Yesterday evening, I was scrolling through Facebook when I saw an old friend of mine had shared a video from the BBC and, lo and behold, it was the announcement of the 13th Doctor. Eagerly, I clicked on it and watched as the new Doctor is…a woman? Have you seen those comments? Full of hate about the show becoming too PC and how they’re not going to watch after Christmas. I mean, this is madness; what next a female prime minister… oh wait, this is our second of those.
Get over yourselves! Jodie Whittaker is a fantastic actress who hasn’t even had a chance to show us what she’s going to do with the character. At least let her be the Doctor for an episode or two before deciding you hate her. Remember when Matt Smith or Peter Capaldi was announced. Smith was too young and Capaldi was too old and now Wittaker is too…female? Are you ever going to be happy?
Look, I know that change is scary but this was always going to happen. We’ve already seen that its possible for Time Lords to regenerate into the opposite gender with Michelle Gomez’s Missy and, personally, I really enjoyed the new dynamic that came with the change in gender. The strangest thing about this announcement is why, in the hundreds/thousands of years the Doctor has been alive, why haven’t they regenerated into a woman before?
Its not like ‘Doctor’ is a necessarily gender specific pronoun or job title so the argument that the Doctor can only be a man is ridiculous. Just because that’s how its always been done, doesn’t mean its the way it always has to be done. Change can be refreshing. If we’re totally honest, Doctor Who has been in a bit of a rut recently (though I’m not caught up yet so I guess I’ll see), who knows, maybe this change will breathe new life into the series. I hope so and I hope Whittaker proves people wrong. Think of how difficult this is for her. She had to make the decision to take this role, knowing exactly what the response would be.
Personally, I love this decision for one main reason. For the entirety of Doctor Who, since the 60s when it began, young girls have only been able to see themselves as companions; second in command to a male lead. That is how it has always been. But now, they can watch this show and see that its possible for them to be the star, to be the leader. Its time for women to shine and Whittaker is the perfect choice to kick start this change.
Or maybe, just maybe, we’re all getting a little too worked up by the casting decision and gender of a fictional character. Lets just wait and see how things go and decide when she’s actually, you know, played the Doctor how she is.
As always, thanks for reading and I will see you next time.
(Edit: I have updated the ‘bit of a rut comment’ to clear up that I haven’t seen the new series yet. I am hoping it is great though as I’ve heard good things)
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