You know, I am going to miss the Big Gay Agenda in Doctor Who. Steve Moffat, I love him dearly, but he is straight as a...well I can’t find a simile that doesn’t sound like a sexual metaphor, but you get my point. This is the man who made us all (well, at least me) laugh until we cried with the compelling drama of one man trying to explain his lesbian spank inferno video. He is five kinds of win, just not gay win. RFD, on the other hand, being about three kinds of win and two kinds of fail, was famous for, well, Queer as Folk.
So I was reading the delightful Chicks Dig Time Lords, specifically the essay about the companions from a feminist/queer point of view. It criticised the production team for making Jack omnisexual and then making the Doctor pointedly run away from all his advances. This made me laugh out loud, so that I looked like a happy lunatic on a park bench. Ok, so I guess that the essay was about the companions, but is the giant flashing sign above the Master’s head reading “most significant emotional, not to mention so sexually loaded that it only barely gets past the BBC censors, relationship the Doctor engages in the whole of the new series” not visible to other people? Is it not worth mentioning? We’re not talking TOS era Star Trek unintentional slash here, this is full-on bloody text. Let me demonstrate:
The Doctor: I'm here.
The Master: [the Master looks up from the speaker phone, takes his cell phone out of his pocket and turns it on] Doctor.
The Doctor: Master.
The Master: [smiles] I love it when you say my name.
The other reason I laughed, by the way, is because I can quite vividly imagine running away from Jack’s advances. He does have a lot of them.
Here, for your enjoyment, is the lesbian spank inferno, to demonstrate the benefits of Steve Moffat. Enjoy!