I really wish I didn’t have to write these types of articles; but I’ve seen and heard about how people are treating others in the Doctor Who family, and I want to give you my thoughts and opinions on the matter.
Before you read any of what I have to say; I highly recommend you watch these two videos first; as they are what inspired me to write this article, they’re both brilliant and show the struggles of being a female Doctor Who fan.
Okay, have you watched them? Good. I told you they were brilliant.
Anyway, onto the article, which is totally, wholeheartedly and unashamedly my opinion. Yours may be different to mine, and that’s perfectly acceptable; everyone’s entitled to an opinion and if you think I’m wrong or misinformed, please let me know.
It recently seems that people in the Doctor Who community are being discriminated by others in the community. That’s not right, that’s not fair, and that’s not acceptable in my opinion. The two videos that I have used as reference have both been talking about being a female Doctor Who fan, now if you’re not quite sure who I am, I’m Daniel; a 20 year old male; I’ve been an avid Whovian since ’05 and quite frankly Doctor Who has taken over my life, seemingly for the better. Some people may think that my gender means I’m not the right demographic to defend this argument; but of course I am.
The whole beauty of Doctor Who is that it’s a show about inclusion and tolerance and love and beauty and forgiveness and that you should never assume anything, because looks can be deceiving. I’ve been watching Doctor Who for eleven years, both the New-Who stuff as well as the Classic era and I think that it’s safe to say that this message has been hammered home for so long in the show.
If you’re basing someone’s “worthiness” as a Whovian on what they look like, then aren’t you just being judgmental on something that’s totally irrelevant? You could look like a lobotomised Blobfish or you could be the most beautiful and flawless looking person in all of creation; it doesn’t matter. Our bodies are just a vessel for our thoughts and opinions, our likes and dislikes, our views and our personalities, our hearts and our souls. If you like Doctor Who, and we can have a good conversation about any aspect of the show, you’re more than welcome to talk to me, even if we don’t agree on certain points. Let’s have a conversation about whether Martha Jones is a seriously underrated companion, or if Classic Who is far superior to New-Who. Let’s just discuss and have a laugh and get along.
Likewise, if you judge someone based on how much they know about Doctor Who, you’re quite frankly a fool. If you talk to someone who only watched David Tennant or Matt Smith’s era, then that’s okay. That doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to call themselves a Whovian. If you can’t wrap your head around the idea, don’t see them as being ignorant to the other Doctors, see them as specialists in a certain era of the show. You don’t have to pass a test to be a Whovian, you just have to want to identify yourself as one.
Part of the beauty of Doctor Who, in my opinion at least, is that it’s one of the few shows that seems to transcend any types of boundaries; you can be any age, gender, sexuality, creed, colour or religion and be influenced and captivated by this silly show. Doctor Who keeps striving for more diversity and inclusion in the show; shouldn’t Whovians do the same?
I’m aware that a lot of people who read this article will share a similar viewpoint to me in all of this, and for that I thank you. This article is really for those who don’t though. I don’t even think that a lot of the people who make these remarks that are getting to people really realise that they’re doing so. If you see someone who you assume doesn’t fit in with the ‘norms’ of what a Doctor Who fan should look, be or act like, remember this:
Anyone can be a fan of Doctor Who
If you do that, you might make someone’s day, and make the world a better place.
If you’ve managed to read this far, chances are you’re a huge fan of equality (and quite right too, equality is brilliant) so I wanted to let you know about a new project that both myself and Tom Dix of EpicWho have started called WhoPride. WhoPride was created after the horrific events in Orlando last week as a show of solidarity that as Whovians, we embrace and welcome people of the LGBT community. WhoPride is now going to be an annual month-long event and has it’s own Twitter and website that I recommend you check out for all of the latest news and info. As part of WhoPride, next month will see us collaborate with EpicWho to bring you a month about the LGBT community in Doctor Who, with lots of cross-pollination between this site and their YouTube channel, so make sure you stick around for that!