I have only recently seen the Doctor Who Christmas story, Twice Upon a Time. Yes, I know that I’m way behind. But even so, I have to say that it was a very poor way for Peter Capaldi to go out. The plot of the story was that the twelfth was refusing to regenerate, presumably to die, when he meets the first Doctor, who was also refusing to regenerate. As a result of both refusals, there was some kind of problem with the fabric of time. The problem with the idea was that the story didn’t seem to make the difficulty with time to be much of a threat to the universe. The follow through wasn’t very strong. There was a strange alien race that didn’t turn out to be much of a threat. The tension between the two Doctors wasn’t very strong. David Bradley, of course, played William Hartnell in the BBC drama An Adventure in Time and Space, but he really didn’t come across with a good portrayal of the first Doctor. This story could have been and should have been so much better. Of course, there was the bright spot of Jodie Whittaker as the thirteenth Doctor.
A great deal has been made of the fact that Jodie Whittaker, the thirteenth Doctor Who, is a woman. In my opinion too much has been made. Talk about the Doctor regenerating into a woman has been brought up to my knowledge since the early 1980s, and probably before that. So, it is likely that it was discussed before the actress was even born. It was almost inevitable that in a science fiction series where the main character could change his (her) body and personality that it would happen. Now it has happened, so let’s get on with the show. I just want to see some good Doctor Who stories, and I hope that Jodie Whittaker is a fine Doctor. And I hope that she stays a lot longer than three years. Some fans of the show in the 1960s had trouble accepting the change when Patrick Troughton took over the role from William Hartnell, and they missed out on some great adventures. Fans of Doctor Who today shouldn’t make the same mistake.
The new costume for the thirteenth Doctor, Jodie Whittaker has been unveiled. Take a look.
Much has been made over the fact that Jodie Whittaker will be the first woman to be at the front of the cast of Doctor Who. But my hope is that Whittaker will be the longest serving Doctor since Tom Baker (1974-1981). There have been twelve Doctors in the history of the show, with Whittaker being the thirteenth. Only Jon Pertwee (five seasons, 1970-1974) and Tom Baker (seven seasons) were the Doctor for more than three seasons. It is time that the series have a long running Doctor again, and Whittaker is a good person to do it. Of course, it will depend on her performance, the writing, and many other factors for it to happen. But I wish Jodie Whittaker a long and successful run as the thirteenth Doctor on Doctor Who.