stirring_still (stirring_still) wrote in doctorwho,
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The non-queerness of our current Who

A few weeks ago, I posted about what seemed to me to be a distressing development: the apparent lack of queerness in the new series of Doctor Who. An interesting discussion ensued, and several commenters were kind enough to try to reassure me that six weeks' worth of episodes wasn't enough to draw any conclusions from.

Now, however, the series is at an end, and my worst fears have pretty much been realised: the Moffat Who universe is devoid of queer characters, and near-devoid of references to our existence.

I have never in my life written to an entertainment provider, but then again, I have never been quite so disappointed and unhappy with my entertainment. I'm therefore going to contact the BBC (here) and express that disappointment, in the hope that such viewer feedback might lead the production team to consider including us queers again.

Because really – given that sexual/romantic attraction among minor characters we never see again are central subplots in some of the episodes, would it really be that hard to have made one or two of these non-heterosexual?

In order to make my point as clear as I can, I want to include two lists when contacting the BBC: one list of moments during which the existence of heterosexuality is openly acknowledged to exist, and one list of moments during which non-heterosexuality (and/or non-cisgenderedness) is openly acknowledged to exist. I would like to ask the community's help to ensure that the lists are as complete as possible, so please, would you read through the lists and let me know if I'm missing any moments? Since the lists thereby become a community effort, please feel free to grab and use them.



Heterosexual moments in series 5

Queer moments in series 5

Amy's interested in the Doctor
There are at least two mentions of the Doctor's relationship with Elizabeth I

Craig tells the Doctor the etiquette for bringing a "girlfriend or a boyfriend" home
The Doctor refers to "self-marriage" among two-headed aliens; the two heads are possibly/presumably of the same sex since they share the same body.

The "vampires" are in Venice to obtain opposite-sex spouses
The leading vampires are mother and son
Rory's and Amy's relationship is a major plot point throughout the series
Amy's conspicuous pregnancy
Prisoner Zero takes the form of a woman with children
Constant references to whether or not River is the Doctor's wife
Jeff's interested in heterosexual porn
Amelia talks about her mum and dad
Rory's stag party
The Doctor asks if Octavian and River are engaged
Rosanna flirts with the Doctor and essentially offers to have sex with him
Amy asks the Doctor if he's a parent
A girl in Victory of the Daleks is worried about her boyfriend.
Bracewell reaffirms his humanity through heterosexual love
Guido has a daughter
The brother-versus-fiancée debate in Venice
Mrs Poggit is knitting a jumper for her grandson
Hungry Earth opens with a mother/father/son family, and a lot of the subplot revolves around them
Nasreen and her male colleague kiss/embark on a relationship
Vincent van Gogh hits on Amy and wants to have children by her
A woman loses her daughter to the invisible monster
Sophie and Craig are in love, and their kiss saves the world
River kisses her male prison guard and at least one Roman soldier
The finale sees the return of Amy's mother and father...
...and of River's potentially-romantic relationship with the Doctor
And the emotional climax of the finale is Amy and Rory's wedding
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