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I am personally opposed to the idea of a female Doctor for a few reasons, and I don't believe I am sexist for being so. I have spent more than 30 years watching the Doctor in all his incarnations, and he has always been a male. I see no reason to change this now, other than to raise awareness of a minority group. While this may be good for trans people in general, I have to wonder whether it would actually be good for the show.
Just look at the many arguments on this site alone whenever the possibility is raised, and we are only a small portion of the fanbase. There will certainly be some fans who will follow through on their threats to stop watching should a female Doctor come to pass, while there will be others who join simply because of the change. How many of each there will be, and whether it will cause problems, is something we cannot know (unless you have access to a TARDIS of your own!) It is not hard to imagine that the controversy could cause a ratings drop to the point of endangering the show's longevity.
The other problem I can forsee is this - what happens next? If the Doctor does become female and the ratings do suffer, would it even be possible to reverse the change without being accused of being transphobic? Even if the transition were to be successful, would it be possible for the Doctor to become male again? How many incarnations would it take before the various groups campaigning for a female Doctor were satisfied? After all, he was male for 14 lifetimes and 50 years, so many of the hardcore members of the various groups would not be satisfied until the scales were balanced.
I feel that if this goes ahead, it will open the doors to the Doctor being used for various agendas, with pressure being put on the showrunners by whatever group feels that they need more representation on tv.
By all means, test the waters in a spinoff show. Maybe a show about Missy, or even make a show around Jenny and have her regenerate into a man for a time. Doctor Who has already given us 2 fantastic shows centered around under-represented groups, so why not a third? Just please, don't risk the show I love on a gamble like this. I waited decades for my favourite show to return, and I just don't want to see it cancelled for something that can easily be avoided. Try a spinoff character first, before forcing this change onto a much-loved character. If it works, then it can be brought into the main show later on.
7 hours, 25 minutes ago on Davison Wants To See Doctor’s Daughter Spin-Off
These types of discussions are meaningless. Moffat has been working towards this for years. Bear in mind that the first time that this issue was seriously discussed was back in 1999 after the Curse of Fatal Death - written by Steven Moffat. I can almost guarantee that the next incarnation of the Doctor will be female, as it will most likely be the last regeneration that he directly oversees.
Moffat decided nearly 15 years ago that the Doctor should become a woman, and now he's going to see it through - regardless of what any of us have to say on the matter.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on An Opinion On Gender Regeneration: Plot or Politics?
@Rani Nose It actually reminds me of Tony Stark's shirt with his mini arc-reactor shining through...
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Last Christmas BBC One Time Confirmed
Everyone seems to assume that Last Christmas refers to the Doctor and Clara's last Christmas together. What if they have traveled forwards in time to the Last Christmas ever celebrated? Or perhaps, what would be the last Christmas unless they save it somehow.
Of course, I haven't done too well with my guesses this year...
2 months ago on Last Christmas: Short Synopsis
@troughton who? @Shadestryke I would have to agree that every trans character I have seen (all 2 of them!) has been portrayed as struggling to overcome prejudice, and I agree that positive portrayals are necessary too. In fact, I would go so far as to say that positive portrayals are more important than the negative ones.
However, this was not either. A major, much-loved villain randomly changed sex and was greeted with a moment of surprise and then the switch was never mentioned again. In a series where Jenny is forced to play Vastra's maid due to human prejudice, I would have thought that an actual sex-change (no matter how it happened) would have been treated with more respect than as a cheap surprise. It just feels as though the Master changed sex simply because of the surprise and not for any real reason...
2 months, 1 week ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master
I for one would have thought that the Master becoming Missy would have been more offensive to transgendered people than those who object for one simple reason - it belittles their constant struggle to be accepted.
Think about it for a minute. The Master has never shown any indication that he wanted to be female, or showed even the slightest discomfort at being a male. When he does actually become female, he is accepted as such with no comment, and not even the smallest discomfort from the Doctor (not the best indicator but the only person who knew him/her beforehand). It is as though all can be solved by the wave of a sonic wand!
Without any of the struggles faced by transgendered people, Missy has been reduced to a cheap trick when she could have been so much more...
