Months ago I received my first official accusation of being a feminazi, right here in the pages of Amazing Stories, because of the article I wrote about the stupid comment regarding the new Ghostbusters.
And because as a good Peruvian (and Woman on top of that) I like to piss off stupid people, I cannot resist writing a post concerning the latest scandal: A female Dr. Who.
Honestly, I don’t get who can be so childish and pathetic as to say “You have ruined my childhood” or “Is nothing sacred?” (real comments, published on the Dr. Who and the Tardis facebook page).
I can understand that fans don’t like change, but to use as an argument against it racist or sexist “facts” is very sad, because it shows the lack of real arguments.
That is why I made a Little survey among the fandom.
1. Which actor is your favorite Dr. Who?
2. Do you consider, important/relevant/interesting the fact that the new Dr. is a woman?
I have to start by saying that my favorite is Christopher Eccleston. With my young daughter, we were running out of wherever we were just to arrive on time to see the season. Of course I was disappointed when the Doctor changed, so I stop watching the show, without making comments about the appearance, sexual orientation or whatever of the new doctor. I suppose that is a normal way of acting…and because I have a real life, I did not feel it ruined anything.
So here are the English language answers.
Steve Davidson (aka: Big Boss)
1. Tom Baker is pretty much the only Who I’ve watched and liked; the few episodes of the new iteration(s) I’ve seen have been too hand-wavy/squishy for me, so I have disengaged.
2. That being said; I think it very important that they brought in a female lead for two reasons: 1. there is no reason not to, it’s about time, what self-respecting Time Lord wouldn’t regenerate as the other sex from time to time; they’re aliens and what sex/gender/regeneration means to them/what functions it serves in our society are not ours to really question; there are plenty of creatures on our own planet that “switch sexes”; what does it fucking matter? And 2: to poke the assholes who get all bent out of shape over this shit in the eye. They think western civilization is under assault from bad influences? Just wait, things are just getting started!
1. Ooh, I’m a huge fan of the show, so this is right up my alley. Of the Doctors I think Nine has some of the best episodes of the new series (especially The Empty Child & The Doctor Dances) but my all time favorite is beyond doubt Tennant’s Tenth Doctor. He has the most beautiful story arc, growing from an easy going funny man to anger and madness after losing so many companions. He didn’t want to go, I didn’t want him to go, but it was beautiful and heart breaking (in a good way) when he did.
2. Yes. Like so many others, I didn’t believe they had the guts to bring in a female Doctor, and that feeling in itself is enough to convince anyone that there absolutely was a need to do just that. I loved Missy, and the show has had a reputation for breaking barriers, which I think is one of the main reasons why people love it so much. Doctor Who is a show about discovery, adventure, future, love, childlike curiosity towards worlds unknown and our own, and it all culminates in the character of The Doctor. It was starting to get actually silly, that there hadn’t been a female Doctor. I’m very happy, so excited and I think Jodie Whittaker will do a great job as The Doctor! It was necessary and it was about time! (…and space. Timey wimey pun intended.)
1. My favorite Doctor so far has been number 9, because Ecclestone was so…misbehaving, I likes his rebel smile and also the vibe between him and Rose. Dr Who was also new to me then, so I was very enthusiastic about the lore and the world of Dr Who in general.
2. I did not believe they would have a female Doctor and I was so glad and full of wonder to see Jodie Whittaker there! Her smile was “pure Doctor”, I would say, and I believe she will fill the boots or use them again better than her predecessors. And the choice is so logical: why attach to a certain gender when you have all the universe to explore? Dr Who has such a big audience that it can make a difference and uplift the rights of those whose voice is not heard. Science fiction has and should have its share of education; the power to talk about human rights and make a difference. I hope that the screenwriters make the difference and do a good job. Good epic stories, full characters.
1. Sorry, I have not watched the new Dr. Who and little of the old.
2. Thus far I am very pleased with Whittaker. My supplies of man tears are overflowing. The party at my Secret Volcano Lair on Sunday was epic.
Pasi Ilmari Jäskeläinen
1. David Tennant. I think he was the least irritating Doctor, maybe also the best actor. Serious enough for my taste but not too gloomy.
2. Well, I think it’s very good idea to make the new doctor a woman. It’s quite logical regarding the style and world of that series and it’s a little bit strange that it didn’t happen sooner. And Jodie Whittaker is a good and pleasant actor, so I’m really looking forward to see her in the Tardis. A fanboy in me just might fall in love with this female Doctor. Also it’s important to make it clear that things like gender don’t matter when it comes to things you can or cannot do. So I welcome the new, female Doctor.