So I've been in the Sherlock tag and I've seen some hate against people who write fanfiction. I neither write nor read fanfiction, but let's look at what our Overlord Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has to say regarding the matter:
No matter how much Moffat doesn’t seem to understand the sensitive details of a/bi/sexuality/whatevs there is NOTHING he can say that will make me want RTD back. Ever.
Just watch the End of Time and tell me who does Doctor Who better. The asshole that made the Doctor an absolute pussy in an finale where DICK ALL happened and the Master was just RUINED, or the guy who doesn’t word his views on sexuality exactly the way you’d like him to on f*cking TWITTER or on the spot at a f*cking conference and really, really likes the ladies but CERTAINLY no more than RTD liked the lads.
If we want to talk about head writers, sexuality and how good they are at their jobs, why don’t we all talk about how RTD wanted to cast Russell Tovey as the 11th Doctor because he “had a nice bum”? That’s it. That’s the reason. That’s not INCREDIBLY SHALLOW. Chris, David and even Catherine Tate didn’t even have proper auditions. Yes, he’s so terrific at his job. Let’s have him back so he can not hold auditions and want episodes LITERALLY set inside JK Rowling’s head. Literally in her head. With Harry Potter shit in there. And then make everyone immortal and tragic and weak and alone.
Back on topic, can we all stop expecting Moffat to completely understand every category of sexuality? Every shade? He’s a heterosexual dude in what… his late 40s? He’s busy, with other shit to worry about like MASTERMINDING DOCTOR WHO AND SHERLOCK, and we’re picking on him for saying ‘gay’ instead of ‘universal’ or something more specific? He’s just a MAN. A basic dude. You’re a blogger or a rights activist or just someone that hangs out on Tumblr OR WHATEVER and you know this world like the back of your hand.
It would be like me having a go at my mom because she didn’t know everything about the modern sexual landscape.
And a few of you might be thinking “but it’s his job to know!” and I would argue that it’s really not. There are so many writers that haven’t included or indicated any understanding of ALL THE FACETS of human sexuality and we don’t get upset about that. Why are we getting upset at Steven? He’s not an idiot. He gives us good stories. What more do we want or, in fact, need from this dude?
I feel as though these are unrealistic expectations, and it’s not like Moffat doesn’t like gay people. His bestest buddy in the whole world is incredibly gay. He’s got gay and bi people in his show all the time. HE’S MAKING ONE HELL OF AN EFFORT, for, again, a guy who could be old enough to be your dad.
And I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking about that time he said something like “asexual characters are boring in terms of tension” or whatever. Boring? Why boring? Because he sees asexuality as normal and human. Holmes is something else entirely. Holmes represses sexual feelings by force. He thinks (whether you agree with him or not) that’s a more interesting story than being simply and wonderfully acceptably and normally, asexual. That was the point he was trying to make. I’ll grant you that Moffat didn’t express this thought terrifically well, but Moffat can’t be a suave genius all the time. He’s a big ol’ nerd. Probably one HELL of an introvert. He’s going to say some things BADLY when put on the spot or in an interview. Shit, if you asked me to comment on asexuality in an interview, I’d probably come out looking like a complete asshole that hates asexuals and likes punching puppies on the weekend. I love puppies and asexuals, but I’m not goodin conversation. This is why I write. It’s probably why a lot of writers write. It might be why Steven writes.
We cannot place all our expectations on this man. It’s unfair. Personally, I love the whole spectrum. I just think that ganging up on him like this with these kinds of “he’s being a dick on purpose because he must know everything I know” assumptions is a shitty thing to do.
These are the tweets from Moffat that started the whole debacle surrounding sexualities. If you just look quickly, and isn’t very familiar with LGBTQ rights, this looks like a pretty cool thing. Because the Doctor doesn’t care about sexualities, and that’s… good. But this isn’t what this implies. He claims that The Doctor doesn’t see sexuality, and doesn’t understand it, and needs to have it explained to him. This is problematic because The Doctor has encountered a pretty decent number of non straight characters over the years. He was the one who explained Jack’s sexuality to Rose, he was aware of when Shakespeare was hitting on him and he knew and was aware of that present day academics are discussing Shakespeare’s sexuality.
The Doctor: Come on! We can have a good flirt later! William Shakespeare: Is that a promise, Doctor? The Doctor: Oh, fifty-seven academics just punched the air. Come on.
He knows of Human sexuality, knows how it works, and knows about the discussions surrounding it. If anything, my guess would be that he has a better grasp of it than we do, since he’s been following humanity for such a long time he ought to have a good understanding of the history of oppression and the problems that present day queer people still are faced with. Why doesn’t he already have a universal marriage setting on that screwdriver of his?
This track here is not a song, nor a tune. It is a sound. A sound compiled by satanists in the early 12th century to open a door to hell to willingly given their souls to Lucifer. A sound used in 13th centure Europe during Excorisms to open the gates of hell in order to send the demon within someone back to its origins. This track is a danger to play for when it opens the gates of hell, it allows demons to enter wherever you are. Play at your own risk!!! There are certain “safe” zone where this track will not play at all and these zones are usually holy places such as churches where demons would not dare to lurk.