This fall will see the beginning of Jodie Whittaker‘s tenure as the 13th Doctor. Regardless of arguments about if 13 is the appropriate number for her Doctor (after the meta-crisis and War Doctor, etc.), there has been quite a bit of uncertainty and outright hatred from some fan circles for a female Doctor.
However, Doctor Who has long implied this was not only possible but probable. When David Tennant regenerated into Matt Smith, Matt touches his hair and says, “I’m a girl!!!” before finding his adam’s apple.
In the episode “The Doctor’s Wife” the Doctor says,
“The mark of the Corsair. Fantastic bloke. He had that snake as a tattoo in every regeneration. Didn’t feel like himself unless he had the tattoo. Or herself, a couple of times. Ooo, she was a bad girl.”
In Peter Capaldi’s episode “Hell Bent” he shoots the General who regenerates as a woman.
So the groundwork has been laid for gender switching, but there is a more significant indicator that all will be well with a female Doctor. The Time Ladies that preceded Jodie.
Here are a few of the beloved female “Time Lords” from the Classic and New Who runs of the show.
Not all (super) heroes wear spandex, capes, or cowls. Some (super) heroes don’t even wear pants or even underwear, preferring to go au natural from the waist down and a too-short, tight-fitting sweater up top.
Their powers don’t involve flight, super-strength, or invisibility, just the seemingly endless appetite for honey and waxing philosophical just when their human counterparts need them the most (i.e., during a mid-life personal and professional crisis).
That might sound like a curious mash-up of A.A. Milne’s beloved, self-aware, ambulatory teddy bear and Steven Spielberg’s much-maligned Peter-Pan-as-an-adult misfire, Hook, but Christopher Robin, directed by Marc Forster (World War Z, Finding Neverland, Monster’s Ball) from a screenplay credited to Alex Ross Perry, Tom McCarthy, and Allison Schroeder, easily one-ups Hook, delivering a poignant, moving paean to the carefree joys of childhood, the positives and negatives of nostalgia, the importance of family over work, and the value of people over profits (no, the irony isn’t lost on this writer, given mega-studio Disney’s involvement).
There are spoilers…
As Peter Capaldi‘s 12th Doctor prepares for his swan song in this years Christmas Special, Twice Upon a Time, he was nice enough to stop by Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con, bringing a long a few friends for their final Doctor Who SDCC appearances. Outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat and now former companion (who confirmed that Bill will make a return in the special,) Pearl Mackie with both on hand as well.
And while filming had just completed on the special, that Moffat summarized as both the first and twelfth Doctor srefusing to regenerate and going on an adventure with Mark Gatiss (who was also in attendance,) they did show the trailer for it that you can watch below: (more…)
Later this year we will say goodbye to the twelfth Doctor. Sometime around Christmas, in a blinding golden flash the combat eyebrows and Scottish brogue will be gone and replaced with someone new. Our guitar wielding punk rock alien savior dressed as a rock and roll magician will move on to his next regeneration (possibly ginger we don’t know yet, but I mean he could be ginger next, right?) But let’s not focus on that just yet because with series 10 really just begining we have a lot of Peter Capaldi‘s tenure as Doctor Who to enjoy.
This weekend, the good Doctor is visiting the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo and if I do say so myself he’s in fine form and shows no signs of slowing down just yet. However, as the hundreds that attended his panel made clear, we are already starting to prepare for his 4 years of saving the universe to draw to a close. Here’s a few highlights. (more…)
With the exception of the special episode released on Christmas Day, Doctor Who fans have been waiting for more than a year for the latest season of the show. The episode marks the start of the last season starring Peter Capaldi as the mysterious Doctor and introduced Pearl Mackie as the newest companion, Bill Potts. After the long wait for the new episode, tension is high. Given a somewhat mixed response to some of the recent seasons, many people are intrigued to see how Steven Moffatt will round off his career as Head Writer and Executive Producer on the series. (more…)
The trailer for series ten of the BBC‘s Doctor Who has made its way onto the Internet for your enjoyment. This new season finds Peter Capaldi with a new companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) in tow as he saves our little corner of the universe. There’s plenty of stuff to see in this packed trailer including the return of more than a few memorable villains… one in particular, Missy. (more…)
It’s been a long wait for more Doctor Who with only a singular Christmas special to satisfy our appetite for the time traveller from Gallifrey in the last 13 months, and we’re still going to have to wait a couple of months more for the very anticipated tenth season. Of course, you knew that the upcoming series of Doctor Who was going to be the last for showrunner Steven Moffat, but as fate would have it, it’s also going to be the last for the present Doctor, Peter Capaldi. It’s time for “different challenges,” according to the 12th man to be called, The Doctor. (more…)
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without the Doctor Who special. Screened every Christmas Day on BBC One since the show’s revival in 2005, it offers something that all the family can enjoy while they’re too full of dinner to move about much. And it’s usually a fair bit more interesting than the Queen’s speech. This year’s festive episode, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, marks the start of the tenth series, continuing with the adventures of the twelfth Doctor and following on from the events of last year’s episode, The Husbands of River Song. It was screened in cinemas across the world starting from Boxing Day for fans outside of the UK. (more…)
It’s the time of year for the Doctor Who Christmas Special and let’s not forget it’s been about a year since the last season of Peter Capaldi‘s Doctor Who aired so DW fans are pretty much chomping at the bit for some more of the good Doctor. There’s a new trailer for the BBC Christmas Day Special that gives us a much better look at what the Doctor will be up to this time around, there’s superheroes, brains in jars, lots of snow and running. Check it out below. (more…)
Normally the confines of Madison Square Garden are reserved for the Rangers of hockey and the Knickerbockers of basketball, but today it was full to honour the arrival of the Doctor of Gallifrey. For the most part, 2016 has been Who-less, and we’ve been feeling the effects, but when Doctor Who comes to New York Comic Con, then that’s reason to celebrate for sure. Who stands on the cusp of major change, we’re going into the last season for showrunner Steven Moffat, and the introduction of an all-new companion, but in the meantime, the conversation has turned to Christmas, and NYCC lent insight into the Doctor’s latest holiday adventure. (more…)