So we have the first female Doctor. I will freely admit to being massively conflicted about this. There is a part of me that feels that ‘they’ have caved to public pressure, that there has been an over-abundance of PCNESS etc. Not from any Daily Mail view that the Tardis will now be overtaken by an influx of scatter cushions and all the other nonsense that has been spouted about this, but that in some indefinable way the Doctor is male. Someone I was talking to made the point that it was passed time, because the chances of having 13 boys in a row was ridiculously small. Obviously we’re not talking about children here, but if you were to apply this argument, then it’should actually only 8192 to 1, although I will grant you that you have more chance of surviving he transit of an asteroid field.
I think perhaps it’s that I know that the first encounter with the Doctor is as a crusty old man: perhaps it’s a failure of imagination on my part, but I find it easier to imagine the link to a young man than to a woman. If you can be bothered to listen, I’ll tell you why Peter Parker has to be white (although Spiderman doesn’t), James Bond has to be male (but 007 doesn’t), and I’m very happy with those identities. ButI’m beginning to realize that my thoughts on the Doctor probably are just prejudice – there is no good reason why he has to be a man and, after all, even other planets half a north.
I feel a little sorry for Jodie Whittaker as there is a lot riding on this. If she fails to capture our attention as the Doctor, will it be blamed on her gender rather than anything else?
And yet…Whilst in all honesty, at this moment I might have preferred someone else in the bluebox, There was a hint of wonder, of joy, when the key materialised in the Doctor’s hand and that was very compelling. I’m willing to see where this leads, and I’m very curious to know how we’re going to get there – Christmas is nearly half a year away you know!
The number of disappointed fans is going to be legion, not to mention those that lost money on bets. I’m glad I didn’t have a flutter – I didn’t even know she was in the running. Let’s all keep calm, let her do her job and give her a chance to drag us through time and space – the Doctor is, after all, in the business of confounding expectations, and letting go of prejudices.