New ‘Doctor Who’ Time Lord is a woman

Doctor Who‘s 13th Time Lord will be played by Jodie Whittaker, a woman. Until now, every other actor playing the Doctor in Doctor Who has been played by a man.

I don’t really have a strong feeling about making the Doctor a woman. Not really. I’m been on a break from Doctor Who ever since Matt Smith left the series. Peter Capaldi, the actor who replaced Matt Smith as the Doctor, never much appealed to me. I took it as a sign that I was probably a good time to take a break from the Whovian Universe.

Now that it’s established Time Lords can regenerate as male or female, why have all the other Doctors been male? Maybe they’re address this on the show.

Doctor Who is science fiction. One of the benefits of science fiction as a story telling device is it allows perceived notions and boundaries to be pushed and warped. It allows concepts to be turned on their metaphorical collective heads. At the very least, it means the Doctor can be played by a woman. I remember in the make believe world of Star Trek when Vulcans and Romulans could be black. Life went on.

New 'Doctor Who' Time Lord is a woman - Bent Corner
I will see your female Time Lord and raise you a Black Vulcan.

If it turns out Joe Whittaker doesn’t cut it as the Doctor, they can always replace her. They could even replace her with another woman. Maybe this will start a streak where the Doctor is always played by a woman. Two hundred years from now, people won’t even remember a time when the Doctor in Doctor Who was played by a man.

Peter Capaldi is the next Doctor

The new title character for Doctor Who was announced Sunday on live TV. His name is Peter Capaldi, he’s 55 years old, and he’s from Scotland.

I think it’s a good choice. It could have been a lot worse. I’m not sure I liked how the doctor was getting younger and younger with each regeneration. If they kept this going, before too long, the Doctor was going to be played by a teenager, or worse, Justin Bieber.

Capaldi will debut as the Doctor in this year’s Christmas Special. It won’t be his first episode of Doctor Who. He played Lucius Caecilius in The Fires of Pompeii from the fourth season. He’s not the first actor from Doctor Who to do double-duty, in fact, he’s not the first actor even from The Fires of Pompeii to play two roles. Karen Gillan, who played Amy Pond, one of the greatest companions in Doctor Who history, also appeared in the same episode, as a Soothsayer.

Capaldi is a life-long Doctor Who fan. He once wrote a letter when a was 15 years old to The Radio Times complimenting them on their coverage of the 15th university of Doctor Who. That’s hard-core, Doctor Who nerd behavior. Now he’s going to be the Doctor.

That’s pretty awesome.