when you realize that if City of Death went out today it would be pilloried by many as a silly filler episode a la The Unicorn and the Wasp.
Sometimes I regret the weird and artificial remove I maintain between myself and Doctor Who fandom.
Then I hear that The Unicorn and the Wasp isn’t regarded as the pivotal episode in a season about people turning themselves into books and I feel my choices are tip-top.
Fandoms are perverse, horrible communities that destroy everything they claim to love. At least male-dominated ones are. Female-dominated fan communities tend to be much more interesting, and it’s interesting to me that the female Who fandom community is growing up in parallel with, but separate from, the more established male-dominated fandom.
I’m trying to dissociate myself more and more from most of the fan communities I’m in, because I find myself getting involved in their testosterone-driven pissing matches and behaving as badly as them.
Honestly? I’ve gotten more and more annoyed at people who blame things on “fandom” as this strange abstract hivemind. This counts for Doctor Who as much as everything else; there are lots of fans out there, male and female, and it’s been a long time since it was possible to enforce a Single View Everyone Has To Have Or Else.
Please do disassociate yourselves from shitty communities, and please do find better ones. Because there are a lot of better ones out there, and they’re not based around gender; they’re based around the willingness of the participants to be open-minded and have fun.
Absolutely. I mean, as I said in two of my replies to this, there are obviously wonderful parts of Doctor Who fandom upon whose support I rely. I don’t want to suggest that fandom as a whole is broken.
It’s also true that there is a large amount of oxygen is sucked up by several specific communities/sorts of communities. And I think a level of reverse-metonymy is not entirely inappropriate.