immediate gut reaction:
WHAT. EW. NO.
i don’t care if you are the showrunner, you do not get to ruin 2 perfectly lovely asexual headcanons. nope. they are both ace. you can’t prove they’re not. Moffat disrespects asexuals so his opinion of what happened doesn’t count.
[Four says Shush. Osgood thinks WTF.]
so until i saw that quote, i didn’t even know that i thought of Osgood as ace. when i discovered i thought this, i wondered why it was important to me. well, she is 2 things at once:
She’s a character, a person… with a vocation, expertise, quirks, defects, etc. and we see her having plenty of emotions and reactions, but never those kind. so, as of DotD anyway, there is no reason to assume she’s not asexual.
But also she represents fans.
- she’s a huge fan of the Doctor in any incarnation. she definitely loves them in some way. (“them” in the “splendid chap, all of them” sense, and in the nonbinary sense. not that it matters in this context).
- in teaser photos we’ve seen of later in Season8, she picks up items of other incarnations’ outfits (bowtie and converse) to include in her wardrobe, and now there’s the implication that these are all tokens of “scandalous” activity with each of them?!
- the simple explanation is that she’s cosplaying each version she has met, out of admiration. assuming she’s got Four’s actual scarf, it was a gift… but there are plenty of other reasons to give even such an important and iconic gift. i imagined Four giving away the scarf to his greatest admirer, as a symbol of retiring as the Doctor, and having the new position of Curator. why did he know her? well, Osgood’s the daughter of a UNIT scientist he would have known, close assistant to the daughter of the Brigadier, etc. maybe she and her boss have been able to help out before DotD.
without disrespecting fandom that involves romantic crushes on or sexual attraction to characters and actors, i think there should be a space for platonic fandom. this can consist of admiration, wanting only nice things to happen to them… and of course, in Osgood’s lucky case, being willing/available/skillful to help save the day if the opportunity presents itself.
…also (despite shipping Doctor/Master and my photostories which are intentionally ambiguous but imply at least romantic connection, because i feel like Ten is maybe panromantic? … and despite how much i appreciate various other shippings of the Doctor that do include them having sexual attraction)…
i pretty firmly headcanon the Doctor as ace, especially some of them, one of which would be Four. Tom Baker’s Doctor basically flirts with the whole universe, but i don’t feel like the Doctor (as a character) ever means it in a sexual way.
and while this is just one interpretation, it’s not cool to just sort of enforce the sexual interpretation as the only one, either.
so apparently some people (including, i guess, Moffat himself) thought this quote was really fun.
it is not fun to imply something like that. even disregarding the age difference of the human actors, Osgood admires and looks up to the Doctor so much that any “scandalous” relationship would be so unequal that it would be dubious consent at best. that is not fun or comical. that is deeply icky.
(NOTE: just for comparison, i have never really been ok with the Doctor hooking up with normal mortals, not because humans are a different species [consensual lizard+human marriage = great] but because of the power imbalance. like… Jack or River or even post-BadWolf Rose are ok in that sense, because they have that outside-human perspective and experience. Romana, if that had happened, could maybe have been ok, because despite generational difference(?) she was another timelord. and of course a great aspect of shipping Doctor+Master is that they are each other’s best equal.)