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Should the Next 'Doctor Who' Be a Woman?

samzenpus posted about 9 months ago | from the glass-tardis dept.

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Jennifer Finney Boylan writes in the NYT that for those who did not get beaten up in high school, 'Doctor Who' is a beloved British sci-fi series about a character called the Doctor who is able to regenerate into a new body whenever a mortal would die or whenever an actor grows tired of the gig. The Doctor has been played by 11 different men since the show went on the air in 1963 and with Matt Smith, stepping down this Christmas, many fans had hoped that this time, a dozen cycles in, the Doctorship would finally go to a woman. 'Maybe it was the election of Barack Obama that made it seem, fleetingly, as if there were no more glass ceilings, for offices from president to pontiff,' writes Boylan. 'Whether the 45th president is a woman (Hillary Rodham Clinton?) or a Latino (Marco Rubio?), it still feels, on a good day, as if we've entered a time when there are fewer limits on what men and women can aspire to.' But unlike presidents or popes, we may not get that many more chances at a glass-shattering Doctor. According to long-held Doctor Who mythology, the character's 13th regeneration could be his last. 'As the producers think about whom they want to take on the role next, they should keep in mind the way people's hopes are lifted when they see someone breaking the glass ceiling, even when it's for something as seemingly trivial as a hero on a science-fiction program. Equal opportunity matters — in Doctor Who's universe as well as our own.'"

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apk is wrong about host files (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507699)

don't believe his lies

Moffat won't do it (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507705)

Moffat is a closest misogynist and wouldn't cast a woman for the role. Perhaps when someone else it at the helm.

Re:Moffat won't do it (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507879)

Dude. I can understand someone with only a double-digit IQ misspelling "closet", but misspelling "is"?

Really? Political correctness? (5, Insightful)

gelfling (6534) | about 9 months ago | (#44507707)

Why not a vegan tranny black lesbian Muslim in a wheelchair?

Re:Really? Political correctness? (2, Funny)

JosKarith (757063) | about 9 months ago | (#44507719)

They wouldn't be able to do all the running involved...

Re:Really? Political correctness? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507769)

That's what they said about daleks and stairs. Didn't stop them.

Re:Really? Political correctness? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507801)

And if I say that the wheelchair is actually a self-powered cold-fusion wheelchair?

Re:Really? Political correctness? (0)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about 9 months ago | (#44507917)

Are you saying people in wheelchairs can't run?? ...[reaching for the phone to dial the PC police}

Re:Really? Political correctness? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507761)

Stairs.

Re:Really? Political correctness? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507771)

SRS on Reddit, is that you?

Re:Really? Political correctness? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507841)

We already have that character. Her name is Davros:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davros

Re:Really? Political correctness? (5, Insightful)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 9 months ago | (#44507847)

The Doctor: "You know the definition of a vegan don't you? They're people too insensitive to hear a carrot citizen of Denigula VI scream."

Re:Really? Political correctness? (1, Funny)

ruir (2709173) | about 9 months ago | (#44507853)

brilliant sirI wish I had mod points. This political correctness only makes me wishing I could vomit. How about Super Woman as a gay man, could it be too?

Re:Really? Political correctness? (4, Insightful)

Tx (96709) | about 9 months ago | (#44508021)

So true. I don't understand why this keeps coming up. Just because Who happens to have the regeneration plot device, which would make it possible for him to come back as a woman, doesn't really make the why of it any different than any other long-running series with a male lead. Should the next James Bond be a woman? I'm a big fan of sci-fi with female lead characters; Buffy, Lost Girl, the Underworld movies, Resident Evil. You do not need to screw around with a series with a male lead character if you want female leads.

Re:Really? Political correctness? (5, Funny)

1s44c (552956) | about 9 months ago | (#44508079)

The next James Bond should be Jessica Alba. Now that would breathe new life into a tired out francise.

Leave Dr Who alone.

