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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo2 View Post
    Lol, total bollocks! I grew up on Doctor Who (as did every other Brit), and the few tired old episodes of Star Trek I was unfortunate enough to endure in my youth were absolute dreck - unless you think actors with broad American accents and plastic extrusions on their foreheads are exciting and make credible aliens (although I must admit it became marginally more bearable when Patrick Stewart took the lead role).
    Spoken like a true Brit.

    Gotta give them their due for their long running success.

    May they keep it going!

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    I don't think having a female Doctor is such a big deal. I had always wondered if Time Lords could do sex-changes with these regenerations. Missy confirmed it, presumably as a precursor to the Doctor doing it as well. We'll see how it works out - and if it doesn't, they can always regenerate her back into a male again.

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    I sometimes wondered if the original Doctor Who template -- the older male Doctor and the young female companion -- served a sociological purpose: providing a father figure for British households where a father was missing or frequently absent.

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    Help! A commercial enterprise is changing a fictional character to fit with the times, generate a new revenue stream, and/or provoke folks into watching a juvenile, stupid TV show! My life is over!

    Hilarious that little boys get their knickers in such a wad over a woman portraying a totally made up character.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Urbanek View Post
    I sometimes wondered if the original Doctor Who template -- the older male Doctor and the young female companion -- served a sociological purpose: providing a father figure for British households where a father was missing or frequently absent.
    Really? I sometimes wonder about blowjobs, lesbian porn, and getting a new bike. Guess you and I have different priorities.

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    I'm apprehensive - not frothing-at-the-mouth raging - just a little nervous. Humor is a integral facet of the Doctor Who franchise, and while women are perfectly capable of comedy, it's usually comedy of a different sort. Consider, much of comedy concerns people doing obviously stupid things, with predictably comedic results. Males have a lock on doing stupid things. Search YouTube for "people doing stupid things," and men will outnumber women 10:1. Men doing comically stupid things is simply more believable. It's the reason that 80% of lightning-strike victims are male.

    When a woman takes a silly pratfall ... it doesn't evoke the same comedic reaction. So I'm not saying this actress (who has acting qualifications up the wazoo, I'm told) can't pull off the role.

    It just leaves me a little apprehensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    When a woman takes a silly pratfall ... it doesn't evoke the same comedic reaction.
    I don't know ... Allison Janney had a couple of fine fall-down moments in The West Wing that I thought were hilarious. It's certainly doable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Another example of feminism destroying cultural traditions.
    What could possibly be the reason for this other than pressure from left-wing groups to be more "inclusive"?
    Yeah. Why the fuck would ANYBODY think it's a good idea to include a female lead in that television show.

    Only a socialist would want that shit.

    Makes perfect sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Men doing comically stupid things is simply more believable.
    Females' deaths and injuries are not usually preceded by, "Watch this!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    I'm apprehensive - not frothing-at-the-mouth raging - just a little nervous. Humor is a integral facet of the Doctor Who franchise, and while women are perfectly capable of comedy, it's usually comedy of a different sort. Consider, much of comedy concerns people doing obviously stupid things, with predictably comedic results. Males have a lock of doing stupid things. Search YouTube for "people doing stupid things," and men will outnumber women 10:1. Men doing comically stupid things is simply more believable. It's the reason that 80% of lightning-strike victims are male.

    When a woman takes a silly pratfall ... it doesn't evoke the same comedic reaction. So I'm not saying this actress (who has acting qualifications up the wazoo, I'm told) can't pull off the role.

    It just leaves me a little apprehensive.
    Its also not always acceptable to the audience. I guess it depends on the actress. Melissa McCarthy is a physical actress that can do pratfalls but not a lot of others. Its true that many male actors can easily look like doofuses and get a laugh but a woman being a doofus? It is hard and would people look at that negatively against women? I don't know. People are very critical when it comes to the Dr. the men have all been under the microscope over the years. Its a challenging role.

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