Dear Doctor Who Writers: You’ve Got Some Work to Do

Warning: Discussion of ableism, use of some ableist words (quoted for purposes of clarity)
Spoiler Warning: Spoilers for the first three episodes of Doctor Who season 9, as well as the title of the fourth.

First off, I really enjoyed Doctor Who’s two part season opener–mostly.

That said, there were some things that really bothered me. Some were continuations of behaviors from season eight, others were escalations which took things far beyond what I was expecting, to the point that I actually managed to block them from my memory until someone else’s comment reminded me of them.

Now get ready, because spoilers are coming.

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Blogging Against Disablism Day: Doctor Who and Disability

Spoilers: Spoilers for some events and characters through Series Four of the rebooted Doctor Who. No significant spoilers after that.

Warnings: This review discusses ableism and references certain events during the Holocaust.

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Image Description: Alan Judd as Dortman, a freedom fighter in the First Doctor serial “The Dalek Invasion of the Earth”. He is one of the few physically disabled characters in the series.

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Realm-o-Ween: The Scarily Late Conclusion

Series: Realm-o-Ween

Warning: This post involves some very personal and frank discussion of my experiences as a disabled person. This includes mention of times that I have been suicidal. It also references murder, specifically murders committed by the police and by parents against their own children, as reflects recent real life events.

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Realm-o-Ween: AHS Freak Show

Series: Realm-o-Ween

Spoiler Warning: American Horror Story: Freak Show (episode one, Monsters Among Us)

Trigger Warning: Discussion of abuse, violence, murder, possible rape, and ableism. I also use both the q-slur and the word ‘freak’ in the review, uncensored.

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Image from IMDB.com

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Disability in Animation: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Series: Disability in Children’s Animation

Spoiler Warnings: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Trigger/Content Warnings: Loss of limbs. Also, I won’t be talking about it here, but the movie deals with parental abandonment.

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Image Description: How to Train your Dragon theatrical poster. An ensemble shot of Hiccup and his friends, as well as their dragons.

Yesterday I went to see How to Train Your Dragon 2, which is currently in theaters.

I loved it. There were some things about the portrayal of female characters, good and bad, which I want to talk about, but I’m going to save that for a future post. There were also some race things (the villain had significantly darker skin), but again, future post, perhaps once the movie comes out on DVD.

For now, I’m going to talk a little bit about how this franchise has continued to handle disability. But first, a quick, spoiler-free review:

This movie is gorgeous. I am far from an expert on animation, but you could see the pores on people’s faces. They aged their characters beautifully, and the relationships, the romantic ones especially, feel very genuine. The story was interesting, but between the dragons, the people, and the environments, I was really blown away by the visuals. There are some really cool female characters, although they could definitely stand to have more to do. And of course, the protagonist is disabled. For the most part they handle disability well, although there is some ableism surrounding mental disability. The movie also had some problems with racism (the only dark-skinned character in the movie is a villain). Still, I highly recommend that you go see this movie, while it’s still in theaters if possible. Not only is it a great movie which looks amazing on the big screen, but you’ll be supporting one of the few franchises with a disabled protagonist.

Now, let’s look closer at the handling of disabilities (spoilers below):

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