Re:Really? Political correctness? (4, Funny)

interval1066 (668936) | about 9 months ago | (#44508077)

I think the next Dr. Who should be a woman, deffinately. With the usual hot female sidekick. Deffinately.

Why not (1)

aepervius (535155) | about 9 months ago | (#44508089)

maybe it would make up for great story ? Sory , but i don't see why the doctor who could not be a lesbian tranny black Muslim in a wheelchair.

WHAT AND CALL IT NURSE WHO ?? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507709)

That is just absurd !!

Re:WHAT AND CALL IT NURSE WHO ?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507813)

A doctor is technically someone who holds a doctorate. It's not the same as a physician, which by the way is in itself not tied to being a man or a woman.

Re:WHAT AND CALL IT NURSE WHO ?? (3, Insightful)

somersault (912633) | about 9 months ago | (#44507997)

A joke is technically something intended to make you laugh. It is not necessarily factually accurate, or even representative of the beliefs and opinions of the teller.

Re:WHAT AND CALL IT NURSE WHO ?? (4, Insightful)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 9 months ago | (#44507905)

That is just absurd !!

Not nearly as absurd as his archenemy being The Mistress.

Re:WHAT AND CALL IT NURSE WHO ?? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44508003)

No, see: when The Nurse and the Mistress get together, they show the audience how to get along. Giggity.

Ever notice (4, Insightful)

ganjadude (952775) | about 9 months ago | (#44507711)

It seems there is a subset of people out there who just can never be happy unless they are going against the grain. There will be people out there who make a big deal about who the next Doctor is regardless of who gets it. Not everything has to be groundbreaking or new. Sometimes tried and trusted are the way to go.

Re:Ever notice (4, Insightful)

Dr. Manhattan (29720) | about 9 months ago | (#44507787)

Sometimes tried and trusted are the way to go.

From here [penny-arcade.com] :

We learn how to act, and how to accept things, through our fiction, and we have a gigantic problem with women in authority. By creating a female Doctor, and then giving her interesting male companions and having them work together without falling mutually in love, having sex, or keeping her locked in the male gaze, we could begin to work through some of the issues our society has with women in authority.

It may seem silly to pin these hopes on pop culture, but remember that it took Star Trek to bring us one of the first scripted kisses on television. A female Doctor wouldn't just be fun, it would be important. It could be a way to teach young men how to treat powerful women with respect, a lesson that is rarely discussed well, anywhere.

Re:Ever notice (4, Insightful)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 9 months ago | (#44507889)

I don't accept the premise. We have lots of powerful women in our society. Not enough, granted, but the ones we do have don't seem to have trouble being taken seriously by the majority of people.

Re:Ever notice (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507931)

Yes indeed. Everything, and I mean everything must be co-opted to support the feminist cause or it has no right to exist.

Re:Ever notice (2)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 9 months ago | (#44508011)

but remember that it took Star Trek to bring us one of the first scripted interracial kisses on television.

Fixed. Silly cow.

It could be a way to teach young men how to treat powerful women with respect, a lesson that is rarely discussed well, anywhere.

Um, how about respecting all women? Like the strong female human characters who've been the Doctor's companions since 2005 (actually since 1987, and prior to that as well if you ignore Mel)?

Re:Ever notice (1)

Culture20 (968837) | about 9 months ago | (#44508061)

Despite the numerous shows where that has already happened? It doesn't count until it's on Doctor Who, or every TV show?

Re:Ever notice (1)

Typical Slashdotter (2848579) | about 9 months ago | (#44507849)

Sometimes tried and trusted are the way to go.

Arguing that the show doesn't need to do something like this is one thing, but this sounds an awful lot like you're saying men should be given preference. How would women/minorities ever have gotten where they are today if everyone, everywhere, or even most people, avoided including them based on this widely applicable argument?

Re:Ever notice (2)

oconnorcjo (242077) | about 9 months ago | (#44508067)

I would simply argue that it would hurt the show. Male fictional characters should stay male. If you want a show about a strong female- start a NEW show about a strong female character. I don't want the show addressing:
-The whole idea of a man trapped inside a woman's body.
-Is the new doctor attracted to men or women?

