Talking about her experiences at a recent panel event she says,
I was sitting beside three very famous male Doctor Who writers ... Guess who was the only one of us who was asked what they thought of 50 Shades of Grey? I suggested we rename it 50 Shades of Gallifrey and everyone crossed their legs and looked a little anxious.Similarly she talks about one of the reviews she received 'from a famous sci-fi mag' which thought it was appropriate to make jokes about the novel's tagline for no other reason than that it was written by a woman.
These days Doctor Who seems to be becoming an increasingly fraught battleground for gender politics, especially since it was revealed that Matt Smith was leaving and someone else would be stepping into the TARDIS come Christmas. The debate over just what kind of person the twelfth Doctor should be, in terms of gender and race, revealed sharp divisions in the fandom, and whilst not all of those who argued against a female Doctor did so because they didn't want to see strong female characters on the show, that doesn't mean that those fans didn't exist.
Jenny's article seems to highlight the same problems. There is a belief in the world of science fiction, indeed in genre fiction in general, that this is a man's world. The fans are male, the writers are male, the characters are male. This has been demonstrably untrue for almost as long as genre fiction has been in existence and whilst there have been times when female fans/writers/characters have been in the minority, since when has that ever been a valid argument that they don't belong? It seems to me that it is high time that everyone was given the respect they're due.
Colgan points out that the sexism she experienced went as far as for her to be questioned countless times whether she was even a fan of Doctor Who in the first place, but if there's one positive thing that comes from her article it's that it's clear she is a big fan and that she loves writing about the Doctor:
Between you and me, though, I am having such a blast. It is just so very much fun to write about the Doctor and his adventures.And that's the point we should finish on. We're all fans together, after all, regardless of our gender. Don't just take my word for it either. I'm just a man after all. You can read Jenny's complete article here.
Doctor Who: Dark Horizons was released last year and is available in hardback and ebook form from all the usual retailers.