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Doctor Who – The Woman Who Fell to Earth

Director: Jamie Childs

Writer: Chris Chibnall (also the new showrunner)

Stars: Jodie Whittaker, Sharon D. Clarke, Mandip Gill, Tosin Cole, Bradley Walsh

Tonight (or today depending on when you watched) we got to see the debut of the new Doctor. Any time there’s a new actor coming into the role, there are worries by the fans and speculation about how the character will now be played. When a new showrunner is coming in, there’s much the same thing.  For this debut, the level of worry, speculation, and general gnashing of teeth was unprecedented. However, one would expect that given this would be (officially) the first time we saw the Doctor as portrayed by a woman rather than a man. 

So how did she do? Come on, like I didn’t give it away with the header…

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When the big reveal came, when we all first saw Jodie Whittaker walking towards the TARDIS, all fandom hell broke loose. Since then, things have calmed down a little bit. But the debate is still going (as is common with everything in fandom) about how much of a sea change we’re going to witness with the show and the Doctor when the Doctor finally faces the world for the first time in his over half a century of television as a she. I’ve been watching it discussed on social media since the announcement was made, and there were more than just a few discussions (and panels) where I saw the topic came up at this year’s Dragon Con. But, in all reality, much to the disappointment and dismay of some out there, we’ll likely see very little real change with the show and especially with the Doctor.

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When looking over Steven Moffat’s own words on the era of the Seventh Doctor, he rarely has much nice to say about it. That’s kind of interesting since so much of that Doctor’s run seems to have been the template for his time as the Doctor Who showrunner. This seems to largely hold true when looking at the Moffat era Doctors and even when comparing some startling similarities between one of the favorite classic Who companions and one of the least favorite modern Who companions.  
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You know what? I have my issues with Moffat and some of his Who concepts, but I will remember far more great things about his era on Doctor Who than I will the negatives. My take on his time on Who here-

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