Please let the show just be cheap sci-fi and not about social re-engineering.

Re:Ever notice (4, Insightful)

Joce640k (829181) | about 9 months ago | (#44507989)

The whole point of Dr. Who (well, one of the points) is that the female assistants keep on showing him up...it's a showcase for smart, self-empowered women.

No (5, Funny)

davidbrit2 (775091) | about 9 months ago | (#44507713)

No, because that means Samuel L. Jackson would be out of the running. (Admit it, you'd watch that.)

Re:No (0)

thereitis (2355426) | about 9 months ago | (#44507823)

Genius! Actually... I probably would watch that. :)

I'm actually not a Doctor Who fan (nothing against it... i'm too impatient to watch it) so I may be misunderstanding how "regeneration" works, but imagine for a second a Doctor who's been a man for over 10 generations who wakes up to realize he's now a woman! It might be interesting if they scripted it as if the woman still had the mind of the original male Doctor. "man realizes how some people treat women" angle. "man can't wait to be a man again" "man spends too long in the shower washing his privates" I dunno. :)

Re:No (1)

khallow (566160) | about 9 months ago | (#44507959)

It might be interesting if they scripted it as if the woman still had the mind of the original male Doctor. "man realizes how some people treat women" angle. "man can't wait to be a man again" "man spends too long in the shower washing his privates" I dunno. :)

Because that would be a real issue for an alien who was born into a culture which not only eliminated such stereotypes before humanity ever existed, but for which such sexes were an evolutionary vestige (Gallifreyans were sterile).

Re: No (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44508037)

You're too impatient to watch a 45 minute show? What do you watch, 5 minute cartoons?

Re:No (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507863)

"I have had it with these mother****** Daleks on this mother****** spaceship!"

Re:No (2)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about 9 months ago | (#44507957)

Neither Samuel L. Jackson nor Chuck Norris could ever be the Doctor. No one would buy the series lasting beyond the one or two episodes needed for them to kick the shit out of every conceivable bad guy in the universe.

Sure why not (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507729)

It's not like dr who can get any worse. Might as well.

and how do you resolve the paradox (1, Insightful)

thaylin (555395) | about 9 months ago | (#44507731)

The Dr had a wife and child. Unless you are going to make the time lords all capable of changing sex, and boy could that get confusing with some times straight some times gay families, he cannot we a woman.

Re:and how do you resolve the paradox (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507857)

It has already been established in canon that they can.

"See that snake. The mark of The Corsair. Fantastic bloke. He had that snake as a tattoo in every regeneration. Didn't feel like himself unless he had that tattoo. Or herself a couple of times. Oo hoo! She was a bad girl!"

Re:and how do you resolve the paradox (2)

Thugthrasher (935401) | about 9 months ago | (#44508029)

One of the few things Neil Gaiman has done that I don't like (it was his script, if I remember correctly, though I don't know if it was his idea to have that in there).

Don't get me wrong, now that it's there, I would accept a female Doctor, but up to that point there had been no indication that time lords ever changed sexes. With sex being a changeable characteristic, labels like "mother" and "father" get confusing and they've previously been used. What do you call a time lord who fathered you while he was male, but is now female? What if your birth mother is still female? Are they both mother? Are they both father? It just seems like it doesn't add all that much to the show except a level of confusion (it's not like there is a shortage of actors to play the part).

Of course, I realize this is all my opinion and, like I said, I would accept a female actor there, now that it has been established as canon. I just think it was a silly idea to establish it as canon.

Re:and how do you resolve the paradox (1)

teslar (706653) | about 9 months ago | (#44508033)

Unless you are going to make the time lords all capable of changing sex

Meet the Corsair [wikia.com] Also, Romana was at least once capable of choosing what she would regenerate into (though I don't think that got mentioned again since) - so I guess that if the Doctor wanted to regenerate as a woman, he could.

