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EXPOSED! – Doctor Who’s Gay Agenda

**Crossposted with permission from the awesome Our Freedom To Love:    A website journal raising awareness for the rights of bi-national gay couples and the LGBT community at large.

Warning, there will be SPOILERS, SWEETY.

This morning I logged on with other Whovians to comment on last night’s Doctor Who episode “Closing Time”. For those who don’t know, it features the return of a surprisingly popular character, Craig Owens, from last season’s “The Lodger” as well as iconic villains, the Cybermen. Although, I should say I was more excited to see the reintroduction of the cybermat, which, in my opinion, turned out to be scarier than the Cybermen (one can argue they haven’t been frightening since 1967.)

So in the story, the Doctor pops in to say hello to Craig, who has been left alone to watch his infant son, Alfie, or “Stormaggedon, the Dark Lord of All” as he prefers to be known. The Doctor speaks “baby”…just go with it. Only instead of a quick chat and hopping back into the TARDIS, his curiosity leads him to find employment in a department store and investigate the strange power outages and the mysterious “silver rat“.

Insisting the he assist him in this investigation, Craig straps Alfie in a papoose and follows the Doctor to the store where one of the employees mistakes them for a gay couple. There’s also a bit where the Doctor tries to keep Craig’s attention on him, shockingly professing that he has the hots for Craig, in order to keep him from freaking out about the approaching Cyberman. Just kidding, old boy.

I love you, Craig. No homo.Horror and hilarity ensue, the Cybermen are defeated and Stormaggedon decides that “Alfie” is now a good enough name to go by. Oh yeah, and then the same employee remarks how lovely it is that Alfie has two daddies that love him.

Did you hear that?

That was the sound of Christians howling in offended disbelief.

You stupid woman! Gays can’t have loving, familial relationships with children!Now, online, I noticed one man remarked how he wished the writers would get rid of all the “homosexual stuff” in the show. I brushed it off. But going back later I noticed the comment was gone (probably removed by a moderator) only to find another disgruntled commentator complaining that he was offended that this employee was so enthusiastically supportive of two gay dads loving their son! Followed by the ensuing comments about “deviant lifestyles”, what is this teaching his children, infecting their psyches, why must the writers offend their Christian audience, blah blah blah…The icing on the cake is the inference of the “agenda” the show is now pushing.

Of course, we all now what the agenda is – tolerance.

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The Doctor has and always will be a character espousing the agenda of tolerance. Since the series began in the 1960s, the Doctor and his companions have been sticking up for the oppressed, repressed and underdogs across the universe. The Doctor also rebels against the stuffy – and hypocritical – elitist establishment of Time Lord society. If he wasn’t so amazed and respectful of the diversity of life and cultures throughout the galaxies, would he really be so inclined to fight the outer space Nazi Daleks? Would he care to stop the Cybermen’s quest to conform all life into their own generically cybernetic vision?

And if it wasn’t for a gay man, Russell T. Davies, we probably wouldn’t even have a brand new Doctor Who series to argue about in the first place!

Davies – reviver of beloved cult TV show and harbinger of the TribulationThe current series has a markedly 21st century flavor. Some complain that it’s overly PC and race-blind (like allowing Martha Jones to safely run around medieval England while even her character worries about being “carted off into slavery”). But I think the writers deliberately try to reflect the show’s audience. We now live in a globalized society that is becoming more and more integrated. Also, being that it’s a British production, it seems to reflect the melting pot of today’s UK…despite the tension…Therefore, it’s only natural that there would be queer characters in the show.

And let’s get this settled right now – Captain Jack Harkness is NOT GAY. He’s “omnisexual”, as the Doctor explained. Because the character comes from a point in humanity’s future where mankind has spread across the stars, they are no longer concerned with 21st century taboos. Jack is attracted to men, women and other species of sentient life. However, I think it’s because Torchwood plays up the homosexual angle that people mistake him as being solely gay (or bisexual, but the sexual tension with Gwen Cooper is just…*yawn*). By the way, I would also like to thank Torchwood for the copious amounts of naked John Barrowman ass, too. It’s appreciated.

