The fires have settled a little concerning this week’s Doctor Who announcement, and my thoughts have coalesced. Do I agree with the decision? No, no I don’t. Does it make me angry? Well, sort of, but the reasons are complicated. To explain why, I’ll need to talk about the evolving nature of the show, and a little bit about courage, creativity and half-measures. Buckle up. This is going to get long.
I’m seeing a bunch of memes and comments repudiating the idea that Wonder Woman represents a breakthrough for women in movies, and they do so by comparing Gal Gadot’s Diana to Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley (Aliens). Essentially, ‘Ripley got there first, your argument is invalid, redo from start.’ This idea misses the point. Misses it like a Stormtrooper shooting at a main character. And it’s important to note why.