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Part of the Ho Yay Cleanup effort. It may be necessary to split Homoerotic Subtext into example subpages.

Homoerotic Subtext. Here belongs

  1. Everything confirmed by Word of God. If there are contradicting statements either by different people or about different adaptions, exercise caution.
  2. Homoerotic subtext confirmed in-universe. This should be explicit or extremely obvious. Generally, this means someone unfamiliar with the work in question should be able to notice.

But not

  1. Ho Yay: Subtext obvious to fans and viewers, but which appears unintentional.
  2. Examples where a homoerotic or homoromantic subtext has been accepted as a valid reading by academics or professionals, while there is neither Word of God no in-universe confirmation. If confirmation is impossible to obtain, leave them as Ho Yay for now, there'll be time to sort them out later.
  3. Official Couple: canonical homosexual relationships

...not sure where Ship Tease stands in all this. The definition's very uncertain. — LongLiveHumour

See the cleanup thread for more.


Live-Action TV

    Doctor Who 
Jack Harkness
  • The novel "Only Human", by queer author and gleeful shipping fanboy Gareth Roberts, spends much of its narration describing Jack in various states of undress. Including completely naked. As a distraction. And the Doctor, amused, comments that it's a nice distraction, but he's seen bigger... distractions.
  • "The Parting of the Ways", where he kisses both Rose and the Doctor on the lips before he goes off to his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • During the teleconference sequence in "The Stolen Earth", Jack mentions knowing about Project Indigo, resulting in this little exchange between him and boyfriend Ianto:
    Jack: I met a soldier in a bar.
    Ianto: (aside) When was this?
    Jack: (covers phone) Strictly professional.

Eleventh Doctor

  • He considers the founding fathers of the United States "lovely fellas. Two of them fancied me."

Eighth Doctor and Fitz



  • Writers Paul Cornell, Gareth Roberts, Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat all merrily ship the Doctor with guys, and have all explicitly stated that the innuendo is very much on purpose. Current show-runner Moffat is of the opinion that the Doctor has been flirty with his male and female companions since ever, and that the Doctor, in fact, can't be bothered with silly human concepts of "gay" and "straight". He's also the guy who invented Captain Jack Harkness, and has casually stated that River Song was probably involved with her entire archaeology crew.
  • A memorable moment between Shakespeare and the Tenth Doctor in "The Shakespeare Code" (keep in mind the real Shakespeare is widely speculated to have been bisexual):
    Doctor: Come on, we can all have a good flirt later!
    Shakespeare: Is that a promise, Doctor?
    Doctor: Oh, fifty-seven academics just punched the air.
  • The increasingly Ho Yay interactions between Max Stael and Adam Colby in "Image of the Fendahl", which escalates to Adam being tied to a column with three buttons of his shirt unbuttoned and Max stroking his face with a pistol. Scott Fredericks has stated he deliberately played Max as bisexual.
  • In the 2011 Comic Relief Red Nose Day mini episode "Time": Amy Pond and Amy Pond.
    Amy: Mmm... I'd give you a driving licence.
    Amy: I'll bet you would.
    The Doctor: Oh, this is how it all ends. Pond, flirting with herself. True love at last. [remembers that Amy's husband is also present] Oh, sorry Rory.
    Rory: [nearly catatonic] ...absolutely no problem at all...
  • Madame Vastra and her chambermaid Jenny from "A Good Man Goes To War" do not qualify simply because it's definitely not subtext. It's canon as of "The Snowmen", where Vastra introduces Jenny as her wife.
    • Also in "The Snowmen", Vastra is definitely hitting on Clara while "testing" her. Jenny doesn't seem to mind.
  • Doctor Who Magazine comic companions Izzy and Fey share a bit of flirtation, a lot of adventures, and — once Izzy manages to overcome her fear and be open about her sexuality — a nice proper snog.
    • Izzy and Destrii blatantly flirt with each other when they first meet, with Destrii calling her new friend "Sweetie" and commenting on her body a lot, and Izzy just making cute faces and happily jumping on Destrii's back at the first opportunity. Too bad Destrii reveals herself to be evil and ends up taking Izzy's body, but not in that way.
  • Word Of Moffat says Tasha Lem and Madame Kovarian were married, before the whole Trenzalore thing caused the schism in the Church.

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