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Doctor Who is a girl?! Who cares?

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I waited eagerly to see who would win Wimbledon. I love tennis and it is on my bucket list to go to Wimbledon one day. But the main reason I wanted the win to hurry was because I wanted to know who the next Who is. Roger Federer walked along being congratulated by all (well done by the way, a well deserved win!) but did he know know the whole geek kingdom was waiting with baited breath?! Finally Sue Barker announced it was time!
Here it is if you haven’t seen it!

So 30 seconds in, we are still none the wiser. It is impossible to tell from the walk or the shoes or the hand. As soon as we saw the eye, I knew there would be a big upset, politicising and angst erupting across social media. Definitely mascara.
It’s a girl!
No wait, that’s for a baby gender reveal…
It’s a female actor.
A woman.
The simple truth is I don’t care about the gender of Doctor Who. I am horrified at the people saying they will abandon the programme just because it has a female lead. I am equally disgusted at those crowing about the triumph of feminism at the expense of men.
In the year 2017, are we seriously arguing amongst ourselves about equality in this way?
Feminism wants equality between the sexes, maybe it isn’t even right that it is called feminism any more. Equalism, perhaps?

Jodie Whittaker is a fine actor. I hope she got the job based on merit and her excellent acting skills rather than the content of her pants and her XX chromosomes. The idea of a Time Lady has already been introduced in the form of Michelle Gomez who was truly spectacular as Missy.
Change is inevitable. In Doctor Who and all other aspects of life. We have to accept it and learn to live with it. But my heart still wishes Kris Marshall had been the new Who…
The pressure on Doctor Who will be huge. Every doctor is unique, that is the joy of the programme. Whilst I love the rebooted version (2005-today), my own Doctor Who is Sylvester McCoy.
I remember watching the show as a 7 year old and being terrified and fascinated. I can’t imagine watching it with my own children as it is much more scary and realistic thanks to advances in technology and our own demand to be entertained. I confess I almost didn’t watch this series as I had found it increasingly difficult to follow the explanations in the Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi eras. This last series was sooooo much better!
Good luck Jodie and the rest of the Doctor Who team, I can’t wait for the Christmas episode!

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53 comments

  1. I also don’t care about the gender – people who say they will stop watching make me curious. What do they think will happen? The show will be shit?! I mean, women exist and the world hasn’t stopped spinning. I just can’t grasp why this would be terrible to them. #GlobalBlogging

  2. I can’t really see what the big deal is either. I think she’ll be great and having abandoned the Peter Capaldi Doctor ( I was really excited about his Doctor, but then for me it didn’t work – I’m not sure why) I can’t wait to see what she does with the role. #MMBC x

  3. It doesn’t matter to me if the Doctor is a man or a woman. I can’t believe seeing so many people getting their knickers in a twist over it being a woman….So what! As long as they are a good actor it doesn’t matter. I will still be watching and I can’t wait until Christmas x

  4. I am so excited by the new Doctor but the best bit for me was seeing my daughter squeal with delight at the news. I cannot wait for her first episode and to find out who her assistants are

  5. I think it’s great that a woman has been announced to play doctor who as even though I don’t watch it I think it will be good to see another side to the character that people may not have seen with a male lead x

  6. I wondered if it would be her when the chap from Broadchurch took over as the show runner. Apparently he always planned to have a woman and she was the first choice. I’m really looking forward to it, I’ve loved Jodie in pretty much everything I’ve seen her in. 🙂 Some of my fellow fans are being rather silly about it

  7. tots2travel

    A nurse attended to me in hospital recently, a male nurse, I don’t remember throwing a hissy fit over gender stereotypes. Just let him get on with his life and doing a good job.

  8. Jasmin N

    I heard that it has been something people have been waiting for almost seven years so it wasn’t supposed to be a surprise for anyone. Although, I haven’t been watching the show a lot but I think it’s okay. I wouldn’t mind 😀

  9. I’ve only ever watched one episode of Dr Who. Didn’t really like it. But I think if they’ve cast a woman as lead and it’s making people think and challenge their stereotypes on gender then it can only be a good thing!

