The only valid argument I’ve ever seen against a female Doctor is that young boys have so few male role models in fiction who genuinely try to solve problems with compassion and intellect rather than force or violence. Is it a perfect argument? No. It doesn’t even solidify the view that the Doctor shouldn’t be a woman in my eyes. But it’s a valid concern nonetheless.
I still couldn’t be more thrilled with this decision. Ultimately I think it will do more good than harm in the long run. And it’s something different, which the show really needs. I’m not familiar in the slightest with Jodie Whittaker as an actress, but it’s my understanding she’s done a fair bit of both comedic and dark roles; a good range for the Doctor. Plus she’s classically trained, and her words upon being announced really left me feeling like Tardis is in good hands:
“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey, with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. It’s more than an honor to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”
She gets it, she really gets it, folks. I’m still really hesitant about the new head writer...but Jodie, all I can say is welcome aboard. A lot of us have been waiting for you for a very long time.