johnshoo wrote:Even if that's the case it all comes back on the writers to sort it out and tell good stories.
Yes but the writers will be all too aware (unless they're terminally naive) of certain creatively restrictive 'pressures', nay impediments
now prevelant from certain quarters when devising female/ethnic minority characters - especially a character as iconic as the Doctor...
Okay. But so what? It's still on them to tell a good story, whether they adhere to those pressures or choose to ignore them.
The temptation to write Jodie's Doctor as a 'Gurl Powah' infused badass with essentially no shortcomings or imperfections whatsoever (or relatable likability for that matter) must be immense given the assured 'perils' of the alternative (I.e. Making her a compelling, three dimensional character - which would necessitate the incorporation of negative character traits obviously)
That's a possibility, just like the Moffat Doctors have been overgrown Harry Potters. Again, it's all on the writers' shoulders.
I mean, if the writing is bad then the writing is bad. If the argument is that "woman casted in role means writing will necessarily be bad" then I think we must agree to disagree.
Hmm, I'm not sure where those quotation marks came from as that's certainly not a quote I recognise or indeed authored! I was merely acknowledging the often overlooked pressures of getting a mainstream female fictional characters 'right', and the consequences of failing to do so in these perilously offence-taking times in which we sadly live.
The quotes are my summation of what I'm reading as the argument: That the Doctor can't be cast with a female actor because it will make the writing poor (due to pressures either internal or external to make the show a PC wonderland or something to that effect). Feel free to correct me, but your above statement seems to validate that I more or less understood it correctly.
The point I'm making then is that bad stories might well turn out be bad precisely because of the above considerations, pressures, restrictions, impedements whatever you want to call them, of which are not applicable to most to white/male/heterosexual characters. Currently hypothetical in Who's case of course but certainly worth considering.
My reply is still that those decisions fall on the writers and not on the casting of a female actor as the Doctor.
Otherwise I have no idea what you're trying to say here.
Well the structure of my arguments are grammatically solid and my narrative, sufficiently lucid so perhaps that's more your problem than mine....
I mean, I got it correct though as far as I can tell. So...