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  • If the Doctor is representative of Time Lords in general, they retain their memories but their personalities can change. So it’s quite plausible to imagine that after a regeneration or two relationships with friends and family may not endure. The Doctor himself has said that he can’t look back on his.

  • @antaus: A woman is not “at the helm” of Doctor Who. The person at the helm is the showrunner. The actor portraying the Doctor is the figurehead at the bow of the ship, and goes where the showrunner steers the ship.

    Doctor Who began with a woman at the helm, way back in 1963. And Verity Lambert did quite a good job of steering the ship.

  • The pressure on new Doctors is always enormous. But all things considered, if the sixth Doctor’s personality didn’t make me stop watching back in 1984, there’s probably nothing they can do with the 13th that will.

    As for companion interaction, I so want to see an encounter between the 13th Doctor and Jack Harkness. Even if it’s only in a minisode.

  • Doctor Who’s ratings have been declining for some time now. Whether that’s due to negative reactions to recent Doctors or is just an indication that the show is running out of steam, who knows. Either way, the predominantly male viewership are drifting away. So perhaps what is really going on is merely an attempt to attract a new part of the…[Read more]

  • @mirimeWhy can’t boys want to be a female character, admire and identify with a woman?

    In order for that to happen, there first have to be such characters presented, and there has been a dearth of them.

  • Chibnall has said that the BBC hired him to be “risky” and “bold,” so there’s no need for his motivation to be anything other than to do something that would stir the pot. And it has certainly been well-stirred.

  • I do not ignore someone’s gender or preference. They are simply irrelevant to how we interact with each other…unless we both agree it would be more fun if we made them relevant.

  • JW’s clothing in the intro trailer is not how the 13th Doctor will be dressed.

    https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/07/16/interview-doctor-whos-13th-doctor/

  • I don’t recall hearing “Time Lady” used in the modern Doctor Who. “Lord” and “Lady” do not have the same formal significance internationally as they do in The Commonwealth, so it will not be a surprise if “Time Lord” is now a genderless term.

    As for “good reason,” it is what the showrunner wants, and that is really all that matters. Because the…[Read more]

  • @nick: WRT how a 1000+ year old alien “should” be…

    One rather large difference I’ve noted between classic and modern Who is that in the classics, the newly regenerated Doctors usually made an “I am still me” sort of assertion and attempted to just push on, only to develop different attitudes and behaviors as the new Doctor’s persona developed.…[Read more]

  • I am much more interested in what Chibnall’s plans are, because much of Whittaker’s success or failure as the Doctor depends on what stories Chibnall puts her in and the things he has her doing and saying.

    I would like DW to be less serial and more episodic. I am especially not fond of two and three parters.

    If the Master/Missy stays dead, that…[Read more]

  • @ichabodIf JW were to play a flirty, moody, openly sentimental, impulsive (etc., all the assumption, both pos. and neg., of sexual essentialism) Doctor…

    It didn’t especially bother me when David Tennant and Matt Smith did that, but it would be better for the new Doctor to be, well, newer.

  • I am much more anxiously awaiting some insight into how Chris Chibnall sees the new Doctor.

    People often make a big thing about changes in Doctor Who actors, but over the many decades it seems to me that changing Doctor Who showrunners has had a much larger effect on the nature and quality of Who. All of the Doctors I didn’t care much for were…[Read more]

  • There’s never been a trend in Doctor ages. Tom Baker was 47 the year he regenerated into 29-year old Peter Davison, and at age 32 Davison became 40-year old Colin Baker. The random nature of regeneration is “baked into” the history of Who.

    And, of course, none of them look anywhere near as old as the Doctor’s “actual” age.

    I believe the longest…[Read more]

  • They started dropping hints about Time Lords changing gender during regeneration back in Series 6 (“The Doctor’s Wife”). Ever since then it has mostly been a question of “when?” and should not especially surprising.

    I was, however, expecting the 13th to be somewhat older…

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