Why The Doctor should not be Tilda Swinton (or any woman for that matter)

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Why The Doctor should not be Tilda Swinton (or any woman for that matter)

The lat­est rumor that Tilda Swin­ton is the top run­ner to be the next Doc­tor is all over the place.

As insan­ity of the social jus­tice war­riors in media envelops their fel­low SJW’s at the BBC, who get the final say in remak­ing The Doc­tor in their own cul­tural image, let me high­light a few prac­ti­cal points before you decide to give red Tilda, or any other woman, the keys to the Doctor’s TARDIS and throw the final ves­tiges of what is a children’s show, and not as it may seem a show for adults who are still chil­dren, into the bin.

  1. His­tory

Peo­ple tend to see the world based on the world around them, how­ever his­tory didn’t start in 1990. For the vast major­ity of human his­tory women were chat­tel at worst and sub­or­di­nates as best and in most Islamist coun­tries that remains true today. Given the his­tory how many knots are you going to have to twist any time a female Doc­tor arrives at any date prior to 1900 or in any non west­ern soci­ety today (say Saudi Ara­bia) and get her to per­suade the var­i­ous pow­ers that be to give “her” the abil­ity to deal with threat X, Y or Z? And unless you plan on only one adven­ture in Earth’s past how do you plan on mak­ing said “twist” work each time?

  1. The Teenage boy fan base

There are a lot of teenage boys who watch Doc­tor Who, I dis­cov­ered it myself as a teenager. The idea of a time trav­el­ing eccen­tric who trav­els the uni­verse defeat­ing mon­sters and sav­ing plan­ets was very appeal­ing to me as I sus­pect tales of hero­ism have been to young men ever since there have been young men.

How do you think those young men approach­ing or in puberty (not to men­tion many who haven’t both­ered to develop matu­rity these day) are going to see a Doc­tor to put it bluntly, with tits?

Do you really want to turn the Doc­tor, who is essen­tially the hero fight­ing the mon­sters, into a sex object because that is what is going to hap­pen, how­ever you dress this Doc­tor or how­ever you play it the sex­u­al­ity angle will be on the table (and in Swinton’s case there is plenty on youtube to fuel it)

Rus­sell T. Davies and gay icons sta­tus notwith­stand­ing, do you want the Doc­tor to become mas­tu­ba­tion mate­r­ial for teenage boys? And is the BBC ready for the inevitable porn par­ody that will fol­low which would likely involve scarves, fezs, cel­ery and the Doc­tor lit­er­ally doing him/​her self which will be watched by every kid with an inter­net con­nec­tion over the age of 8?

Yeah that’s the image the that we want to leave with the youth of Britain and the world

  1. The Doc­tor in com­bat as a prisoner

As any­one who has fol­lowed the Doc­tor on TV or in books or via Big Fin­ish knows, the Doc­tor is con­stantly get­ting cap­tured and chained up in dun­geons, and pris­ons and get­ting tor­tured. One the Doc­tor is a woman there is an entirely dif­fer­ent dimension.

Rape.

How do you deal with the inevitable pos­si­bil­ity in fact prob­a­bil­ity of the Doc­tor being raped after being taken? How do you explain it away? How do you get that to play on what is sup­posed to be a kids show and is the theme you really want to be deal­ing with?

Because any­where that the TARDIS lands where women are prop­erty if the Doc­tor is cap­tured that’s on the table, and if the Doc­tor is in that sit­u­a­tion is the com­pan­ion going to show up in the nick of time?

  1. Bring­ing Back those women viewers:

One of the knocks against Capaldi, who like Peter David­son is in my opin­ion an excel­lent Doc­tor who had the mis­for­tune of fol­low­ing the best actor who held the role in his gen­er­a­tion, is that being older he lost some of the female audi­ence because of the lack of sex­ual ten­sion in the back­ground. This is actu­ally again goes to the door of Rus­sell Davies who decided once Eccle­ston was gone, to turn the Doctor/​Companion rela­tion­ship into some­thing more, first pin­ing for Rose, then miss­ing Rose while the Martha pined for him, then Donna and the recur­ring “we’re not a cou­ple” gag. And Matt Smith with Amy, then the Doctor/​Rory rivalry, then Clara, the TARDIS has been full of sex­ual ten­sion and rela­tion­ships, which thanks to good writ­ing and fine actors was han­dled with­out destroy­ing the nature of the show & the appeal to kids.

I can under­stand want­ing to get that base back but the truth is mak­ing the Doc­tor a woman will not bring back the ten­sion that attracted the female audi­ence. The crit­ics will love it of course but that’s not the audi­ence they lost. They can try to play up the “Woman can be a hero too” busi­ness but that’s already been demon­strated in the series as far back a Romana & Leela. Mak­ing the Doc­tor a woman will just be a stunt and like all stunts will fizzle?

