It’s a pretty common opinion among fans of Classic Who, and among the more impassioned section of the non-shipper fanbase, that the Doctor shouldn’t fall in love. That it doesn’t make sense for him to fall in love. That any romance is “forced,” or “fake,” or even “stupid.”
There’s some merit in this idea. An aesexual alien challenges a lot of the ideas we have about romance. An alien whose idea of love is purely platonic is an interesting concept.
Mind you, the first Doc was traveling with his granddaughter. Trying to find her a non-biologically-related role overlooks that basic fact. And he’s said on multiple occasions that he’s had kids. But never mind…
So, back to the Doctor being a romantic hero. There is a danger that, by being a romantic object, the Doctor could be turned into a standard packaged “handsome prince” type.
Actually, I take that back: he’s the Doctor. He’ll always be the Doctor. He can’t stop being the Doctor, he can only add to it.
Essentially-and correct me if I’m wrong, and I know you will-the argument about whether the Doctor should be in love is about whether the Doctor, the character we all know and love, is a person who could fall in love. Is he somehow above, or just sideways of romantic/sexual love? Is romantic love forcing him to be relatable, thus destroying his Doctorness?
For some people, their personal opinions say yes. Mine says no. Here’s why:
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