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Weird.

Doctor Who has had a disproportionate number of gays and lesbians, gay jokes, bisexuals over the last year or two. I'm not sure what this means. Major characters, like the doctor's sidekick. Minor characters, like side-plot characters "coming out." A stabbing gay joke that kind of hurt, and some actually rather touching moments.

It's hard to tell what's "disproportionate," though. Roughly one male in 20 is gay, I don't know what the stats are on bisexuals (probably not much more, someone more educated than I am would have to say). But since gays on shows that aren't specifically about gays are a bit taboo, outside of comedy, it may just be a mild surprise factor.

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atalantapendrag
Jan. 29th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
Well, with Russell T. Davies at the helm, are you surprised?
spottylogic
Jan. 29th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
Fill me in a bit? I'm not educated enough on this person.
atalantapendrag
Jan. 29th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
He's the guy who created the original UK version of Queer as Folk. He wrote a few Dr. Who jokes into that, actually.

fizzitt
Jan. 29th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
It's the Russell Davies influence, no doubt.

The spinoff, "Torchwood", is even more disproportionate. Every single one of the five main characters is either explicitly gay/lesbian/bi, or has had a gay/lesbian experience over the course of the first 13 episodes. It was really nice to see realistically-portrayed gay characters on Doctor Who, but it's getting a bit too much over on Torchwood.
spottylogic
Jan. 29th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
*laughs* I don't know, I've had a lot of days like that :) But it's a show about time-travellers, not furries.
jerseytude
Jan. 29th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
I don't think Owen has a gay experience unless you count when he made that guy fall in lust with him with the alien spray in order to avoid getting his ass kicked in the first episode.

Oh - that's right, Spotty - you want me to gather up the Torchwood episodes for download? They star Britain's Favorite Mysterious Bisexual, Captain Jack.
spottylogic
Jan. 29th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
Which one is Owen? The bi(?) sidekick I'm thinking of is the one that joined them in the World War II era episode where everyone was haunted by a little boy saying "mommy?" over and over again.

I wouldn't minde that, I don't know much about Torchwood.
eris_star
Jan. 29th, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC)
That's Captain Jack. I think of him as omnivorous.
spottylogic
Jan. 29th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
Ah, thanks. I'd forgotten his name.
spotweld
Jan. 30th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
He's talking about a Torchwood episode I think.
Nice series, and by the end everyone has kissed everyone else at least once I think.
jerseytude
Jan. 29th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, speaking of which.

I HAVE A VIDEO WHICH YOU MUST SEE.

It's called "Legend of the Superheroes"

It's a roast hosted by Ed McMahon...

Honestly. This... this is worse than Barbarella.
spottylogic
Jan. 29th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
Hmm, will look that up.
jerseytude
Jan. 29th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
Do a google search for "Legend of the Superheroes" + Ed McMahon.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 29th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
Director aside, I think homosexuality is something that's pretty active in the mainstream social consciousness. It's no longer something that's completely taboo to talk about, and they're no longer limiting the role to the extremes of the stereotype. I don't know about this Davies fellow, but I do know that be that his inclination or not, he likely wouldn't have been doing this even twenty years ago.
thoink_dragon
Jan. 29th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
This comment would be mine. Stupid thing doesn't keep my login credentials because of my new browser security settings.
spottylogic
Jan. 29th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
True--and Britain is a bit more liberal on the homo front than America.
jerseytude
Jan. 30th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
You know, Gwen's hetro but has a lesbian kissing scene, Jack's bisexual, Yanto is also bisexual, and Tosh is a lesbian and probably bisexual.

The only fully heterosexual guy is Owen, and he's an asshole who is cheating on the married woman he's seduced and employs alien tech to date-rape women.
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