  10. Ok I confess we don’t watch it. But I think it’s great they’ve picked a woman. Good on them. I bet hardly anyone saw that coming. I have Wimbledon on my bucket list too. I’d love to go. My grandma used to go every year

  11. Tell me about it, its about time that programmes employed more female leads. I have not watched it in a while but I am pretty sure DR Who was never specified as having a specific gender!

  12. Deb

    To be honest I’m not a Dr Who fan and don’t watch it but surely the most important things are the acting and storylines rather than gender

  13. I haven’t watched any of the Capaldi episodes as he didn’t really appeal to me and I just don’t have much time to watch any more. I loved the few series before him though. No choice of Dr would appeal to everyone, but I think being a lady just makes it easy for some people to complain.

  14. We are Dr Who fans. I remember the children being put out by the Matt Smith/ Peter Capaldi change. Strangely, this time they took it in their stride. No big chat about how could it be a woman. Maybe the next generation are going to be more accepting. Like your term “equalism”. I could get behind that expression. Looking forward to the new Dr Who series. #MMBC

  15. As long as they keep up with the great writing then she will be fine. I love Doctor Who, it doesnt matter to me if the Doctor is male or female.
    #TriumphantTales

  16. I think Doctor Who is brilliant and the writers behind it are amazing – the twists and turns and the complex story lines that suddenly make sense and fall into place are great. I’m glad that the new doctor is a girl because, well why shouldn’t he/she be? given that he/she changes all the time – who says a timelord has to have a specific gender? #triumphanttales

  17. Now I’m really going to put the cat among the pigeons here by admitting that I haven’t seen Dr Who for over 30 years. (Clearly a tardis was involved as of course I am only 21. *coughs*) I have already been sent a photo of the tardis crashed into a wall with the message “and she’s only had it for 24 hours”. I guess there was always going to be a wave of reaction but is it really so shocking that a *gasp* woman should be offered the lead? I’m with you. May the best actor win – regardless of the chromosomes! Thanks for linking to #DreamTeam Laura x

  18. Hi, I missed the build up to the Dr Who clip. I think that its great to have a female doctor, who cares about their gender. It should be based on the story line and acting skills #bestandworst

  19. I’m probably going to be hounded for saying this but I don’t like Dr Who bum not in to any sort of programs like this. To me I’m sat wondering what all the fuss is. Does itvrealkyvmatter if it’s a man or s woman as long as they do a good job?

  20. I’ve never been into Dr Who but I have to say it’s about time they had a female dr. Jodie Whittaker is a fab actresses and I’m sure if the moaners give her a chance, they’ll see that. Who knows, I might even be persuaded to watch an episode or two now the casting has joined this century!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
    Debbie

  21. I don’t see what the fuss is, Missy was a woman, they’ve had a black, lesbian side kick, so who the Frick cares?????? Star Trek had men walking around in skirts so seriously, people need to get over this new actress,
    Thanks for linking up with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week.

  22. Couldn’t agree more! I am a huge Doctor Who fan and it always takes me a bit of time to adjust to a new Doctor but I’m delighted with this choice. I can’t see how it makes any difference whether the Doctor is male or female and I’ve been astonished at some of the backward commentary online. I think Jodie will be great and I can’t wait to see how she gets on.

  23. If I’m honest, it’s one show I’ve never watched. My Dad & Bro love it but I just never got into it. That said – it’s brilliant that a woman is going to play the lead role. About time. Jesus, anyone who thinks women are not equals with men are living in the dark ages. I’ve two daughters and when they grow up, I want them to have just as much chance of getting equal pay for the same role. Equal opportunities. Equal everything because that’s what is right, just & deserved. Rant over!!! #BloggerClubUK

    P.S. Holy Jay-zus, that is the best list of linkies in one page I’ve ever seen!!!!!

  24. I think it’s been incredible the fuss and outrage that has been caused by this announcement. As long as they are a good actor and fill the role well, what does it matter? Hopefully it will bring in some new viewers too. Thanks for linking up with the #bigpinklink this week.

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