THE OUTRAGE THAT WASN’T – The man behind The Doctor is telling you all to chill:
Outgoing Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat blames the media for what he says is a false narrative about backlash against the casting of a woman in the show’s title role.
“There has been so many press articles about the backlash among the Doctor Who fandom against the casting of a female Doctor,” Moffat said Sunday at Comic-Con.”There has been no backlash at all. The story of the moment is that the notionally conservative ‘Doctor Who’ fandom has utterly embraced that change completely – 80 per cent approval on social media, not that I check these things obsessively. And yet so many people wanted to pretend there’s a problem. There isn’t.”
As Moffat says, “I wish every single journalist who is writing the alternative would shut the hell up.” It’s not just the ideological bias in reporting, it’s the never-ending treadmill quest for content to compete with the cornucopia of everyone else’s content. Journalists write new stories about tweets, Twitteratti twit about news stories, and we all end up a part of a giant human centipede of mainstream and social media. Because the 24/7 coverage beast has to be fed.