Ray Doyle

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Character
Name: Doyle; Ray Doyle; Raymond Doyle
Occupation: government agent for CI5
Title/Rank: no rank; callsign is 4.5
Location: London, England
Status:
Relationships: partnered with Bodie
Fandom: The Professionals
Other:
Ray Doyle, CI5 Agent
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Raymond Doyle is a CI5 agent in London, UK, from approx. 1975 to (?). He is partnered with Bodie.

Canon Information

Recurring Elements of Fanon

Discussions about canon v. fanon abound in fandom. At Close Quarters, the 2007 Professionals-centered con, fans talked about and evaluated some elements of Ray Doyle's character to see whether we thought they were more canon or fanon. Here's what we concluded:

Fanon 1: Doyle is moody. Well, we decided, not all the time. He broods (see "Involvement," "DiaG," "Rack") but that isn't the same thing as moody. No one has to walk on eggshells around him daily, unable to know what he'll do next.

Fanon 2: Doyle cries/sniffles. He may be sniffling in Mickey, Klansmen, and WTHCO, but the general sentiment was, he's not a big crybaby. And definitely not given to tears the way he is in a lot of fanfic, where he cries at the drop of a handkerchief.

Fanon 3: Doyle the vegetarian. Not exactly. He's health conscious, hence the comment about Bodie's cholesterol level, declining the Swiss roll in "First Night," and the comment about organics in the "Rack." So he would eat healthy foods, probably watch his cholesterol intake, but not necessarily be a vegetarian.

Doyle's Devotion to Bodie

See Bodie/Doyle.

Doyle's Relationship with George Cowley

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The Feminization of Doyle

Some fans enjoy the characterization of Ray Doyle as the more "feminine" of the duo. Others, not so much -- one common complaint is that Doyle is often portrayed as fragile and needy.

One fan in 1987 writes: "I am becoming increasingly aggravated by the portrayal of Doyle as childlike, female, fragile, too beautiful for his own good. I'm guilty in that I cannot depict him in my writing.as the tough man I see him to be in the series, but I hope I haven't yet turned him into the equivalent of a Barbara Cartland heroine. I certainly don't recognise the waiflike creature who is loaded down with jewellery and weeps every five minutes and who is into organic food/vegetarianism that I keep reading about. I agree ... Bodie is tough, probably tougher than Doyle in terms of physical strength but Doyle is the dominant half of the partnership. When it comes to character, he can run rings round his partner." [1]

From 1997: "It's not necessarily A/U stories that girlify Doyle. There are more than enough CIS-based stories that have Doyle as a fragile flower who weeps down big butch Bodie's shirt front at the slightest opportunity. I don't recognise that view of Doyle at all." [2]

In 1998: "...I cannot understand the feminisation of characters. Why do writers do that? Is it because they identify most strongly with that character and, being female, see him as feminine also? Or maybe they really fancy the other half of the partnership and feel they are wasted on a 'real' man? Maybe they're ashamed of their liking for slash so they .. er .. hetero-ize it? You ask how the individual is chosen. I think the character to be feminised is the smaller of the two - simple as that. Daft, really." [3]

Another view: "[The feminization]... by which I mean writers creating 'nice' versions of Bodie and Doyle, The two men talk, think, and behave in ways that women do, perhaps because the writers (invariably women) are putting their own attitudes into their characters. Such writers seem unable to get beyond this to present the characters in a way that is masculine but will still appeal to a feminine readership." [4]

Stories Featuring Doyle in Alternate or Fantasy Universes

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Stories Featuring Doyle in Crossovers to Other Fandoms

When Doyle crosses over to meet characters from another fandom, he's usually in the company of Bodie, and quite often the two men meet other crime fighters like themselves.

One unusual series of stories, the Quanta Leap series by Jane Mailander, featured Bodie and Doyle as time travelers who shifted involuntarily between fairy tales, novels, and the future with each installment. She based the series on the television series Quantum Leap, but none of the characters from that show appeared in her fanworks.

In one particularly unusual crossover, Doyle met himself (or rather, another incarnation of Martin Shaw) at the end of a story in which Don DeMarco became Bodie's lover. [8]


If Doyle is by himself in a crossover, he's less likely to meet Lewis Collins in one of his alternate roles. Instead, Ray tends to meet:

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Stories Featuring an Older Doyle

If Ray Doyle lives to a ripe old age, he may end up gardening, painting, or lazing in the sun. Most stories that feature the "Older Lads" have Doyle and Bodie together in retirement. Here's an overview of the storylines that seem to recur for an older Doyle in these stories:

If CI5 exists, then Ray may be part of it as

  • part of the recruitment for new agents
  • replacement for Jack Crane or Brian Macklin, running the training center for agents
  • Controller (by himself), with Bodie, or with someone other than Bodie

Or Ray may not be part of CI5, and he's

  • running/part of a security firm

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Notes

  1. from The Hatstand Express #14
  2. from Discovered In A Letterbox #3
  3. from Discovered In A Letterbox #6
  4. from Discovered In A Letterbox #7
  5. For example, "Interplanetary Outing," by Maiden Wyoming, in the zine Nothing to Hide
  6. See I Can Still Dance With a Drink in My Hand by Rebelcat, Thru With the Two Step by Fanny Adams, and Crying for the Moon by Fanny Adams.
  7. See Mouseketeers by Debra Hicks.
  8. The full-length novel Czardas by Jane of Australia, in which both a het Doyle and a gay DeMarco know Bodie. Published by NutHatch.