I’ve loved Doctor Who for as long as I can remember. It has and continues to have it all; a protagonist you can look up too and who is still a mystery after 54 years, a huge scope capable of supporting any type of story, adventure and optimism. Not to mention a brilliant mechanism for making the show endlessly new. These are the things that make Doctor Who great. None of it has to do with the gender or ethnicity of the Doctor. I am so excited to see where the show goes and how it changes with the new Doctor and the new show runner.
I suppose the reaction by about 10% of the fan base is to be expected. That 10% should perhaps consider the following;
- Being a fan of the show doesn’t mean that it belongs to you. It belongs to us all and it is different things to us all
- The upset about the Doctors gender says more about them and their fears than anything else
- It’s about time they grew up and opened their minds. If they do, they might even enjoy what the find
I have no doubts that Jodie Whittaker is going to be a great Doctor and a fantastic role model to all the girls and boys who watch the program. This is all very exciting.