Your Friendly Reminder: "Doctor Who" is a Kids' Show, and Kids Love Jodie Whittaker

If you listen to the loudest and most obnoxious voices on social media, you'd think that Jodie Whittaker taking over the role of Doctor Who was a total disaster. That's the way with the same opinions expressed in a bubble. A mean troll bubble.

The truth is, Doctor Who is doing just fine.

Yes, Series 11 was slightly jarring as showrunner Chris Chibnall treated the show as something completely new, refusing to include continuity throwbacks. Only sexist manbabies who hate change threw the loudest tantrums. The season's writing had flaws but families still tuned in. Kids and female fans were excited that the Doctor was now female. The ratings held steady and consistent.

Sorry, "Doctor Who" Haters

At the end of the day, what really matters is what children think of the show. And children love the Doctor. Especially little girls.

I'm not seeing any kids here complaining about SJWs ruining the show or "woke" culture destroying Doctor Who.

Little girls are excited to have a female heroic role model in the Doctor. From what I've witnessed, it's very similar to their reaction to Elsa from Frozen. Frozen and Frozen 2 are deliberately rewriting the heroic fantasy to create a female hero's mythical journey.

The Doctor doesn't need a reason to be heroic. She is heroic simply because it's the right and kind thing to do. The Doctor simply is. She is the one of the heroes in pop culture who doesn't need a traumatic past to push her to be heroic.

Representation matters. Little girls are learning from these stories that they don't need to be the damsel in distress. They don't need to be the girlfriend waiting for the hero to finish doing his hero thing. They can be a hero as much as any boy or man.

It's interesting that Doctor Who and Frozen 2 are occurring at the same time in pop culture as touchstones for epic mythical female heroism for children.

After all, kids have to start somewhere – and girls finally have their headstart.

About Adi Tantimedh

Adi Tantimedh is a filmmaker, screenwriter and novelist who just likes to writer. He wrote radio plays for the BBC Radio, “JLA: Age of Wonder” for DC Comics, “Blackshirt” for Moonstone Books, and “La Muse” for Big Head Press. Most recently, he wrote “Her Nightly Embrace”, “Her Beautiful Monster” and “Her Fugitive Heart”, a trilogy of novels featuring a British-Indian private eye published by Atria Books, a division Simon & Schuster.

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