Editorial: Unlucky 13–My Problems With Jodie Whittaker

jodie whittakerWell, it happened. A couple weeks ago, the new Doctor was announced. And it’s Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to ever play the role. And what happened? Exactly what I predicted. This is why I didn’t want a 13th Doctor. This is why I said it would kill the show. Many fans are rage quitting, although some don’t care. And Radio Times is saying “If you don’t accept her, you’re not a real fan.” (Real smooth) Some fans like myself are claiming that Doctor Who is once again caving in to pressure from special interest people and giving in to the new gender politics. Some of my fellow Christian fans of Doctor Who have considered this the final betrayal and are giving up on the show entirely. I’m conflicted myself.  As I said, I didn’t want this. But I also said I’d watch to see if I’m proven wrong.

First, let’s refute some arguments. No, I don’t have a problem with a female lead. I currently watch Bones, Supergirl, and Jessica Jones.  And one of my favorite Star Trek spin-offs was Voyager.

I also don’t mind gender swaps when they work. The Doctor Strange movie had Tilda Swinton playing The Ancient One, who was originally male in the comics. That idea wouldn’t have worked in the movie, because he was stereotypically drawn to look like the typical Asian character–Fu Man Chu mustache, yellow skin, you know the look. That would’ve led to more problems, and Swinton was up to the challenge. Voltron: Legendary Defender changed Pidge into a girl named Katie Holt, who now uses Pidge as an alias. This was fine because the original Pidge was an androgynous effeminate boy, so I think making her a tomboy works better.

No, my problem is that I perceived the Doctor’s masculinity as part of his character. To all you women who love this idea, I want to ask you something. Let’s say they rebooted the Alien movies, and had Vin Diesel playing Ellen Ripley. That would be a bad idea because the whole point of those movies is that Ellen, a woman, is saving the day instead of a man. It’d reduce the movies to a generic sci-fi action flick and nullify its significance.

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Short Trips Vol 1: A True Gentleman

short trips 1Writer: Jamie Hailstone

Directors: Nicholas Briggs and Ken Bentley

Producers: Nicholas Briggs and Martin Montague

Running Time: 25 minutes

Doctor: Third

Narrator: Katy Manning (note: Even though Katy narrates, Jo Grant does not make an appearance. This is the only story so far that does not feature one of the Doctor’s usual companions.)

Summary: The Third Doctor’s landlord recounts a chance encounter with the Doctor when he fixed his bicycle tire, and he met an interplanetary ambassador.

Review: This was a story made for the Third Doctor. I can actually see this happening to him. I can certainly see him as a heavy tipper. And I love it when the title is actually said during a story.

Overall Review: 8/10

 

Twelfth: The Zygon Inversion (part 2)

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Writer: Peter Harness

Director: Daniel Nettheim

Producer: Peter Bennett

 Companions: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave)

Series: 9. ep. 8

Summary: The Doctor travels to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, where a Zygon outpost is stationed. Zygons have taken the forms of Clara and Kate Stewart, and have found two devices that could wipe out either all of the Zygons or all of the humans.

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Third: The Curse of Peladon

curse_of_peladon_7703Writer: Brian Hayles

Director: Lennie Mayne

Producer: Barry Letts

Companion: Jo Grant (Katy Manning)

Season: 9, episode 2 (5-8)

No. of Episodes: 4

Summary: The Doctor believes he’s finally gotten the TARDIS working correctly, so he takes Jo on a test flight, landing on the planet Peladon.  They meet the soon-to-be-crowned king of Peladon, who is meeting with a committee of ambassadors for the Galactic Federation. But there is murder afoot.

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Twelfth: The Zygon Invasion (Part 1)

zygon invasionWriter: Peter Harness

Director: Daniel Nettheim

Producer: Peter Bennett

Companions: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave)

Series: 9, ep. 7

Summary: The Nightmare Scenario has occurred. The Zygons have learned that Osgood, one of the humans who negotiated with the Zygons in “Day of the Doctor”, has died. This has caused Zygons to fear their lives are being threatened. Zygon terrorists are wreaking havoc. Can the Doctor and Clara stop the Nightmare Scenario, when they aren’t even sure who is friend or foe?

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Short Trips: A Stain of Red in The Sand (2nd Doctor)

short trips 1Writer: David A. McEwan

Directors: Nicholas Briggs & Ken Bentley

Producers: Nicholas Briggs & Martin Montague

Companion: Zoe Heriot

Narrator: David Troughton

Summary: This story is told from the point of view of Indigo, a woman whose apartment is actually a doorway into a world populated by insectoid-like creatures called the Caretakers. The Doctor and Zoe are fighting them and trying to prevent them from crossing over into her world.

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Twelfth: The Woman Who Lived (Part 2)

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Writer: Jamie Mathieson & Steven Moffatt

Director: Ed Bazelgette

Producer: Derek Ritchie

Companions: Ashildr (Maisie Williams), Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)

Series: 9, episode 6

Summary: Several centuries later, the Doctor meets Ashildr again, who now calls herself Me. She’s now a robber baron called the Knightmare and has fallen in love with a fire-breathing creature. When the Doctor learns that an innocent man may die in her place, he has to intervene.

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