Fanfiction ruined my free-time

This last weekend I decided to purchase a new video game to play as I basically had a free weekend (my favorite way to pass time).  It is Shadow of War, the newest sequel to a Lord of The Rings game series and I was really excited to play it for the first time.  As I was riding back from Walmart with my roommates I was telling them about our last class experience and reading fan fictions.  I learned that for some ungodly reason people decide to write about characters in sexual fantasies.  Some of the most common to find are Doctor Who and Lord of The Rings, two franchises that I thoroughly enjoy.  As the conversation went on more was brought up about these forbidden fan fictions.  My roommates started making jokes about my new game and what it might entail and I actually had to set it down and not touch it for HOURS because I was scarred for life on the previous LOTR content that was read in class.  Once i got over the hurdle of fan fictions impact for the week i think i played the game for 10 hours out of the 48:). It’s a great game but i found it funny that my classes have started to leak into my free time and impact how I spend my time.

Also, I want to mention how strange it is that some of the most popular sexual fantasies are of the two manliest and entertaining action packed characters and not the more feminine ones that seem somewhat susceptible to this type of stuff.  People are weird.

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Diversity in Doctor Who

Since Doctor Who rebooted in 2005 it has made strides in representing diversity on television.  Strides that can’t be said for many other television shows.  We open with episode one, “Rose” set in England, 2005, on a rare scene for television.  Rose is a working class woman who really is working class, not a dramatized version of this.  She lives in a small apartment with her single mother and wakes early every day to clock-in at her job in a department store.  She’s casual, dressing in clothes that certainly aren’t the height of fashion for the time, she isn’t dolled up in makeup only a professional could do, and what’s more; she isn’t the tiny waisted, long-legged pretty girl we’re used to seeing on TV.  Rose sets the pace for the growing diversity we’re about to be treated to in “Doctor Who”.

Not long after we get Captain Jack Harkness, the first openly pansexual in the history of “Doctor Who” who equally and openly shows attraction to men, women, aliens, and the non-gender conforming.  This was a huge leap for sexual and romantic diversity in “Doctor Who”, and one of the very first times queer people could see themselves in a character on television that wasn’t harmful.  

Next comes Martha, the first black companion on “Doctor Who”.  She’s intelligent and able to keep up with the Doctor’s rambling better, perhaps, than most other companions.  For people of colour, Martha is a big deal.  She’s a strong, woman of colour, in a leading role on one of the most popular television shows of all time.  With Martha, the television series continues to push forward for more diversity in their cast.

The next three companions, Donna, Amy, and Clara continue to portray strong female leads with diverse histories and personalities.  Along the way we meet a couple more sexually diverse characters, and characters from all different walks of life.  

Now we come to the most recent companion, Bill, who is both a woman of colour and openly gay.  She is one of the very first leading characters like this on television, a huge influence for women, people of colour, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.  We finally have a leading character that many minorities can view themselves in in a positive way.

Soon we’ll be treated with something that came unexpected: a female Doctor.  Jodie Whittaker will soon take on the role of the Doctor and make history as the first female Doctor.  Many people are very excited about this.  We get a leading female, and also confirmation that Gallifreyans, or at least the Doctor, experience gender fluidity, which could be a nod toward the transgender community.

But when it comes to diversity, is it enough?  Though Doctor Who has done a great job positively representing different groups of people, we still are left itching for more.  Several groups who wish to see any kind of representation on television have been left out.  Doctor Who has come a long way, but I believe it can, and should, go much farther.  I hope that as the episodes continue to air we will continue to see a rise in representation in the cast.