Well, I didn’t see that coming! I thought the casting of a woman as the Doctor might not be far off, but didn’t really expect it to be this time around. I’ll also state for the record that, until recently, I was of the “The Doctor must stay as a man!” brigade until I was challenged to re-examine my preconceptions and motives in thinking this way. Without going into too much detail (I may write an article on the subject), I am now completely open to the Doctor being a woman. I see no valid reason why not. Why can’t a strong female be just as good a role model for boys as well as girls? Why does the role model have to be gender-specific? Why can’t they just be a good person?
Anyhoo, let’s down to the detail of this nugget of news. Jodie Whittaker was interviewed for BBC America and it is revealed that The Chibster (or Chibbers – I haven’t decided what to call him yet!) wanted a woman for the role from the outset and that Jodie was his first choice. He says of her:
“Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way.”
And now to the most important part of that interview and something that I want every fan everywhere to read and take on board. When asked what she wanted to tell fans, her response was:
“I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.”
Exactly! The only constant on Doctor Who is change. This is just another change, one that we haven’t seen before, but doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. Was she hesitant in taking on this role? If YOU were a talented actor looking for new challenges and had the chance to play one of the most iconic roles on TV, what would YOU do??? When asked if she had to be persuaded by His Chibbiness to accept:
“No. There was no persuasion needed. If you need to be persuaded to do this part, you’re not right for this part, and the part isn’t right for you. I also think, for anyone taking this on, you have to want to fight for it, which I certainly had to do. I know there will have been some phenomenal actors who threw their hats in the ring.”
I don’t think I’ve seen any of her work as yet, but I am already heartened by what she has said. Watching that introduction video clip and reading this interview I am just as excited as I always am when a new Doctor is announced. What will they bring to the role? What will they wear? What I am not concerned about is what the actor has in the trouser department. I am only concerned that they get good writing to support their unique abilities.