The First Female Dr. Who. Woo Hoo!

The New Dr. Who Unveiled I grew up Doctor Who PBS—begrudgingly . My dad, mom, and sister all gloried in Tom Baker’s rendition of the Doctor through caves, his multi-colored scarf trailing behind him, trying to away from Daleks screaming “EXTERMINATE!” Fast forward to 2012, when my then eight-year-old son discovered David Tennant’s tenth Doctor Who. He was hooked, and I was too. This Doctor was modern and relatable. I texted my son yesterday when I heard that Jodie Whittaker has been cast as the thirteenth Doctor. What he think about the first female Time Lord in the show’s fifty-four year history? His response was immediate: “OMG! Cool! Saw it trending on YouTube. Awesome!!!!! [Many happy emojis.]. A friend, whose seven-year-old daughter was also excited by the news, raised a great question: How will the show’s writers deal with the sexism that a female doctor most certainly encountered in the past? Given the nature of as a genre, I doubt they will avoid the hard discussion. has been pretty good at leading us to explore questions as well as technological ones. Doctor Who has been adept at this, […]

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