So I’ve been scrolling through the Doctor Who tag after tonight’s episode, and I’m seeing a lot of resentment against Steven Moffat for killing Bill. And it’s not even because they’re upset to see her as a character go, it’s about how he killed off a BLACK and LESBIAN character. So let me rant about this.
Bill was extremely liked by people because she was of colour and because she was gay. She’s not the first black companion, but she’s the first gay one (as far as I know). This was a big deal to a lot of fans, they loved to see the LGBT+ community shown in popular television, and not in a stereotype way, but in a realistic way. Great! Now keep in mind that MOFFAT created Bill. HE was the one to decide to make her gay.
On top of that, he was also the one to make the Master a girl. He also commented on genders in this episode, while the Doctor and Bill were sat talking on the bench. STEVEN MOFFAT gave us that. He’s helping us spread the message that it’s okay to be who you are. He’s saying he’s on our side.
Now we’re at the part where he kills Bill off. Many people are upset, because she was black and gay and OF COURSE that’s why Steven killed her, right?
… Have we even been watching the same show? Everybody dies! It’s Doctor Who! Yes, some characters get to live after adventuring with the Doctor, but let’s be honest, most end up with a horrible thing happening to them (examples, Rose in another dimension, Donna loosing her memories, Amy and Rory being stuck in the past, etc.). Let’s be honest, it wouldn’t have been satisfying to have Bill suddenly say “hey, you know what? I don’t really want to travel anymore, see you later Doctor.”
So what does he do? “He shoots her, how original and anti climactic” says some people.
Guys. She’s the first cyberman.
Steven Moffat made her the first cyberman. That’s freaking legendary! That’s amazing! She’s the first in a long line of Doctor Who villains that have surpassed generations, both in the series and in real life.
And before you go all “yeah, make the black lesbian the villain” just think for a second. She didn’t go evil or anything, she was turned into the cyberman against her will, so she’s still morally okay. Plus I doubt he even considered her sexuality or skin colour while he was writing the episode. He was probably thinking about the whole Doctor/Missy/Master plot, and needed to do something drastic to force Missy to choose a side in the next episode.
What’s more drastic than turning his companion into one of the most feared villains in the series?
I can go on about this even more, but I think I got the general idea across. Just because Bill is a black lesbian character doesn’t mean Moffat killed her off BECAUSE she was a black lesbian character.