The 13th Doctor – A Marvelous Surprise!

The 13th Doctor will be played by actress Jodie Whittaker.

The 13th Doctor will be played by actress Jodie Whittaker.

I’m simply spellbound over a breathtaking revelation.

I’ve lived long enough to see something that I thought I’d never see come to fruition.

The 13th Doctor will be female!

The Doctor will be portrayed by a talented actress named Jodie Whittaker, who I remembered from her work on the BBC series Broadchurch. If that experience alone is any indication of how Ms. Whittaker will perform as the Doctor, I think we Whovians are in for something very special, indeed. Her debut will occur in December’s annual Doctor Who Christmas Special, which is titled “Twice Upon a Time.”

I’ve often wondered over the years what a female Doctor would be like. In recent years, I’ve seen women Cosplay as a previous Doctor (typically #10 and #11). Each typically incorporates one of the famous costume arrangements in compelling and stylish manners that so easily make me wonder why it hasn’t happened already.

Of course, dedicated Whovians have long known that a female Doctor Who was a possibility; it’s no secret that Timelords might change gender upon undergoing a regeneration. I’m just so happy to see Doctor Who increase its inclusiveness as time goes on.

Beyond the gender revelation, just like when anyone newly dons the mantle of the Doctor, my head is spinning as I ponder a litany of questions.

Which famous adversaries will be included in the new Doctor’s debut season? Oh, but you simply MUST have the Daleks at one point!

There’s a new Doctor piloting the Tardis very soon!

There’s a new Doctor piloting the Tardis very soon!

What will the new Doctor’s personality be like? Gruff? Charming? Witty and silly? In truth, and don’t ask me why, but I think none of those are likely. Mind you, I have no valuable insider information to validate my suspicions, but something tells me this Doctor is going to be quite unlike any of the previous incarnations. In the mere moments where Jodi Whittaker was revealed as the new Doctor, there was something in her facial expression that spoke of emotional depth previously untapped. I can’t wait to meet her!

Don’t get me wrong…both David Tennant and Matt Smith drove me to tears with their performances, and I truly FELT the palpable depth of their character’s convictions and sadness. Likewise, they made me laugh heartily, leaving me beaming with a grin for a time afterward. But something suggests to me that there’s both an emotional well and a prospective edge to this new Doctor that will be unleashed in varying degree as the situation warrants. Did I mention that I can’t wait to meet her?

*pausing with a pensive look*

Gads, I hope she likes me, too!

Drop me a comment and let me know what you think of the latest Doctor Who casting decision. I want to hear what you think.

Doctor Who has never shied away from bold character casting, and it’s marvelous to see that tradition continue. Thinking on the future of the franchise, what about the color barrier?

I dare you to look me in the eye and tell me that someone like Idris Elba wouldn’t be absolutely amazing as the Doctor!

As with all things wibbly wobbly and timey wimey, only time will tell…

In the meantime, be sure to reserve some screen time to re-watch the current season (#10) of Capaldi’s run leading up to this year’s Christmas special.

Until later, enjoy life; be kind to those around you, and Happy Tardis-ing! Peace.