Since it returned in 2005, fans always like to make a fuss about who the next Doctor will be. When Capaldi was announced as the replacement Doctor, it had some mixed reactions. Myself, I like Capaldi and think he's a talented actor – but I have to be honest, his Doctor wasn't the best. He did a great job, but I found his character a bit sporadic and inconsistent, sometimes even downright mean-spirited. However, he has had some of the best episodes – the episode where we found out the history of Davros was superbly written, and the latest season finale was an emotional roller-coaster that had some of the best Who moments ever...
But I digress. You guys didn't come here (I presume) to hear me prattle on about how I feel about Doctor Who, you want me to tell you what I think of the new Doctor.
For the longest time, Kris Marshall was touted to be the new Doctor – something which a lot of fans reviled, and indeed a lot of my friends seemed to hate that idea. There was even some talk that there would be a female Doctor, with names such as Hayley Atwell and Phoebe Waller-Bridge mentioned. Well, it turns out that we weren't too far off. We now officially have our first female Doctor! Jodie Whittaker!
For those who don't know, Jodie Whittaker became famous from the aforementioned Broadchurch, which was written and directed by new Doctor Who forerunner Chris Chibnall – a show that was lauded by critics. She's also famous for shows like Black Mirror and the film Attack the Block amongst other things. But now she has the task of bringing the most beloved Sci-Fi characters to life. This is a huge thing for Doctor Who as we have never had a female Doctor before – unless you count the Comic Relief specials that had Joanna Lumley play the Doctor – but as far as the main canon goes, this is our first female Doctor. Frankly, I don't have an issue with a female Doctor. After all, it's been established that Time Lords can regenerate into different sexes – and we had a female Master in the form or Missy (who was awesome), so it's not as if this is something that hasn't just been thrown in. So I see no reason why the Doctor can't be female – any more than I see a problem with the Primarius Space Marines in 40K (yes I know they have also upset people, but come on – they're just trying to advance the story!)
Of course, there has been some opposition to this idea. I've actually deliberately stayed away as much as possible from any negative posts regarding this – I know there have been a couple of hate sites set up and there have even been twitter posts of people taking angry comments and spoofing them. Now I'm not interested in getting into a debate about whether the Doctor should be female and all that – as there are a huge number of people on the Internet that are way more better at debating that I am, but all I will say is this. Give her a chance. She hasn't even appeared as the Doctor yet! Remember when Matt Smith was first cast as the Doctor and people were in an uproar about it – and he turned out to be one of the best Doctor's ever? (in my opinion) There's every chance this will be the same.
Just because we have a female Doctor doesn't mean the SHOW will change! After all, the Doctor will still be the Doctor, regardless of what happens. It's not as if they're gonna suddenly change the spaceship to the “Bradis” or anything like that. And given Jodie's perchance for playing vulnerable, but interesting characters, I don't doubt she'll use all her skills to make this Doctor a memorable one. Of course, she has a lot of weight on her shoulders now, being the first female Doctor, but I don't doubt she'll do an amazing job. I'll be the first to admit that Jodie Whittaker isn't my first choice for a female Doctor. Given the choice I would have preferred Hayley Atwell. But the creators clearly sure something in her that made her right for this part. So if they're prepared to give her the benefit of the doubt, then so am I. And hey, it's not as if she has a tough act to follow (nothing personal to Peter Capaldi, I just didn't like his Doctor too much)
One thing I WOULD say though – please make sure the Doctor has a male companion. Whilst I have no issue with them having the Doctor female, I do think we'll need a male companion to keep the dynamic going on. I'm not saying they should have a romantic interest – but they do need a strong male lead to keep the male audience here. Or have at least one male companion – like with Nardol and Bill, or Amy and Rory. That could work.
Whether this turns out to be the right thing for Doctor Who I guess only time will tell. There are some that will love this, others who will hate it – regardless of how you feel, this is happening. You just have to accept it. I mean come on, it's not gonna make any difference in your life really is it? As far as I can tell, as long as they don't change the format of the show too much, we're in for an exciting ride!
And to Jodie Whittaker, looking forward to seeing what you bring to the table!
What do you think? Let me know and I'll see you guys soon!