The upcoming season of ‘Doctor Who’ comes with some pretty significant changes. The biggest change, of course, is the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the first ever female version of the iconic Doctor character. A magazine article was recently published outlining what Whovians can expect from the new series of the show, including the historical significance of Whittaker’s thirteenth Doctor.
The article gives details about the ten-episode series that will premiere with an extended, 65 minute episode. Allegedly, fans may see our new Time Lord take the Tardis to 1950s Alabama to meet Rosa Parks (um, yes please!), and the court of James I in the 17th Century. But seriously what is more badass than a Whittaker, Rosa Parks mashup?! The answer is nothing!
One main point of the article, and something that ‘Doctor Who’ fans everywhere are focused on, is the historical significance of a woman playing the Doctor. In the article, Lisbeth Myles, calls what has been “a joke for decades” something that allows “a woman being unapologetically confident, talkative, and the cleverest person in the room is important.” Myles summed up just how powerful the moment is for women everywhere, saying:
“The Doctor can do anything.”
Whittaker will enter into this important time with an all-new squad. Thirteen will be teaming up with Yasmin (Mandip Gill), Ryan (Tosin Cole), and Graham (Bradley Walsh)! Don’t worry, the Tardis should have plenty of room for everyone!
The series will feature a new showrunner as well in Chris Chibnall (‘Broadchurch’) and an all-new special effects crew, Double Negative, who has worked on ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and ‘Altered Carbon.’ New ‘Who’ who dis!?
The full article is available in the latest issue of SFX magazine. ‘Doctor Who’ returns to BBC America this October!