To be honest I haven’t been 100% keen on the idea of having a woman as The Doctor. It’s always been more of 50/50. Although the idea of having a female Doctor was very pleasant because it would give the show a whole new meaning, I guess the reason why I just couldn’t see it happen definitely was because I couldn’t imagine any actress in that role. But that all changed when Jodie Whittaker got announced and all my doubts suddenly turned into certainties and I fully and immediately accepted her as the new Doctor.
I never even thought of her as a possibility, but seeing her in that mini presentation trailer with the TARDIS key she really does seem to fall into the role perfectly.
But who is Jodie Whittaker? That is the question really.
She was born on June 3, 1982 in Skelmanthorpe, UK. She is currently best known for her role as Beth Latimer in Broadchurch, where she starred alongside former Doctor Who stars David Tennant (Tenth Doctor) and Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams). She also starred in another films like Attack The Block (2011), One Day (2011), St. Trinian’s (2007), Black Sea (2014), etc. So she isn’t really new to acting and personally, for what I’ve seen of her, she really is a great actress. And from now on her fame and popularity can only increase. Not only was she cast as one of the best characters in television history, but she became the FIRST woman to ever take on that role, but as she said in an interview “If you need to be persuaded to do this part, you’re not right for this part, and the part isn’t right for you.“. When asked what does it feel like to be the first woman Doctor, Jodie said “It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in what you’re told you can and can’t be. It feels incredible.” (link of the full interview in here).
But a change in gender is not gonna be the only new thing about the new series of Doctor Who, as the showrunner is changing as well. We say goodbye to Moffat and welcome to one and only Chris Chibnall, who already wrote several episodes for Doctor Who and created the tv series Broadchurch. With him writing and Whittaker on the main role, we know the show is most definitely going to be in good hands.
I’m excited about the future of the show, but most of all I’m just curious. Curious to see how Chibnall is gonna write, curious to see how Jodie is gonna take on this new persona, curious to see how the Thirteen Doctor’s personality is gonna be like and how she will react to things, how she will dress, what her interior of the TARDIS is gonna look like, if she’s gonna have a new sonic screwdriver and how will she deal with her friends, and most importantly with her enemies. All questions which answer we’re gonna have to wait until next year.
For now I will be patiently waiting for the Christmas special in which I will most certainly cry once Capaldi regenerates, because he was and still is one of my favorite actors to play the Doctor and it’s important to remember that just because he will be leaving the show it doesn’t mean he will stop being the Doctor, not ever. He will always be Twelve and no one will ever be able to take that away from him.
But the future with Jodie Whittaker does sound very promising and I just have to say that I feel incredibly excited and happy to see her as my favorite character and I just hope Chibnall does her justice by writing incredible stories for her to take on!
(Watch the video of the Thirteen Doctor being announced here.)