Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.
Some of the reaction was inevitable.
Allegedly grown men lamenting that their childhood has been retroactively destroyed by a politically correct Dalek uprising. Alleged non-sexists weeping that yet another bastion of, well, male intelligence has fallen foul of our dissolute modern ways.
Oh and allegedly intelligent men screeching that the Cybermen will now be Cyberpersons.
They were all howling at the fact that.
While many on Twitter countered the painful lack of imagination, the rampant hypocrisy and the rancid sanctimoniousness, Merriam-Webster offered something so sweetly factual as to be disarming in the extreme.
“‘Doctor’ has no gender in English,” the dictionary tweeted.
Well, indeed. Who hasn’t turned up at the doctor’s office to be seen by a professional of one gender or another? Did it really make a difference?
Naturally, there were those who sniffed at Merriam-Webster that Time Lord is not Time Lady. Perhaps they need a little time out.
Merriam-Webster has enjoyed a high-level of Twitter humor for some time. Who could not be amused, for example, when the dictionary usedand tweeted it with mischievous glee?
While I’m here, though, is anyone really miffed that a character who seems to have been played by more actors than God is now going to be played by a woman?
What did all the previous doctors have in common? It’s not as if they had the same British accents, the same colored hair or the same cheery bonhomie. The only thing that, to my mind, brought several of them together was that they made a lot of money as voice-overs in ads.
Indeed, Christopher Timothy — the fifth Doctor Who — was at least equally famous as the voice and face of the Sun newspaper. Yes, the one that always had topless women on Page 3.
Isn’t it better to be grateful that a very fine actor — Whittaker is wonderful in “Broadchurch” — has agreed to take the part?
A software engineer named Hannah nicely summed up all the wails and lamentations in one tweet.
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