I am an alien with two hearts

and so are most of the women I know.

Yes. Her. Weirdly, I feel like I’m best represented by a regenerated alien with two hearts and a sonic screwdriver.

There’s so much I love about the new Doctor, and so much that reminds me of myself, and the many wonderful women I know. What sort of things, I hear you ask? Well, first of all, she’s a woman, but actually, she’s a person who happens to be a woman. That’s quite different from most women I see on screen. She’s not playing on her femininity, or her sexuality. She’s just a person, doing a job.

She wears sensible shoes. Oh boy. I am so sick of seeing strong, capable women running empires in ridiculous heels. The Doctor looks like she could stand all day, run up and down stairs, and climb a mountain in those shoes, and still have comfortable feet.

She’s got expertise, and she’s completely comfortable taking on a leadership role when it’s appropriate. She’s also happy to listen to other people and learn from them. And she knows there are things she’s not so good at, and that’s OK. She’s not good at small talk. She gets a bit over the top at times. Her friends still love her, despite her oddities.

She has an ethical viewpoint, that’s about being reasonable, working together, taking care of each other, but still standing up to things that are wrong. That’s brilliant to see.

She wears clothes. I know we all wear clothes, but she wears sensible, practical clothes, that aren’t designed to be alluring, or super-sexy. She can move in her clothes. She can bend over without worrying about her skirt length.

She’s smart, and she’s not embarrassed about being smart. She takes care of herself and those around her, she takes responsibility. She doesn’t manipulate people. She just gets on with it.

It’s amazing to have a woman like this on our screens, on a family show. She’s a great role model for our children – boys and girls! – and for us, as well. And I feel like I know her. I look around the clinic I work in, and it’s full of women in sensible shoes, and nice, but not terribly exciting clothes, getting on with doing responsible jobs in a responsible way, and taking care of each other. It’s full of women trying to do the right thing in the right way. It’s full of women with flaws, who are still amazing.

And, of course, lots of the men I know are aliens with two hearts, as well.

Even though none of us have a sonic screwdriver.

I got this image from Geek Tyrant. 


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About sarahsouthwest

I'm now in my early 50s. I started writing again as a way of exploring the world, and feel that over the last 2 years I have really grown as a writer. By day I work with children and young people with mental health difficulties. I juggle my own two children, my work, my writing practice, generally managing to keep all the balls up in the air.
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4 Responses to I am an alien with two hearts

  1. Vivian Zems says:

    Just to let you know that I got access in the end- to your site. The mystery was in the cookie!😂
    I’ll be back to catch up on this piece and all the others I’ve missed.

  2. Robert D says:

    Oh my goodness. I am married to a woman who wears sensible shoes and have three daughters. I adore this Doctor! I didn’t get the outfit at first, but after thinking about it I understand. I was once told the Doctors swing the pendulum. There was nothing less sensible than Capaldi’s coat. I hated both his and the third doctors’ stylistic choices. I love a doctor who is more practical. She also has a great personality! The introduction to Yaz’s family was amazing.

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