It finally happened on Sunday the 16th of July, 2017. The moons aligned, the BBC and Doctor Who team were brave and the internet had a mini-meltdown.
Argued by many to be long overdue, the thirteenth and first female Doctor Who was revealed in a small teaser clip below to be Jodie Whittaker.
Taking over the iconic role from Peter Capaldi in the Christmas 2017 episode, we’ll have to wait to find out what Jodie will bring to the table with this latest incarnation of the Doctor. Filming for season 11 with new show runner Chris Chibnall is rumoured to start around November, meaning she won’t be hitting our screens until at least late 2018.
Will the first female Doctor Who be popular? A success? Loved by young and old as much as her predecessor’s? Who knows (geddit?). One thing I am sure about though is that good writing and good acting will be key to how well she’s received rather than the fact that she’s female. To quote Jodie herself:
I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change
And I agree. In my opinion, Doctor Who is at it’s best when it’s bold. It might not always work for everyone and occasionally divides fans, but one of Doctor Who’s magical qualities is that it’s not afraid to re-invent itself.
Constantly refreshing itself inherently brings risks of alienating parts of it’s audience, but good news; if this particular Doctor doesn’t work for you maybe the Fourteenth Doctor will in a few years time.
I will certainly miss Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor when he’s gone and predict shedding a little tear at Christmas when he regenerates but I am also incredibly excited to see what Jodie Whittaker will bring to our screens not only as our first female Doctor Who but simply as ‘The Doctor’!
It’s going to be a long year…