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I'm curious how this will unfold, but I don't like the idea of changing to a female because it's what people have been asking for.
I have to agree. I'm not sure if it a good idea to bend to every whim of fandom, especially when it is so easy to kill the goose that lays the golden egg. While I thought the "nibbling around the edges" that Moffat engaged in regarding the Time Lord gender (the male, white Time Lord we saw regenerate into a black woman, and of course Master/Missy) was okay, I think they should have kept The Doctor looking like a human male.
Chibnall remarked somewhere that he always intended to hire a female for the role. It makes me wonder what other long-standing traditions he intends to toss aside. These show-runners ought to understand the show is not their personal plaything. They're more like caretakers for a national institution. They should show a certain amount of respect for all the contributions and accomplishments of all the people who came before them, rather than trying to throw it all out and put your "personal stamp" on something you didn't create.
Of course this behavior is a double-edged sword. If there is a major backlash, the showrunner(s) will forever be remembered as the killers of the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg.
I have no way of knowing the motivation but from what I've read online there was already a lot of opposition to the idea so it's not like there was a universal fan wish that is being pandered to. Personally I have no problem with it.
I view The Doctor as a British institution rather like The Queen or the Bank Of England. I may only catch the occasional glimpse of it, but there's something quite reassuring about just knowing it's there. So bear in mind that my comments aren't those of a Whovian and I don't fully understand the rules that are in place regarding regeneration when I say that I don't mind the idea of the character being female at all.
My bigger concern would be that in pictures I've seen of Whittaker she displays no real quirk. She's just a generically pretty thirty-or-fortysomething. That may change, of course, when I see her in costume.
When I think of The Doctor as a woman, my mind instantly goes to...
She's played various characters a couple which you cane see in this news article from around 1 minute
I have no ideas how it's going to turn out, but the more I think about it, the change has renewed my interest in the show. I'm very much looking forward to the Christmas episode.
At first I thought she was the same actress who played Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart's daughter in several episodes of the recent seasons.
She'd give zero f***s about whining companions and would insult Missy's wardrobe....ah, good times.
I would steal her, especially if she played herself from the Weakest Link.
She'd be great. If only Doctor Who wasn't filmed in Cardiff.
It's been an interesting week for the BBC.
The announce a female Doctor - because it's about equality and then they are exposed at showing inequality with the recent results of the pay scale for male/females within the BBC.
They have since announced that Whittaker will have the same pay as Capaldi
If it hadn't been for that last sentence it would have had cast even more doubt on their motives.
Though I suppose it's always possible that they were planning to pay her less until yesterday's brouhaha.
I don't know. I've never seen her before but in the promo pics, to me, there's a suggestion of something mysterious behind her eyes.
"Peter, you're talking rubbish there - absolute rubbish": the Fifth and Sixth doctors get into a war of words over 'loss of role model for boys'.
It's just blown my mind a little to learn that the Fifth Doctor is the Tenth Doctor's father-in-law.
That's piqued my interest a little more.
As the doctor can change age and looks completely, I don't see any problem with a woman in the part. It's a bold move, and one I like. It may be only for 1 season, but why not try it?
That being said, I don't think all should do this kind of move. Many wants to see a female Bond, but I don't. Mainly because his name is James Bond in all movies, a ladies man on top of that. If they want a woman, they can always do 001, 002, 003, 004, 005, 006, 008 or 009.
Completely agree. Dr. Who is unique to my knowledge in that regeneration has become an integral part of the character.
There's something ironic about the excitement about the recast of the First Doctor at this late stage. If they had done that in 1966 I'm thinking the show might have ended in 1967.
It's certainly looking at 'out with the old, in with the new' next year.
Pearl Mackie joins Peter Capaldi, Michelle Gomez (Missy), Matt Lucas (Nardole) and of course showrunner Steven Moffat in leaving the show, so 2018 will bring us a whole new show with a whole new team, led by Jodie Whittaker's 13th Doctor and run by new series boss Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch).
I don't watch it, however I'm not sure about a female getting the role. So shoot me, as I am a female.
But I agree with this:
"I'm curious how this will unfold, but I don't like the idea of changing to a female because it's what people have been asking for."
Having said that if Linda Gray stepped out of the Tardis I'd wet myself.
Now that would be a change of direction. They could change the title to "Doctor Sue"
OMG, what a perfect picture @Mel O’Drama - God I love her.
The nice part about that is that David Tennant is married to Peter Davison's daughter, Georgia, who previously appeared in Doctor Who alongside David Tennant's Doctor, playing "The Doctor's Daughter".
Oh, Jemma Redgrave (who reprises that character in audio productions) is now a regular on the BBC's Holby City, which is shot at Elstree. Although the hospital's emergency department (shown in the series Casualty) is shot in Cardiff at the same studios as Doctor Who, over 120 miles away.
Anne Robinson voiced the Anne Droid at the end of the Eccleston series and also on The Weakest Link.
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