Look around you, the sun is shining! A new day has begun and I am so thrilled to see the adventures through time and space! Just a half hour ago, the world learned that the new Doctor, will be a female! Her name is Jodie Whittaker and she is a very amazing British actress who recently starred in Broadchurch. I know many are going to be upset about her casting, but it is time to giver her a chance, because she is The Doctor!
Doctor Who means a lot to me, as it does to millions of people around the world. It really got me through the last tough year of my Dad’s life, and it still helps me now. I had such a hard time watching Peter Capaldi’s first show without Dad around. We would call each other and both watch the show over the phone since I lived hours away. It was our way to watch together. I love Peter Capalidi, and I will always be one of his biggest cheerleaders. He, like all the others, will always be The Doctor, it’s just time for someone new to step through the doors of the police box. Peter Capaldi will be greatly missed. But it will not be the last we see of him!
I went to bed last night thinking, it would be great for the Mom in Broadchurch to become the Doctor. I love, love, love, Olivia Colman, but I know she will have many amazing opportunities. Maybe she will play The Doctor someday, because this day, anything is possible! I couldn’t think of her name, but I went to sleep. Here is where it gets kind of personal and crazy for me. My Dad came to me in a dream, and sat next to me on the couch. (He has never been where I live now.) He asked me who I wanted to play the new Doctor? I told him about Olivia Colman, and several others, but I told him it probably won’t be a girl. He then asked me how would I feel if they cast a female. I told him that it shouldn’t matter, but it will. It will be wonderful for many, because this will give so many girls another person to aspire to be like. We are lucky to have Rey, and Wonder Woman, but it would be so amazing to have a woman play a role on this scale, for a show this iconic. It makes me sad to know all the hate she is going to get, and people are going to say all sorts of nasty things because she is a woman. They are going to accuse her of ruining the show. So, the woman who takes over has to be really strong, and ready for this. I hate that she would go through this, but that is the truth. It breaks my heart. Maybe the world isn’t ready for a woman Doctor.
Then Dad looked at me in the eyes and said, “Jodie Whittaker, Lisa. It’s Jodie Whittaker, and she is going to be amazing. You, and the world, are going to love her.” So, when I woke up (I slept late, don’t judge me.) And I grabbed my phone, I goggled the 13th Doctor. There weren’t any results and I guessed it wasn’t time yet. Then I went I Facebook and my heart stopped. The first thing I saw was, “Jodie Whittaker, is The Doctor.” But when I read the article, it said it wasn’t confirmed. I keep digging until I saw the video The 13th Doctor
It was real! It wasn’t a hoax, or a dream! My Dad had told me who it was going to be! I promptly cried for 20 minutes after I found out. First, because of the connection with my Dad. Second, the world needs Jodie! We have been waiting for a very long time to get to the point where female superheros and women can take on these lead roles, and hold their own. We grew up with Princess Leia and I was profoundly happy when she became a general. And deeply sadden when Carrie Fisher died. Jodie Whittaker is going to be this person for so many young girls, and even boys too! When people are upset that the gender of the Doctor changed, we should look at ourselves and see why that bothers so many, and why it took until 2017 for that to be an acceptable change. It has taken a long time, now give her a chance. Captain Marvel didn’t start off female, but she is now.
They have been preparing for this change for years, and The Doctor will be here for Christmas. I am very sad to see Peter Capalidi go, but I can’t express in words right now, how much it means for this lady right here, for Jodie to be The Doctor. Us girls, we didn’t have anyone like this on TV, or the movies. It felt very lonely that all we were portrayed to be was love interests, or side characters. It put a limit on us, and both men and women have been fighting so hard to change that. Look at the world today! Look at all the changes happening, and women are finally becoming the front runners, with their stories being told. Every little girl needs to see this, every little boy needs to see this. We are at an amazing fork in the road, and people resist change! I think it is time, and I am so lucky to be alive to see it happen. I can’t wait to see the faces of these girls when they get to cheer on Jodie, dress like her, see her kicking butt and being smart! Congratulations, Jodie!! I am so happy for you, and for what you will bring!!
For all those haters, please take a look at this. Just in case you didn’t notice, female leads do not ruin your childhood, or change anything at all. Here is a quick look for why we need these women characters. Look at the children’s faces!