The New Doctor Is A Woman

So, as you have probably found out recently, the latest incarnation of Doctor Who will be played by Jodie Whittaker. At first, I was disgruntled about this, but there again, I was disgruntled about David Tennant, then about Matt Smith and then again – very briefly – about Peter Capaldi.

Tom Baker was always my Doctor as he is the one I grew up with, and then in 2005 when Doctor Who returned, Christopher Ecclestone did a good job of returning it to the screens. He didn’t want to be typecast as the Doctor so finished after just one season.

When Capaldi came along, I liked the fact that it was an older Doctor again, and would hopefully get rid of the “Oooh I love the Doctor” element from the companions. It was fine with Rose Tyler because she changed the whole outlook of the Doctor. Changed him to be more empathetic than he was before due to him having been in the Time War.

Capaldi’s very little emotion take on the Doctor worked well, and the only down side to it was Clara. During the Matt Smith outing, she complimented him well as someone he bounced ideas off. Then when the regeneration happened, and he became Capaldi, the writers decided that it would be a good idea to make Clara the main person and gave her the puzzle solving element of the duo. To me, no longer was it Doctor Who featuring a companion, it was Clara Oswald featuring the Doctor. When they killed her off, it was an emotional moment. It was very well done. Then they brought her back! So now she exists between heartbeats. I really hope that she doesn’t turn up again.

I have recently started watching the latest series of Doctor Who, as I have been told that it is different without her in it, and after two episodes, I find that to be true.

With Jodie Whittaker taking over the mantle, it is not a surprise as they have been paving the way for it recently with the Master regenerating into Missy, a Time Lord in the last series being killed and regenerating a woman, so it was coming soon. It was going to be this regeneration, or the next one.

I just hope that other fans of the show do what I do and give her the benefit of the doubt.

Peter Capaldi

Departing 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi


Jodie Whittaker

Incoming 13th Doctor Jodie Whittaker


34 thoughts on “The New Doctor Is A Woman

  1. I’ve never seen this show but in going to watch it now. I’ve been meaning to start it. Wonderful post A.,
    I read the comment about you have a occupational therapist. How are you doing? So sorry I haven’t asked. I’ve been so caught in my own recovery. Please let me know what’s going in with you. Hugs to you πŸ€—πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—

  2. David Tennant was my favourite, but also more my first one really. I ‘m happy it is a woman, but will her sidekick be a man? Let’s see….

    • Well the current sidekick is currently female. I haven’t watched this complete season yet so don’t know if she is still part of it.

    • What I meant say is that the current sidekick is gay, so hopefully she won’t go lovey on the Doctor, and if they do get a male companion, I hope he doesn’t get lovey as well.

  3. I used to love watching Doctor. Who until it was taken off our screens by the powers that may be. That was along time ago. πŸ™‚ I dare say Jodie will be a refreshing change. πŸ™‚

    • It’s a shame it was taken off. I know some people have found ways to circumvent the removal and manage to watch the latest seasons.

      I am looking forward to seeing how she takes to the role.

  4. Al, as i expect you’re aware I tackled this a bit earlier in the week. Patrick Troughton was THE Doctor, till Ecclestone and then Tennant brought back a character I could be interested in. As for Jodie Whittaker, it’s not before time, but I still doubt I’ll watch.

    Nice to see you back in action. It’s been a while. πŸ™‚

  5. I know what you mean: every new incarnation I am disgruntled but also hopeful. More optimistic than not, though. All the Doctors have been different, and everyone has their favorites and less-than-favorites. But I think that’s a major reason the show is still on and still interesting, so I embrace this latest change!

    • I look forward to seeing what the new one is like. I have got to like each one as they have gone on, just the companions I have had issue with. Martha with her “I love the Doctor” and Clara with her “I am as intelligent as the Doctor”. The only one who ever held him in check was Donna. She didn’t care who he was, she was going to lay into him if she thought he was going to do something wrong.

      • Oh, I’m a sucker for the companions too. They each have their moments, I’d say. Even Peri, and that’s saying a lot. I thought Martha was a wonderfully tragic character, smart enough to understand the futility of her unrequited feelings. And smart enough to contribute too, not just flounce around and scream a lot.

          • I liked all of them too. I can’t really say who my favorite is, any more than I can have a favorite Doctor. Whenever I try picking a favorite, then I go watch one of the other Doctors / companions and think, no, these are my favorites! “Love the one you’re watching,” I guess it is. πŸ˜‰

            • There is a flow chart that says how the “grief” cycle with the doctor goes.
              “I hate this new doctor
              I suppose the doctor’s not too bad
              Best. Doctor. Ever.
              Nooo they can’t leave”

            • I didn’t want to watch this last season – I have probably already said that, but I forget things. But after being convinced, I did and it was Capaldi’s best season. It was incredible. Back to the scary stuff that Dr Who always used to be back in the Tom Baker times and the terror of the likes of Blink and 42 with Tennant.

            • I’d love to watch this last season but haven’t been able to yet (I only have Hulu now, and they don’t carry it). I keep meaning to borrow it from the library, but whenever I get on the waitlist for popular DVDs, I always get to the top of the list just when it’s impossible for me to get there… Frustrating. (Also, super busy with other stuff.) But that just means I’ll have even MORE Doctor Who to binge-watch when I finally do get it. πŸ™‚

            • As Emperor Palpatine once said: “There are ways of watching some films and TV that some may consider unnatural”

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