Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Steven Moffat on sex (and the Doctor)

IGN did a multi-part chat, mostly involving Sherlock, but with this item about DW

"I never know quite what to say about this," Moffat said of the perceived sexification, or not, of his characters. "Because they're both characters, and in my head they're both people. My God, if that's not sexualized, they're not having a very good time, are they? [Laughs] I mean, people talk about sex in Doctor Who -- I heard someone say that to me, 'You've sexualized the Doctor.' I said, 'Where? In what episode? What great episode are you watching!?!' I mean, Matt Smith's Doctor in particular just flails in the presence of women. But at the same time, it's a fact of the canon of the show that the Doctor was a married man and had children. We know that he flirts, we know that he falls in love, we know that he has the full range of responses in that. The story of Doctor Who is that he's not a deity, but some people think he is, and sometimes he tries to live up to that. It's dangerous when he does. But we know, we know, because we've been watching the show. He's a man that can't drive his own time machine, right? He's a bloke. He's a bloke that stole a time machine and called himself the Doctor. He doesn't even try to seek out injustice, he just blunders around trying to go to lunch and, because he's a good man, tries to save people if it comes up that he has to do that. He's not a deity. He's just simply not. He's not human, but he's human in the other sense of the word."

Make of that what you will. It's certainly fair to say that Moffat's iteration of the Doctor has been no more sexualised than when Davies was showrunning (even if a lot of the sexualisation in Davies' era was when Moffat was writing the scripts). The logical leap between "the Doctor's allowed to have sexual responses" and "he's not a god, you know" sounds very much like he's still thinking of the '90s fan conflicts, back when the Virgin NAs were very deliberately portraying a near-deity Doctor who very deliberately went seeking injustice and Marc Platt wrote a whole book to get around the problem of Susan...
Anyhow, Moffat's presumption that all people are by default sexualised makes it sound like we're going to have Coleman/Capaldi snogging at some point, now that River Song is out of the pictures. So that's a thing.

4 comments :

PCJ said...

"For me, the Doctor has all that stuff going on, but it’s not at the
front of his life. He wants to explore the universe and have adventures;
and he wants to meet people, and he falls in love with lots of people.
He’s a serial falling-in-lover. He loves them all. lt’s not the same
thing as being lustful or Iibidinous. That‘s not what he’s about." ~ Moffat

PCJ said...

I ship the Third Doctor with Jo - the main writers of the show then actually admitted they were two characters HALF in Love... I also ship the Fourth Doctor with Romana, (the fact that Tom married one of the actresses that portrayed her shows there was some real feelings between them at the time) and I also feel that there were deeper feelings between the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa than was actually portrayed. I agree with Moffatt - The Doctor is, essentially, a man - and I do believe that Susan was HIS GRAND-DAUGHTER in the proper sense of the relationship. I have actually explored his pre travelling life in my fanfics, and gave a true reason as to why the Doctor started running in the first place!

PCJ said...

Spoken like the true numbskull he is.

PCJ said...

"River Song is out of the picture"... Says who? Didn't Moffat say he'd have her back if someone wrote a good story? And then there's the mystery of Tasha Lem... and who is she to The Doctor? (And does anyone NOT think she's an iteration of Melody Pond?)