deserted, fake planet. I doubt they had much energy to do anything.
3. The truth field worked when the person inside the field was asking a question of another person inside the field. The timelords are trapped in a parallel dimension and are not present on THAT dimension.
4. The blatant sexism. Sigh. I feel like no one will ever be right, or get this right in a television show, and no one gives a shit about what I have to say so here I go.
If you’re expecting a perfect society in a television show you NEED TO READJUST YOUR EXPECTATIONS. I want to see more scripts out there that treat women and men on equal footing in both appearance, importance, and sexual authority. I want to see more shows out there that show minorities as capable leaders and not side schticks. Basically I want television to show what society refuses to believe. But if you’re looking for utopia from a show that has shown it can’t and won’t accomodate that then WHAT DO YOU REALLY EXPECT?
HOWEVER, penis jokes are funny for me. Erection jokes, nudity jokes, fart jokes. I find those funny, im not sorry. So please don’t paint them as something taboo for a feminist to enjoy. Stop stereotyping female opinion, feminists, just stop. No, stop.
I also find it hilarious that there is more outrage about nudity joke than the lack of minority representation in this episode or really any episode in the last two seasons…. but ya know… lets freak out over a fucking I’m naked joke.