The Sad Reason We’re Just Now Getting A Female Doctor Who

You have that one pal, right — the one who’s ever trying to get you to watch Doctor Who ? Or maybe you are that friend. Either way, you probably are well aware that every few years, the title character of Doctor Who turns into a new Doctor dude, played by a new actor.

Those with even a pas awareness of internet outrage culture know that this time around, the new Doctor is a woman. When Jodie Whittaker constructed her debut as the first girl Doctor last year, “its been” glorious! My bra burst into flames of rejoice as I watched Peter Capaldi’s angry magician face replaced with Whittaker’s feminine features.

But why did the Doctor wait so long to do this, living 12 lifetimes as the same brand of old white guy with questionable fashion appreciation? Other than a fear that a certain segment of angered fans would burn down the studio? I think there’s an interesting in-universe reason …

Let’s Quickly Explain The Nerdy Rules Of Doctor Who

It’s been connoted before that the Doctor can’t choose how he looks when he regenerates. The Ninth Doctor told Rose Tyler that he “could end up with two heads, or no head” after regenerating. Both the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors grumbled that they were hoping to be gingers( me too, bros ). And yet Romana, a Time Lady from the same planet as the Doctor and a former companion, induced regeneration looking as simple as changing a sweater. A squishy meat sweater.

So why is it so easy for Romana to control regeneration and so complicated for the Doctor? Is it because he sucks? If regeneration is a altogether random lottery and the Doctor could become any kind of creature in the world, how does he make the “love child of Jeremy Irons and Christopher Walken” jackpot every single time?

Maybe it’s because he can control his regeneration, but he knows that since he invests a lot of hour on Earth( which is totally for special Time Lord reasons and not TV budget reasons ), being a man is simply the easiest way to get things done. It’s not that I imagine the Doctor actually cares about his gender; it’s more that he understands that the rest of the world does. He merely lies about it to his almost-always-female companions because, well, that’s kind of an awkward conversation to have.

Now Let Us Count The Ways This Makes His Job Easier

Think of all the times the Doctor has had to burst into a room and holler “Everyone listen to me and do what I say! ” More often than not, the “everyone” who has just been criticized by a haphazard British gentleman complies with his wishes.

In the first episode of Series Five, he hacks into a session of all the greatest scientists on Earth, throws some math at them, and convinces them to spread a computer virus he whipped up on a cellphone . They don’t topic his authority. They don’t even ask where he got his degree. He could have a doctorate in Frisbee Science from Zac Efron University, for all anyone knows, but they’re still willing to bet the destiny of our living planet on him.

The Doctor will still be a genius as a woman, of course, but getting people to actually shut up and listen to your genius terms is statistically an uphill battle for women. The Pew Center, when looking into why there aren’t more women in leadership stances, found that the number one reason wives seem they’re not able to move up the corporate or political ladder is because they feel held to higher standards than boys. And in general, boys with some authority don’t always react well to a dame coming in to upset the apple cart.

So if a woman explodes into a chamber with some unorthodox petition she insists will save the world … well, let’s just say that we’d better hope she’s not up against a tight deadline. They will take some convincing.

BBC This doesn’t even factor in if they’re Facebook commenters.

And Remember, The Past Sucked Even More

Cracked has now been embraced why day traveling would suck for women( name an period you can go to that wouldn’t be worse than now, and who knows what the future holds ), and that’s if you’re simply joyriding around, considering the visions. The Doctor, on the other hand, has to actually try to get shit done in the past without get burned at the bet. She can’t even get through her usual speech of “I’m The Doctor, I’m a time-traveling alien-” because past peasants would say, “Please, let me stop you at ‘doctor’ so I can stone you to death in silence.”

Previous Physicians have employed psychic paper( basically a sorcery business card) to get around in the past without any trouble, as it tricks spectators and allows them to continue sneaking around castles unhindered. Nonetheless, it doesn’t work if there isn’t any conceivable thing the Doctor could be rationally doing. It relies on the mind of the person looking at the paper. So if 1600 s Craig the Knight can’t think of a reason to the reasons why a lone girl stranger would be poking around the King’s armory, the paper is blank, the Doctor is beheaded, and all of humanity becomes Cybermen.

BBC Damn it, Past Craig.

OK, So Why Change Now?

But why throw a uterus into the works now, if he knows it’s going to attain their own lives harder? Well, the Doctor is on his second round of 12 regeneration cycles. He was supposed to be really, 100 percent entirely dead , not just dead-with-a-new-body, after the 11 th iteration. But the Time Lords granted him an additional 12 lifetimes. At the level of his regeneration into a woman, The Doctor is approximately 2,000 years old. Maybe after two millennia, he chose he was finally ready to try life on hard mode. He understands being a woman will be more difficult, but he knows if it proves to be too much, he’s get quite a few more shots.

And if there was any Doctor willing to take that chance, it would be Peter Capaldi’s. Less of a swashbuckling hero and more of a grumpy time-bending uncle, Capaldi definitely seems like the kind of Doctor who would think “Screw it. Let’s devote it a whirl.” He’s willing to deal with someone screaming “Nice ass! ” at him as he tries to save them from being exterminated by a Dalek. He’s willing to recalibrate the psychic paper to just say “woman troubles” and hope that works. He’s willing to have to occasionally interrupt history’s various Craigs. After 2,000 times, he was ready for a new challenge.

BBC “The future( me) is female.”

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