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Dear Whovians,

There’s no denying that 2013 was a sensational year for our fan base. During the excitement of the fiftieth anniversary we banded together like never before in support, anticipation and celebration of this wonderful television show we are privileged enough to call our own. It was lying in bed on the night of the 24th of November, reeling from the extraordinary 50th Anniversary weekend that I had never been prouder to call myself a Whovian. Never been prouder to be part of such a massive group of people who are spread across different generations, different nationalities, and different social standards – All united by one constant love for A Mad Man in a Box.

Looking among the fandom at the moment however, this feeling is slowly fading away. Echoing the words of Peter Capaldi: “Doctor Who is an extraordinary show, and the thing that strikes me about it is that it is still here after all this time and the reason that I think it is still here is because of the work of everyone that’s worked on the show. But the real reason… the big reason Doctor Who is still with us is because of every single viewer that took the show into their hearts. Doctor Who belongs to all of us. Everybody makes Doctor Who.

The question must be asked however, if the fandom continues down the path it’s currently on – “What will Doctor Who soon become?

Reading through comments on this very site, as well as comments left on countless other social networking platforms in just the last few days alone would be enough to send everyone into shock. We live in a society today where our online presence is just as important and just as exercised as our physical form. Drawing it back to the article, the basic issue with the fandom at the moment is that there has been a developed lack of tolerance for other people’s or other group’s opinions. It’s become more and more evident most recently that when someone’s opinion contrasts to our own, some of us forget the basic code of conduct and the basic idea of “Respecting each other.”

Why can we be so nasty to each other online? Whether on Facebook, Twitter, message boards or websites, we say things to each other that we would never say face to face. Shouldn’t we know better by now? Anonymity is a powerful force. Hiding behind a fake screen name makes us feel invincible, as well as invisible. Even when we reveal our real identities, (For example on Facebook or Twitter) we still misbehave. It all revolves around the idea that too much freedom leads to chaos. It’s here I would like to turn your attention to the comments policy of this site specifically:

  • Please be civil towards other members and respect other people’s opinions, even if you don’t agree with them
  • Please do not swear or use crude language likely to offend. Comments will be automatically flagged
  • No bullying, homophobia, racism or any kind of personal attacks on individuals. These will result in automatic bans!

It’s important to realise that these simple rules, as well as many other rules on the internet, are put in place for a reason. Yes, you might think this is an obvious fact but as more people begin to ignore them constantly it seems that it needs a second stressing. By following these guidelines diligently we maintain a safe, friendly and intelligent environment that the team behind Doctor Who TV have worked so tirelessly to create, however if this lack of recognition of the rules becomes more frequent there is a real possibility that we may lose this privileged life easily. The internet, and specifically this site, gives us a sensational amount of opportunity to be part of a sensational community, connecting with fans around the globe as well as engaging in vibrant and intelligence discussions and debates constantly. It’s about time we appreciate these privileges and do our best to not put them in jeopardy before we run out of chances to do so.

Opinions and Disagreements

When it comes to differences of opinions between two fans, there is a right and a wrong way to approach the situation. Just because someone has an opinion that either is A) Not your own and or B) Not the view of the majority of fans does not make the opinion itself wrong. Disagreements are great fuel for entertaining civil and respectful debates, but there is never any excuse to resort to personal attacks or excessive levels of aggression in tones that are likely to offend and upset other commenters I’m a strong believer in the idea that we are entitled to our informed opinions. Without research, without background, without understanding, it’s nothing. It’s just bibble-babble. To quote Harlen Ellison “It’s like a fart in a wind tunnel, folks!” So yes, admittedly there are instances where people’s opinions are built on poorly constructed foundations and uninformed, immature arguments – but this can be pointed out civilly, respectfully and in a non-patronising way when people make the extra effort.

At the moment it seems that people who regard Doctor Who positively, with a lot of love and (in my opinion) rightfully generous scoring for Doctor Who serials are the latest victims of criticisms and attacks by members of the fandom. Quite frankly I have never heard of anything more ridiculous in my life. Positivity in the fandom, especially in these times where bitterness and disappointment seem to be a popular feeling, should be welcomed and embraced as a refreshing blow of fresh air. Just because you may not share the same enthusiasm does not give you the right to label positive fans as people who don’t have the ability to examine the episodes from a valid perspective. Furthermore the point must be raised that DWTV is a Doctor Who FANsite and while more negative and critical articles are acceptable, surely articles that exercise praising of the show should be just as valued and appreciated?

