So, after much speculation and some definite doubt from myself, the BBC have only gone and done it. We finally have a female Doctor, and of course, the reaction is massive. There’s the happy, the sceptics, and the downright ignorant. Yet why is it even a big deal? Yes, we are seeing progression in one of the BBC’s most celebrated shows, and I am so excited to see Jodie Whittaker in action, but what I’m now wondering is how long it’s going to take for the dust to settle.
The reveal of a new Doctor Who is always a big deal, usually accompanied with a massive build up and an hour-long documentary, but this time the BBC did it in a different way, which I guess is only fitting for a completely different Doctor Who. As a somewhat more ambivalent Doctor Who fan- I definitely wouldn’t call myself a Whovian, that’s for sure- one thing that always fills me with excitement is the announcement of the new Doctor. This time, I didn’t really have much time to anticipate, or even really speculate. Yet, suddenly, when Roger Federer grabbed that Wimbledon title, I suddenly felt a rush- and that was when I was convinced it would be Kris Marshall (who I have loved since his My Family days). So when a feminine figure was revealed, I had the same excitement that I would have had if it was the former, because really who the hell cares whether its a man or a woman, it’s someone new playing one of TV’s much loved characters.
Regardless of their gender, the beauty of the regeneration of the Doctor is that its someone new. A different actor to take on the role in their own way. Of course, there are the usual traits and quirks that Doctor Who will always possess, but I haven’t seen any rulebooks that specify that they’re only limited to males- have you?
Of course there are the sceptics and the bigots who ‘refuse to ever watch Doctor Who again’, but most of them probably stopped watching when Pearl Mackie was introduced as the Doctors first named LGBT assistant. Despite that, I guarantee that this Christmas episode will be one of the highest viewed episodes since the show returned in 2005- because we all have our curiosities on whats going to happen next. And whether people are watching for good or for bad, they’re still watching- and that’s only going to benefit the future of the show. Roll on December 25th.