Doctoress (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507737)

Well it shouldn't be a woman just because of the gender. If they find a good woman to act Dr, let it be.

Why does anyone like this show? (2, Interesting)

Karmashock (2415832) | about 9 months ago | (#44507749)

It seems awful to me. The writing is bad. The characters are bad. The plots are bad. The props/special effects are bad.

Is it something we Ironically like because its so bad or does it have good aspects I've over looked?

Don't get me wrong. I love science fiction. But this seems like garbage.

Anyone have an idea as to what I'm missing here?

Re:Why does anyone like this show? (1)

thaylin (555395) | about 9 months ago | (#44507767)

I believe it is something you have to go into knowing it is not as good graphically or plot based as something like Eureka or Stargate. Once you do that it becomes a fairly good show.

Re:Why does anyone like this show? (0)

Karmashock (2415832) | about 9 months ago | (#44507811)

Okay... I can accept a show having low standards. But what are its good points? I don't get the point of the show. It just seems bad.

Re:Why does anyone like this show? (3, Insightful)

The Pirou (1551493) | about 9 months ago | (#44508001)

It takes different strokes. Possibly you don't appreciate the story because you're not familiar with older plot lines from 30 years ago that are quietly addressed. Possibly you've never read any of the well written books from that time either. Possibly you like Mango Ice cream or Kardashian's when everyone else is going 'yuck.' It's television. If you don't get it, don't hurt your brain trying to figure it out. Some people simply have different tastes, and your perception of lame is someone else's uber. It's perfectly reasonable to hate the old black and white shows, specific Doctors, or the entirety of the show, but it's not a mathematical proof that can be explained to you in hopes that one day you'll understand (especially since you've already walked into the conversation with the idea that Dr. Who blows monkey chunks).

My Uncle has been taping the show since it's inception, and he owns every book that came out prior to 1992. He's hated every single Doctor since 8, and calls the current show all manner of names. He'd agree with you that everything currently playing is garbage, but then again, he thinks the only good think on TV these days is H20.

Re:Why does anyone like this show? (4, Insightful)

YukariHirai (2674609) | about 9 months ago | (#44508005)

In spite of its legendarily low budget in... well, just about all of it prior to the Christopher Ecclestone series, it's been some groundbreaking science fiction. Oh it's had its dud episodes, you might need to suspend disbelief more than you would for most other TV shows, and the special effects should be taken as a symbolic gesture rather than actually looking like something, but it does actually do some pretty interesting stuff.

That said, it's not everyone's cup of tea. Culturally, the show is very British, so Americans don't tend to "get" it as much as the British or Australians.

Re:Why does anyone like this show? (1)

geminidomino (614729) | about 9 months ago | (#44508091)

Humor, fun camp, and a lot of "so bad it's good."

It's all a lot of very subjective, your-milage-may-vary sort of stuff. /11

Re:Why does anyone like this show? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507805)

Becasue it isn't scifi for adults, it's drama for teens, and those who have fond memories of watching it at a younger age usually still like it.

Re:Why does anyone like this show? (1)

Nyder (754090) | about 9 months ago | (#44507901)

It seems awful to me. The writing is bad. The characters are bad. The plots are bad. The props/special effects are bad.

Is it something we Ironically like because its so bad or does it have good aspects I've over looked?

Don't get me wrong. I love science fiction. But this seems like garbage.

Anyone have an idea as to what I'm missing here?

Those sort of comments made me do the beating up in High School. "Talk shit about my Doctor will you?" *Punch in the eye* "EXTERMINATE!" *kick* "EXTERMINATE!" *kick*

But seriously, most of what you said is what makes Doctor Who so charming. At least old Doctor Who. But they used to do 3 hour story arcs, now it's a 45 min story.

Re:Why does anyone like this show? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507919)

yes a sense of humour! Of course it's campy. That's the fun of it. Not everything has to be a huge budget block buster or a super cerebral dark and moody drama. Some times, a lunatic in a bow-tie and a fez is just what you need to chill out after a hard day's work (but that's me. you mileage may vary). Besides, some of the plots over the years have been quite convoluted with small details tying many episodes together. You got to watch more than one to get that.

