Why I’m not watching Dr. Who’s 50th anniversary episode

On Nov. 23, the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special will be simulcast nationwide to millions of viewers in 76 different countries.

I will not be one of the viewers.

Titled “The Day of the Doctor,” the episode has been confirmed to be about a murder in Elizabethan England. The BBC has announced that the Fourth and Tenth Doctors, as well as fan-favorite companion to the Tenth Doctor, Rose Tyler, will return to the screen to join the Eleventh Doctor and his companion, Clara Oswald.

Though I am a huge fan of the show and have many times marathoned through the entire revival series, I’m not interested in watching future episodes if they continue to be written by Steven Moffat.

In fact, many fans are refusing to watch the special on its first air and not partake in the opening-night festivities as the special is penned by Moffat.

The reason is that Moffat creates weak female characters who are portrayed as stereotypical “damsels-in-distress,” needing to be saved by the Doctor. Or they are just passed off as love interests.

In addition, Moffat has not stuck to “Classic Who” standards. His villains, who are less evil than the classic ones, barely affect the season plot. He also doesn’t advance the plot concerning all the mysterious aspects of the Doctor, like why he destroyed his home planet, Gallifrey. Those episodes were all written by other writers whom I am more fond of, such as Russell T. Davies.

Moffat’s plots that revolve around the Doctor usually explore what it would be like if the Doctor didn’t exist. He typically writes about how the world would end if the Doctor weren’t there to save the day. He does not create complex plots and unique episodes that somehow all come together at the season finale, like the ones Davies writes. Moffat lacks this characteristic in his writing, writing only straight plot lines that are easy to connect.

I will be avoiding Moffat’s episodes also because of his sexism.

In an interview with The Scotsman, Scotland’s Sunday newspaper, he said this about two characters, Rose Tyler and Madame de Pompadour:

“There’s this issue you’re not allowed to discuss: that women are needy,” he said. “Men can go for longer, more happily, without women. That’s the truth.

“We don’t, as little boys, play at being married—we try to avoid it for as long as possible. Meanwhile women are out there hunting for husbands.”

In the same interview Moffat goes on to complain that men aren’t respected in “civilised countries,” saying, “The world is vastly counted in favour of men at every level— except if you live in a civilised country and you’re sort of educated and middle-class, because then you’re almost certainly junior in your relationship and in a state of permanent, crippled apology. Your preferences are routinely mocked.”

Because this statement is extremely misogynistic, I will not be tuning in to the 50th anniversary special when it airs.


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