Good evening my friends and faithful followers.
Yes. I just made a penis joke.
You see, there was an Earth shattering announcement yesterday. Prepare yourself, because this announcement can have horrible ramifications on our planet and society as a whole. In fact we’re probably all going to die. Again.
Are you ready?
Take a deep breath, and just know, you’re going to be Okay.
Here we go.
A woman will be playing The Doctor.
Oh my gosh! Are you Okay? Do you need first aide? Do you need first aide? Do you need first aide?
Of course you don’t. Because you are not an idiot.
It was announced that Jodi Whittaker will be playing the 13th Doctor. She is a wonderful actor, with eleven years of film acting to her credit. She has been nominated for awards. She has been in a critically acclaimed television show that starred the man who played the 10th Doctor. She has not yet spoken one word as The Doctor, and yet people are losing their s#!t over the fact that a woman is playing this role.
Let’s be clear. The Doctor is a fictional character. The Doctor is a time traveler from Gallifrey who, when seriously injured will, regenerate into a new person. The last twelve people to play this role have been white men. After 54 years, the show runners decided to cast a woman. There is nothing in the show that says it can’t be a woman, that I am aware of. They have, in fact, had a Time Lord that was a man, regenerate into a woman. I think this was in the last season, but evidently she was a villain, so that was okay. Full disclosure: I have not seen the last two seasons. Stupid Netflix.
There has been a ton of positivity regarding Miss Whittaker taking the role, but there are those who don’t feel a woman is worthy of the role. I went to the Doctor Who Facebook page to see the reactions.
Many people are excited, but there are people who have say they will never watch the show again. They say this is a casting stunt. They say that if a woman can be The Doctor, a dude better be the next Wonder Woman. They say it’s pathetic to pander to social justice warriors.
This is my favorite: SHAME- The Doctor is a male role model that many little boys need. Another superhero lost to Political Correctness.
Seriously? “Another” superhero. And, what does she mean by “lost to political correctness”? I’m very confused by that one.
Mind you, a lot of the horrible comments, including that last one, are from women. I get that we all have our favorite Doctor, and it is a man, but that’s just because our choices have always been men.
Personally, my favorite character of all time is Donna Noble, played by the incomparable Catherine Tate. For a minute during her season, I thought they would be awesome and make her The Doctor. But she was ginger, so it was a no go. (If you watch the show you understand that).
If we can’t accept a woman as a fictional character, how can we accept them as anything? Why can’t we just see a person and think, “Hmm, I wonder if this person will do a good job? Let’s find out!”
Again, there is no reason for a Time Lord to only regenerate as male. It is a fictional universe. Casting a woman changes nothing about the ideals of a being that tries to help do what’s right across the universe. The Doctor is incredibly brave, incredibly noble, incredibly kind, and incredibly flawed. A woman can be all those things.
So here’s to all the Doctors who came before,
and Cheers! To Jodi Whittaker!
I must now update my Netflix DVD cue to get caught up!
That’s all for today. Until tomorrow my friends, thanks for reading, be well, and remember to Live Your Dream!