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Steven Moffat On The Sexualization Of The Doctor And Sherlock Holmes

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02/13/2014 8:05 pm
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Steven Moffat On The Sexualization Of The Doctor And Sherlock Holmes
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Kaitlyn Elliott

Senior Content Editor

What do two of the most popular British television shows ever have in common? Well for one, producer Steven Moffat; but more than that, they both have lead roles, played by incredibly handsome actors. The odd part to most is that neither of these characters (for the most part) portrays any sense of sexuality or romance. With the increase in popularity of both shows, Sherlock and Doctor Who, and the presence of social media such as Tumblr; fan fantisization and sexulization is pretty much a given. But what makes The Doctor and Sherlock Holmes so admirable, you may ask? For one, neither character is entirely normal, and we seem to love abnormal. The Doctor isn’t human at all; in fact he is an actual alien. While he looks like us, talks like us, and even mostly act like us; he isn’t. Sherlock Holmes on the other hand is human, with un-humanlike qualities. He blocks out anything that hinders him from being completely intelligent, this includes any type of romantic relationship. Both have super hero like characteristics and that is why we love them so much. In an interview with IGN, Moffat addressed this growing fad among fans of the show, "I never know quite what to say about this…Because they're both characters, and in my head they're both people. My God, if that's not sexualized, they're not having a very good time, are they? [Laughs] I mean, people talk about sex in Doctor Who -- I heard someone say that to me, 'You've sexualized the Doctor.' I said, 'Where? In what episode? What great episode are you watching!?!' When asked on the subject of the more human-like qualities of each character, that they are flawed, Moffat stated, "Totally flawed…But he's not even trying to be that. He's just trying to be the Doctor and have a good time. Sherlock Holmes, again, must have sexual impulses because human beings tend to -- most human beings, not absolutely all, but that's the majority. The fact is, he decides to put all that in an iron box to make his brain work better. “ Benedict Cumberbatch who plays Sherlock Holmes also had a few words on the subject, "He has a sexuality…There's no doubt about that. It's just that he subsumes it to do his work. But the idea that he doesn't know or doesn't experience sex I think is anathema, I really do." What is your take on the situation? Let us know in the comments below! Keep Up With PopWrapped On The Web!


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