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 next episode of Doctor Who will be bittersweet for me. It will be the end of the Matt Smith era and the beginning of the Peter Capaldi era. I look forward to seeing Peter Capaldi, I expect him to have some aspects of the Jon Pertwee Doctor and I hope he stays at least 5 series. But I will miss Matt Smith. I have enjoyed his portrayal of the Doctor very much. He has reminded me of Patrick Troughton and William Hartnell. But changing Doctors has long been a part of the show, and it’s a big reason why it has been so successful.
Last Saturday, marked the return of the Ice Warriors to Doctor Who after a twenty nine year absence from the program. The former inhabitants of Mars last appeared on Doctor Who in the Jon Pertwee story. The Monster of Paledon. The fact that they haven’t appeared in the program in such a long time means that they are new to most of the viewers of today. They were mostly a part of the Patrick Troughton. Nomads who had left their home planet of Mars centuries ago. During the Troughton era they were enemies of the Doctor trying to conquer other race. During the Pertwee era they allied with other worlds for the betterment of the universe. It will be interesting to see if the show’s production team brings the Ice Warriors back again, and what direction the team will take them.