Looking at Doctor Who. He is sci-fi fey with a magic wand and timeless castle. He’s even tweedy and Brit and safely thrilling while still asexual.
Doctor Who could be quite a villain. Not in the Master or Mistress sort of way, but in a time-traveling Goblin King from “Labyrinth” way. Hypersmart, transformative, thrilling, human-enough intelligence but still inhuman in outlook. Goblins or fey related to octopi?
Eventually, everything goes through the octopi filter.
He’s forever alone. Why? Why not be like Q from “Star Trek”, traipsing from planet-to-planet reshaping civilizations? DW does do that, of course, but it’s catch-and-release usually. Help out then scram. What if the charming bastard stuck around and provided firewall technologies to worlds, which would stop Daleks and Cybermen without his help?
Maybe he has already. How would we, on Earth, know?
Lovecraft stories went here, to interplanetary conspiracies hidden behind the demimonde, regulating the churning primal powers.
All manipulators know it is best to keep the true story in the background. Let the natives think they have the power.
Nothing is new here.
Is today’s stretch of the binary sexual paradigm part of this primal power resurging?
Have you read “Toast” by Charles Stross? In it there is a short story positing that an AI would assimilate all matter in the universe in a quest toward self-awareness.
What’s more charming, primal, thrilling, yet-asexual than an universe-sized AI?
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