Anonymous said: Have you heard about Peter Capaldi refusing to act a romantic relationship with Clara? Do you think he'll do well, or be smothered by Moffat?
From what I’ve gathered, Peter Capaldi is a huge fan of Doctor Who that pretended to be a huge Moffat stan until he’d signed an airtight contract, at which point he revealed he hates the direction Moffat was taking the show he loves, plans to systematically undo it to the best of his ability, has been openly mocking and refusing the participate in parts of the script he doesn’t think are true to the character, and insisting that they “won’t chase him off this show,” which is basically saying “this town ain’t big enough for the both of us.”
I think the new season of Doctor Who is going to be glorious.
Good grief. Firstly, what a superb rumour - if the series goes The Moffat Way (as perceived by the viewer) then Moffat has smothered Capaldi. If it goes The Non-Moffat Way (again as perceived by the viewer) then it’s because Capaldi has thrown a Malcolm Tucker-esque bitch fit and refused to film. Just for the record on this one, Malcolm Tucker is a character, Peter Capaldi isn’t Malcolm Tucker and almost certainly doesn’t behave in any way like him - because if he was behaving that way he wouldn’t still be working in the industry. Yes, there are probably lots of discussions and wrangling over the character as they work things out during the initial series but I seriously doubt any of the above is true.
Secondly, I highlighted the “perceived” by the viewer thing above because I am baffled by the implication that Moffat is trying to force a romantic relationship between the Doctor and Clara. Because I’ve not seen any evidence of that. In fact, Moffat has been fairly outspoken about the fact that he doesn’t like the Doctor/Companion relationships that were prevalent under RTD - there was a reason his first companions were a couple. There’s a reason that he was looking for an older Doctor since he took over (Moffat has said he almost didn’t audition Smith for this reason, but that Smith blew it out of the park). This may partly be because of his bizarre OTP feelings about the Doctor/River, but I find it highly unlikely that he’s trying to force a romantic relationship with Clara on Capaldi.
But the real reason this post has pissed me off, is making up shit like this that has no basis from anything we’ve seen onscreen detracts from some of the actual problems the show has been having. Why make up the idea of a Doctor/Clara relationship being the root of all evil when it’s not even been seen in any of the series so far, when we could talk about some of the following:
- Hire some more female writers and directors Moffat. The 3.9% of female writing/directing credits under your leadership, is starting to make RTD’s 5.4% look generous. Nice to see more directing roles for women in the new series, but still no writers. Could do better.
- Particularly, why not bring back some of the brilliant people who’ve worked on the show in the past. Like Hettie MacDonald, I mean maybe she’s just not interested, but I find it shocking that the director of the award winning Blink, hasn’t been wooed back to the show come hell or highwater. (Also, what happened to Paul Cornell? He wrote some of the best episodes under RTD and hasn’t been seen since you took over).
- You really don’t need to write every special, honestly, RTD could manage it but your work started showing serious shakiness under the pressure of the schedule recently. Pleased to see the series has a much better spread of writing.
- Pay more attention to representation generally, being aware of how you’re featuring characters of colour, characters with disabilities and lgbt characters is important. So, whilst it’s lovely that lgbt characters are finally getting happy endings in Doctor Who, it would be nice to see a more representative number of them.
- If a jokes punchline involves racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, ableism or anything similar - cut it. The Doctor is a really important figure for shaping what young people think is acceptable (have you seen recent social studies about how Harry Potter seems to have actively shaped a more considerate society - http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/views/political-views/296659/how-harry-potter-shaped-a-generation-s-political-culture - that’s the sort of power you’re wielding here). Making jokes of the above without EXTREME care, particularly when it comes from the Doctor, normalises taking these issues lightly and leads to normalising the behaviour itself. Stop it.
Obviously, other people will have a different list to me (and for the record, I do still like Moffat more than RTD), but when you make up feuds or fictional issues with Moffat’s writing, it makes it more difficult for people to raise actual issues like the above.