Doctor Who, the British science-fiction television programme that has been the mainstay on BBC. A series that generations have grown-up adoring. The series centers around the mysterious alien traveller – the Doctor, who battles injustice and inter-dimensional enemies while exploring time and space in a rather unreliable time machines, the TARDIS. Many talented actors have donned the role of the Doctor since the series began in 1966 with William Hartnell being the first Doctor. The most recent Doctor, or for us, the 12th Doctor was played by Peter Capaldi, a celebrated actor known for ‘The Thick of It’ and ‘In the Loop.’ And now, like every new actor taking up the role of the Doctor, Jodie Whittaker has some really big shoes to fill and we hope she does an excellent job.
Contenders for the 13th Doctor
Ever since Peter Capaldi announced that he’d be taking leave of the series in January 2017, much debate has been had as to who’d best fill the shoes of the Gallifreyan Doctor. Ben Whishaw, Eddie Redmayne, Michael Sheen, Richard Ayoade (why on earth didn’t they pick him?), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Rhys Ifans, Miranda Hart, Amanda Abbington (another fine choice), Olivia Colman, Kimberly Nixon, Rory Kinnear, Ben Daniels, Jason Flemyng, Reece Shearsmith, Russell Tovey, Alexander Vlahos, Andrew Scott, Chris Addison, David Harewood, Matt Smith, Billie Piper, David Morrissey, David Tennant, Idris Elba, Steve Pemberton, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston, Martin Freeman, Paterson Joseph, Philip Glenister, Stephen Fry and lastly, Benedict Cumberbatch (the series would have been out of money if they chose him).
As you can see, there have been quite a few reputable actors who were under consideration for the role of the 13th Doctor. So with Jodie Whittaker making the cut, we’re pretty certain that she has earned it. And each new Doctor does face a fair amount of criticism from purist fans of the series and that’s already begun.
The opposition to Jodie Whittaker being chosen as the 13th Doctor is clearly visible in the comments section of the YouTube video by which the big reveal happened. The hashtag #NotMyDoctor has been trending on Twitter as well ever since the video was made public about 12 hours ago.
While the movie industry has been indulging in some ridiculous amount of Political Correctness, the spectrum of which involves everything from whitewashing to gender reversal of roles, it should be noted that some of these instances have wrought out a good show/movie. We hope that Jodie Whittaker does the same with the next season of Doctor Who to silence the naysayers. On a side note, yours truly doesn’t support the general notion of PC that’s sweeping across the entertainment industry under the guise of diversification. Aside from a few exceptions, most of these ‘experiments’ tend to fail. Noted director and actors Clint Eastwood and Tim Burton have spoken out against the same. That roles are being doled out not on the basis of merit but to assuage the indulgences of the current crop of mindless millennials.
Jodie Whittaker a.k.a. The new Time Lord
Unlike most of the roles which have been swept away under the deluge of political correctness, Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor seems promising. She not only has worked in film, television and radio but also in theatre. Some of the movies and shows that she has worked in have gone on to receive critical acclaim, notably the short film Wish 143 and an episode of the TV show Black Mirror. We’ll be watching her portrayal with a keen eye to see where she takes the role of the Doctor.