The 13th Doctor!
By now the whole world knows who the new Doctor Who is and what she will be wearing when the show returns this fall. Yes, she. It's been a very polarizing decision to cast a woman in a role that has only been played by men since the show started way back in 1963. Even in my own household! Yes, I will admit that I was not keen on the idea. Not because of any political or social stance but one of selfishness. Let me try to explain. I lost my father when I was very young and immediatley turned my attention to comic book and television heroes to fill the void of a positive male role model in my life. The Doctor was one of them. I wasn't yearning for a female role model because I was (and still not) a female and I already had the best role model for that in my mother. I am not opposed to strong female characters either. I always loved Wonder Woman, Princess Leia and such as well. My other problem with the gender change was that it may change the character too much. I am really hoping that they still write the role the same way, simply as The Doctor, and not the "female Doctor" and I will probably be won over in no time at all. After all, it IS the same character and should not present the same problem I have with characters changing identities like in the comic books. It must be really confusing when someone becomes a fan of Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, or Spider-Man from watching the movies and then go to buy a comic book of them only to discover that they are completely different people now. Again, I am NOT opposed to a gender or racial specific hero, but I think new characters should be created rather than getting essentially, left-overs!
Ok. Rant over.
The 13th Doctor, Jodie Whittaker