With all of the recent debate that’s been happening regarding whether the Doctor should transform from a man into a woman during one of his regenerations, gender equality has been something of a hot topic within the world of Doctor Who.
Doug Barry, writing an article for Jezebel has looked behind the camera for Doctor Who to take this particular issue and open it up a little more: there were no female directors on Doctor Who at all during Series 7 (2012-2013).
Now, could this be a matter of complete coincidence or is Barry completely correct when he talks of institutionalised sexism within this particular industry?
Certainly over the years that Doctor Who has been on screen, the number of male directors compared to female has been far larger but when we are lucky enough to get a woman in the director’s chair, we normally end up with Doctor Who gold dust. For example: Paddy Russell (Pyramids of Mars and Horror of Fang Rock), Fiona Cumming (Castrovalva, Snakedance and Enlightenment) and Hettie MacDonald (Blink).
Considering that Doctor Who was brought to life and gathered immediate popularity through the bravery and intelligent choices of a woman, Verity Lambert, should it be time that the show’s producers gave more women the opportunity to work behind the camera?
You can read Doug Barry’s full article, which doesn’t just single out Doctor Who, and see if you agree with it here.