Doctor Who’s “Praxeus” saw our fam going their own ways in a display of trust I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Doctor portray. And yes, I’ve been watching Doctor Who since the beginning of time and know he/she has had companions they’ve trusted before. There’s just something empowering about how she trusts Graham, Yaz, and Ryan that I can’t get over. We also saw this episode giving us a queer couple who didn’t die and a hard but well earned lesson on taking care of our planet from ourselves.
So, without further ado, let’s dive into Doctor Who’s “Praxeus”!
No Gays Died in “Praxeus”
Can’t believe that in the year of our gay goddess 2020, we’re still talking about this. But I won’t stop using my voice to complain about the death rate of queer characters in tv shows, movies, or books until we stop getting killed and end up with the happy endings that everyone else seems to be gettting. Because that’s what we deserve. Happy, content, together. All things that we don’t seem to be afforded when our stories are front and center.
And here comes Doctor Who giving us the queer rep our little gay hearts needed without any of the queer couple dying. Sure, there were some close calls. Like, really really close calls where I was preparing myself for ANOTHER queer character to die because stuff and reasons. Not on Doctor Who though. The gay couple survived, both of them! They also ended up having the cutest reunion ever with the all the smooches my little gay heart could handle. Enter swooning alert here, please.
But seriously, the Doctor was and will always be a romantic. She doesn’t care if it’s a man or a woman, all she cares about is people. And if these two people love each other and want to risk their lives for each other, who is she to stop them? My challenge now to Doctor Who, is to up its queer content. Give me trans representation, please! And this is coming from someone who isn’t trans but knows that that is the next and positive step in creating quality content for Doctor Who’s ever expanding viewership.
Just in case you’ve turned your nose up at trans representation on Doctor Who, know that trans rights are human rights and that’s the tea.
The Doctor Trusting Her Team
One of my favorite things about Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor is the trust that she holds when it comes to Graham, Yasmin, and Ryan. This isn’t to say that she hasn’t trusted other companions. She has, even when she was a man, trusted each and every single companion that came aboard the Tardis. But the way that she trusts her fam, well…it’s different, wonderful, and the kind of trust I could only dream someone having in me.
The Doctor sent Ryan off to explore Peru, not because she was worried about stretching herself thin. She knew that Ryan could do this and that he wouldn’t let any bits of toxic masculinity get in the way of his accomplishing what needed to be done aka figuring out what was wrong with the birds at the order/request of a woman. And that distinction, that manner of exploring the world, it matters and sets Doctor Who apart from any other female led show out there.
Same thing goes for Yaz and Graham. She sent them off to discover the alien signature in Hong Kong because the Doctor is only one being and she knows she can trust her fam to get things done. That faith, it’s refreshing and something I didn’t realize had been happening the entirety of this new Doctor’s run. This Doctor is more grounded and trusting of Yaz and her abilities. The Doctor knows that she’ll make it back in time and that Graham can be her right hand man.
That Call Out to Plastic in “Praxeus”
We use too much plastic. There’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it. We do and “Praxeus” made sure to call us out for the damage that we are doing to our world with an infection that starts in plastic and destroys the host by the end of it all. So take a moment, look around you, and see if there’s anything that you can recycle or reuse. It’s up to us to save the world and it starts with small but impactful things like this. Because our oceans deserve better, our lands deserve better, and the future generation deserves better.
So, thank you Doctor Who. Thank you for the lessons you’ve taught us along the way and the ones you continue to teach us week after week. You’re an inspiration and the reason why so many young people know about the dangers in this world and how we can do better.
ON A SIDENOTE: Can we talk about how gross that infection was and the way that it crackled and spread all over their victims bodies? So gross and I’m still a little skeeved off at how gross it is. Would really like to delete it from my memory bank please!
Doctor Who airs Sundays at 8/7c on BBC America.