Jacqui Oatley sends support to first female Doctor Jodie Whittaker

17 Juillet, 2017, 18:41 | Auteur: Lea Montgomery
  • Jodie Whittaker is the 13th Doctor on 'Doctor Who

The twin necessities of hilarity and dramatic prowess are a must for such a role - traits Whittaker has in spades.

"Political correctness went mad 10 years ago and it is going to continue going mad, ask any older people who ring you up what they think of political correctness".

She believes the decision to choose a female Doctor is seismic. Whittaker's wrought portrayal of a grieving mother, moving from rage and desperation to determination in the face of intense tragedy, was a pivotal reason for the show's success in both the eyes of the public and amongst critics, demonstrating her consistent authenticity when bringing fiction back to reality. They've been commented upon by many a character, and have been employed to convey a sense of terrible anger from the ancient Time Lord.

"I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey, with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet", Whittaker said in a statement released by the BBC.

Born on 3 June 1982 in West Yorkshire, Whittaker made her stage debut in 2005 at Shakespeare's Globe, playing Ampelisca in Peter Oswald's The Storm alongside Mark Rylance. "Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength, and warmth to the role".

"I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we're thrilled to have secured our number one choice".

And she told fans not to be "scared" by her gender.

Whittaker's appointment is Chibnall's first in the new gig.

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Those who might not be familiar with Doctor Who, the long running BBC show first aired in 1963 and introduced the world to the Doctor, played by William Hartnell and his iconic blue box known as the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) his time machine in the guise of a 1920's era British phone booth. Sylvester McCoy's was fairly light and David Tennant adopted an English accent for much of his tenure.

Oatley said she did not "subscribe to the idea that a woman has to be doubly as good" as a man in the role.

In the same year, Whittaker stole scenes in Channel 4's Black Mirror episode 'The Entire History of You'.

For the duration of his tenure as The Doctor he had three companions: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas).

Jodie has already been given the thumbs up by outgoing Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, who called his successor "a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm", and now her Broadchurch castmate Olivia Colman, who was also a fan favourite to land the role has defended Whittaker's casting, stating, "She'll do it better than anyone, I'm so proud of her". THIS. So cool and so deserved!

All this talk about fanboys being against female leads is patently false and historically myopic.

To that pile of bodies we can still add Richard E. Grant, who played The Doctor in the webisode Scream of the Shalka. And, with a little affection, the multiple regenerations of The Doctor featured in the BBC charity broadcast Curse of the Fatal Death, including Rowan Atkinson, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant and, finally, Joanna Lumley.

And it's 20 years - yes, 20 - since Buffy Summers from Buffy the Vampire Slayer was first hailed as a feminist icon.

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