@Notsosmartguy Approves of female Master @MarlonJBonnici And that's not even counting the time she's spent adventuring with the Doctor now that he's learned to take the TARDIS back to the right time!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Death in Heaven Clip
Who says that the Master regenerated into a woman at all? In all the theories regarding Missy, I have not seen anyone consider the possibility that the Master did not regenerate at all. (If it has been mentioned before then I apologise for missing a few comments ;) )
When we last saw the Master, his body was degenerating severely - almost certainly past the point of regeneration or he would have done so rather than die. Perhaps his consciousness was downloaded into the Matrix and he took the first body that was available to escape - which could also have given him the inspiration for his current Afterlife scheme.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on A Study of Regeneration: Lord or Lady?
I think we'll find that Missy is the Great Intelligence, and that she has been manipulating Clara for a long time. After all, if the GI was spread throughout the Doctor's timeline then it also had the opportunity to meet Clara as a child - possibly without the protection of an adult Clara (as there only seems to be one incarnation of Clara at any given point in Space-Time). Now hang on to your hats, this is where things get complicated!
If the GI were able to hack Clara's brain as a child, it could easily have left a message in there to find when it's 'younger' self hacked Clara back in Bells. (If one thing is certain about the finale, it is likely to involve a Moffat Loop. Nothing says that the loop has to work for the Doctor...)
The GI could have realised that defeating the Doctor in his past would result in the death of the entire universe, which is the major flaw in its plan. Why would it want to destroy all existence - itself included? What if the entire setup for Name was so that the GI could go back and subvert 'child Clara' and get it's agent close to the Doctor at a point which was best for it?
3 months ago on Pulling the Strings: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 1)
Well, this has to be one of the worst episodes of Doctor Who I have ever seen. Completely ridiculous plot, the Doctor's unshakeable belief that humanity would simply 'forget' about it (even though he was surrounded by children taking photographs!), and the fairy-tale ending combine to make this episode one of my least-liked ever.
Of course, my dislike of the 12th Doctor also has a role to play in my dislike - although a problem with my TV did help me figure out one reason I dislike him. I am a person who relies a lot upon a person's body language to figure out what they are saying, and 12 is a walking contradiction in that respect. Pick almost any of 12's scenes and close your eyes. Just listen to what he says and how he says it. You can imagine almost any line to have been written for the War Doctor - old, weary and wondering if he is doing the right thing. Now take the same scene and mute the audio. 12's body language is almost identical to that of 11 - full of energy, always in motion and always moving towards a set goal. I think it is this contradiction more than anything else that prevents me from connecting with 12 personally.
On another note, did anybody else notice that the 'Here' were set up to be almost the polar opposites of the Vashta Nerada?
3 months ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night
i think that this is literally one of those times when the Doctor simply could not stick around. Sometimes (as in this case), knowing the future can prevent that future coming to pass.
If the Doctor had stayed, he would have told Clara what was going to happen - whether intentionally or not - which would have resulted in humanity never having to choose. Never having to grow up and make the hard decisions for themselves, without knowing how their decision would turn out. Had humanity known the ending, there would have been no need to choose!
Of course, the Doctor could have explained all this to Clara instead of just running away...
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote
@KingoftheOod4450 @VictorWong1 @Andrew_Swallow @EvilZygonRabbit I haven't read most of the novels or heard many of the audios, but if Romana regenerated during the SECOND war in Heaven, does this mean that 12 is currently involved in the third - or maybe the first? Or could this arc actually link into the second war, meaning that Romana could possibly receive a mention or even be a top-secret guest star?
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Doctor Who Experience “Gallifrey” Teaser Video
I would guess that this is the moment the Doctor finds out that Danny was a soldier
4 months ago on The Caretaker – 12 Hints & Teasers
Hint 1 is Baudot MurrayCode for 'Get out of my TARDIS'
If the Doctor was the only Time Lord remaining at the end of the Time War, then it follows that he must have been the one to put the Time Lock in place. By this logic, it also follows that the Doctor has the key to unlock it. Either that or the Lock exists for everyone other than the person who activated it. In either case, this would mean that the Doctor can travel into the Time Lock any time he chooses - he just knows the effects it would have and chooses not to change anything.
4 months, 1 week ago on Listen: Breaking the Time Lock?
What if the Doctor allows Clara to die, and all the reports of Jenna filming later episodes were deliberately mocked up to hide a mid-season companion death?
