It is a tragedy, I feel, that people of a different sexual type are caught in a world which shows so little understanding for homosexuals and is so crassly indifferent to the various gradations and variations of gender and their great significance in life.
Emma Goldman - Jewish American Anarcho-Communist in a letter written in 1923
This activist was advocating for various genders and sexual orientations in NINETEEN TWENTY-THREE and almost a century later you have people still saying there are only two genders determined by biology and that being gay is a sin.
Moffat’s favorite writer used “Redbeard” as a random plot device 20 years ago.
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One of Moffat’s favorite screenwriters is William Goldman. He wrote The Princess Bride. Moffat always tells you to read Goldman if you want to learn anything about writing.
Well, in 1996 William Goldman adapted a book called “The Ghost and the Darkness” into a movie.
And in this story, he had a little problem. He needed to make the hero seem brave. He needed a way to boost esteem of that main character.
So he invented a side character and called him “Redbeard”.
Redbeard was to be killed off – he was a plot device.
What I’m saying is Moffat’s favorite writer took a book and turned it into a screenplay but added a character called Redbeard that wasn’t in the originals in order to teach the audience more about the hero.
Also the story is set in the late 1800s with a focus on trains.