For Doctor Who fans out there, they woke up to the news that Jodie Whittaker had been cast as the newest iteration of The 13th Doctor. She is the first woman to ever be given the role, so of course, there were a lot of questions and angry comments raised. We’re going to discuss those here today.
My take on a female Doctor
Everyone is harping on about how amazing it is to finally have a female Doctor. My question is, well, is it really though? I’m glad they cast Jodie Whittaker because she’s a phenomenal actor, not because she’s a woman. I have literally no problem with a woman being The Doctor, why would I be? As long as a good actor is cast then what is the problem? There’s a definite focus on this character now being a woman, that has been taken above what it should have been.
Think of it like this, it’s excellent that a woman has been cast as the new Doctor, right? Well, no, because that’s not how the business works. The most talented actor is the one that is given the role.
But let us think about it in a different light. Why is there a lot of controversy? Surely there must be some thought pattern to this way of thinking.
Low ratings and controversy
It’s no lie that Doctor Who has been suffering in terms of ratings. Both critically and publicly, there is a significant resentment against the newest episodes with Peter Capaldi. But not only that, viewership has dropped to the lowest point of all. Series 10 started on 4.5 million viewers and by the end of the series it had dropped to only 3.6.
Compare this to the Tennant era of Doctor Who, where episodes were hitting the ten million view mark, and something must be going wrong. So what is the controversy of casting a female Doctor? Well, there isn’t really any for me at all. For former Dcotor Who actor Peter Davidson, it definitely is a problem.
Never as good as Tennant
Look, lets get one thing straight. No Doctor Who actor will ever be as good as David Tennant. It’s just not going to happen. Matt Smith was a hell of a step down and it’s why I stopped watching the show. Christopher Eccleston wasn’t the Doctor long enough to have a lasting impact, or not to the same extent as Tennant.
For me, personally, I’m not going to be watching Doctor Who anytime soon. It doesn’t matter who the actor is (unless it’s Dylan Moran), because David Tennant is the only actor I can see playing the Doctor. Everyone else just looks a bit weird and out of place in the role now. Maybe it’s because such a pinnacle was reached and for me that can never be topped.
I did watch a few Smith and Capaldi episodes and never found them any good. Maybe the problem there was I picked the “Let’s Kill Hitler” episode and by the end was so confused I wanted to stay away from the show.
Steven Moffat has been the writer of Doctor Who for some time now. However recently he has quit this position, and it may have something to do with the negative criticism he has received over the past few seasons. More specifically over how the Doctor and his companions are written.
Initially many critics thought the first season of Moffat would be his last. He started off well with episodes such as “Blink” being obvious standout classics. But as of late he’s been, well, dreadful. This obviously links in with the other problems that have been addressed above, but Moffat became stale. How do you increase viewership? You cause controversy, which is what has been done here.
So really, it’s okay to have a problem with Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor. Not because she’s a woman, but because it’s plausible that this decision is not for the right reasons. John Barrowman said it best, sit down and give it a chance.