Just a though to brighten your day! I'm gonna go hide now so you I don't get hunted down... ;)
4 months, 2 weeks ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon
@DaftDalek is Ceter Papaldi @ranoutofreferences "Count the shadows!" ;)
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Listen Clip
@Ivegotkidneys is listening @Shadestryke Mental note - never EVER try to maths (even of the most simple kind) after a late night watching Doctor Who!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Great Moments From Robot of Sherwood
So RTD's 3rd series ended with humans searching for Utopia (and finding the Master), while Moffat's 3rd series involves robots searching for the Promised Land (and finding Missy).
Interesting coincidence (if it IS a coincidence!)...
So Clara is given one chance to pick a single person in history to visit, and she chooses Robin Hood? Not Marcus Aurelius - 'literally the only poster she had on her wall as a child'?
If I had been in her position, I would have chosen to visit my greatest hero. Then tried to visit other people if I got a second chance...
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
I love these investigations into the science of Who. Keep up the good work.
Although my major problem with miniaturisation is the fact that it cannot be a one-time process. It would need to generate a miniaturisation field to reduce the size of oxygen molecules somehow so as to enable the oxygen to bind with the hemoglobin in the character's bloodstream.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Into the Dalek
I would love to see a Children in Need special where the Doctor has to get his band together to beat Bill and Ted in the Battle of the Bands in a winner-takes-all battle for the fate of the Future!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Why I Love… Celebrity Historicals
Bonus 2: Do not trust the Doctor
5 months ago on Into the Dalek – 12 Hints & Teasers
What if the Time Lords actually *are* humans from the far future?
We know that at some point in the future, humans develop time travel (the Time Agency, Hila Tacorian from Hide). We also know (from A Good Man Goes To War) that humans conceived in the Time Vortex take on certain properties of Time Lords (River Song).
Perhaps at some point in the future, humans are researching time travel on a distant colony planet (probably Research Station Freyja, in the star system Gallileo) when an accident occurs, throwing the entire planet back to the 'beginning of time' and opening the Untempered Schism.
In order to protect their own existence, the new Time Lords hide their human origins so that their enemies do not destroy Earth before the Time Lords are formed. After billions of years of further evolution the Time Lords themselves have forgotten where they came from, and are no longer *entirely* human - but they still remain genetically similar enough to humanity that they can still produce offspring if they desired to.
This would explain why Time Lords always appear to be human (unless they specifically choose otherwise), and why the Doctor claimed that his mother was human.
Of course, this is just one possibility and is no doubt full of plot holes when compared to Doctor Who continuity, but it is a *possible* explanation...
7 months ago on Moffat: Who says the Doctor is NOT human?
@TheBiPunishment Technically the Master still wasn't there in the last days - he only showed up shortly before Gallifrey was sealed away and (as far as anybody knew) the High Council was locked away alone working on their plan. Nobody knew about the portal, or about the Master's arrival...
7 months, 1 week ago on The Master’s Moffat Plan
@BrIdGeWoOd4Be What if the Master's deterioration continued after his imprisonment with the remainder of the Time Lords, leaving him in a state where he was more energy than matter. When the Time Lords release the regeneration energy to the Doctor, the Master's energy form follows along - siphoning off some of the energy for himself. After arriving on Trenzalore he uses the regeneration energy to grant himself a new body and a new life.
Of course, this leaves him in the usual trouble - he is running short on regenerations again...
What if everything the Master has ever done has all been due to Rassilon's manipulation, and we have not seen all of his adventures in a chronological order from his point of view?
If Rassilon's instructions gave the Master some awareness of the coming Time War, it is entirely possible that his desire to conquer the universe was an attempt to alter the outcome and gain the Time Lords some new allies.
Once the Doctor had thwarted his attempts a few times, it would be logical for the Master to want to kill the greatest threat to his plans leading directly into the 'Kill the Doctor' stories.
After failing in both those goals (and regenerating many times in the process), the Master is then forced to follow Rassilon's final imperative - to survive at all costs. This leads to the Master's attempts to gain the Doctor's remaining regenerations.
What would this version of the Master do next? Logically (if this speculation were to be true) his next goal would be the return of Gallifrey at any cost - including another Time War. He would track down (or create) another crack in the unverse and pull Gallifrey through it, no matter what the cost. After all, that would be the only way he could finally be free of Rassilon's commands.
