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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Jodie Whittaker has been revealed as the 13th Doctor Who, the first time the iconic character will be portrayed by a woman. The Attack The Block and Broadchurch star Whittaker will be seen on BBC One in the U.K. and BBC America in the US, as well as globally. She follows William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi. The final episode starring Capaldi will air on Christmas Day.

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Watch those legs when you jump that shark, Doctor.

#1 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2017-07-16 02:54 PM | Reply

There is no shark to jump.

#2 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-07-16 02:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Reading the headline, I thought this would be a feature about a female doctor symbolic of the statistical representation of women in the medical profession. Ha!

#3 | Posted by cbob at 2017-07-16 03:09 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

It really doesn't matter who they cast as the Doctor, it all comes down to the writing and attitude of the production team. The show has become stale and smug the past few years, and the tone the new show runner sets will determine whether it sinks or swims.

#4 | Posted by sentinel at 2017-07-16 03:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

As a fan since Tom Baker, the early standard imo, Capaldi made a much better Doctor than I thought he would have, and a women Doctor is an idea whose time has come... actually, recently having both sexes of the Master was kind of an intro.

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#5 | Posted by Corky at 2017-07-16 03:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I don't watch Doctor Who, but given what I know about the character it's stupid for anybody to be upset at the gender change. You can believe the doctor is a timelord who regenerates a new appearance and personality every few years, but you can't accept that the new form is female?

#6 | Posted by rcade at 2017-07-16 04:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

She is no Tom Baker.

#7 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-07-16 05:14 PM | Reply

#7

How do you know? She could be, we haven't seen her as the Doctor yet. And I'd have thought you'd be the last person not to give a chance to a woman who used to be a man.

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2017-07-16 05:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

" it's stupid for anybody to be upset at the gender change "

I think people are more upset with the show pandering to tumblr trolls, which Moffat has been blatantly doing the past few years. Things might be different under Chibnall, but he's working with a poisoned well and an insidious culture currently at the BBC. He has his work cut out for him.

#9 | Posted by sentinel at 2017-07-16 11:27 PM | Reply

Moffat was a glorified fan fiction writer with a tendency of writing without considering past or future continuity. He also viewed Doctor Who as a fairy tale rather than soft sci fi. As such, we got a lot of Crap during his run. I have no issue with a female Doctor however, if the way they treated the female incarnation of the Master is any hint how badly they'll mistreat b the character of a female Doctor, this isn't going to last long.

#10 | Posted by RevDarko at 2017-07-17 08:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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#11 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-07-17 01:24 PM | Reply

When I first saw this I though who cares they change actors all the time what does it matter. but then read why they did it.

#12 | Posted by tmaster at 2017-07-17 02:52 PM | Reply

I'm sorry, Doctor....who?

#13 | Posted by bartimus at 2017-07-17 03:47 PM | Reply

The reaction to this makes me think that we should start referring to climate change as a female...

#14 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-07-17 04:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Which is preferable:
Making the Doctor female, knowing that some people will flip out, point the finger, and scream "PC!", or NOT making the Doctor female, out of fear that some people will flip out, point the finger, and scream "PC!"?

#15 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-07-17 04:37 PM | Reply

Actually, this is a fairly interesting development. The LGBTQIA community has stated under no uncertain terms that gender has nothing to do with your "plumbing". The new Doctor Who has been around for a very long time and clearly self-identifies as a male. [...]

#16 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-07-18 07:22 AM | Reply

Actually, this is a fairly interesting development. The LGBTQIA community has stated under no uncertain terms that gender has nothing to do with your "plumbing". The new Doctor Who has been around for a very long time and clearly self-identifies as a male. Now their putting his male mind into a female body. Therefore, Doctor Who is not a woman. She's a man trapped in a woman's body. Will the entire next season be centered on hormone treatments and gender reassignment surgery? I can't imagine him (man trapped in a woman's body, remember?) successfully saving the universe while suffering from crippling gender dysphoria.

Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-07-18 07:22 AM | Reply

Where in the world did you come up with this garbage analysis??? Seriously as far as I can tell has NOTHING to do with the 13'th Dr. being female??? As to your ending quip. You're talking out of your keister again.

#17 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-07-18 07:47 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Jeebus Crow, alleged grownups reacting to teevee "news" like 14-year-old fanbois. We ought to know by now the Doctor may assume ANY form. It could be a large spider whose eight legs and assorted palps might facilitate working the Tardis control panels. Grow up.

#18 | Posted by john47 at 2017-07-18 11:34 AM | Reply

#17 I wasn't being flippant. The Doctor has been a man for a long time. He retains his identity, knowledge and memory every time he gets a new body. Now, for the first time, he will find himself in a woman's body but a male gender. How could that NOT result in gender dysphoria? Will he retain his sexuality as well? Presumably so. You're being unnecessarily defensive, Laura. If gender is a state of mind and the Doctors mind gas been male for an eon..there should be problems.

#19 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-07-18 12:19 PM | Reply

I am so glad to see Moffat gone. He did the same stories over and over again. Bill is the third companion in a row to sort of die but not really. Moffat is pretty good when it comes to writing a single episode or even a two parter but he has been terrible when it comes to longer story arcs. I look forward to the new Doctor too. Capaldi did a decent job and I wish he would have had better stories to work with but I'll be glad to see his stupid guitar and ray bans gone.

As for the gender switch. I never really thought of the Doctor as having a specific gender anyway. The first gender change during a regeneration in Doctor Who happened in 1976 when Eldrad, who was from a different alien race that could regenerate, switched from male to female during regeneration. Since then there have been a number of references to Gallifreyans changing gender during regeneration. I.M. Foreman did it in the Interference novels which was published by BBC. The Doctor has been female before, though not canon, it has occurred in some officially licensed BBC content. The Doctor was portrayed as a female in the audio production "Exile" as well as in a BBC produced short that was written by Steven Moffat where the Doctor regenerated twice in 20 minutes and was played by Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Grant and Joanna Lumley. www.youtube.com

In the modern series, when 10 regen'ed into 11, Matt Smith's Doctor briefly thought he was a female when he first saw his long lock of hair hanging in his face. He also had recalled past experiences with another Time Lord, The Corsair, who had switched genders more than once. And then of course recently we saw two different Time Lords who had switched genders, The Master/Missy and The General, a male whose backstory was that he had previously been female was shown regenerating into a female incarnation.

#20 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-07-18 01:10 PM | Reply

Here's the non-canon short where you can see the first time the Doctor regenerated as woman.
www.youtube.com

#21 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-07-18 01:12 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

More like Dr. Who Left the Seat Up?

#22 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-07-18 04:20 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

The new Doctor Who has been around for a very long time and clearly self-identifies as a male.

This is moronic. The doctor is an extra-terrestrial who travels through time and space. There's no claim that the gender identification was fixed across each regneration. A character born in a new body repeatedly would obviously be comfortable with a gender switch along with everything else that could potentially switch.

#23 | Posted by rcade at 2017-07-18 10:14 PM | Reply

It's a FICTIONAL CHARACTER!

#24 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-07-18 10:18 PM | Reply

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