5…and get­ting out of it

This should really be 4a but when, not if, the SJW affir­ma­tive action Doc­tor fails what then? If the rat­ings don’t improve and the audi­ence doesn’t return do you DARE kill off the 1st woman doc­tor after one sea­son? After two? Do you risk the wrath of the SJW com­mu­nity if you don’t replace the 1st woman doc­tor with the 2nd woman doc­tor or the first openly gay doc­tor hit­ting on every man in his­tory or the first trans­gen­der doc­tor or the first cis­nor­ma­tive but sex­u­ally con­fused asian cross­dress­ing doc­tor? You get the idea. Once you start down this path you’ll have a tough time get­ting out of it with­out fac­ing a back­lash and we’ve already seen how very nice the SJW com­mu­nity reacts?

It won’t be pretty

  1. All girls together

If you want a “woman” doc­tor why not give a series to Romanna, or Jenny (the Doctor’s Daugh­ter) or Susan (The Doctor’s Grand­daugh­ter)? Why not take a female Time Lord inspired by the Doc­tor, and have her go off to do what the Doc­tor Does? You could even have Cather­ine Tate thanks to the Meta Cri­sis (The Doc­tor Donna) do it and regen­er­ate. Hell you could Bring back River Song, give her a new regen­er­a­tion and let her do it. Want a hero for young girls, let that hero be a woman from start to fin­ish, some­one they can dream like being with­out an expen­sive oper­a­tion. Let the “female” doc­tor be a woman right from the start and show that she can carry a series on her own and a TARDIS on her own, granted you have some of the same prob­lems that I’ve already men­tioned above, but with a dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter and a dif­fer­ent back story you have the flex­i­bil­ity that you don’t have with the Doctor.

  1. The Lessons of history

Finally let me remind you all of what hap­pened the last time the BBC decided to play SJW with the Time Lord:

The idea of bring­ing pol­i­tics into Doc­tor Who was delib­er­ate, but we had to do it very qui­etly and cer­tainly didn’t shout about it,” said McCoy.

“We were a group of polit­i­cally moti­vated peo­ple and it seemed the right thing to do.

His com­pan­ion Ace/​Sophie Aldred agreed

Sophie Aldred, who played Ace, the Doctor’s fem­i­nist com­pan­ion, said a shared con­tempt for right-​wing ide­ol­ogy had inspired “a real bond­ing process” for cast and crew.

“Thatcher was our prime min­is­ter and we weren’t happy,” she said.

So the deci­sion was made to turn a children’s tele­vi­sion show into a plat­form for 80’s SJW. The result?

rat­ings slumped from a high of 16m, when Tom Baker was the Doc­tor a decade ear­lier, to 3m and the show was taken off air twice: in 19867 by Michael Grade, then the direc­tor of pro­grammes — who said it had “no redeem­ing fea­tures” — and again in 1989, two years after Grade had left the BBC.

Ah the joys of the left man­ag­ing to make a British insti­tu­tion so unpalat­able that it could not survive.

One would think that a show about time travel would be more attuned to the lessons of history.

Any­ways they likely care what a fifty some­thing like me thinks even though both of my sons dis­cov­ered fan­dom thru me they will do what they want.

The latest rumor that Tilda Swinton is the top runner to be the next Doctor is all over the place.

As insanity of the social justice warriors in media envelops their fellow SJW’s at the BBC, who get the final say in remaking The Doctor in their own cultural image,  let me highlight a few practical points before you decide to give red Tilda, or any other woman, the keys to the Doctor’s TARDIS and throw the final vestiges of what is a children’s show, and not as it may seem a show for adults who are still children, into the bin.

  1. History

People tend to see the world based on the world around them, however history didn’t start in 1990. For the vast majority of human history women were chattel at worst and subordinates as best and in most Islamist countries that remains true today. Given the history how many knots are you going to have to twist any time a female Doctor arrives at any date prior to 1900 or in any non western society today (say Saudi Arabia) and get her to persuade the various powers that be to give “her” the ability to deal with threat X, Y or Z? And unless you plan on only one adventure in Earth’s past how do you plan on making said “twist” work each time?

  1. The Teenage boy fan base

There are a lot of teenage boys who watch Doctor Who, I discovered it myself as a teenager. The idea of a time traveling eccentric who travels the universe defeating monsters and saving planets was very appealing to me as I suspect tales of heroism have been to young men ever since there have been young men.

How do you think those young men approaching or in puberty (not to mention many who haven’t bothered to develop maturity these day) are going to see a Doctor to put it bluntly, with tits?

