Screenshot from Trailers Promos Teasers‘s YouTube video: Dr. Who – Meet the new Doctor.
Of course any time a new Doctor is announced is an important event, and always initiates vast commentary. So, when #DoctorWho, #DrWho, #DoctorWho13, #Doctor13, and #Dr13 were trending, it was no surprise. Neither was it a surprise that not everyone was keen on getting a new Doctor. What was a surprise was that the new Doctor is a woman. She will be portrayed by Broadchurch alum Jodie Whittaker.
For those of you who don’t know, Broadchurch is another BBC drama that stars David Tennant, and the creator of the show, Chris Chibnall, is going to be the new Dr. Who show runner. Considering the praise Broadchurch has received, I think the next season of Dr. Who looks promising. Honestly, when I found out Whittaker was assuming the role, my first two thoughts were about how her relationship with River Song might be explored, and that she should be ginger! Of course, I’m not the only one who has thoughts to share, and Twitter was littered with them. Here are a few for you to enjoy:
Transition, or regeneration in this case, is always difficult.
Sometimes we need to be reminded to keep things in perspective.
There are a few concerns that seem worth mentioning, including the fact that the twelfth regeneration was supposed to be the last possible one. Then again, perhaps that is why our 13th Doctor is a woman.
Of course, not everyone is happy. This YouTube video by Trailers Promos Teasers showcases some of the more negative responses.
Here are some in good jest:
The show may be trying to espouse equality and inclusivity. Then again, it could just be a marketing ploy.
Long time Whovians Adam Richard and Kevin Smith weighed in as well.
If we’re going to hear what others have to say about Whittaker becoming the 13th Doctor, I suppose we ought to hear what she has to say as well. Check out Rolling Stone‘s article in this tweet:
I’d like to know what you think as well, but please express your opinion without derogatory language. Thanks!