This would have one major downside in my opinion - it would transform the Master from a true villain into a flawed anti-hero. In his eyes everything the Master has done was to save his home, while the Doctor has tried to stop him at every opportunity.
I could see a great deal of potential in a character like Christina on board the TARDIS, not so much for her own growth but for the effect she would have on the Doctor. Every companion to date has grown to one degree or another, but each has also had an effect on the Doctor himself.
The Doctor seems to pick up traits from his companions like he collects accents - Rose cared about people (a trait that 9 seemed to have lost for a time) and had a love for life that he soon picked up. Jack was flirtatious and cheeky, which started to show in 9 but which really manifested in 10. I can't think of any traits the Doctor may have picked up from Martha, but then we have Donna. She was loud and energetic and always ready with a funny comeback to any situation - traits that 11 took to extremes. It will be interesting to see what effect Clara has on 12 (if any).
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Lady Christina de Souza: The Companion Who Never Was
I would think that the best - and possibly only - time to bring 8 back would be at Gallifrey's return. After all, it took 3 Doctors to use the Moment and all 13 to move Gallifrey, so including (at least) 1 more at its return would be fitting.
Or perhaps a case could be made for each Doctor (or at least each surviving Doctor) to be holding a piece of the information necessary to return Gallifrey to our universe, forcing 12 to revisit some of his past to acquire that knowledge...
10 months, 1 week ago on How To Bring Back McGann
Much as I would love to see a series featuring McGann as the Doctor (He is definately one of my top 13 Doctors! ;p ), I just can't see it happening. But, while there is little to no chance of a series, there could be a chance of a one-off appearance.
If I had my choice, I would make McGann the star of one year's Children in Need special (making sure that it was considerably longer than a minisode - who needs Eastenders anyway?)
McGann would be the beginning where he would attempt to solve a problem (and indeed believe that he had), only for it to reappear as part of the Christmas special. Perhaps as part of the solution, Capaldi would need to commune with his former self (maybe through a form of hypnosis) to figure out a plan...
10 months, 3 weeks ago on McGann in the 11th Doctor’s TARDIS!
Heroes is one of my favourite series - other than Doctor Who of course!
How strange is it that this particular series should be reviewed this week, the same week as the announcement that Heroes is returning? Is there something you're not telling us, Gustaff?
11 months, 1 week ago on Lords of Time #8: Doctor Who Vs Heroes
What if there was a Series long arc (such as the Lake Silencio one), only this time the Doctor is (apparently) disintegrated - only to reveal in the 2-part finale that one of the minor guest stars was actually the next Doctor crossing his own timeline to work on his final victory!
11 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Missed Opportunity: A Surprise Regeneration
Just 2 words - Patrick Stewart!
Doesn't really matter what role he gets, as he'd be fantastic in any role.
11 months, 1 week ago on A Time Lord Wish List
While I agree with you on many of these points, there is another option for the truth field that you have neglected to consider in your article, which is that of telepathic technology. We know that the Time Lords possess this since the TARDIS has telepathic circuits which form the basis of the Translation Matrix. Since this technology can be used to make people speak in a language they do not understand (which would be much easier than making an unknown number of listeners hear in a language that they understand), it is not inconceivable to believe that this technology could be used to force a person to speak the truth.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Sciencey Wiencey: The Time of the Doctor
@Ninjauthor The way I see it, the time machine was in the Lodger because that point is the last recorded point in the Doctor's timeline before he went to Lake Silencio. The Silence were simply heading there to ensure the Doctor didn't have any tricks up his sleeve. Unfortunately for them, either Craig or (more likely) Sophie had seen the recordings of the Moon landing and killed the crew of the time machine before the Doctor ever arrived!
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon
@Amy the Consulting Commentator @Angie Whodini I think that the Doctor forgetting his future selves is more of an in-built subconscious defence mechanism against knowing his own future. By refusing to confirm that he was the Doctor, the Curator sidestepped that mental block and became a curiosity to be solved rather than a future that must be forgotten.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on To Know Thine Self: What can or can’t the Doctor know about his future selves?
@LeelaFunnyFace @ChildoftheTardis @thesnarkyfangirl @naoise406 To be fair to Amy, if she only acted like she loved Rory when she thought he was mad or going to die that still covers a large section of his screen time! ;)
11 months, 4 weeks ago on Series 8 Will Be Darker, More like Classic Who