1. Shown us our first regeneration that crossed racial lines (Mels to River) opening up the canonical possibility of future regenerations of the Doctor being played by non-white actors.
2. The first compainion (Amy Pond) to travel with the doctor while married, showing girls that marrige isn’t the end-game and life can continue afterwards.
3. The first lesbian couple on Doctor Who to have a recurring role (Vastra and Jenny).
4. Allowing a woman in her late forties (River Song) to not only be an action hero but a sex symbol. How many other women on TV can you think of that fit that description? In a time when the media is telling us that women are obselete passed a certain age, River is both appealing, useful and mature.
5. In addition to above having River be excited about her regeneration into a older woman.
6. Having Canton Everette Deleware’s sexuality not revealed until the very end of Day of the Moon, making his back-story make sense in retrospect but also allowing the audiece to make up their own opinions on his character without bias.
7. Having Liz Ten be a black woman, showing the possibility for interacial relationships within the royal family. Imaging someone suggesting that fifty years ago. Hell, imagine someone suggesting that ten years ago.
TL:DR. Moffat’s not perfect and he’s not unproblematic. But hell, he’s also done some pretty progressive stuff.
So all these singular instances make up for how shitty Moffat is?
He’s actually done a bunch of shitty stuff inside and outside of Doctor Who
No but really, he’s a terrible person.
Dude’s got some issues with women. Clearly.
Like, it’s cool that you can realize the fact that Moffat has done pretty terrible stuff, but it seems like OP is trying to blanket that Moffat is awful.
Doing problematic shit =/= not being a shitty person.
Nobody said that Moffat hasn’t done and said bad things.
The original post said the exact opposite of that. It ended with “Moffat’s not perfect and he’s not unproblematic”.
So I’m not sure what your point is. We already acknowledged he’s not a perfect human being and we’ve never ever pretended otherwise. But people are complex, and there’s good and bad in most people. We were listing the good, because we appreciate those things.
If you paid extremely close attention to what any person said and did over a period of years, and interpreted anything ambiguous in the worst possible way, and believed every rumour you heard about them maybe-having-said-this-or-maybe-having-been-misquoted, you could come up with a list as bad-looking as that. So if you hold people to such high standards, you either end up loathing everybody including yourself, or becoming a hypocrite. Personally, I think many of the items on that list (the ones that aren’t misquotes or deliberate misinterpretations) are indeed examples of things Moffat has done wrong, and I will acknowledge here and now that they are wrong. But I don’t think they’re worth hating somebody for, because…I don’t feel like taking on the effort and emotional drainage involved in hating everyone. I don’t consider Moffat a particularly evil human being, so much as a person who’s worded his comments badly and been careless a few times. STFU-Moffat and their pals on the other hand, look like they have a promising career in tabloid journalism ahead of them, what with the dossier of misquotes and misinterpretations and minor comments they’ve built up there. I’d be impressed if it weren’t quite so sad.
Moffat is NOT PERFECT, and he has CERTAINLY done things wrong, but he’s not a behind-the-scenes bogeyman orchestrating all the oppression in the world. He’s a human being who is awkward and socially nervous, and was bullied throughout his childhood, and doesn’t always word things very well. That doesn’t excuse every bad thing he’s ever said, but for heaven’s sake, just think about whether some of the vitriol directed at him is necessary, appropriate or productive in anyway, as opposed to just…bullying. Or at the very least, coming from a similar place to bullying. You want to call someone out on a specific thing they’ve done? Excellent idea. You want to go actively looking for things that people have done wrong (including things they say they haven’t even said, and things which could be interpreted completely differently) so that you can call them scum and create hate communities about them on the internet? Nope, bad idea. Calling people out on problematic behaviour IS GOOD. But don’t forget that people are human, and have good qualities too. It is not wrong to appreciate the good qualities and stand up against bullying, and I will not apologise for it.