|The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff. |
Pic credit: Allison Stein
I also like twitter.
And on Saturday night the two merged when after the show I tweeted how I really wish (I wasn't being glib, I do wish this) that Moffat didn't think sticking a woman on a motorbike meant she was a strong female character.
And then I got trolled.
Now, as my husband (slightly less of a geek than me) pointed out, my surprise at this was rather shocking. There may well be, he suggested, a fair few lonely blokes at home on a Saturday night wishing to fire off sexist abuse. However the content of the trolling tweets bugged me. Ignoring the actual insults, the gist was that anyone who criticises the show on feminist lines wants a female doctor, hates all men and should feel privileged that they're allowed out of the kitchen to purchase a television licence to watch a show written for boys. For the record though, I can live with keeping the doctor male. I have a son and wouldn't mind him growing up wanting to be a geeky scientist as opposed to a violent thug. I don't think there are enough decent male role models on TV. But what I don't want him growing up to see is the following:
- Women relegated to springboards of conscience. I could take the Billie Piper one, if only to see her amazing hair (I now have major hair envy) but throw Clara into this role too and I was a bit bored.
- Women automatically not being in war rooms or their decisions showed to be wrong by men. The Doctor overrules the head of Unit and, well, was there a female timelord in that Galifrey command centre? If there was, I must have missed her. Maybe she was making tea.
- One of the most interesting female characters in British history reduced to a lovesick hanger-on with her breasts out.
The night before I watched An Adventure in Space and Time. I loved it, especially watching how Who had led the way with the first ever female producer at the BBC. This show's been on for 50 years. We don't seem to have travelled much in terms of our depiction of women in five decades.