Show runners are people too!

It’s here that we might as well mention the disrespectful antics of the some members of the fandom when the frequent “RTD vs MOFFAT” debates arise. Often, although not always, RTD hate or Moffat hate will find its way onto every commenting thread, even when the articles may not exactly be appropriate setting. Some of the hateful and cruel words that are thrown around during these debates have gotten to the point of insanity as personal attacks have started to become seen as an acceptable way to debate. These men are not gods, they are not invincible and untouchable, and while the uneducated whining of one viewer will not have any impact on how Moffat runs the show and will probably never reach him in the first place, we need to remember that these celebrities of the Whoniverse are still people too, and regardless of whether you like or dislike their choices when it comes to Doctor Who, there should always be an undying respect for them as human beings. There are countless examples of arguments against certain show runners that are both intelligent and substantial – so please do not confuse me for not being pro-debates or not pro-different opinions, but the point needs to be stressed that these arguments are lost when surrounded in biased, aggressive hate and turn into nothing more than random, rude, disrespecting ramblings. An argument is always more appreciated when presented civilly and respectably.

“Change my dear… and it seems not a moment too soon!”

Now of course we cannot forget to mention the Whovians that do exhibit the best the fandom has to offer. The majority of our fandom is filled with civil, mature and just plainly brilliant personalities that respect each other’s opinions, who debate their arguments with class and respect, and who continue to inspire me by being the perfect example of a Whovian. Unfortunately the number of fans that do not exhibit the basic principles of respect and kindness, while still in the minority, is growing more every day and become much more vocal. The gradual destruction of the Whovian’s reputation cannot be ignored any longer. We ALL need a wakeup call and something has to be done.

It’s my firm belief that in order to achieve the reputation that we all at our best times so clearly deserve, is for the fandom to regenerate drastically. Regenerate into a fandom that can once more hold its head up high, where its members can once again be overflowing with pride, and where we can watch, love and appreciate each other, our opinions and this sensational television show that unites us all. It’s Doctor Who that we should constantly thank it for not only bringing us together, but teaching us so much as human beings, and as people, even though these lessons come from the most alien of sources. It’s with the deepest sincerity that I say wholeheartedly that I believe, as a fandom, we can do this. We can rise to greater heights. We can live our lives like the Doctor would expect us to. We can exterminate this cruel and bitter reputation that surrounds the fandom at the moment and prove to the world and ourselves that we are much bigger and better on the inside.

Thanks for reading.

Connor Johnston, Doctor Who TV contributor.

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LordRassilon
LordRassilon

I'll be frank with you Connor: Your sentiments apply, to any mature, and reasonable discussion; not merely to this community, and there are always going to be extremely opinionated, arrogant, rude, pessimistic, or otherwise inflexible people, in any social circle. The best way to cure that problem, is to allow them to fall through the cracks, and not to try forced politeness. The latter, only strengthens the idea that someone can gain attention by being a disruptive influence. 


All that not withstanding, Doctor who is about being radical, and unpredictable. even if I don't agree with someone, I have to accept that their stance exists, and grant them that; despite perhaps wishing that they fall off the nearest cliff, more than wishing to be in the same room with them.


If naught else, the younger audience, and the attitude of the newer generations, is what I see as a cause of a good deal of conflict, but conflict, if used in a positive manner, to present forward thinking, can be useful. It's a choice of evils: Shall we become stuffy senators, behind our transduction barriers, and observe the motion of the Universe; or shall we act to change it?

