Collin Baker

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.

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8 Crazy Costumes of Classic ‘Doctor Who’

In 2005, Doctor Who returned to TV screens with a new cast and crew.  After being off the air for over 15 years, a lot had changed in the TV landscape.  With shows like Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica having reboots of their own that paved the way for Who to return, it would not be the same show that earlier generations remembered.

One of the biggest differences was the ending of the serial format that had served the show well for twenty five years.  Another was the upgrade to how the show looked.

Gone were the obviously rubber costumes and over the top masks that did little to suspend disbelief.  The show would now have world class effects, make-up and costumes.  But for many people who had hidden behind the couch as children, this was a sad state of affairs.

Here is a list of the best (worst) looking aliens from each of the original series’ Doctors.

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