Following Lord David Tennant’s recent announcement that would be leaving the British science fiction show Dr. Who after five special episodes set to air over the next two years, a group of women scientists has requested that the next Dr. Who be a woman.
Speculation over who will be Tennant’s successor has been rampant and now a group working to improve the numbers, and status, of women working in the science and technology fields have launched a campaign to make the next Doctor female.
A spokeswoman from the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (UKRC) said: “There is a distinct lack of role models of female scientists in the media and recent research shows that this contributes to the under-representation of women in the field.
“The UKRC believes that making a high profile sci-fi character with a following like Doctor Who female would help to raise the profile of women in science and bring the issue of the important contribution women can and should make to science in the public domain.”
Like any good, modern campaign, this one is up and running on Facebook.
You can read more here, in The Telegraph.