In case you didn’t know, Jodie Whittaker has recently been announced as the first ever female Doctor for the hit TV show ‘Doctor Who’…if you listen closely, you’ll be able to hear the cheers of feminists everywhere! Whittaker was driven by her “excite[ment] about change” to thrive to reach the success on becoming the 13th Time Lord; perhaps to eradicate any former strict opinions on gender roles that would prevent a woman from playing such a famous character in the world of British television. However, giving the ‘traditionally male’ lead role away could mirror the unlucky superstition of the number 13, with Whittaker’s over ambition due to take a turn for the worst and begin tumbling into a downward spiral.mBut which is it?
Whittaker is an English actress from Yorkshire who is known for her work on shows such as ‘Broadchurch’ and ‘Adult Life Skills’. She was trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2005. That all sounds pretty standard for the world of acting, right? Who would have thought that she would thrive so much in her career that she would take on the gender-flipping of the character that’d been held by a dozen men, not to mention that it took BBC 36 seasons and 54 years to finally give a woman a shot at driving the Tardis. Also, Whittaker is a significant addition to the other sci-fi women that have been digging their pathway of equality for powering roles. For example, the determined Katniss Everdeen in ‘The Hunger Games’, the fierce Gal Gadot stars in the recent successful Warner film, ‘Wonder Woman’ and several ‘Game of Thrones’ female leaders who made it to the top rather than being relegated to the side-lines as minor characters. That is just to name a few! Therefore, indeed Whittaker should be viewed as thriving and soaring her way to breaking the prejudice against women taking on major roles.
However, you might be surprised with how many fans of the TV show have cried foul over the casting decision. Most having the argument that tradition has been shattered and that “political correctness [has] gone mad”, even some threaten that they will never be watching the show again because Doctor Who had been “murdered”.
Despite this, Jodie Whittaker has added height to the ladder on the growing progress towards gender equality and now the younger generation can watch Whittaker in action defeating aliens, regardless of her gender. Welcome to the Tardis, Jodie!