The Latest Incarnation of the Doctor.

Now that everyone has had time to think about the announcement of Jodie Whitaker being the next actor to play Dr.  Who, I’m going to put my thoughts out there…
I think it is absolutely brilliant casting on the part of the BBC. They’ve been working up to this for years and it’s finally coming true!!!

Anyone who has followed my blog for a while, or who knows me via Facebook, knows that I am a massive Dr Who fan. I started with the Seventh Doctor (actually I started before that, but Sylvester McCoy was the first one I really remember and liked.) When they rebooted the series, I was ecstatic. I watched every single episode of the Ninth Doctor, the Tenth Doctor and the Eleventh Doctor.  I’m not keen on the way that Peter Capaldi portrays the Twelfth Doctor, but I love the stories, so I am willing to stick with the show.

Why am I so happy that the next Doctor will be female?

Quite simply, it means that the girls who watch the show with their parents now, will have someone as a role model that they are watching week after week, rather than once in  the cinema until their parents get the dvd / blu ray…

What? Does that shock you? I want to show you something… First you need to go and look at this article:

Then you need to scroll down to the fourth reaction and watch the video of the little girl watching the announcement. I want you to take a long hard look at the joy on that little girl’s face, and then I want you to think about it.

How many female role models does that girl have? If they’re not big name mainstream (Like Star Wars, Wonderwoman / Latest Ghostbusters) or if the show is older than 5 years (Xena, Buffy, Summer) or if they’re fixed squarely in the 16+ only bracket (Starbuck, Ripley, Sarah Connor) then today’s girls won’t have heard of them unless their parents are fans of the movies and shows.

The role models that girls now have are people like Beyonce and the Kardashians (Pop and Reality TV), Disney Princesses (I am beyond grateful for Brave, Frozen and Moana breaking the “need a man to be complete” image) and the young women who are playing the main roles in the Disney / Nickelodeon kids sitcoms or the ones on the CBBC shows. 
 
Dr Who taking on a woman as the next Doctor, that’s a game changer – it means that the young women and girls will see a blonde woman (or whatever colour hair she ends up with – I’m hoping for red, myself)  doing things that they are constantly told aren’t what they are supposed to be.
They will see her using her intellect, talking about science, asserting herself and saving all sorts of people – and hopefully they will see her doing it without the need to look to a companion for support. I’d love to see the first few episodes being about the Doctor and not the Doctor’s need for a companion in the same way that all the male doctors have “needed” a companion.
I will catch up with the stories from the Twelfth Doctor’s series, but can honestly say that I cannot wait for the Thirteenth Doctor to show us what she and the new showrunner and writing team have in store for us.
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Just in case you were wondering, I’m still working on the Re-write of The Tower and The Eye: A Beginning. The word count is notching higher and I’m hoping that what I’m adding is making it better than it was before…

Book 2 of The Secret of Arking Down, The Dragon’s Pendant is with my loyal group of  Beta Readers. It also has a wonderful cover that I will be showing off at the right time!

Book 3, The Second Door,  and Snow & Kitsune are also with the Beta Readers, so there are new books in the Pipeline!
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This will get you various rewards according to the amount you decide to pay, as well as help me towards the cost of publishing the books I have waiting… and I have a fair few waiting!

Well, I have to toddle off now, my youngest daughter is climbing the walls (not quite literally, but close) and I have more work to do… both writing and housework!

Toodles!
K.

Scammers Break The Kindle Store

To Everyone who bothers to read my blog – please read this article and pass the news on…

David Gaughran

On Friday, a book jumped to the #1 spot on Amazon, out of nowhere; it quickly became obvious that the author had used a clickfarm to gatecrash the charts.

The Kindle Store is officially broken.

This is not the first time this has happened and Amazon’s continued inaction is increasingly baffling. Last Sunday, a clickfarmed title also hit #1 in the Kindle Store. And Amazon took no action.

Over the last six weeks, one particularly brazen author has put four separate titles in the Top 10, and Amazon did nothing whatsoever. There are many such examples.

I wrote at the start of June about how scammers were taking over Amazon’s free charts. That post led to a phone conversation with KDP’s Executive Customer Relations.

Repeated assurances were given that the entire leadership team at Amazon was taking the scammer problem very seriously indeed. But it was also stressed that the…

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