The Doctor has had intelligent, interesting and frequently female companions to join him on his adventures. But Doctor Who has had few women behind the scenes. Luckily, the show is about to get a minor shift in gender balance.
Doctor Who is about to have its first female director in four years, only the second female director since Stephen Moffat has taken over as the showrunner. Rachel Talalay, who directed the feature film Tank Girl and dozens of television shows, including Supernatural, Haven and Stephen King's Dead Zone, is going to give the show a much-needed shot of girl power in the upcoming season.
According to the Mary Sue, there's no word on the actual storyline. But it's more Doctor Who, and that's good enough for us.
It took four seasons for a Doctor Who episode to be directed by a woman: Julia Smith ("The Smugglers"). But famously, the first producer on Doctor Who was Verity Lambert, who left the show after only two seasons.
More recently, female directors have worked on some of the show's most popular episodes: Hettie MacDonald ("Blink"), Alice Troughton ("Midnight, The Doctor's Daughter") and Catherine Morshead ("Amy's Choice," "The Lodger"). In addition, Caroline Skinner worked as co-executive producer of the show, along with Moffat, from 2011-2013.
With women directing and producing television shows on a daily basis, it's about time that Doctor Who caught up to the 21st century.