beccaelizabeth (beccaelizabeth) wrote,


The thing that bugged me about the weekend and the frequent refrain of 'why don't they just make an OC' instead of changing things in the reboot, or even 'why don't they make something original'?

this is utterly bizarre to a fanfic writer.

and, also, the hell is even original anyway?

And this is mostly about recasting, women and people of color, or making someone gay, but
we read comics
every blooming thing is a re re reboot by now

or we watch science fiction where the spin off shows spin off spin offs
or where they're just very identifiable in their lineage
and really, why so grump?

There's ways and ways to reboot, you can discuss if things are optimised for old fans or new, there's respectful adaptation and there's just ripping the title and hollowing things out, there's keeping the ethos or destroying it, there's a lot of arguments you can have about reboots.

But why not OCs and original fic?
Because these are the toolkits we have, and every generation wants to play with them anew.

Not complicated.

Also, for the record, The Doctor being cast as anything other than a white man is what we need by now.

It doesn't take away some unique role model for men, we're not short on tricksters and philosopher kings, they're just as pervasive as the macho warrior stereotype. But the class dynamic has changed so warrior reads working and thinker reads middle, there's not so many warrior kings around. That's why Merlin's the hero and not Arthur these days. The dynamic was even addressed in DW, he's not a soldier, he's an officer, though he asserts otherwise. And he's got more a veneer of non violence than the substance thereof, cumulatively, given how much boom he's done. But that keeps coming up too. DW is engaging with interesting issues. But the Doctor being a thinker doesn't make him a unique role model for men.

The Doctor being a woman and yet still walking into a room and taking it over by virtue of pure expertise? That would be newer.

Write a season in advance of casting, so no one gets knocked off course by the new embodiment, and then cast some different. Any difference. But a woman of color would be grand.

... yes I'm having arguments in my head with a succession of panels from the weekend. I didn't think it productive to engage at the time, but I did my dissertation on gender in Doctor Who, I have some knowledge here.

The structural sexism cannot be resolved until you recast so that world revolves around a woman.

Recasting for greater justice is for the win. Everywhere. Every time.

History and the fiction thereof has some shit to answer for, we could actively try to rebalance for a really long time and it'd be necessary work throughout.

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