First, it was female Ghostbusters, then it was Wonder Woman, and now this! A female Doctor?? I mean, why ARE male TV heroes being zapped?? It's almost like people ACTUALLY want female representation on screens??? What????
I haven't watched Doctor Who in many years. Mostly because the show was beginning to fall flat and I was growing out of its childish demeanor (but in reality, it was because no one was ever going to replace Amy Pond). I think I may have watched the Peter Capaldi's first episode and saw his Doctor was nothing more than a G-Rated Malcolm Tucker and I never looked back.
But now! Hello! Doctor Who is finally leaving 1963 behind and stepping into the 21st century. No longer will the ladies of Doctor Who be the damsels in distress, the unworthy warriors, the Doctor's cute companion. They are finally going to get the respect they deserve, as Jodie Whittaker takes on the role becoming the first ever female Doctor.
Quite frankly, I am repulsed by the response that people (*ahem* men) have had to this casting. Jodie Whittaker wasn't cast as the 13th to cause controversy or to break tradition. She was cast because she fought for the role, she proved herself worthy of the part, and she, clearly, put all the men who auditioned to shame. Whittaker is not only going to bring her superb talent to the role, but she is going to bring a new life to this ailing show. But Whittaker's casting is worth far more than upsetting a couple of nerds.
On Twitter yesterday I was a video of a young female Doctor Who fan as she watched the reveal of the new Doctor. The absolute joy and elation on that little girl's face when she saw that her hero is now female almost brought me to tears. This is the exact reason we need these dominant and mainstream female roles. We tell boys all the time that they can be whoever they want and do whatever they dream. They see the male superhero on the movie screen and the leading men on television and they know they can do it because they see it every day. Young girls don't have that privilege. Young girls are faced with women on screen that only care about how trim their bodies are or about having a fairytale wedding and a happily ever after. Every day, young girls are reminded that they need to look and act a certain way. They are reminded that their whole lives are validated by men and they will never be as powerful or dominate as their male counter parts.
But now, finally, things are starting to change. Female superheroes are finally getting the big, bold blockbuster they deserve. Female drive movies are seeing women characters do more than just gossip about boys. And the most famous sci-fi character of, probably, all-time is being reimagined as a woman. Women are starting to finally get the representation they deserve on screen, and, trust me, young girls are taking notice. They see the women up there, holding their own against the villains, and saving the day. They are actually able to see that someone like them is worthy of being the hero rather than the damsel in distress.
It's about time women were better represented in film and television, especially mainstream movies and programs. Because it's time that young girls get to see that being a girl doesn't stop you from being whoever you want. That girls can be just as powerful and dominate, if not more so, than boys.
I am beyond thrilled that the new Doctor is female. I think this is a huge step forward for female representation in the industry. I know Whittaker will be incredible as the 13th Doctor. And I know as a young girl who loved Doctor Who, it would have made me feel invincible to know that the intelligent, majestic, and commanding Doctor was going to female. I'm not even a Doctor Who fan anymore and I still feel that way.
Related: Inspiration Tuesday: The F-Rating
All Awards Coming Soon Directors Notes Essay Favorites Film Film Club Formative Films Inspiration Tuesday London Non British Review Television Theater The Greatest Hits Understanding Cinema Watch Lists Weekly Rewind What I'm (Re)Watching What I'm Watching Year In Review