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01 May 2014 @ 03:56 pm
Out With the Different, In With the Same  
This article discusses and asks some questions regarding the zero female writers who have been hired by Steven Moffat for Doctor Who this coming season.

I can't really comment on how the last few seasons of DW have been as I stopped watching. But I do agree with the article that the usage of female writers in other scifi shows have certainly never hurt the show itself. And I do find it disappointing (if true) that DW has lost its progressive edge and gone back to the more conservative format of a mostly White cast where the White men get all the interesting lines.

The article asks: "The question is, does Doctor Who have a duty to represent its audience and continue to break boundaries in the world of science fiction TV?"

My short answer is yes. Yes, it does.

Media has an impact on its viewers and in this case it's not so much is representation necessary but rather what happens when there is a complete lack of representation. Whether the showrunners mean to or not, there is a message that gets sent out when a beloved series shows only White men being intelligent and clever while the women are only there to support them and their cause. It provides a role model that says that as a woman you can only be a sidekick and as a person of color, you are not relevant to a story about heroism.

I'm sure Moffat didn't become a showrunner or writer for the sake of being a social justice activist so on one hand I don't think it's his JOB necessarily to do this. But he does have a responsibility when asked questions around this to be aware of what he's talking about. These are his viewers coming to him and when he dismisses these queries and view points, he's doing both himself and his show a disservice.
aelfgyfu_mead: Doctor Donnaaelfgyfu_mead on May 2nd, 2014 01:37 am (UTC)
I think Moffat has this idea that what people want to see is extraordinary people doing extraordinary things, when what we actually want, or I actually want, is ordinary people put into extraordinary circumstances, and managing to deal with them. . . . When what RTD's run said was that the Doctor loves you because you're just human, and that's not only okay, that is awesome.