You’ve only got a couple of days left to pick up your edition of the Radio Times, sporting Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor on the cover.
The stark image is left largely unspoiled by additional text, and it’s nice to see the magazine once more invest in the show. We doubt it’ll last for very long, but we can only hope.
Inside, the actress says:
“I truly hope that in a couple of years casting a woman in a traditionally male role won’t be so exciting – because when it’s not celebrated, it will mean it’s no longer unusual to have this sort of parity. I’m always asked, ‘Do you think James Bond should now be a woman?’ But that’s not the conversation. It’s really – ‘Should every point of view be the same?’ And the answer is no. Stories shouldn’t always be told from the same perspective. It’s a mistake to think that the only heroes are white men.”
We’re sure that will boil a few people’s blood (especially because no one actually thinks only white men are heroes). Equally, no one says every point of view should be the same anyway; the argument about traditionally male roles is a tad more complicated than that, but let’s put it on a back-burner for now.
Because hey, Doctor Who is back this weekend, and that’s pretty great, eh?
What’s more, this is the second time Whittaker has taken the Radio Times cover this year, the previous issue with Jodie on the front being released towards the end of July. Of course, the broadcast listings magazine has a long history of supporting the programme, its first Doctor Who cover publicising Marco Polo in the edition dated 22nd- 28th February 1964. Since 2005, there’s been an explosion of Doctor Who covers, most notably in the David Tennant and Matt Smith eras. It’s even featured on two Christmas editions!
The Radio Times is on sale now from WHSmith and all good newsagents (and a few dodgy ones too).