Quick Hit: #YestoFemaleDoctor on Twitter

A tweet today from SFX Magazine’s Twitter account started the #yestofemaledoctor and #notofemaledoctor hashtags (the latter is about as douchey as you would expect).

A tweet from @SFXmagazine reading "So oustide of a Who con, is the world either #yestofemaledoctor or #notofemaledoctor ? Tweet now" Click the picture for the original tweet.

It’s started a fairly interesting conversation on Twitter that you might want to check out. Some of the highlights:

A tweet from @maria_siulee reading "#yestofemaledoctor science fiction that can cross time & space but not gender is a pathetic failure of imagination" Click the picture for the original tweet.

A tweet from @cnstoker reading "And while we're at it, #yestoDoctorofcolor. This isn't the US presidential elections. We can have both. #yestofemaledoctor" Click on the picture for the original tweet.

Tweet from @erinpuff

A tweet from @erinpuff, reading "I'm team #yestofemaledoctor, but not with Moffat as showrunner! A team of awesome feminists needs to stage a coup first." Click on the picture for the original tweet.

It’s encouraging that so many Who fans would like to see a lady Doctor, and would like to see a feminist Doctor Who. (They’re not, after all, the same thing.) I think we’re probably a long way from actually having a Doctor who is a lady, or a person of color, or (dis)abled, or trans*, because fans don’t run things, or worry about ratings and appealing to the lowest denominator. But it’s nice to know that even if they aren’t listening that hard, the fans are telling the BBC what we want, and it isn’t a show that participates in oppression.


  1. Scott says:

    “But it’s nice to know that even if they aren’t listening that hard, the fans are telling the BBC what we want, and it isn’t a show that participates in oppression.”

    I’m not sure this was what you intended to say, but just to be entirely fair, while I’m all for a female Doctor I wouldn’t go so far as to say that not having one is an example of the show ‘participating in oppression’. There’s a fair bit that’s gender problematic about Doctor Who both old and new — although unlike the Tweet above I wouldn’t suggest this was limited entirely to Steven Moffat; Russell T. Davies wasn’t entirely without problematic gender issues during his time on the show, I’d say — but the show having a male lead isn’t automatically one of them. (although granted, the nature of the mechanism that the show has to change the lead does enable greater role diversity than has thus far been utilized).

    • There are a lot of ways in which Doctor Who participates in oppression. (The same can be said for every TV show ever. That’s the nature of popular culture; it’s part of our culture, which is oppressive to certain categories of people.) The fact that we’ve had 11 regenerations of a character that are all White abled men is definitely part of that.

  2. James says:

    Given that the show is one that promotes tolerance and diversity, it’s rather sad that every vesion of the lead has been white British male. I’d love there to be a casting call for the 12th Doctor which simply looks for the bst actor to pay the role, whether male, female, white, Black, Asian, young, old…

    Off the top of my head, people I think would be good in the role:

    Paterson Joseph
    Tamsin Greig
    Rik Mayall
    Morgan Freeman
    Frances de la Tour
    Derek Jacobi
    Lee Ingleby
    Sian Philips
    Meera Syal

    • Kmasca says:

      Although I think Matt Smith is great (and I thought he would probably be cast when it was first rumoured he was up for the role) I was *really* hoping to see Paterson Joseph picked for 11. A bit of me is still disappointed about that.

      One of the depressing things about the Female Doctor topic is how long the conversation has been happening. Certainly I’ve read interviews as far back as Tom Baker where it’s raised and treated as a genuine possibility for the next Doctor. Yet here we are, seven doctors on, without that having translated into any change in casting decisions.

      • James says:

        I thnk the first reference to it I can find was at Tom Baker’s leaving press conference. He says something like “I’d like to wish the next Doctor, whoever he or she may be, the very best of luck.”

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