…well…yeah.Anyway…while no other queer characters have been introduced as main players, the current series of Doctor Who includes several minor characters. In fact, writer Steven Moffat, upon realizing he didn’t include any in series 5, seems to be trying to make for it in this one. In the very first episode, “The Impossible Astronaut”, we are introduced to Canton Delaware III, an FBI agent who was fired because he wanted to get married. It isn’t until the next episode, when the Doctor demands to know what’s wrong with Canton wanting to marry, that Delaware shocks Tricky Dick Nixon by revealing he wanted to marry is his black male lover.

BAMF

 
Then there are the two couples introduced in “A Good Man Goes to War” – one a human male, military couple (So no DADT in the future? How prescient!)
Opposites: How the universe maintains balances.And the other being an inter-species lesbian couple, Madame Vastra and Jenny. And they kick ass.

I’d make a joke about dryness, but she’d chop my head off.But these aren’t the only ones. In the previous series we’ve met Jack Harkness (who has become a popular queer character and it’s cute when even the Doctor flirts with him a bit), an elderly lesbian couple in series 3’s “Gridlock” that become indignant when another character refers to them as “sisters” as if it’s the 1930s or something. And according to Wikipedia:

Alice and May Cassini are the first homosexual married couple featured in a Doctor Who episode.

Not to mention that old man who fancies the 10th Doctor.

Most importantly, the Doctor treats these characters with respect and kindness. He doesn’t talk down to them, he doesn’t moralize – aside from telling Jack to keep it in his pants. In fact, these characters don’t even play the victims – they help the Doctor and his companions. It’s like they’re trying to teach children that gays are actually useful, contributing members of society!

And it’s this that I find most inspiring. They are not victims. They do not hide, they stand up for themselves and are proud of who they are. It’s completely antithetical to the way others want to portray us and, to a detriment, the way we oftentimes portray ourselves. How dare the writers portray us as people! People with rights and integrity and dignity! How dare the writers shove that down their throats!

Respect, tolerance and love.

You’d think these would be commendable subjects in a family show. I had replied to the complaining Christian that the writers of Doctor Who are trying to reflect its viewing audience and society at large. There are gays everywhere and some even watch Doctor Who. Did everyone flip out that white Rose was dating black Mickey? You mean people actually date outside of their own race, too?!

Reflecting back the diversity of their own culture shows children that not everyone is the same and that’s okay – human or alien. Because it prepares them for the real world, when they have to deal with a variety of people much different from themselves. The Doctor teaches tolerance by example – and let’s remember that tolerance and acceptance are two different things. The Doctor shows us how a little respect and kindness go a long way. He teaches us that we can live with one another if we want to. I think this lesson is obvious is the series 5 rehash of the 3rd Doctor serial, Doctor Who and Silurians. What an awful thing to teach impressionable young children, that different people can live together in peace!

But is Doctor Who pushing the Homosexual Agenda? I don’t think so. I believe the good Doctor is teaching many children what many of their parents can’t seem to do themselves.

– W.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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4 thoughts on “EXPOSED! – Doctor Who’s Gay Agenda”

  1. Very few people have a problem with the LGBT community. It’s just the fact that most gays can’t shut up about their queerness that most people can’t stand.

    Just like those that support abortion, gays will ultimately die out because there is no self preservation inherent in the behavior.

    Yes. Behavior.

    1. And we don’t shut up because homophobic idiots who have no freaking clue like you continue to spout bullshit like being gay is a “behavior” and feel the need to comment about it.

      Being an bigoted and an idiot is a behavioral choice. Being gay isn’t. So good luck with that. Asshole

    2. Oh Dear!

      Mark has seemed to have used the Space Time Vortex to travel back to the in 50’s!

      Next he’ll be saying that the majority of misogynist white Anglo-Saxon heterosexuals, don’t mind Blacks, females or the Irish, if they would shut up about it!

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