Today is the morning after the night before. We now know that Jodie Whittaker will be gracing our television in Doctor Who’s series 11.
Brilliant. I am thrilled.
Before everyone starts making comments about Jodie Whittaker, yes, I am woman. Yes, I’m a long-term Doctor Who fan. I have been ever since I can remember. I, also, run and edit one of the biggest Doctor Who fansites. And I work with a team of writers, the vast majority are men but a number of women as well, posting news, reviews and opinion about our favourite show. (Plug here we are always looking for new writers)
Yesterday morning I was convinced that the powers that be were going to go with the safe approach – a known name that would be younger than Peter Capaldi but along the vein. The most significant change I was expecting was a younger, unknown male actor to be cast.
As the day went on, change seemed to be in the air. Jodie Whittaker was moving up the betting ranks and felt like some new was coming.
And what great change we got!!
Change is what Doctor Who is about. This programme has been on the air in some form or another since 1963. It takes a lot to remain current and relevant for that period of time. No other sci-fi programme has done that. Each time the Doctor regenerates there is an injection of new energy. A new creative direction and a new generation of fans. And this time around will have a new lead writer/executive producer, a new companion and a new female Doctor. That is a lot of newest – just think of the possibilities.
Jodie Whittaker is the perfect choice for Chris Chibnall.
But I am very comforted that Chris Chibnall has decided upon an actor that he has already worked with. Just as Casanova, helped Russell T. Davies pick his perfect Doctor in David Tennant, Chibnall knows Whittaker from Broadchurch and can draw on their already great working relationship and friendship to build a solid team.
Jodie Whittaker is perfect for Doctor Who.
Jodie Whittaker is a talented and accomplished actor. I have been impressed with her work in Broadchurch and Attack Block. She is relatively unknown, young and will bring a fresh new approach to the role. In addition, she will be a great ambassador for Doctor Who. I have had the pleasure of meeting her several times at various organised events for Broadchurch and she is a very lovely person with a great sense of humour. I have no doubt that she will be able to handle all the demands of the role.
But what about ……
What about all the complaints about Political Correctness. The Doctor should be a man. Gimmick casting. etc. etc.? For the most part, people on our Twitter and Facebook Feeds have been welcoming. We have had the usual angst and mourning of saying goodbye to the existing Doctor and head writer while looking forward to another but we haven’t been a huge negative response. People haven’t been so kind to the official BBC feeds but being a Doctor Who site we tend to have the true fans instead of the internet trolls. They debate and disagree but they don’t spout hatred at each other.
But we have had some very visceral negative and nasty comments which has been very disappointing and disheartening. So much so, I wonder if we’ve been watching the same show for years. But I take heart. Doctor Who Fans are a generally a tolerant, accepting group of people. The transformation of the Master to Missy went off without a hitch. No one gave a whit whether Bill was gay or not. And in the end, I don’t believe a female Doctor will be a big issue in the end, either. I believe in the Doctor Who fans.
In closing, may I say: “Hello, Doctor. It is lovely to meet you.”