Doctor Who thing of the day: is the Doctor gay, straight, bi, or what?
Jef With One F examines the question of the Doctor’s sexuality — with regards to the modern Doctors only — at the Houston Press blog Art Attack. A taste:
[The Ninth Doctor] was also the most overtly bisexual of the modern three. He was obviously flattered immensely by the immediate attention he received from Captain Jack, and he flirted much more openly with him than he ever did with Rose. He doesn’t react with jealousy toward Jack when he works his charms on Rose who reciprocates to the point of dazed infatuation. Instead, he stakes his claim to either of them should he see fit.
I would even go so far as to say that Nine was much more comfortable with Jack in a sexual sense than he seemed to be with Rose. Though he thought nothing of casually touching Rose, there was usually more heat when he interacted with Jack.
Check out the whole thing here. Then come back and discuss: How should we qualify the Doctor’s sexuality? What kind of impact does it have on the show, and on fans’ reactions to the show?
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