Alyssa, author of the Whovian Feminism blog (whovianfeminism.tumblr.com), wrote an essay called "A Love Letter to My Problematic Favs." In it, she said:
I try to let myself love my favorite characters as much as I can, even when they can sometimes make me so uncomfortable I can’t bear to watch them onscreen. I try to defend them against criticism I think is unfair (after all, female characters come in for a disproportionate amount of sexist criticism), while at the same time trying to keep my mind open to new critical perspectives.
Maintaining a healthy perspective is tough, and we don’t always strike the right balance. But ultimately, that challenge can be a rewarding experience. In struggling to come to terms with all the ways I love and have been let down by my problematic favs, I think I’ve become a better feminist and fangirl.
Chip invited Alyssa to reflect a month later on what she wrote. As fate would have it, that turned out to be the same time that representation and fan entitlement became a hot topic.
Is it "entitlement" to advocate for change in the media you consume? Are you a bad fan, or even a bully, if you want to see something different in Doctor Who? Maybe there's a difference between having an opinion on the internet and being a threat. Maybe we can do something about the latter without trying to shame the former.
Let's get this right out of the way: Big Finish's "Technophobia" is a triumphant return for the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble, almost as though Tennant and Tate never left.
And that weirded me the heck out.
At long last, 2MTL's interview from the Long Island Who stage with Noel Clarke in November 2015. Noel talks about his career outside Doctor Who, including his comic The Troop from Titan Comics and his upcoming film Brotherhood, as well as his evolution from "buffoon" to "badass" as Mickey Smith.
Mikayla, one of the hosts of The Web of Queer (Twitter), provides a great guest commentary (clocking in at an increasingly rare ACTUAL TWO MINUTES) about what you may be inadvertently communicating when you discuss whether the Doctor is, or should be, asexual or aromantic.
Tags2MTL updates appreciation BBC America Big Finish casting Christmas specials Clara classic series comics companions conventions Doctor Who abroad DWO WhoCast Eleventh Doctor fandom Gallifrey One guest appearance guest commentary Hurricane Who interview Matt Smith new series online Peter Capaldi pontification regeneration review romance in the TARDIS Russell T. Davies Series 1 Series 2 Series 5 Series 6 Series 7 Series 8 Series 9 Steven Moffat Tenth Doctor Throwback Toby Hadoke Torchwood Torchwood: Miracle Day TV biz Twelfth Doctor U.K. guest reviews