Formal Complaint To The BBC About Doctor Who

theoncominghope:

Yesterday, me and a number of friends were left disgusted by the racial stereotyping and casual misogyny running rife through the latest episode of Doctor Who, “The Caretaker”.

This morning, hellotailor made a comment on twitter that, in order to make any kind of…

trojansaxon gets it absolutely right, and slays it in the last sentence. The show runners have to do better, and to make that happen, we have to demand better.

Formal Complaint To The BBC About Doctor Who

Yesterday, me and a number of friends were left disgusted by the racial stereotyping and casual misogyny running rife through the latest episode of Doctor Who, “The Caretaker”. 

This morning, hellotailor made a comment on twitter that, in order to make any kind of meaningful difference, fans need to do more than tweet / tumblr their dissatisfaction, and lodge formal complaints to the BBC. Here’s the link for the complaints site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/complain-online/.

Here’s what I submitted. Please feel free to use this as a model for your complaints, though I believe individual responses will be more effective.

I am deeply offended by “The Caretaker”, which contains numerous insults against people of color and women.

For years, I have given Steven Moffat the benefit of the doubt, despite a number of questionable remarks made by The Doctor and other characters during his tenure. This episode crossed the line, for many reasons.

Let’s start with race:

  1. The Doctor has ZERO PROBLEMS with Clara dating a white character, despite the fact that he had never met him. As soon as he meets Danny, however, he makes a number of racially coded jokes about how a man like Danny could not be a maths teacher, but must be a PE teacher. This perpetuates negative stereotypes about black men only being suitable for physical pursuits, not cerebral.
  2. He insults Danny’s intelligence over and again, with no cause and great venom. The Doctor is allowed to insult people, and be protective of Clara, but if this is his “personality,” why no insults or wariness for the white bow-tied teacher?
  3. All three delinquent children are black: first the two truant boys, then Courtney. Again, this perpetuates terrible stereotypes.

Moffat’s treatment of gender is equally problematic:

  • Throughout the season, Capaldi’s Doctor makes a number of comments about Clara’s height, weight, makeup and desire to have a personal life. He goes on and on about her body, when such comments are neither necessary nor amusing.
  • This episode, he actively dismisses her work and her intelligence.
  • The plot of The Caretaker revolves around Clara seeking approval from first her “space-dad” and then her boyfriend. God forbid a woman make her own decisions and enjoy her life without male approval.

It is not acceptable for a “hero” to engage in such pernicious and dated stereotypes, the likes of which we have not seen in 50 years of Doctor Who. It’s disrespectful, and disgraceful coming from the BBC.

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