She’s not even stepped foot in the TARDIS proper and the jury is already out as to whether or not Jodie Whittaker will cut the mustard as the Doctor. In that respect the reaction is no different to that experienced by any other actor immediately after they’ve been unveiled as the next Doctor. But with the added significance of becoming the first woman to play the Time Lord, there’s been more intense debate than ever.
After Roger Federer made short work of Marin Cilic in the Wimbledon men’s single final (was he as eager as the rest of us to find out the news?), excited Doctor Who fans watched with baited breath as the new Doctor was revealed in a specially shot film. Teasing us with the camera following the Doctor, it was impossible to tell the actor’s gender until she removed the hood.
Two nights before, the BBC broadcast another video short to announce the announcement. As it turns out all the clues were there, at least as to the gender of the next Doctor, and the seeds had in fact been sown even earlier in some tantalising lines of dialogue in The Doctor Falls:
“Is the future going to be all girl?” says the John Simm Master, to which the Doctor replies “We can only hope.”
The future for the Doctor is actually now in the hands of Chris Chibnall and his new star Jodie Whittaker. But will she make a good Doctor?