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RTD: Still a cock

There's an interview with Russell T Davies on the Guardian website this morning. Which has filled me with rage, always a nice way to start the week. Ah, soon there will be no more RTD Who interviews *rejoices*

Selected quotes

He has been as critical of a tiny but vocal minority of Whovians as he is of the Daily Mail, calling them "mosquitoes". Even at the end of his tenure he continues to express regret that some of the obsessives "dominate the agenda".

"They are not real fandom, though, they are a core of mostly men who like to complain. Fandom is bigger and richer than that, and they are only about 1,000 people who give everyone else a bad name and build their life around a show."

I think I *know* more than 1,000 people - mostly women - who complain about RTD's Who. Heh.

He is not a man to shy away from controversial comments, and says Tennant's eventual replacement should not be female. "I am often tempted to say yes to that to placate everyone but, while I think kids will not have a problem with [a female Doctor], I think fathers will have a problem with it because they will then imagine they will have to describe sex changes to their children.

"I think fathers can describe sex changes to their children and I think they should and it's part of the world, but I think it would simply introduce genitalia into family viewing. You're not talking about actresses or style, you're talking about genitalia, and a lot of parents would get embarrassed."

Aaaargh. Just aaaaaaaargh. I've heard about the prevalence of transphobia in gay men, but...fucking hell. I can only imagine what he'd say to people who didn't want homosexuality in Doctor Who because fathers would be embarrassed to explain it to their children. (Why just fathers, anyway?)

Oh, enough ranting for now. I will think happy Moffat thoughts.



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Jul. 7th, 2008 08:42 am (UTC)

that's just so full of WTF? that I don't even know where to start.

I can imagine EB's reaction to a female doctor

EB: so, the Doctor is a woman now?
Me: yup.
EB: righto. When's the next episode on?
Jul. 7th, 2008 08:57 am (UTC)
Heh, I did think that - of all things in Doctor Who, I can't imagine that's what would be most confusing to kids!
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Jul. 7th, 2008 09:09 am (UTC)

Oh, I want to throttle this man with his own bloody OBE.
Jul. 7th, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
I saw an icon yesterday with Eccleston grinning manically and saying "DIE! kthxbye" and when I was making this post, I wished I'd downloaded it...
Jul. 7th, 2008 09:13 am (UTC)
Okay, I'm against having a female Doctor, but not because of children worrying about freakin' sex changes! Heck, the buy worse stuff from fairy tales. And nine out of ten kids' cartoons. ):

(fyi- I don't want a female Doctor because in my heart I just feel it would be all wrong. I like having a bloke Doctor. It would be odd.)

Edited at 2008-07-07 09:13 am (UTC)
Jul. 7th, 2008 09:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm exactly the same - not keen on a female Doctor, but jeez, not because of that!!
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Jul. 7th, 2008 09:19 am (UTC)
I know. I'm kind of speechless about the whole thing, or there'd have been a much longer rant.
Jul. 7th, 2008 09:20 am (UTC)
Needless to say I quite fancy a female doctor... so to speak. But I don't object to him remaining male, and it seems to me as though there's plenty of potential for powerful female characters in the future of Who anyway - namely his daughter, and River Song.
Jul. 7th, 2008 09:21 am (UTC)
Also, *stabs RTD*

He'd redeemed himself a little with Turn Left but now he's back in The Book.
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Jul. 7th, 2008 09:30 am (UTC)
I really don't get why the man who created Captain Jack should be worried about fathers having to explain "bits" to their children. It's just so inconsistent.

Jul. 7th, 2008 10:25 am (UTC)
^^^This comment speaks the truth!
Jul. 7th, 2008 11:24 am (UTC)
I honestly can't see how the doctor morphing into a woman would have any need for someone to explain sex changes to small children. Think about it - the morphing from Eccleston's body to Tenant's body was done with brightly glowing whiddly-whee, not with several hours of extensive surgery. Logically, the process of this particular sex change can be explained in the same way, so you don't need to explain the nitty gritty unless you really want to.

To my mind it also raises some debate about how exactly time lords breed more than anything else.
Jul. 7th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
Heh, I know. I don't see why it's any different to any of the other changes.

I quite like the idea of them swapping gender occasionally, although I don't know if I'd actually want a female Doctor in the show...
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Jul. 7th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
As a commenter on that blog pointed out, I think that says more about the writer than about Moffat. Particularly telling is the bizarre reading of the girl in "Blink" who travels back in time and the occurance with boy-on-wall. I was reminded of Lawrence Miles ludicrous reading of "The Unquiet Dead"; and at least he had the excuse of being drunk.
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Jul. 7th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
I've more than enough issues with some of RTD's writing in "Who" but I don't understand the hostility the man attracts; a lot of what he's done was both right and necessary (particularly with regards to adding a human-interest angle to the storytelling). He's certainly said some silly stuff in the past such as his comments about the use of quarries, alien worlds, and the supposed non-popularity of the sci-fi genre but I think it's fair to say that he's distanced himself from a lot of that in acts if not in words. I also think that his last four episodes this year were easily some of his best (although "Partners in Crime" was terrible).
Jul. 7th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
He just irritates me, heh. It's mostly his Rose shipping stuff on the Confidentials - I've stopped watching them - and his disrespect towards the fans. By all means think these things about the loony fringe of the fandom, we all do, but don't go bitching about them constantly in the media. (Get an anonymous LJ and do it there instead!)

I do still have a lot of respect for him as a writer, though, and I think overall he's done a great job with New Who, even if the episodes written by him are generally some of the weakest. (Excepting the last four, as you say.) And I still adore Queer As Folk and The Second Coming.
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