So it’s been confirmed that the next Doctor Who will be a woman. A woman controlling the Tardis and saving the day, we say why not and about time. Bravo! Here at BMT Towers we think it’s a smart move by the BBC. It’s the reboot the show needed. The rumours were rife about a woman playing the role but we weren’t convinced they would actually do it. With today’s diversity it’s important that the BBC have taken this move and we think it’s a landmark moment for pop culture and TV.
The timing is perfect really, recently we have seen the first female hamlet, the super hero Wonder Woman film became a great hit. More and more women are taking the lead in hit shows which is great for everyone. Plenty of fans took to twitter to voice their disapproval, but that was bound to be expected. You can’t please all of the people of the time. Why shouldn’t a woman be the next Doctor and be the one to save the day?
I personally think it’s a smart move. I remember voicing my opinion on social media when Matt Smith left suggesting the next should be a woman, even creating a facebook group. It’s important that kids of today see women leading top shows like Doctor Who. For myself growing up in the 70’s and 80’s it was empowering to watch women take the lead. Wonder Woman was one of my favourite shows. I also loved Josette Simon in Blake’s 7, then when Madonna took the pop music world by storm. Over the years more and more women are proving they can take the lead be it in music, film, TV and business in general.
So who is Jodie Whittaker? Well she is known to many of us in the UK most recently from her great role in Broadchurch. She is a Yorkshire girl, born in Skelmanthorpe in 1982. She went to Shelley College before going to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She received a British Independent Film Award in 2006 for her role in the film Venus. She is married to American actor Christian Contreras and has one child. When asked recently about her new role as the Doctor she said “It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be. It feels incredible.” Good for her. Girl power all the way.
We think Jodie Whittaker will make a great Doctor. How she plays the part will be interesting to see, what sort of character she will portray. Will she follow her predecessors and be charming like David Tennant was? Will she be more manic like Matt Smith? Then there is the question of her companion. The Doctor almost always travelled with a female companion. Will she have a male companion or female? Perhaps this Doctor will actually be gay. Just last season Pearl Mackie played an openly gay character which was a first for Doctor Who. It would be great to see how these two would bounce off each other. For me Pearl was the only freshness the came with Peter Capaldi as I didn’t really connect with him as a doctor and thought he didn’t suit the character.
All will be revealed when she makes her debut in the Christmas special later this year. I was only thinking the other day how it won’t be long until the nights draw in and autumn will once again be upon us, then Christmas. Now I can’t wait for Christmas.
If you didn’t see the trailer at the weekend where Jodie was revealed as the new doctor, take a look below. Also if you want to join us on tour and discuss your thoughts on the new doctor, click here for all Doctor Who tours.