Google had a pretty awesome Doodle a few days ago dedicated to British paleontologist Mary Anning:
I first learned about Mary Anning during a trip to the Natural History Museum, where they have an actor who will tell you about her life and the fossils she discovered.
But after I saw the Google Doodle, I actually took some time to sit down and read about Mary Anning’s life, which is pretty incredible. And then, because I’m me, I immediately thought, “It would be SO COOL if there was a Doctor Who episode dedicated to her!” And then I spent the next thirty minutes mentally sketching out a plot for her episode.
As you all know, I’ve been less than pleased with the historical women episodes in New Who, which is really quite sad. Historical episodes can be fun, insightful, educational, and could help women of all ages learn about the history of women who, like Mary Anning, have been overlooked or deliberately left out of the history books.
So for the next few days, let’s all brainstorm some episodes we’d like to see with amazing women throughout history. Submit the name of any historical woman you’d like to see in Doctor Who and a summary of her episode. Maybe the Doctor and his companies fight alongside notorious pirate Ching Shih. Or maybe the Doctor runs into Emmeline Pankhurst and tries to get his laser spanner back. It’s up to you! I’ll start off with my Mary Anning idea.
I can’t wait to read all of your submissions!