Doctor Who, “Deep Breath”: The Hardest Homosexuality Push Yet

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Along with all of my fellow Whovians in the United States, and also in the U.K., I had been waiting months for the new Doctor Who series.  I wanted so very badly to spend the episode contemplating Peter Capaldi’s potential as the new Doctor, and formulating theories to explain Moffat story-archs.  Sadly, I could not, because my mind was simultaneously distracted and perturbed by the ever-growing presence of the agenda to normalize homosexuality.

Steven Moffat seems to have developed a fondness for Victorian England, so that’s where we begin this episode, with a Tyrannosaurus Rex running rampant across the city.  But we don’t start off with The Doctor and Clara, but rather with Vastra, Jenny, and Strax, which is pretty representative of the episode as a whole.  Reminiscent of David Tennant’s first episode in the series, The Doctor spends much of the episode’s first half ranting nonsense and passing out, then proceeding to run off.

I didn’t like having The Doctor in the episode so little, but the ending was a promising resurgence of him, and his relationship with Clara.  Most especially his firm declaration that he’s not Clara’s boyfriend, designating the end of the flirtatious Doctor-companion relationship, which was much appreciated and long overdue.  On the negative side, however, the episode goes to an unfortunate source to compensate for the time that we’re missing The Doctor.  To fill in, the episode is mostly a conduit for reminding us repeatedly that Vastra and Jenny are “married,” even working in a plot element that allows them to show a kiss between the two.

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This is bad form, and for more than one reason.  A Doctor Who episode in which The Doctor is hardly present undermines what the entire show’s appeal is supposed to be.  There is the somewhat interesting plot element surrounding Clara’s struggle to accept The Doctor’s new face, but it’s hard for us to buy that when we don’t even see enough of The Doctor to establish that the discrepancy really exists, other than Clara’s dialogue.  So what we really end up with is a sort of bait-and-switch, where instead of a story of The Doctor’s triumph, we have a story about a lesbian couple in The Doctor’s time slot, taking up more time even the mystery surrounding the robotic man and the burning alive of the dinosaur.

But it’s not the bait-and-switch that concerns me.  After all, these two will probably only have limited appearances on the show, as in past seasons.  Instead, it’s what this episode’s focus represents.  Since Steven Moffat has take over as the show-runner, there have been numerous sly references to homosexuality, and even transsexualism, in supposedly subtle ways.  But this is a much bolder move than has ever been made on the show before.  Prior to this, the references have been few enough that The Doctor’s heroism and concern for life caused the positives of the show to outweigh the negatives.  That was not the case with this episode.

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In light of this, it’s necessary to remember the immortal truths of scripture in regards to homosexuality, lest we be easily swayed by modern culture’s approach to deviant forms of sexuality.

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.  – Rom 1:26-28

It’s my recommendation that Christians skip this one.  If you’re a completist like I am, that can be difficult to do, but there simply aren’t enough redeeming qualities to justify the glaring worldview problems.  And if this becomes a template for the season to come, I just might find myself saying that The Doctor is traveling to many places, but they aren’t places that we can follow.

Logan Judy
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9 thoughts on “Doctor Who, “Deep Breath”: The Hardest Homosexuality Push Yet

    • I’m more concerned with worldview than other elements with these reviews, so that’s the primary reason I focused so much on the homosexuality push within the episode.

      I also wasn’t terribly impressed with the episode’s plot, as you pointed out, but I also think that as a fan I tend to be harder on a new Doctor’s first episode, so I’m not sure how much of that was deserved and how much of it was me having unrealistic expectations. It’s certainly not the best we’ve seen from Moffat, though.

  1. It’s a children’s show. No matter that many of us who are now adults still watch it – we watch it expecting it be a kid friendly experience. I’m now too disgusted by it to let my kids watch it and that’s robbing us of the good times we could’ve had. I loved watching DW with my father as a kid and wish to pass on the fun… Shameful that it’s turned into yet another homosexuality propaganda machine instead. I’ve already submitted a complaint to the BBC online. For all the good it’ll do. So disappointed.

    • You’re exactly right, people go into it expecting a kid-friendly show, and I think that’s exactly the point. Proponents of the gay agenda are marketing the ideology to children (or at least younger audiences generally), and it is a shame, because the show historically has been great family-friendly fun.

      One option is to go back and watch some of the old shows. They’re quite expensive on DVD, but some of them are on Netflix if you subscribe to that (it’s under a different show than regular Doctor Who, called Classic Doctor Who). I’ve also gotten several on interlibrary loans. The Tom Baker serials are great fun.

      My current opinion of the show is that it will probably still, at least for a time, be okay for adults who can be discerning, but it’s no longer a safe place for children. And I would probably even recommend adults to skip future episodes with these three present, which is a shame, because Strax really is one of the greatest comic relief characters the show has created in recent years.

  2. Wish I had found your review earlier! My siblings and I spent $ on this episode, and it was very disappointing for us to call it quits on this season. This was for the reasons you mention, though I found the “paradise” scene and joke about Scottish independence to be also offensive. Thank you for your balanced review; I hope more people read it.

    • I’m glad you are discerning enough to see the dangers there. I’m hoping that it Moffat ever retires from the show, which he’s mentioned before, then whoever takes over will take the show back to its roots and get away from this type of material.

    • How exactly is it evil or being a monster to consider not watching a show that goes against our values? We haven’t threatened anyone, nor have we even asked for the show to be removed (at the very least I have not, nor have any Christians that I’m aware of; if any have, I would not be supportive of their mission). I really fail to see how it is being evil or a monster to disagree with the morality of someone’s choice of lifestyle. In fact, you would disagree with my choice of lifestyle and likely call it immoral. Would that make you a monster? I wouldn’t think so. You likely wouldn’t either. So how does being on one side of a peaceful disagreement make one evil?

    • If we Christians somehow had a view of the world that was wrong, how is it helpful to lash out and call us names? Perhaps you had an opportunity to persuade us with some good reasons that we should disregard our point of view. Looks you like you totally blew an opportunity there, Oliver.

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