Exclusive: David Gerrold Talks about Homophobia and Star Trek

I recently recorded a podcast where I got very emotional about Star Trek and the latent Homophobia that between TNG and Enterprise ultimately makes me feel unwelcome. I will be doing a shorter podcast to explain my feelings more concisely as I feel that is necessary. I still think Star Trek TOS is amazing and despite Rick Berman’s aggressive Homophobia TNG and Voyager are exceptional shows. Like I said this is my podcast site and not a blog.


Being a Lesbian Podcaster

As a lot of you may know I have been hard at work on this podcast. Today I’m sharing a piece of my soul as written word.

I tried to do a Star Trek episode and broke into tears because of how anti gay Star Trek comes off as. Even in the 60s we had characters on Doctor Who we could love, look up to, and emulate. I can have a crush on almost any companion without having their straight Ness rammed in my face. Even my favorite companions Rory and Amy were close friends with a lesbian couple.  And if they were single both Rory and Amy I am confident would have no problem going on a first date with someone of the same sex, even if they later realized they were straight. Doctor Who has always been free of labels. Whether it was a positive by product of a more conservative era, or the more open and unashamed flirting of Jack.

I love Vicki. She leaves the TARDIS as she has fallen for another in the time of Troy and Odysseus. Many companions left the TARDIS that way, but even with a groanworthy recurring concept the characters are still refreshingly individual. Our first real companion was Barbara. Strong, fierce willed and defines herself by herself. It’s true that between the 60’s and 80’s labels were not common however shows like Star Trek found ways to clarify how ridiculously straight their characters were. Doctor Who never felt a need to over clarify the “straightness” of their characters. It’s what gives people like me a chance to find our heroes and have crushes on characters we love. I have a delightful crush on Vicki and Peri, I personally think Peri is straight and Vicki believes she could fall in love with whoever for my own reasons. ThatThe said I can see both characters being happy to accompany myself or another woman on at least a friendly date with no issues. In truth I think this could be said about any female companion and most male companions.

It’s one of the things I love about Matt Smith is because even though initially he is not one of my favorites he is wonderful. He is very childlike in his understanding of orientation and obviously accepts people of all genders and sexuality. He kisses Rory! I also liked that although we did not see a lot of Rory with the doctor he gave the doctor this tender kiss on the cheek to thank him for his wedding gift to him and Amy. It was just a really tender and beautiful moment that showed that Rory had grown to care about the doctor too. So many of the wonderful moments I love, and the characters I really enjoy seeing on screen would not be as amazing if the show had been different. I know Doctor Who has its’ issues as does any program that’s been on for a long time but as a lesbian whovian it gets a whole lot right! Maybe there’s not a huge amount of lgbt characters on the show….but the attitudes are there. Is there a single character you can say is 100 % straight? I’m not saying they aren’t I’m saying that if I can’t see myself as the companion I could see myself as the partner of a companion whether I am male, female, or somewhere in between and there is something beautiful about that. I don’t think a lot about why Doctor Who is my all time favorite show but feeling like I as a lesbian could be a companion and/or be a character in the shoe is likely a huge part of that. I don’t see myself in tears because of Doctor Who anytime soon.

The Fantastic Alice Fox

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The Infamous, The Amazing, The OverHyped and possibly UnderWhelming: TrainWreck!

HELLO! The darkness wraps us all into a velvet blanket of woe. We find ourselves coming towards the precipice of our dark unrepentant journey into madness as we look to the future of Doctor Who. Fantastic Alice said I could write the intro to this. This is TrainWreck. Secrets will be revealed and the dark secrets of my past and my psyche’s inner turmoil are finally brought to light. Or maybe I just talk about gnomes a lot. We attempted to talk about our love for Capaldi and the results went….well The dark visage of fates cruel folly looms over us as we fall into an utter TrainWreck of Podcast insanity. Enjoy our TrainWreck and watch this space for more insights into the darkness that lurks deep within all our souls. Or hear two twisted sisters discuss Doctor Who. At least one of those things will happen in our next podcast.


Introduction to the TrainWreck

After an attempt to discuss our feelings on Peter Capaldi went completely off the rails we found ourselves in a conundrum. We were not comfortable with deleting the podcast and on the same token did not feel it was typical and representative of what our podcast should be. Therefore we felt it necessary to do a brief intro to what we lovingly refer to as TrainWreck that also got out of hand. If I don’t miss my guess the introduction may be even longer and more of a trainwreck than TrainWreck itself. Regardless it includes more hilarity with myself and Evil Alice Fox doing what we do best.

Intro to TrainWreck

Much Ado About Donna and Doctor Who

Hello everyone! Here is the first episode that started on a path of insanity that is only rivaled by drunk podcasts! In today’s podcast I am joined by my sister Evil Alice Fox as web CHANGE THE FACE OF PODCASTING FOREVER! Or perhaps we just share notes and insights about the truly amazing Much Ado About Nothing starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate. In any case we had much to say about the 80s styled Shakespeare in Modern Dress production and hope you’ll enjoy our second podcast. No gnomes were harmed in the making of this podcast

Much Ado About…..Who