Re:Why does anyone like this show? (1)

ruir (2709173) | about 9 months ago | (#44507937)

Good thing is a bad plot and it is british and not american, otherwise the good Doctor would have turned black some years ago. Is everyone mad with this terrible political correctness and "reverse" racism?

Re:Why does anyone like this show? (1)

Thugthrasher (935401) | about 9 months ago | (#44508057)

Actually, they have recently (I don't know if it was this regeneration or the last one) offered the role to a black actor. He turned them down, but it's not like they ignore black actors when they try to decide on the next Doctor.

Re:Why does anyone like this show? (4, Insightful)

mwvdlee (775178) | about 9 months ago | (#44507939)

Also it has no explosions caused by bullets hitting a car tire, no bodybuilders screaming slogans only three words long yet still incomprehensable, no storylines designed to last for 20 seasons only to be cancelled after the second season, nobody trying to be "cool" or "edgy" or "bad-ass". Quite frankly, it's a breath of fresh air amongst so many sci-fi series desperately trying to appease pubescent boys.

I thought Dr. Who would be tacky/cheesy/lame as well until I actually saw a whole episode, now I'm hooked.

Re:Why does anyone like this show? (4, Insightful)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 9 months ago | (#44507951)

garbage

It seems you are not British, so perhaps you see it differently to us. A lot of the Russell T. Davies stuff was cheesy crap, but Moffat's episodes are good. Many of them are quite dark and produce a real sense of drama.

It works both ways of course. A lot of US shows that people rave about seem pretty bad to us too. Many of the good ones have British actors in the major roles.

Re:Why does anyone like this show? (1)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about 9 months ago | (#44508017)

I'm as nerdy as they come and I never got it either. The show always seemed cheesy to me, with awful everything. But, oddly enough, I did like BBC's "The Tomorrow People [wikipedia.org] " which was at least as cheesy (though not as generally awful).

Re:Why does anyone like this show? (0)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 9 months ago | (#44508073)

It seems awful to me. The writing seems bad to me. The characters seem bad to me. The plots seem bad to me. The props/special effects seem bad to me.

There you go. All your issues resolved. You have your opinion, lots of people will share it and lots won't. That's life. Posting about it here isn't going to gain you any great insight into why some people enjoy things that other people don't.

It's been done before (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507751)

In Curse of the Fatal Death.
It's not cannon, but it was the first Doctor Who "episode" of sorts that Steven Moffat wrote, and I have seen some minor gags in the series since Steven took over as show runner taken from Curse of the Fatal Death.

Will they be brave enough (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507753)

Will they be brave enough to do a Colin Baker on a female Doctor?

You know, Colin's first appearance as The Doctor was pretty psychopathic and violent toward his female companion.

David Tennant often displayed un-heroic tendencies against some of the monsters.

Hell, the very first Doctor was a barely human character who was definitely not a sympathetic or even mildly heroic character.

Would they be brave enough to not only show a woman Doctor, but show one who was as far from Dudley Do-Right as the male versions have been?

Time Lord (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507759)

The clue is in the title. Who ever heard of a "Time Lady"?!

No, just no. (2)

Rantank (635713) | about 9 months ago | (#44507775)

If you want a sci-fi story with a strong female protagonist, then feel free to write one. Leave the doctor alone. He is a he, has been a he, and should remain a he. He's had complex relationships that would be all too complicated and distracting to bring up and try to weave into a "she". And this isn't that kind of story. It's not meant to be going into social situations and analysing them. It's sonic screwdrivers, weeping angels, tardis and interesting companions. Go away with your politically correct nonsense.

From people who don't watch the show... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507777)

I think that people who want to see the next Doctor be some sort of handicapped post-op lesbian hermaphrodite never watch the show but just want to push some sort of agenda to get some checkbox filled somewhere. They would never watch a single episode with their politically-corrected Doctor but that's not really the point.

