So I read this review on the new episode of Doctor Who (and I think I’m gonna watch it to gauge Twelve’s personality) and something jumped me, it makes a mention of Eleven’s “little misogynistic brain”; and I realize that totally fizzes me because I simply cannot accept the Doctor as a sexist…
One thing, to be fair to Moffat, the Time Lords have been in red-only robes since we starting seeing them in the new series (see: ‘Gridlock’ flashback for a brief look and then ‘Sound of Drums’ and ‘The End of Time’ for more views of the Time Lords all in red robes).
So, if you’re going to nag about him ‘not caring about continuity’*, he’s basically just following along with what RTD did. (And from a Doylist perspective, outside of changing up the ‘headdresses’, with the BBC budget constraints, they are probably stuck with using old costumes. Plus, I think the average viewer who hasn’t seen the classic series has an expectation that they will be all red now.)
I mean, yeah, I’ve often wondered why the Time Lords are all in Prydonian robes, too (which really should also have orange in them too, but yeah), but its possible its not that big of a deal or that Time Lord culture had moved on. (Or that the Prydonians have taken over — they are a clever lot!)
But seriously, if you’re watching Doctor Who for strict adherance to continuity, then you’re going to be disappointed often because the canon contradicts itself ALL THE TIME and every writer changes thing (its what keeps the show from being stagnant).
Hell, even Terrance Dicks, who wrote ‘The Deadly Assassin’ and introduced those colored robes you speak of (which, by the way, look NOTHING LIKE how we saw the Time Lords dressed in “The War Games’ and ‘The Three Doctors’, especially as they didn’t have the ‘headdresses’ yet, so in your estimation, should be ‘wrong’) has contradicted his own stories multiple times. It happens. Doctor Who doesn’t have a continuity bible. That’s just how the show works.
And…I’m not even going to touch the Moffat (and apparently the Doctor?) as a sexist bit of your post, because honestly all I hear is the echo chamber of Tumblr with that and no real hard evidence to show that to me. People say his women and relationships aren’t ‘realistic’, yet I know several women (myself included) and relationships that are very much like those seen in his show in my own life and I get a bit offended when people insinuate people like myself and them are not ‘realistic’ just because they aren’t like them or people they know. What, are we fictional characters now?
* Moffat isn’t perfect, IMO, but in terms of continuity, we are talking about the same man who has brought back several of the classic series villains that we hadn’t been seen since the Troughton years? I mean, if you look at the Troughton years, for example, there are a lot of continuity ties from that era through to Moffat’s era. I mean, I get some people don’t like him, but the point about him ‘screwing up’ because of the Time Lords’ robes frankly amuses me. I know its a matter of opinion, of course, but I personally think that Moffat ‘gets’ the show more than, say, RTD who mostly wrote it like a soap opera and didn’t respect the classic series as highly, in my opinion (I mean, he was the one to kill off the Time Lords and destroy Gallifrey just because he found their stories in the classic series ‘boring’). But YMMV.