So it’s finally happened, after months of speculation Doctor Who has announced its 13th Doctor will be Jodie Whittaker. That’s right Doctor Who is getting its first female Doctor.
It’s certainly a risk with some corners of the internet crying out that its political correctness gone mad and threatening to stop watching the show altogether. Personally, while I’m not sure if Whittaker is quirky enough to be the Doctor, she is a good actress as her work on Broadchurch showed (which was created by Doctor Who’s new show runner Chris Chibnall). It’s also a good sign that Chibnall is not going to play it safe with the new series. Doctor Who has always been about regeneration so why not completely revamp the show and try something different? At least the good thing about this show is if something doesn’t work then the Doctor can just regenerate again in a few years time anyway.
For me I will try to hold off judgement on Whittaker until I’ve seen her first full episode. Hat’s off to Whittaker she’s got a tough year ahead of her with her critics wanting to see her fail before she’s even begun. I’m going to keep a positive attitude and hope this heralds an exciting and innovative new time for Doctor Who.
What do you think? Is a female Doctor Who a good thing? Are you a fan of Jodie Whittaker? Or is Doctor Who just for massive geeks and you couldn’t care less about who the next Doctor is? Let me know in the comments below.
This week current Doctor Who star Jenna Coleman announced that she has quit her role as the doctor’s companion Clara Oswald. Now speculation has been running rife as to who will be taking her spot in the Tardis. Here’s a look at some of the favourites for the job.
Ex Corrie star Michelle Keegan is currently the bookies favourite for the role. It’s easy to see why, like Coleman she’s just come off a big soap, she’s young, good-looking and is popular with guys and girls. My only reserve is that she may be too similar to Coleman. Should the bosses at the BBC be on the lookout for someone different?
Masie Williams is already going to appear on Doctor Who this year, maybe she will end up being a permanent addition? It would be a huge deal if Doctor Who was able to snag Arya Stark. But considering she’s still a regular in Game of Thrones (for now anyway) it seems unlikely she’ll have time to fit in another tv series, and if she did have the time she’d probably be doing movies instead. Also it may come across unintentionally creepy having such a young girl hanging around with Peter Capaldi.
She was only in two episodes of Doctor Who last year but Oliver’s UNIT scientist Osgood made a big impression and was very popular with fans. Considering she died in the last season it was a surprise to hear she was coming back for a two parter in season 9 of Doctor Who. Is the plan to have her become the Doctor’s new companion? I think she would be great, my only concern is that maybe turning her into a regular character will make her Osgood less endearing. Hopefully this wouldn’t be the case.
Gemma Chan has recently found success in Sci-fi drama Humans. Maybe the BBC will take notice of her stunning performance and snap her up. She’s already appeared in the Doctor Who episode The Waters of Mars, and her character Mia made it out alive so she could come back. Having a companion from the future would also make her different to the previous companions. Or she could do like former assistants and one episode wonders Karen Gillan and Freema Agyeman and become a completely new character as a regular companion. Whether Chan will want to another tv series alongside Humans second season may be an issue. But she would be my favourite with Oliver in close second.
At first this seems like an out-there choice. After all the New Doctor Who has had female companions since it returned in 2005 (although Amy Pond’s husband Rory was also on board during her time on the Tardis, and Jack Harkness was there with Rose Tyler), but if they are looking to go in a completely different direction then Skinner could be the wild card they need. He did made a popular appearance as train driver Perkins in last years Mummy on the Orient Express. It would also bring some more comedy to the series which seemed a bit too serious at times last year. However while I could see Skinner possibly becoming a recurring character I don’t think he’ll be joining the Tardis yet.
Despite the wild speculation, Steven Moffat may go in a completely different direction with someone no one was expecting. Whoever they go for I think they should try to shake up the role of the next companion, maybe have someone from the past/future or even an alien. We’ll soon find out!
Finally after months of speculation Doctor Who has revealed its 12th Doctor as Peter Capaldi. Capaldi is best known from BBC’s The Thick of It (and it’s spin off film In The Loop). Capaldi has also been part of the Whoniverse before in the Doctor Who episode The Fires of Pompei (alongside Karen Gillian before she was cast as the Doctor’s assistant Amy Pond) and Torchwood: Children of Earth.
So although its not a radical casting (will we ever get a black doctor or even a female doctor?), he is a different type of actor to Matt Smith. So what will 12th be like? First impressions seem to be that he won’t be as silly or phsyical as Smith’s, but he will strike you down with one look or a clever put down. For me he certianly has the claught to deal with the comedic and dramatic elements the role provides.
So what do you think? Was it the right choice? Who should have been the Doctor? What will his costume be like (no bow ties I hope)?