When you read this from the Radio Times, think Martha Jones…Shakespeare…then wonder Why? And now it’s just SJW bitchiness and I’m glad Steven Moffat is going. I was a staunch defender of Moffat, sometime irrationally, until recently. And this kind of thing makes me angry and I don’t like being angry at my favorite show.
Doctor Who series 10 episode 3 sees the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and new companion Bill (Pearl Mackie) take their first journey back in time together, visiting Regency London at the time of the last great Frost Fair and meeting a giant fish for an adventure called Thin Ice.
However, it’s not all fun and games, with mixed-race character Bill concerned about how her ethnicity will affect historical figures’ reactions to her (especially considering slavery is “still totally a thing”, in her words), while also discovering that the past was slightly more diverse than she expected.
Martha never worried about it 200 years earlier. Sarah Jane never worried about in Medieval Times. Amy and River in Roman Times (written by Moffat).
Now, series showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed why he and episode writer Sarah Dollard decided to engage with race so robustly in the story, saying they “didn’t see an alternative” to tackling the subject head-on.
Oh, there was an alternative, but being preachy is all the rage…Did they discuss The Doctor’s White Privilege too?
“History is always white washed,” Moffat told TVGuide.com, (Mostly be Liberals) in words that are echoed by Peter Capaldi’s Doctor in the episode. “How do we manage to have a diverse cast despite that? The way that we did it was … [to just] say that you will see people of different colours there.
“In fact, there were. People all didn’t arrive in the twinkle of an eye. It is bending history slightly, but in a progressive and useful way.”
Not really. Pandering and self-serving sanctimony…
“Also, it wouldn’t be a pleasant place for [Bill] in several respects,” Moffat went on, referring to the racist attitudes of certain characters who appear in the episode.
Martha and Shakespeare’s England anyone?
“Taking that on is just respectful of the audience really. It’s a chance to – I’m always reluctant to sound so pious and so do-gooding and all of that. It’s useful that these things are talked about. The evil in Doctor Who can sometimes be the evil in our real world, too.”
How about the evil of Orwellian Fascist Liberals? 🙂
When they watch the episode, we’re sure many fans will come to the same conclusion.
I just hope I can watch it and not barf from the false sanctimony…That’s on Thin Ice…