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@springburn59 replied to your postHall-H at ComicCon…

Well put @dr-nosy-parker I’m sure the whole team will receive loads of love, especially Peter. I hope everyone going to SDCC has a ball!

Yes. He is a beloved Doctor!

I’m just sad to see how the BBC chooses to treat Peter. Time and time again, he has stood up and championed them. Despite this, I know Peter will always and forever love them. 

Powers. Politics. Austerity. Ratings. These things get in the way and they’re just shoving about the actors, the directors, producers, and anyone involved. It’s just so wrong! I acknowledge that the decision might have been financial, but I do wish someone would be open about that. 

It just hurts sometimes. Because as a fan, I do care and think about all the actual work that goes into making a show like Doctor Who

“Being a Doctor Who fan is, basically, being a fan of BBC TV Centre.”

- Mike Bartlett, writer of Knock Knock

Doctor Who is a show that’s about kindness at its core. And the powers that be at the BBC, just aren’t always kind.

The Pedestrian. An illustration for Ray Bradbury’s short story The Pedestrian: Joseph Mugnaini — The Pedestrian.

“The Pedestrian” is a short story by author Ray Bradbury. This story was originally published in the August 7, 1951 issue of The Reporter by The Fortnightly Publishing Company. It is included in the collection The Golden Apples of the Sun

“In this story we encounter Leonard Mead, a citizen of a television-centred world in 2053.In the city, roads have fallen into decay. It is revealed that Mead enjoys walking through the city during the night, something which no one else does. "In ten years of walking by night or day, for thousands of miles, he had never met another person walking, not one in all that time.”

On one of his usual walks he encounters a robotic police car. It is the only police unit in a city of three million, since the purpose of law enforcement has disappeared with everyone watching TV at night. Mead tells the car that he is a writer when asked about his profession, but the car does not understand, since no one buys book or magazines in the television-dominated society. The police car struggles to understand why Mr. Mead would be out walking for no reason and decides to take him to the Psychiatric Centre for Research on Regressive Tendencies.“

On “queerbaiting” in Sherlock, or rather the absence of it

I first watched Sherlock in November 2016. Late to the party, I know, but also just in time to watch every episode at least four times before the new season came out, and admittedly a few more after that. And although I haven’t been in the fandom for very long, I have a profound appreciation for not only the extraordinarily intelligent writing and the stunningly complex characters and intricate plots but also the obvious, the brilliant acting.

However, you can’t exactly join a fandom without coming across one or two gay ship, and the Sherlock fandom is certainly not excluded from that with their obvious johnlock. When discussion The Lying Detective with one of my close friend’s he drew my attention to some of the anger that surrounded the fourth season and I couldn’t understand why. At first I said they should be happy because of that comforting hug but he said that was precisely why I was mad. That’s when I sought out a hundred posts about the so called queer baiting that was angering people and I want to say something.

You are not owed anything. Just because you want something badly doesn’t mean you deserve to get it. I am not saying that queer baiting is okay, or that it doesn’t happen, but I am saying that it doesn’t exist in Sherlock.

Sherlock and John are two best friends, who are bonded so closely that they consider each other their family, their closest kin. They are two men who harbour an immense amount of respect, trust, and absolute loyalty for each other. They admire each other, know each other, truly know all of the best and worst things about each other and accept them. They live together, work together and it is true, they love each other. But they are not in love with each other, and they do not have to be.

Name another show, as popular as Sherlock, with the same audience, in fact, name any show, that projects a better example of platonic love between men. I have watched a lot of television and I must be missing something because I cannot. In fact, the most emotional vulnerability and availability I have seen from male television characters is centred around women and romantic love. Sherlock is different, and we are lucky for it because their loyalty to each other, their love, and their bond, is not driven by sex. Men do not have to have a sexual agenda underlying their relationships. Sex and romance are not the only motivators for men and we have been blessed with a brilliant television series that not gives us these beautiful characters and sets this vastly underrated example. And sure, there are jokes here and there about the world seeing them as a couple, but the beauty is in the fact that they are jokes, and that they live together in such an accepting world that if they were gay, it would be completely okay. But they aren’t, and for most of the viewership of the show, who don’t will or fantasise about a romantic connection between the two, it is better this way. It is a better message about the purity of a man’s loyalty and intentions, and a message about not only the more practical and academic intelligence but emotional intelligence.

There are plenty of shows with a variety of LGBTQIA characters, and although we are underrepresented, there is no crying need for gay sex in Sherlock, and we should be grateful for that, not bitter.

One reason I’m so happy about Zootopia (it’s called Zootropolis in the UK, where I am) is that the protagonist gets called out on her problematic actions because I am so tired of protagonists getting away with shit just because they happen to be on the ‘right’ side within the film.

Because then I also think we come to understand that in real life that just because you claim you’re a ‘good’ person doesn’t mean you don’t say or do problematic shit.