The_Companion
The_Companion

The Doctor wouldn't be happy to see a Whovian treat another Whovian like trash :c

jellybabyeater
jellybabyeater

Obviously this isn't an issue purely for this particular fandom but it's a shame to see the minority of people act like this about something close to our hearts. Well done for the very well written letter

ajl117
ajl117

I respect the article but my problem is... you're talking to the smallest fraction of Whovians. I don't mean only a fraction use this site, I mean only a fraction are like the people you address here. The truth is, if the commenters on forums were the majority of Whovians, then Doctor Who would be a dead show. Nobody would like it. The truth is, only the people who are dissatisfied are likely to state their raging opinion. The majority are likely to not say anything at all, after all they liked it so what much do they need to say after maybe stating their opinion once. On the other hand, you have those who hate either just the one episode that was just on or the show altogether and THESE are the people who state their, well, "extreme opinions". The PROBLEM is that people aren't seeing this. People are letting it get to them. MOFFAT is letting it get to him. If this was the majority of out fan base, however, would the 50th have won the audience appreciation award at the Bafta's? No, it would be long gone by now. So what you say in your article is good and all whovians should try their best to be as good as we would like them to be, BUT just to reassure you that everything is fine, remember this is not the majority.

On a final note, you may be thinking "but some people supporting the show seem just as bad in the comments so we are all just as bad" while it is true that some people trying to defend the show can be just as bad, my final statement is that the MAJORITY of Whovians...haven't even posted a Doctor Who related comment in their life. It may seem like we all have, that we know the whole Whovian community online but we don't. We just know the online community. The MAJORITY of Whovians are sitting at home watching something else and getting on with their lives, never once going on a Doctor Who fansite or subscribing to the Doctor Who youtube channel or checking for updates on Doctor Who TV. They don't make a big thing about the show all day every day (as that leads to the people we see online today) but when the show IS on, they love every second of it. We have the gift of a secret community. A community who are all around you. They may not be wearing a Doctor Who t-shirt or expressing their fandom and may not even want to talk about the show very much but that's just because they are ORDINARY PEOPLE, but when it turns august and the opening titles roll out, every single one will be sitting, watching, and loving our favourite show. Thanks for reading :)

ChrisCreveling
ChrisCreveling

As a site grows in popularity you attract more unfavorable people.  You see it in every type of media.  Unfortunately there is almost nothing that can be done to thwart the trolls or hateful individuals with no respect.  I'll use an example: When Call of Duty 4 came out, the community was amazing.  Everyone was very nice and respectful to each other.  As the series progressed however, the community became larger, and suddenly you had to deal with people throwing homophobic slurs at you for no reason.  This is a result of growing popularity.  Unfortunately the same thing happens with websites.  Comment sections become a breeding ground for disrespectful behavior as the amount of website viewers grows.  The best way to combat the disrepectful behavior is for EVERY good standing member of the community to report those foul mouthed individuals via a method of self-policing.  It takes everyone doing their part to make a better community, and I hope that the community here at Doctor Who Tv will only continue to grow, and become even better.





JoshuaReece
JoshuaReece

So, I've never commented on these boards. Mainly for the very reason this article was written. Often times the comments are too negative and I don't want to be associated with the negativity. My wife and I are huge DW fans and pretty much love everything about the series. Even the episodes that aren't our favorites we still love... bc it's DW! Whats not to love? Great show, great people have run and are currently running the show, and I absolutely can't wait for series 8. .... Seriously, is it August yet?

13thDoctor
13thDoctor

Thank you for this open letter. I agree with everything you say. Different opinions are what make the world go round and everyone is entitled to theirs and should feel free to share it in a manner that is not insulting or intolerant. I especially like your comments re the show runners. Both RTD and the Moff are extremely talented writers with capabilities beyond most people on Earth. Let's all show some respect. Not every episode is a gem but over all the past 9 years of Who has seen of the best shows on television.

Skylord Maldon
Skylord Maldon

I love Doctor Who, I was also raised to respect other opinions to my own :) I want Doctor Who to go on :D and the kindness of some whovians is amazing and wonderful!

diskgrinder
diskgrinder

Fantastic article, well played, well said, well done!

12th Doctor
12th Doctor

I know you're saying stop criticising the show-runners... but RTD is so much better than Moffat. In my opinion, S8 and the 2014 Christmas Special should be Moffat's last at Who. I also Tom that Adrian Hodges should do some episodes and Gatiss should become showrunner. I just don't really like Moffat's episodes, however, I think Capaldi will be an absolutely amazing Doctor... So my like for Moffat will probably rise!

babbitdukes
babbitdukes

The nastiness I've seen just lately on some forums has been horrific we all love the show, different characters and Doctors Yes I'm nuts about Peter Capaldi think he is the sexiest man on the planet but not every thinks like me obviously can we get back to just being nice.

