“There will always be sexism in Doctor Who. Of course there will. There will always be racism and homophobia, because part of the show is about travelling to the past.
What’s important to get right with a show like this, is how those instances are framed by the narrative. It’s who the audience are allowed to relate to. It makes all the difference that when the monks cross themselves at the thought of a woman, Eleven makes no protest. It sets a huge divide between RTD and Moffat Who. The Doctor of old would see sexism and stamp it out. He’d belittle the small-minded person or teach them. He respected his companions for who they were. He didn’t demean them and didn’t allow them to be demeaned by others.
Now, it seems we have a Doctor who thinks like one of the more horrid males from now, or even from the 70s. A pervy old man that just can’t help himself from finding sexism funny. We have Clara demeaned on numerous occasions. We have River being horrendously sexualised, and more boner jokes. What has happened to our hero? This is a man who should be way ahead of our time with his views. A wise, kind, alien that we could all look up to. Now he’s reduced to Moffat’s mouthpiece, confined by the small-minded opinions of today.”
Claudia Boelyn, ‘The Problem with Moffat-Era Doctor Who’. (via dingdongyouarewrong)