Interesting Idea. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507779)

If you want to kill what is left of the show.

I know people want gender equality but.. (1)

whois (27479) | about 9 months ago | (#44507793)

If you ignore the reincarnation aspect and treat it as separate actors playing the same role you might ask if it's time for James Bond to be female?

It might be time for stories to be written about female secret agents, but that doesn't mean the one agent you've written about has to change genders.

BTW, nothing wrong with changing genders and in scifi scenarios where it was already written (lots of Ian Banks books for instance) it's welcome that the character might become female or male. If anyone wants to tackle Culture stories as a serial scifi show I would love it (as long as they didn't ruin it)

I think there is plenty of things wrong with doctor who currently (plot wise) that don't involve gender bending. If they introduced a female doctor it would mean at least two years of stories pretty much devoted to aspects and repercussions of the change. Even if they choose not to address it there would be an uproar from fans about not addressing it, and there would always be the undercurrent of novelty from it.. hehe, look at us we're edgy because we recast the Doctor as female.

There is a giant untapped group of people, the gallifreyans who are all time travelers. Some of them were female. They could get their own spinoff show. I know they're all dead now in the doctor who universe but there was a time when they weren't dead and the spinoff could be during that period.

Re:I know people want gender equality but.. (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 9 months ago | (#44507999)

And "hey, this one's still alive!" is only a technobabble sentence away anyway. The Master survived it (and the 13 regen limit, IIRC). I'm sure Romana VIII is out there somewhere hidden in a stasis bubble between fractal dimensions e and .

...and there's Obama (1)

Kid Zero (4866) | about 9 months ago | (#44507815)

I wasn't taking this seriously before The One showed up, but when she invoked him? Total Nonsense.

"13th regeneration" (3, Informative)

barlevg (2111272) | about 9 months ago | (#44507825)

the character's 13th regeneration could be his last

Okay, first, the article means his TWELFTH regeneration, his thirteenth INCARNATION. Secondly, it's already canon that doctors can regenerate far more than twelve times [wikia.com] .

Re:"13th regeneration" (1)

barlevg (2111272) | about 9 months ago | (#44508045)

Oh wow. Even more amusingly, the link embedded in that quote is to the article announcing that the bypass of the twelve-regen limit. Was this a bit of snark on the part of the submitter?

Or maybe.... (4, Insightful)

argStyopa (232550) | about 9 months ago | (#44507887)

So somehow changing an indubitably male character into a woman is a 'victory' for women?

Perhaps we could just work on creating an interesting, engaging, successful female character and celebrate her? Or celebrate one of the many strong female characters already present in media?

Perhaps there's a moral in here for the whole feminist movement.

Hopes and glass ceilings (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507915)

they should keep in mind the way people's hopes are lifted when they see someone breaking the glass ceiling

They should keep in mind the way people are offended when writers pander with a token character.

How about a new SF series then? (5, Interesting)

ggraham412 (1492023) | about 9 months ago | (#44507927)

Surely a science fiction concept with a female lead can be developed outside of the current Dr. Who franchise. Or, a spin-off series featuring a female timelord can be developed in parallel, like Star Trek did with Voyager. The can have separate adventures and then guest star from time to time on each others' shows. Seems like you get more audience that way. Why is there a need to take an established character and turn it into something completely different?

Dr. Who will always be Tom Baker in my imagination anyway.

Sacrifice for political correctness? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507961)

... 'As the producers think about whom they want to take on the role next, they should keep in mind the way people's hopes are lifted when they see someone breaking the glass ceiling, even when it's for something as seemingly trivial as a hero on a science-fiction program. Equal opportunity matters — in Doctor Who's universe as well as our own.'"...

This is an ARTISTIC endeavour.

You have just asserted that someone's creative work should be altered so that your political views can be forced onto the world in the guise of behaviour-modifying propaganda. Might I suggest that if you want to see a SF program with 'equality' messages you should write one yourself?