Baker Street is the Caretaker
Baker Street is the Caretaker

Well said Connor - I really do agree with this article. Negativity is never a good thing and disrespect is just plain wrong; kindness, positivity and respect just make this site, and life in general, much nicer and friendlier. And I suppose that's what we are in a way - friends, all brought together by a wonderful show. I'm very proud to call myself a Whovian, as we are such a devoted and friendly community on the whole, and to be part of this site and this community is a privilege. While I understand that people may have strong opinions about certain episodes, for example, there is no need for (basically) a battle. A debate, yes, conflict, no.

Thanks for doing this Connor, and reminding everyone that we are a fantastic community brought together by a fantastic show!

Rani Nose
Rani Nose

I think people often get caught up in the moment and forget that this forum is a place for discussion and not a battleground where there are winners and losers.  




It is also important to remember that Doctor Who is a TV show, not an actual alternative universe.  The show is subject to budget, time and talent limitations like any other production.  That means sometimes scripts are written in a rush or that you have to film when your lead actor has an active cold sore.  It also means there are way more important things in life than Doctor Who and that people may want to step away from the keyboard if they find themselves getting all worked up about whether episode X is better than episode Y.


Having said that, there is a limit to tolerating the views of others.  When people espouse extremely ignorant, ill-informed, hateful opinions, such as in the recent sexism post, those opinions must be opposed, sometimes in the strongest possible terms.  Having the right to express an opinion does not absolve that opinion from criticism! People who make really stupid, hateful and ill-considered comments should not act surprised or hurt when those comments are harshly opposed.   


Finally, I want to paraphrase commenter Prof Whimsy (who is not here nearly enough anymore) that there is a difference between feelings and opinions.  Feelings are our gut reactions ("I don't like it", "Moffat stinks", "Tennant was the best Doctor" etc.).  As such there is no basis for debate or discussion.  You like what you like and you don't like what you don't like.  Opinions are structured thoughts based on our knowledge and interpretation of what we see on the show.  For example, something like "By elevating the importance of the companion, Rose, despite being a young shopgirl, is often the Doctor's conscience, RTD brings DW into the 21st century" can form the basis for an many interesting discussions.  On the other hand blurting out "I hate Rose" is a conversational dead end.  




Oh, just one more thing.  Commenters here have a diverse set of backgrounds.  English is not everyone's first language.  For those for which English is our native language, writing styles differ greatly from country to country.  That is just to say have a bit of tolerance if it appears that someone is expressing themselves in an awkward manner.





DaftDalek is Ceter Papaldi
DaftDalek is Ceter Papaldi

I have to admit this article/letter is great and is right in many points. Still, I believe it isn't really about DWTV, because I have to say this site is one of the kindest places on the Internet!

MaraBackman
MaraBackman

Another issue is that very often even mild critique of the show is equated with senseless bashing, to such a degree that it feels like all sorts of negative feedback is prohibited. Very often in such situations people are accused of not being real fans and just trolls, as if you have to love everything about the show to be considered a proper fan. Because of that I myself find it very difficult to be always positive about the show, especially if I've been disappointed by something in it and then I'm told to just shut up and quit watching. That is why I honestly feel that the outcry for more positivity has a tendency to become just as bad as senseless negativity.

csaguy
csaguy

Well said. We are FANs first.

TerryDixon
TerryDixon

Brilliant, well-written, deeply informative article. I'm always amazed at the RTD vs. Moffat era debates as in it's history Doctor Who has had as many show runners as Doctors. Doctor Who continuity is a mesh of different people's ideas, thoughts, attitudes and reflections of then contemporary society. It has also retconned itself many times over the years so what was joyous about the 50th Anniversary year was how it linked the new series with the classic series plus TV Movie into a coherent narrative pushing the series forward.

Remember RTD's era, the internet was awash with posts, blogs and Facebook pages critisising him for turning the show into a soap, having a 'gay agenda', being racist, disrespecting the classic series, etc. RTD did nothing of the sort. All he did with the help of various BBC personnel was create his version of Doctor Who that would still be marketable and attract then present day audiences. He created his version of Doctor Who, just like any fan/writer would do if given the opportunity.