Do you really want to turn the Doctor, who is essentially the hero fighting the monsters, into a sex object because that is what is going to happen, however you dress this Doctor or however you play it the sexuality angle will be on the table (and in Swinton’s case there is plenty on youtube to fuel it)

Russell T. Davies and gay icons status notwithstanding, do you want the Doctor to become mastubation material for teenage boys? And is the BBC ready for the inevitable porn parody that will follow which would likely involve scarves, fezs, celery and the Doctor literally doing him/her self which will be watched by every kid with an internet connection over the age of 8?

Yeah that’s the image the that we want to leave with the youth of Britain and the world

  1. The Doctor in combat as a prisoner

As anyone who has followed the Doctor on TV or in books or via Big Finish knows, the Doctor is constantly getting captured and chained up in dungeons, and prisons and getting tortured. One the Doctor is a woman there is an entirely different dimension.

Rape.

How do you deal with the inevitable possibility in fact probability of the Doctor being raped after being taken? How do you explain it away? How do you get that to play on what is supposed to be a kids show and is the theme you really want to be dealing with?

Because anywhere that the TARDIS lands where women are property if the Doctor is captured that’s on the table, and if the Doctor is in that situation is the companion going to show up in the nick of time?

  1. Bringing Back those women viewers:

One of the knocks against Capaldi, who like Peter Davidson is in my opinion an excellent Doctor who had the misfortune of following the best actor who held the role in his generation, is that being older he lost some of the female audience because of the lack of sexual tension in the background. This is actually again goes to the door of Russell Davies who decided once Eccleston was gone, to turn the Doctor/Companion relationship into something more, first pining for Rose, then missing Rose while the Martha pined for him, then Donna and the recurring “we’re not a couple” gag. And Matt Smith with Amy, then the Doctor/Rory rivalry, then Clara, the TARDIS has been full of sexual tension and relationships, which thanks to good writing and fine actors was handled without destroying the nature of the show & the appeal to kids.

I can understand wanting to get that base back but the truth is making the Doctor a woman will not bring back the tension that attracted the female audience. The critics will love it of course but that’s not the audience they lost. They can try to play up the “Woman can be a hero too” business but that’s already been demonstrated in the series as far back a Romana & Leela. Making the Doctor a woman will just be a stunt and like all stunts will fizzle?

5…and getting out of it

This should really be 4a but when, not if, the SJW affirmative action Doctor fails what then? If the ratings don’t improve and the audience doesn’t return do you DARE kill off the 1st woman doctor after one season? After two? Do you risk the wrath of the SJW community if you don’t replace the 1st woman doctor with the 2nd woman doctor or the first openly gay doctor hitting on every man in history or the first transgender doctor or the first cisnormative but sexually confused asian crossdressing doctor? You get the idea. Once you start down this path you’ll have a tough time getting out of it without facing a backlash and we’ve already seen how very nice the SJW community reacts?

It won’t be pretty

  1. All girls together

If you want a “woman” doctor why not give a series to Romanna, or Jenny (the Doctor’s Daughter) or Susan (The Doctor’s Granddaughter)? Why not take a female Time Lord inspired by the Doctor, and have her go off to do what the Doctor Does? You could even have Catherine Tate thanks to the Meta Crisis (The Doctor Donna) do it and regenerate. Hell you could Bring back River Song, give her a new regeneration and let her do it. Want a hero for young girls, let that hero be a woman from start to finish, someone they can dream like being without an expensive operation. Let the “female” doctor be a woman right from the start and show that she can carry a series on her own and a TARDIS on her own, granted you have some of the same problems that I’ve already mentioned above, but with a different character and a different back story you have the flexibility that you don’t have with the Doctor.

  1. The Lessons of history

Finally let me remind you all of what happened the last time the BBC decided to play SJW with the Time Lord:

The idea of bringing politics into Doctor Who was deliberate, but we had to do it very quietly and certainly didn’t shout about it,” said McCoy.

“We were a group of politically motivated people and it seemed the right thing to do.

His companion Ace/Sophie Aldred agreed

Sophie Aldred, who played Ace, the Doctor’s feminist companion, said a shared contempt for right-wing ideology had inspired “a real bonding process” for cast and crew.

“Thatcher was our prime minister and we weren’t happy,” she said.

So the decision was made to turn a children’s television show into a platform for 80’s SJW. The result?

ratings slumped from a high of 16m, when Tom Baker was the Doctor a decade earlier, to 3m and the show was taken off air twice: in 1986-7 by Michael Grade, then the director of programmes — who said it had “no redeeming features” — and again in 1989, two years after Grade had left the BBC.

Ah the joys of the left managing to make a British institution so unpalatable that it could not survive.

One would think that a show about time travel would be more attuned to the lessons of history.

Anyways they likely care what a fifty something like me thinks even though both of my sons discovered fandom thru me they will do what they want.