And you are calling for this without any evidence - it is just your bare assertion that people (read 'you') will be happier if a 'feminist-friendly' Dr Who is created. For your information, my heart sinks every time I see art forced into the service of politics like this...

No (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507971)

No! It's better to invent a new character and franchise for the ones that want a women

old hat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44507975)

the new doctor has already been announced last sunday??? its was Peter Capaldi

Here we go again (1)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | about 9 months ago | (#44507985)

The idea of a female Doctor comes up every single regeneration since Tom Baker hinted at the possibility (presumably in jest). It's no longer an amusing idea, and it is obviously not going to happen (since they have managed to resist the idea ever since then).

Does Summer Glau want the part? (1)

The High Druid (1098731) | about 9 months ago | (#44508007)

I think Doctor Who stands out these days for not having a female martial arts specialist who would blow over in a strong wind as the main character. I know, gross over-generalisation, but still . . .

They already had a faggot... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44508013)

... with the rainbow scarf. It' probably time for another cock sucker.

Ms. Dr. Who (1)

l3v1 (787564) | about 9 months ago | (#44508023)

Well, we've seen Superwoman/girl, Batgirl, Spider-woman, Wonder Woman, Power Girl, etc. so a female so Dr. Who wouldn't be such a big deal...

Oh, shut up. (4, Insightful)

geminidomino (614729) | about 9 months ago | (#44508027)

Jennifer Finney Boylan writes in the NYT that for those who did not get beaten up in high school...

Whining about diversity and coming out with the stereotyping right out of the gate(and yes, it's a quote from TFA, I did check). Maybe she thought that was cute?

I had a nice rant with lots of big words about diversity not about messing with established characters and missing the point and all that, but you know what? Screw it.

Why should we bloody-nosed, inhaler puffing masses give a fuck what this imbecile has to say?

Should the next James Bond be a woman? (1)

scrib (1277042) | about 9 months ago | (#44508051)

Why not? What other roles have been played by multiple actors that could have a little gender-bending?

Really, Boylan? (1)

Velex (120469) | about 9 months ago | (#44508063)

Really?

You of all commentators on the new Doctor might just be able to understand why regenerating as a woman, outside of a gag short involving a very elaborate fart joke juxtaposed with crossdresser jokes, might cause a problem for the character.

Who knows? Maybe that's what you're getting at?

I still remember throwing your book She's Not There [amazon.com] across the room after you did something that's remained unobtainable for me for the past 10 years apparently without a single damned problem or setback. I guess maybe the real "glass ceilings" in this world are just fine for folks who need a damned job to keep a roof over their head because they don't have a way of making money rain from the sky like manna from heaven.

Look, you want a female Doctor? Dr. Song's pretty much outlived her character's story. Excuse my lack of knowledge about classic Doctor Who. What about Romana? Hell, there's a regenerated female clone of the Doctor out there somewhere galloping about the cosmos. Why not bring the Doctor-Donna out of retirement?

This has absolutely nothing to do with "glass ceilings" and you know it. The only glass ceilings womyn-born-womyn have are the their own self-imposed ones; I've seen it enough times myself to become physically ill. And don't you dare try to drag a womyn-born-womyn through her own self-imposed glass ceiling! She'll call you "mean" for trying to make her move past "math is hard!" I am so utterly sick of hearing this line from womyn-born-womyn who truly believe this. What the hell am I supposed to do about it when they're too busy viewing me as "all men" and when feminism views me as a metaphysical rapist every time I take my estrogen in the morning?!

The only glass ceilings rich trans women have are... I don't know, you tell me? When you're rich enough, does that promote you out of the category of a rapist appropriating the female form into a position where you can use feminist buzzwords like "glass ceiling?"

/rant

We tried a woman in power and it didn't work out. (0, Troll)

ciderbrew (1860166) | about 9 months ago | (#44508081)

Margaret Thatcher was in power here 1979-1990. She fucked over the arts during that time. It will take a few more years to get over it.
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