Dr Who is a woman, should I care?

Dr Who is a woman, should I care?

So what if Dr Who is a woman, right?

If you were anywhere near twitter last night when the new Dr Who was announced then you were strictly in one of two camps and they could not agree. Tweet after tweet was met with venom from it’s opposing party. We are now, of course, a nation of beings who can no longer accept a difference of opinion. If we don’t agree, we can’t be friends, right?

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Stop for a moment and think about this. We’re arguing here about the gender of a fictional time travelling Dr that regenerates when they die. I fear that perspective has somewhat slipped the minds of the masses. Personally, I don’t watch it religiously as I understand some do. Therefore, I care very little about the gender of the character, Dr Who could be a marshmallow eating zebra and it would make as little sense to me as it does now.

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It’s about time Dr Who was a woman!

One camp firmly believe that the Dr has long enough being a man. Why can’t Dr Who be a woman anyway? It’s all about equality after all. This one woman Dr will eradicate the fact that since 1963 the Dr has been played by a man. But if we’re talking equality, does that mean that the next 12 Drs also need to be played by women to level the playing field? After all our ancestors that fought so hard to get us the vote would have been keen to see their hard work was not wasted.

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Dr Who is a man, keep it that way!

Why change a good thing? It’s OK for fictional characters to be men. They are fictional. I doubt very much that in a world where this guy travels through the universe in an over sized police box that anyone cares about the fact he’s even human, never mind whether he’s a man or woman. The original series used a man, presumably because it was the 60’s and every TV writer was a sexist pig, that’s the only explanation. It’s OK for there to be some men on TV – if we carry on like this all the characters on all the shows will be women.

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Agree to disagree.

There has been talk about the next Dr Who for months now, white, black, male, female. They are of course, the only four groups that we as a race fall into, aren’t they? I’m sure when the Dr is travelling around the universe visiting all his different planets and species they all have a similar set up. The main four, then everyone else.

The writers have gone out of their way to change the cannon for this show in order to cast a woman as the next Dr Who. For me it’s a bit much, I mean if they change the cannon for this, they can change it for just about anything and that would make it less believable. Surely even a show as mind bendingly surreal as Dr Who needs some solid boundaries before it loses the plot altogether.

Does it really matter? Deep deep down there is the fact that Jodie Whittaker will be on your TV screen for 45 minutes a week going to change your life? I hope for her sake that it works, I see no reason that it won’t she’s fantastic actor. Now there’s a thought – fancy the BBC choosing her on her acting merits over her sex?! Now I need to lay down because that has blown my mind. No one said anything about the fact the Jodie Whittaker was the best at the job, that would be silly.

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A final plea.

Before you go out there raving about the new Dr Who, and whether or not you agree. Spare a thought for those of us that don’t give a toss. You are likely to be met with shrugs, eye rolls and distant stares into space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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