July 16, 2017 at 8:35 am #1202154026
Very exciting. Whittaker is a great actress so have plenty of faith that she can nail this role.July 16, 2017 at 9:06 am #1202154035
I finished Doctor Who and I’m dissapointed that Michaela Cole wasn’t cast, who would’ve been qualified due to her extensive background in dramatic theatre. But Jodie Whitaker is good too. I’ve only seen her in Attack the Block but she was good there so I’m excited.July 16, 2017 at 9:18 am #1202154037
I was hoping for Lara Pulver but still thrilled.July 16, 2017 at 9:45 am #1202154040
Would have preferred other Broadchurch regular Olivia if we had to have a female Doctor; Jodie looks more like a companion to me. But way better than some of the options others were slinging.July 16, 2017 at 9:50 am #1202154041
Not who I was expecting (I was so sure they would go after Ben Daniels after he said no to being the 12th) so I am very very happy.July 16, 2017 at 9:53 am #1202154044
Happy for her! She was amazing in Attack the Block!July 16, 2017 at 11:45 am #1202154130
Haven’t seen Dr. Who in a while, but I loved Whittaker in Black Mirror, so its nice to see her get such a high profile gig.July 19, 2017 at 9:20 am #1202158469
Doctor Who a woman?July 19, 2017 at 1:58 pm #1202158876
I absolutely love this decision and think Whittaker will be great. But I think people should stop giving the BBC so much credit for their “progressivism” or taking a “risk”––this was a business decision, and a smart one. Going with another white guy would’ve been much riskier, as it probably would’ve perpetuated the cratering ratings trajectory. Instead, Whittaker’s casting has created an enormous amount of buzz and excitement for the show again. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how the ratings turn out, but I’m very optimistic about the new creative possibilities going forward.
Anyone want to guess where they might go with a companion(s)? Another young woman, keeping with the NewWho trend? A middle aged white guy to make up for the lack of male Doctor? Something else?July 20, 2017 at 12:54 am #1202159304
Whilst I recognise that it’s a business decision (and a great one) I do think Chibnall should be praised as the first showrunner with enough bravery to actually get this done. I mean, Moffatt faced plenty of calls for a female doctor before both Smith and Capaldi were cast but ignored them because he didn’t want to be the one to alienate some of the fans.
As for companions, I’m kinda expecting a double but with the guy having a more significant role than they have done with doubles in the past. Hopefully they are not a couple again if I am right…July 20, 2017 at 6:34 am #1202159534
The Doctor’s romantic tension with companions got really grating, personally I only really cared about Ten and Rose. Didn’t care about Martha’s unrequited feelings or Amy’s tension between him and Rory (who is GOAT) and The Clara/Danny/12 thing was ridiculous. There was a reason the Doctor’s dynamic with Donna and Bill worked with the former being one of the most memorable. I hope it’s a guy that just happens to have no romantic tension with the Doctor whether he’s gay or just not interested or what because there hasn’t been an independent male companion in New Who yet and that’s such a shame. Obviously the majority of companions in days of old and new were women but there were well-known male companions too. Plus since the companion is the audience surrogate it would be interesting to see the plot from his perspective too.
As for the casting decision I would have rather not gone this route and wouldn’t really call it brave, but I’m not sure the buzz is going to have that lasting of an effect on the ratings. I never found that the recent ratings were poor because of Capaldi (i.e. white guys), who always got praise no matter how much bitching went on in comments sections, it was always Moffat’s writing and plotting, which got ragged on the most to meme levels. A female Doctor might make the first couple of episodes get good ratings just for notoriety and any-publicity-is-good factor but it’ll liekly be the writing that makes the ratings last. Hopefully it’s more Season 1 or 3 quality of Broadchurch writing (yassss) and not Season 2.
The stumbling ratings also coincided with the death of the holy trinity of Superwholock dying on Tumblr. Sherlock and Supernatural haven’t been doing well either but at least Doctor Who has a much more long-running fanbase and wider demographic to keep it going. But Lawd if those three shows didn’t keep me busy during every wait between classes in college lmao.July 20, 2017 at 7:14 am #1202159562
If I was gay I’d be all over your vagina.
I want a new companion to be hot guy with lots of bare ass shots. If not then please get Barrowman back. Jack Harkness would be great companion for new doctor.July 20, 2017 at 7:31 am #1202159570
If not then please get Barrowman back. Jack Harkness would be great companion for new doctor.
This idea is inspired. Barrowman was very underused in his last couple of stints and it would be a great way to ease in the arrival of the concept of a female Doctor. Plus his reaction would be brilliant.