Who are the BBC kidding? Doctor Womb helps no one

Jodie Whittaker has been announced as the 13th Doctor Who. Picture: BBC

Jodie Whittaker has been announced as the 13th Doctor Who. Picture: BBC - Credit: Archant

So Dr Who is a woman. At last. Thank God.

Sexism is now solved and all the women in the world who are undermined, paid less, ogled, sneered at, talked over and genitally mutilated can stop moaning because EVERYTHING IS NOW ALL RIGHT.

Because a fictional role, which has always been played by a man, has now been bestowed (kindly, by those nice men at the BBC) upon Jodie Whittaker.

Whittaker is a good actress on the right side of quirky but she is – and I hesitate to say this for fear of libel action – NOT A MAN. And Dr Who is A MAN. (Please don't tell me he is Gallifreyan as this deliberately misses the point.)

So yes, Dr Who is MALE, and I am using capitals because when it comes to matters of sexism one is frequently dealing with dimwits so perhaps the capitals will make it easier for me to explain that all the Jane Bonds and Spiderwomen and India Joneses in the world won't stop the insidious daily sexism which makes a woman's life that little bit less.

The woman who daily despairs of sitting in meetings where no one listens to a word she says until a man takes up her point and then everyone agrees, doesn't care about male characters being played by men. Why would she?

This doesn't affect her life or demean her or make her feel like there is no point bothering.

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Because a feminist doesn't want to replace men, she wants to work and live alongside them on an equal footing. She wants a fair wage for her skills and knowledge, not to be paid less than a man who knows far less and has far less skill.

Dr Who regenerating into Dr With Womb helps her not one jot.

Nor does it help the feminist who doesn't work but wants her efforts and commitment to family life and society recognised too, because money isn't the only thing of value in the world.

So rather than striking a blow for women's rights, what the BBC have done, after all, is solved a 'feminist' problem that wasn't a problem in the first place.

I doubt hordes of women who weren't watching the show are suddenly going to rush to see it now because they feel suddenly vindicated. Most of us quite liked the Doctor as he was. Especially when he was David Tennant.

And when he said things like '900 years of time and space and I've never met anyone who wasn't important' you were reminded that the Doctor was a feminist, too, anyway, because THERE ARE MEN WHO CAN DO THAT.