"There was no persuasion needed. If you need to be persuaded to do this part, you’re not right for this part, and the part isn’t right for you." Jodi Whittaker
I for one am glad the new Doctor Who is finally going to have to choose between wearing slacks or a skirt.
From Sarah Connor to Captain Janeway to Daenerys Targaryen, women have become an integral part in some of science fiction's most iconic movies and shows. In the past, they were at times merely eye candy, but as time went on, women became just as heroic as their male counterparts, and today, they have even surpassed them.
Now one of television's most popular shows has flipped the script and made its hero, a heroine.This December actress Jodi Whitaker will take over as the 13th Doctor on BBC's Doctor Who, and fans around the world rejoiced on social media. From Gillian Anderson, to John Boyega, the world seems to love the news that a Time Lady is now the savior of the universe. But while many fans on social media applauded the decision, others weren't so quick to jump on the bandwagon.
“If I feel any doubts, it’s the loss of a role model for boys who I think Doctor Who is vitally important for,” Peter Davison
As the fifth and second youngest man to play the infamous character, Davison has a right to his opinion. To some degree he is right, boys who looked up to the doctor will now have to watch reruns if they want a male Time Lord to admire, but what about the young women who loved the show and wanted a woman at the helm of the TARDIS since the show's inception? Well, for many it was a bit overdue. Just ask comic Jen Kirkman, "Guys who don’t like females playing beloved male characters, welcome to what women do, watch people that don’t reflect you personally."
Meanwhile, Davison's predecessor, the longest reigning Doctor Who of all time Tom Baker had this to say;
"I think it might be quite nice to have a woman. But you just test it. If the audience don’t like it then just kill her off. "
While somewhat blunt, Baker does have a point. If the Whovian Nation decides her portrayal is less than worthy Whittaker should get the ax, which should apply to anyone who took over the part, and the fans didn't like it, but the 83-year-old actor had this to say in relation to a potential failure, "Nobody has ever failed, by the way, nobody has, it’s just how it is.”
Now one must ask why after all this time, did the BBC chose a lady as the Doctor? well according to the show's head writer Chris Chibnall, it was by design. "I always knew I wanted the 13th Doctor to be a woman," he said. "And we’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for the Doctor simply blew us all away."
So, with December just a little over two months away, I've already set my DVR, and I will don my lengthy multi-colored scarf, grab my cheese puffs and sit my butt down on the couch with my daughter by my side, as we take one more ride through time and space.
Now, the real question...will the new Doctor Who be as good as my favorite Doctor Tom Baker? Well, I suppose only time or a Time Lord will tell.