Masterfully prescient, one might say! Well, I would because I love wordplay! If you head on over to the Radio Times you can read a little article that discusses how we should have seen the signs coming to show us that the future would, in fact, be “all girl” as the Doctor himself wondered in the season finale.
And, of course, earlier on in the series the Doctor offered his opinion:
“We’re the most civilised civilisation in the universe. We’re billions of years beyond your petty human obsession with gender and its associated stereotypes.”
Much earlier, though, The Master [him|her]self regenerated into a woman, setting in concrete the fact that Time Lords can, indeed, swap genders when regenerating. It had been hinted at in the past and spoken of in throwaway lines, but with Missy turning up in 2014 we knew without doubt it was possible.
The Grand Moff was rather pleased with the casting of the Doctor, though:
“But never mind the fact everyone’s talking about how it’s a woman – it’s Jodie Whittaker! That’s the great thing. Jodie Whittaker, one of the best actors of her generation, is playing the doctor.”
He is suitably complimentary, claiming that he has seen “her first little tiny bit” and that it is “brilliant!”
He would say that, though, wouldn’t he? It’s all his fault that these hints and threads have built up in recent years… and I thank him for laying the ground work! I’m still looking forward to seeing Jodie Whittaker in action at Christmas. And the many months afterwards before we see series 11 is going to draaaaaaaaaaaaag!