Anonymous asked: I honestly find you saying that people are only comfortable seeing "white men" in the role of the Doctor a bit insulting to those of us who aren't that enthusiastic to see a woman in the role. Are you trying to say that we're somehow racist because we disagree with you on a different topic? Most people would love to see the Doctor played by someone of a different race, gender is a pretty major change however so it's only natural that more people will be turned off by the idea.
Really think about this for a moment. I want everyone who feels uncomfortable with someone other than a white man playing the Doctor to really think about why they are uncomfortable with that.
Do you think that a black person, or a person of any other race, wouldn’t be able to play the Doctor as well? That no POC actors are good enough to play the Doctor? That the Doctor’s qualities would suddenly seem “uppity” if someone other than a white person portrayed them?
Do you think that a woman wouldn’t be able to play the Doctor as well? That no female actors are good enough to play the Doctor? That the Doctor’s qualities would suddenly seem “bitchy” if someone other than a man portrayed them?
There are some legitimate reasons to not want to have anyone other than a white man play the Doctor. A lot of people are afraid that the writers simply wouldn’t be able to write anyone other than a white man as the Doctor without using racist or sexist tropes. A lot of people are worried that a change in the Doctor’s gender and/or sex would not be well handled, that it would conflate sex and gender, or that it could include transphobic tropes.
But if you are uncomfortable with the Doctor being portrayed by anyone other than a white man because you think there is something inherently white or male about the Doctor, and you are so uncomfortable with that idea that you are willing to ignore the fact that there is an established, canon mechanism for changing the Doctor’s race and the Doctor’s sex and/or gender, then your discomfort probably stems from racist or sexist beliefs.