Water is patient, Adelaide. Water just waits. Wears down the cliff tops, the mountains. The whole of the world. Water always wins. (The 10th Doctor as played by David Tennant from Doctor Who).
Today it was announced that a woman would play the 13th Doctor on the long-running British TV show “Doctor Who” until now the role has been portrayed by men. Capable men who told the unique story of a Time Lord. You cannot stop progress though. Jodie Whittaker, the first woman cast in the lead of this important show, will assume the role at Christmas time. It’s been a long time coming and it will mean the show will be somewhat different but you know it will also be the same.
Science fiction is about imagining the future and to dream of a better place for us all to exist in the universe. In my mind the future should be gender inclusive, age inclusive, equality minded and based on the idea that it take 100% of the population to get the job done. Sydney Newman created “Doctor Who” with change in mind. Unfortunately some are missing the point of what a Time Lord is and can be. Women are warriors, they are valuable, they are worthy to take the lead.
Lately we have seen women win the day at the box office in roles that are strong and fierce, so there is an audience there. We are in an age where we need women to remind us of what it means to imagine life in Time And Relative Dimensions In Space from a different but equal viewpoint. In the era in which we live now we need women’s role models so that our wives, sisters, daughters and the like will be inspired to dream a very possible dream. Timey Wimey, Wibbly Wobbly. Time keeps on ticking into the future and that future is female.
That’s the trouble with hope, it’s hard to resist. The Doctor (from Doctor Who).
“The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.”
— The Doctor, Season 5, Episode 12 from “Doctor Who”
It’s new Doctor Who day around the world as the 10th series of the modern era kicks off today on the BBC and BBC America here in the states. Today has been about binge watching last season with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman (who left to play young Queen Victoria in the ITV series “Victoria”, which is seen in the states on PBS). Pearl Mackie makes her debut as the new companion. This is Capaldi’s last season so we begin to speculate who will replace him. Let’s enjoy his brilliance while we can.
Peter Capaldi returns as the 12th Doctor for his final season. He is joined by a new companion, Bill who is played by Pearl Mackie. Matt Lucas joins in the adventure too. As a Whovian I am excited to see the upcoming season. We will see some classic villains returning too. It will be interesting to see how everything plays out and who will succeed Capaldi.
Peter Capaldi is a terrific actor and a great “Doctor”. He will be leaving “Doctor Who” at the end of this series/season. Peter made this role his own and it will be interesting to see who will be tapped to replace him in the TARDIS.