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Published on March 21st, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

Scottish Agenda?

Amy PondIs the world going mad? I have one very good reason for asking – 5 years ago, fans and journalists were asking of Russell T Davies’ Doctor Who: “is there a gay agenda?” in response to the presence of an omnisexual character and Davies’ own sexuality and history of writing gay-themed dramas.

Now, in 2010, the intelligent questioning on the lips of one lifewire at the Doctor Who press launch was “is there a Scottish agenda?

I mean – how on earth does anyone answer that? Steven Moffat himself struggled:

“I’d like to say there was one, but there wasn’t at all.”

Of course, the question derives from The Grand Moff being a Scotsman in charge of a show that co-stars a Scot and also once starred a Scot using an English accent.

I was under the impression that there were more than three Scots in the world, but there you go.

Yet – questions about the significance of the use of north of the border accents followed.

“It’s not important at all. It didn’t matter that David didn’t use a Scottish accent because the Doctor is from Gallifrey.

“Amy is Scottish because Karen was Scottish and she gave the best audition. That’s it. It works perfectly. It’s not that it helps to be Scottish.”

Somehow, the guy asking these questions will be getting up to go to work tomorrow. He has a job, asking nonsense like that. Lovely Karen Gillan was on hand thankfully to make it easy for the dunce.

“I auditioned in two accents, English and Scottish, and I think it worked just as well in both.”

Perhaps they should have just asked him to leave…?

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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