After many weeks of speculating rumours, I, like millions of others worldwide, tuned-in to catch the reveal of the Thirteenth Doctor; who, for the first time, turned out to be a woman (played by Jodie Whittaker).
Naturally, the BBC’s decision to cast a woman has been met with mixed reactions; many eager for the new era of Who, while others would prefer the role to remain male.
How I Feel About The New Doctor
So, as a fan of Doctor Who, if you ask me how I’m feeling about the changes, I must say that I’m rather optimistic; amidst my sadness about Peter’s departure, of course.
Although I do understand the position of those who prefer the traditional male (no, I don’t believe that they are all misogynists), I do look forward to the diversity that a female Doctor will bring to the Tardis; I think that it’ll be refreshing after 12 regenerations of males, particularly for the younger generations of female fans who will finally have a Doctor to represent them.
However, despite the excitement, it will likely take me awhile to warm up to Whittaker; as it normally does when a new Doctor is brought in. I reckon that it took me at least half of season 8 to get used to Peter; now I’m sad to see him go. I can only imagine that it’ll be a similar situation with Whittaker. As a result, I urge other Whovians to give Jodie a decent chance, regardless of your attitudes towards a woman doctor; you may be pleasantly surprised.
Ultimately, while I admit that I am surprised by Chibnall’s choice, I wholeheartedly welcome Jodie to the Whoverse. I can’t wait to see her debut in this year’s Christmas episode. I shall remain optimistic until I’m given a reason not to be.
Now we wait to see who her companion will be …
Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Leave me a note in the comments telling me your thoughts about Jodie Whittaker as the iconic time lord.