It’s about time.
A woman takes on the title of Doctor Who for the first time. She is the 13th Doctor Who. What is she like? According to Chris Chibnall, head writer and executive producer of the show, “She’s absolutely the Doctor. But there’s a new calibration, a new mixture of Doctorishness. The Thirteenth Doctor is incredibly lively, warm, funny, energetic, inclusive – she’s the greatest friend you could wish to have as your guide around the universe.”
This is a nice change for the show which has been around for 55 years. I have watched several episodes of it and of all the actors who played the character, my favorite is David Tennant. Actress Jodie Whittaker takes on the role. Unlike the daffiness and idiosyncrasy of her predecessors, she makes the doctor energetic, full of spark and relatable.
It will be interesting to see how Jodie fares in the role. Unavoidably, she will be compared to her male counterparts but it has been said that she is much closer much closer in tone to Matt Smith or David Tennant. If this is the case, then she’s off to a very good start because Business Insider ranked David Tennant as the top doctor and Matt Smith number 3.
Reaction to Whittaker being cast as Doctor Who was for the most part, positive. Some believe that a female Doctor would be a good role model for young girls, while others felt the Doctor was only ever meant to be male, or felt the casting was an exercise in political correctness. Jodie urged fans not to be afraid of her gender, saying, “Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.” And it turns out that Chris Chibnall always wanted a woman for the part and that Jodie was their first choice.
We wish Jodie all the best in her groundbreaking role.