As you may know, David Tennant recently announced his departure from the role of cult sci-fi character Doctor Who in the long running hit BBC TV show. With speculation rife as to who his replacement will be, the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (UKRC) has launched a campaign to make the next Doctor Who a woman.
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 into the public domain.
To support UKRC, please join the facebook group called ‘Make the next Dr. Who a woman’ which has been created to fuel debate on the subject and encourage members to vote on whether the next Doctor Who should be a woman, Giving UKRC the collateral to lobby the BBC and general public. To join, visit http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=58343484672 and post your thoughts, make your vote and take part in our surveys to help us make the next Doctor Who a woman.