Diversity and Who

As your aware the Orlando Shootings took place last month which killed many innocent people of the LGBT community. To show our support, I will be looking at the large range of LGBT characters that have appeared in the show and show the diversity of Doctor Who and how it embraces characters no matter of sexuality.

Doctor Who doesn’t shy away from showing characters of the LGBT community especially in Nuwho. There has also been inference of the sexuality of classic characters such as Ace throughout her time as the Seventh Doctor’s companion. Of course in the past, homosexuality wasn’t presented as openly on our screens as society wasn’t as accepting in those days (which unfortunately it still isn’t). There are loads of LGBT characters from the modern series that have appeared with some being popular characters such as Captain Jack, River Song, Clara Oswald, Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint. There have also been minor characters that have been confirmed on screen of their sexuality and spin-off characters like Luke Smith from the Sarah Jane Adventures and an unknown character from the new spin off Class coming to BBC Three.

One of the most popular characters that stands out to embrace the LGBT community is Captain Jack Harkness. Jack is possibly one of the most loved characters of Doctor Who of all time. Jack would never shy away from expressing his sexuality; even kissing the Doctor and Rose in The Parting of the Ways and showing his relationship with his boyfriend Ianto Jones in Torchwood. What I adore about Russell T Davies is he never felt prohibited to expressing a character’s sexuality because of its family audience (which I think many can agree is ridiculous). This major character showed it was alright to be yourself no matter what. I think this is brilliant especially for a show that mainly targets to the child audience. Additionally, there is Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint that have grown to be very popular characters. Deep Breath also showed them kiss of screen which spanned a lot of controversy; even causing some countries to remove the scene. I love how Doctor Who allows scenes like this to be shown no matter what – even if countries refuse to broadcast them. There are children playing as LGBT characters like Captain Jack and growing up uncaring of peoples differences. I think is fantastic for such a popular show to do.

Even though there are already open LGBT people in Doctor Who, I do hope we have an openly LGBT character as a companion. It was inferred that Clara Oswald was bisexual in Face the Raven by mentioning Jane Austen yet we haven’t seen a full-time companion with a boyfriend/girlfriend of the same gender. It would be great for the show to expand its diversity further. But for now, its brilliant for Doctor Who to show a great amount of pride for the LGBT community compared to many other shows.

So why is it important to show diversity? Undoubtedly the world isn’t a very accepting place nowadays and media still restricts showing certain things such as characters of the LGBT community which really is shameful for the times we live in nowadays. Media such as shows like Doctor Who need to express diversity more to show it is okay to be a part of the LGBT community and to show others not to be afraid to express themselves in society. The more we see of this, the more people will accept and be less likely to judge others.

I’m really proud Doctor Who promptly shows the LGBT community in such a positive light and continues to explore LGBT characters of the show. From some people, I’ve heard Doctor Who has help them come to terms with their sexuality which I think truly is incredible for a show to connect to someone on that level and help them accept themselves. It’s extremely saddening to hear about the events happening in this world and the people affected by these terrible events happening to others right now. What are your opinions on Doctor Who showing LGBT diversity? Leave your comments below or tweet us as @GallifreyRchive or our new account @Who_Pride dedicated to LGBT Month.


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