Just like Moffat. Now certain sections of the internet like to portray him as a sexist, arrogant man who writes poorly written, confusing scripts. Now people are entitled to their opinions but an opinion has to be based on fact. As in life, there will be people who like you, and there will be people who dislike you with a passion even if you've never actually ever done anything to them. One of the things I enjoy about Moffat is the fact that he tries to tease us fans with tit bits and mystery. We live in a society where people want sound bites and information everyday and get ratty if they don't get it. Just see how many people took to Twitter, YouTube and other social media sites spitting venom that the teaser trailer for series 8 was only around 20 seconds long. The clue is in the name of that type of trailer folks, 'teaser'. It is to wet the appetite, not give us a full blown course. We sample something that perks our interest and wait for a more substantial portion (anyone else hungry by these metaphors?)

The next show runners will have it hard.

If it's Mark Gatiss, people will say the series is too dark, gothic, horror bound.

If it's Chris Chinball, it'll be too 'broad churchy'

If it's Toby Whitehouse, it'll be too 'Being Human-y'.

But that's the beauty of Doctor Who. If you don't like a Showrunner or Doctor, well there will be a new one turning up in a few years time.

PEEJP
PEEJP

The problem of people using online identities to express hostility or dislike is not contained to the Whoniverse, but every single online community and society out there. And people are always more likely to be vocal when expressing complaints or dislikes or disagreements, but that is human nature! How often do we moan about the weather vs praise the weather, etc. ? Consequently on an online forum, people are more likely to point out shortcomings and failings they perceive from a show like Who. Even then, I think this article fails to mention that people who go beyond expressing disagreements or critical opinions about components of the show and become personal towards others represent a very low %. 


JFrance
JFrance

This is a fantastic article and I 100% agree with it. The Doctor Who TV community might get bad sometimes but most of the time its fantastic and in my opinion its the best Doctor Who community around. In fact Doctor Who TV is the only place I go for Doctor Who related stuff.    

Whogasms
Whogasms

Brilliant article. It seems that A lot of whovians are just negative and hate every episode apart from one episode.

ChristineGrit
ChristineGrit

Excellent article. I tend to keep away from forums and debates that contain personal attacks and so on, but so far I hadn't noticed it here. And I'm glad I missed them. But a reminder like this is always helpful!

DoctorWhoInfinity
DoctorWhoInfinity

People are just like that. it could be because of jealousy or you had a bad day or any other reason to bring you down and that certain person is looking for someone else to blame. That is (unfortunately) the human behavior 






Grizzlybread
Grizzlybread

You are right. We all feel so very special and smart. We all think we can do better than showrunners, actors, writers, producers, directors and so on. But we can't. We just have to appreciate the show as it is, or not. But stop complaining about little things.

rapster
rapster

This is the first time I have commented on a post on this site.  I have enjoyed reading many articles on here, and I always read through the comments.  While I do not sit and dissect each episode to see what I like or what the story arc is unfolding, I do enjoy reading what other people think. I started watching DW in the Davies era and followed it through till it ended with McCoy.  I watched the Mcgann film and was overjoyed when it came back to our screens.  I sit and watch it with my family and have introduced my two eldest kids (6 and 9) to some of the classic Hartnell episodes.  Sometimes I read the article and think, I never noticed that or I don't agree with that.  When reading the comments I am dismayed to see people swearing at others just because they think that the writer of the artice (or other comments) have not researched properly or try calling them stupid because they are just voicing an opinion.  Sometimes I agree with the person but think they could put their words down in a different way because they are making themselves seem just as ignorant as the person they are criticizing.  As stated I am a fan (maybe not one of the diehards who feel the need to scrutinize everything) and as such I sit back and enjoy where the show takes us, and for that I thank RTD and Moffat, and all the writers and staff from the classics without whom we would not have this enjoyment to begin with.  And finally, this is Fiction with a large dose of Timey-wimey and as such there would be things left unanswered and not explained properly.  Fiction starts with a lie and so long as the causality is followed properly, the lie is believable and therefore enjoyable.  But the best lie is the ones that do not go into too much detail as then they fall apart.

craig33
craig33

I agree totally. Whilst most fans adhere to the rules and to good manners, some people seem to relish in what is ultimately bullying with the protection of an anonymous user name. These people need to ask themselves is it really in the spirit of the Doctor or the morals and messages of the show itself? Because I don't think it is.

