I mean, maybe it's just me but telling anyone to "deal with it" really isn't going to make them consider your point with compassion. It'd be like if I said "Series 12 hemorrhaged its audience faster than any other modern era and often comes in last in fan polls, deal with it." We both have valid points but likely neither of us is really going to take to the others' with any thought with that hard line.Doctor Gamer wrote: ↑Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:27 pmI have no problem with the current era. It’s going to be a lot easier to accept that the doctor is a woman and frankly not care about the gender because it shouldn’t be a defining character trait for any gender. The more you care about the doctor being a woman the less easier you are to enjoy the show and accept that things will change. The doctor is a woman deal with it.
Also, while I know there are exceptions in the opinions expressed here, I must restate that it is possible to be ok with the Doctor being any gender but NOT ok with the last series, its writing, or storytelling choices. Somehow it seems we keep coming back to "Why can't you be ok with Jodie being female? Then you'd love Series 12." when I have to point out the most extreme view I recall in this discussion biased against Jodie STILL was willing to accept Jo Martin as a future Doctor. (In fact, I believe they said she was "the best thing" to come out of the recent series.)
I'll put it this way: If you asked me to choose either 1) Jodie with a whole new production team and writing staff or 2) a 14th male Doctor with Chibnall I'd overwhelmingly choose the former. I actually think a lot of those critical of the era would. Is Whittaker great in my opinion? Honestly, no. But I have to admit the writing and direction seem more to blame than she does personally: When given an actual scene that demands more of her than standing slack-jawed or babbling exposition, she can be good. (I'm thinking the wedding in "Demons", her final speech in "Judoon", and her team structure rant in "Villa") The same problem plagued Colin Baker and people happily reassessed him fairly with Big Finish. Hopefully we don't have to wait 15 years to do the same with Whittaker.
I respect that most of us have been open with the caveat "You can have your own opinion" but I just think it's a shame we're attacking or defending an era assuming some here have a blanket stance. It's why I've been very descriptive with my opinion because while I feel like I could encapsulate my feelings with two snarky sentences I also don't want to be assumed of the parties that assume Doctor Who is now some radical leftist agenda with no chance of good content and freely condemn the show with words like "cucks", "SJW", and childish variations on Jodie and Chibnall's names. (They're all over youtube if you insist on seeing what I mean.)
I dearly would love this era to succeed/rebound and I feel that a gender switched Doctor was always going to polarize reception to a degree. But we can't solely blame "Oh, you're just salty because 'he' is now a 'she'" any more than I should just assume cancellation or retcon is the only option forward. There are other eras of the show I find lethally dull or annoyingly pedantic, and people find the positives in those all the time. I try to as well.
We all obviously like this show. (Or we have a very sadistic choice of collecting hobby if we don't. ) Just chiming in to appeal to us all seeing what we agree on about the current era or trying to understand why others don't based on what we say, rather than a perceived consensus.
Edit: While I wrote this there was a comment to the tune of "The Doctor is a man, and should remain as such." Rather than take the "Deal with it" stance, let me say this:
Time Lord canon changed with this regard back in Series 6, and with onscreen representation in Series 8 (with a major recurring character no less). I admit that while I agree it is less progressive to just co-opt a Male character to create a strong female role rather than just writing a strong female character in the first place, Doctor Who is unique not only in Regeneration recasting of the lead role but also the character's alien origin. Comparing to James Bond and the like is apples and oranges in some ways.
So let me ask, why does the female Doctor upset people here who say so? Did Missy upset you in a similar way? And if you don't like Whittaker, is it really just gender? Or how she plays the role or is written?