SO, it finally happened. What was once thought improbable – impossible, even – has come to pass. The next Doctor will be a woman.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days, I’d like to inform you that Jodie Whittaker of Broadchurch fame has been cast as the 13th Doctor.
For those of you unfamiliar with the worldwide sci-fi phenomenon, let me explain how momentous this casting is. For the past 54 years, the role of The Doctor has been played by thirteen white men – the possibility of a woman or black actor taking the helm has been debated constantly, especially when the show was revived in 2005.
At the time, the idea of regeneration seemed less ridiculous than the doctor being a woman. The show revolves around an alien with two hearts travelling through time in a police box, for Christ’s sake.
The ability for a Time Lord to change from one sex to the other was made explicitly canon when it was revealed in 2014 that Michelle Gomez’s character Missy was, in fact, the latest incarnation of The Master; The Doctor’s arch enemy who had also only ever been portrayed by men.
Although I hate to admit it, (don’t hurt me, liberals) I was also against the idea of The Doctor regenerating into a woman, perhaps because it distorted my view of a character that had only ever been played by a man.
That said, I’m genuinely intrigued to see what Whittaker will bring to the role as she’s a brilliant actress, made evident from her role in Broadchurch.
After wading through Twitter, it’s clear that a number of Whovians are definitely not excited for a female doctor, with some declaring that they won’t be watching it anymore. Those people are ridiculous, and if they were true fans they would know that what the Doctor has between his or her legs shouldn’t influence their decision to watch.
From the all-female cast of Ghostbusters to the kick-ass Wonder Woman, it’s clear female casting in traditionally male roles is a “trend” here to stay. God knows we’ve had enough male actors to last a Time Lord’s lifetime, which is a very, very, very long time, in case you were wondering.
Rumoured to be taking the wheel of the TARDIS during the Christmas special, let’s hope 13 doesn’t turn out to be an unlucky number for the BBC. I’m sure she’ll steer that time machine just as well as any man could- if not better.