Moonlightmile71
Moonlightmile71

A good read . The whole downsize to this site is all the negativity about capaldi but it is only others expressing themselves and is in no way different than when Matt smith took over or tennant . People are very protective towards the show which is why it is still here . So sharing your views on a much larger scale via dr who tv etc will always draw some negative feedback . As they say you have to take the rough with the smooth . I'm sure come the 8th series all the positivity will return . We are just soooooooo impatient :-)

PeterGecko
PeterGecko

This almost brought a tear to my eye, and that doesn't usually happen when reading articles.

BazHood
BazHood

Nicely written piece. I actually think some people take things too much to heart. Doctor Who, as a programme, has ALWAYS caused these kind of debates! It's nothing new. Honestly. The only difference is, 25/30/35 years ago we didn't have the internet to use as a forum and to network, instantly, with the other fans. No, instead we wrote to DWM or DWB or some such other fanzine to vent our opinions on the latest silly tinfoil costume (Twin Dilemma), or pantomime horse monster. (Warriors of the Deep) Just take a look at the fantastic book, 'Doctor Who - The Television Companion', which covers EVERY TV story to see how, right back to the 60's, there was always someone ready to decry a certain serial for some reason. It's all opinions. And it's fine. 


It doesn't mean we don't love the show :) 

I was nine years old when 5 regenerated into 6 and it BROKE MY HEART. 6 turned out to be a badly conceived and poorly catered for Doctor, in the TV show but I still loved to watch it every week. And here I am now, STILL loving the show, despite my opinions on the Grand Moff's showrunning for Matt Smith. Its still Who!!! There are always peaks and troughs, in everything in life, it would likely be pretty boring otherwise.

Personally, I'm not on here very much, as I'm long passed scoring stories out of ten or debating RTD Vs Moff on a daily basis but it actually gladdens my heart to know there's a new, mad, passionate bunch of Who-heads on here doing exactly what we were all doing years ago!! 

Sticks and stones may break my bones but let names never harm me, said someone, somewhere, sometime.

MrThorfan64
MrThorfan64

I suppose so. Leave as minor crit on eps, not attacking individuals. Like saying RTD and Moff have written good and bad.

LucasW
LucasW

"Anonymity is a powerful force". One of the truest things I have ever read. And also sounds like a damn good premise for a Doctor Who episode.

edoe101
edoe101

You, my friend, are the voice of reason! I agree, people do feel powerful when behind a screen name, and various commenters have taken it to far. And remember, without the old souls that are Moffat and RTD, we wouldn't HAVE the show! So seriously, stop bashing them. That came out wrong. Also, yay for positivity!

MaddyKika
MaddyKika

Very good and important article. Let's all sustain our opinions, but with respect ALWAYS!

DW brings so much joy to my life and I love the discussions about the show, but I just refuse myself to get in little fights.

RoweMatthew
RoweMatthew

Yup. I'm looking forward to change, because my interest in DW dropped massively since the Ponds left

sontaran17
sontaran17

@ajl117 "Now of course we cannot forget to mention the Whovians that do exhibit the best the fandom has to offer. The majority of our fandom is filled with civil, mature and just plainly brilliant personalities that respect each other’s opinions, who debate their arguments with class and respect, and who continue to inspire me by being the perfect example of a Whovian. Unfortunately the number of fans that do not exhibit the basic principles of respect and kindness, while still in the minority, is growing more every day and become much more vocal. The gradual destruction of the Whovian’s reputation cannot be ignored any longer. We ALL need a wakeup call and something has to be done."



sontaran17
sontaran17

@Whovian1500 No I think you misunderstood - Im not saying stop critcising the showrunners, just that often these critics become overly aggresive and rude - and their points are lost in random hate. There's a civil way to do things (like you've just shown) :D

gwylock1
gwylock1

@MaraBackman This is one of my issues with the fandom as it currently is. I'm not one to put down the opinions of others, but it's not easy to remain respectful when being verbally attacked for disagreeing.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@Moonlightmile71  I genuinely don't recall seeing much negativity about Capaldi on this site? I'd say 95% of the people are very positive about his appointment!