Whovian diversity is fun

December 24, 2017 9:11am CST
Although I notice it in other franchises, right now my main fandom is the Doctor Who fandom and we are definitely not in use. People are using the concept of tradition to disregard the new actor chosen to be the Doctor simply because she is a woman. Some of the reasons I have heard that this is "wrong" is that it is impossible for the Doctor to now appear female (it isn't) or that diversity in media is unnecessary political correctness ( it really isn't). The Doctor isn't human and honestly it irritates me to no end that the fandom. In addition to this the entire show to me has always been about diversity and exploring. Wouldn't a diverse cast that includes different orientations, genders (nonbinary people, gender fluid and agenda for some examples) and different species be a good thing! On this note, as a very queer and genderless bundle of sass who often wear skirts I would love to say that I am extremely excited to see Gallifreyans, especially the Doctor (whom I have a massive squish on) being portrayed as a queer, gender-fluid person. I do hope to see more people like me in mainstream media so that I don't constantly have to explain exactly what I am and they already have a frame of reference.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
24 Dec
I am on if those people who feel that having a female Doctor Who is wrong. Gallifrey was populated by male and female, so changing gender seems absurd. I would have no problem with a female character replacing the Doctor, but not as the same person.
24 Dec
The problem I have been having with simply not liking it is no one can seem to come up with a reason they don't like it. There are plenty of species on Earth that both have male and female members as well as the ability to switch back and forth between masculine and feminine coded bodies. Unfortunately link embedded in my text to a Wikipedia article describing this phenomenon seems to have been destroyed by the coding ( ) and I will have to remember to cite things in a different way. Gallifreyans may appear human in very superficial ways, but it has been shown over and over that they are a completely different species. Why is there such a retaliation that we are now seeing extremely important parts of their biology shown to be so non-human and so other? Just because the reboot has emphasized the doctor as a very clueless Outsider at the most alien head has been doesn't mean it's a good thing. In addition to this, as a non-binary person, I am extremely excited to see that one of my heroes is also a non-binary person. I am quite certain that exploring the diversity possible with non-binary characters will give us more variety and interesting characters then sticking to the gender binary, especially when it comes to non-human people.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
24 Dec
@ShilGreenwood Most gender changes on Earth are driven by circumstance, mainly occurring when one gender is absent from a group. This is unlikely to apply to The Doctor. We have already seen The Master as both male and female, which I objected to.
24 Dec
@Asylum isn't regeneration by its very nature rather random? Canonically within the show it has been stated by several regenerations of the Doctor that you just never know what you're going to end up with when regenerating. I do believe that only one Gallifreyan on screen has been ever shown to have any real control over their regeneration ( River doesn't count because she isn't Gallifreyan). By this logic and in a species that is shown to be able to replace every cell in their body then it should stand to reason that every once in awhile it is possible for them to switch from one gender expression to another for no apparent reason aside from the fact that they have regenerated.
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