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    So The New Dr Who

    So what do you think people?

    The new Doctor is Jodie Whittaker.

    I am all for change but hmmm will have to wait and see on this one.
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    Re: So The New Dr Who

    Too early to say - need to see the next series first!
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    Re: So The New Dr Who

    I am seriously not impressed. I knew the BBC were going to do it..so much pressure over gender equality etc and they have shown a lack of respect for the show previously when they cast Catherine Tate as a companion, but this is a whole new level.
    First they took Top Gear away, and now Dr Who (for the second time).

    It's not about sexism, or not wanting women to get lead roles..it just doesn't fit with the tone of Dr Who, the history, the continuity..common sense. They just about hung on to credibility with Missy by keeping the character so far removed from the master that she was essentially just a new enemy - and course wasn't key to the show. You can't do that with the Doctor. If they wanted more female leads in that universe then do another spin off or bring back torchwood..worked fine there but why on earth mess with the core show to this degree?

    I do not intend to watch it and I almost hope the shows dies after the next season. It's time to let it rest and move on to something new.
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    Re: So The New Dr Who

    Exactly as above (jonj and Peter) .... not sure.

    I have no principled objection to Dr Who being female, provided they aren't just doing it for the sake of political correctness.

    But Jodie now has a lot of pressure on her. First, ANY actor taking on such an iconic and, by many, beloved role has an uphill struggle to prove himself. Jodie has a double-whammy ... is she any good as the Doctor, AND can she carry off the gender switch?

    Big shoes to fill, there, Jodie. Good luck, girl.
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    Re: So The New Dr Who

    I agree, as mentioned will have to wait and see.

    I think they are going through Doctors like no tomorrow lately. Poor old Bill Potts only got one series in before being bumped off.
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    Re: So The New Dr Who

    Quote Originally Posted by Spud1 View Post
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    I do not intend to watch it and I almost hope the shows dies after the next season. It's time to let it rest and move on to something new.
    I know what you mean, and felt the same with Top Gear. I had no interest at all in that, and neither have nor ever will watch the new one, even after Chris Evans (as I suspected, proved a disaster) sensibly walked.

    For me, though, Doctor Who is different, probably because we've been here so many times .... and I remember William Hartnell in the role, and the modern series is so very, VERY different in tone.

    A large part of the longevity of the show, IMHO, is the ability to regularly change up the role, refresh things, and this change does that, with bells on.

    So personally, unlike Top Gear, I will be watching the new Doctor, at least long enough for me to get used to the change and give her a fair crack at it, and I hope she carries it off.

    Of course, my view may be coloured by the fact that I was never really that impressed with the Capaldi incarnation, in the first place.
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    Re: So The New Dr Who

    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    Of course, my view may be coloured by the fact that I was never really that impressed with the Capaldi incarnation, in the first place.
    Very true and I agree on Capalidi - I feel like he was a Doctor who would have done very well with the classic Dr Who stories, but didn't quite carry off the stories he was given aside from a few really good exceptions.

    I may well give her a shot - I will watch the Christmas special and see how I react at the time, I'm just venting today I think Feels too much like she has been cast as a Political correctness/PR move, knowing it will appease critics over male domination in leading roles and create enough of a buzz elsewhere. A little bit like with the new Star Trek TV series tbh.

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    Re: So The New Dr Who

    I'm kinda holding on to the fact that David Tennant and Matt Smith both considerably surprised me .... for the better. I wouldn't have cast either of them ... which just proves it's lucky I'm not doing the casting, as I evidently know naff-all, or less, about how to do it.

    So .... fingers crossed.
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    Re: So The New Dr Who

    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    I know what you mean, and felt the same with Top Gear. I had no interest at all in that, and neither have nor ever will watch the new one, even after Chris Evans (as I suspected, proved a disaster) sensibly walked.

    For me, though, Doctor Who is different, probably because we've been here so many times .... and I remember William Hartnell in the role, and the modern series is so very, VERY different in tone.

    A large part of the longevity of the show, IMHO, is the ability to regularly change up the role, refresh things, and this change does that, with bells on.

    So personally, unlike Top Gear, I will be watching the new Doctor, at least long enough for me to get used to the change and give her a fair crack at it, and I hope she carries it off.

    Of course, my view may be coloured by the fact that I was never really that impressed with the Capaldi incarnation, in the first place.
    While I agree with your thoughts on Doctor Who having adapted through the years, hasn't top gear done the same? The current incarnation (or the Clarkson-May-Hammond one,) are VERY different to the show Angela Rippon introduced.

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    Re: So The New Dr Who

    Quote Originally Posted by spacein_vader View Post
    While I agree with your thoughts on Doctor Who having adapted through the years, hasn't top gear done the same? The current incarnation (or the Clarkson-May-Hammond one,) are VERY different to the show Angela Rippon introduced.
    Well, true, the Angela Rippon version was a serious motoring show where cars were the focus.

    The latter shows were about the presenters where the cars were just props.

    Dr Who though has always been more about the stories with the central characters playing a part (rather than the stories being a vehicle to show off the actors playing the roles)
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    Re: So The New Dr Who

    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    A large part of the longevity of the show, IMHO, is the ability to regularly change up the role, refresh things, and this change does that, with bells on.
    Agreed, the show regenerates with the doctor and hopefully this will get us some fresh ideas and themes.

    I think Capaldi after a slow start was just getting into his stride so the timing seems poor, but I will definitely be watching. The only dodgy part of this is we now have someone who did Broadchurch in charge of Doctor Who and the first thing they do is bring in a Broadchurch lead to play the main part. It seems lazy, but that doesn't mean she can't do a blinding job of it.

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    Re: So The New Dr Who

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post

    I think Capaldi after a slow start was just getting into his stride so the timing seems poor
    Agree with this, think it was only the latest series that he seemed to have relaxed into the role, then leaves!
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    Re: So The New Dr Who

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    So what do you think people?

    The new Doctor is Jodie Whittaker.

    I am all for change but hmmm will have to wait and see on this one.
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    Re: So The New Dr Who

    My concern? Oh you mean the hmmm will have to wait and see? Pretty much as it said. Will have to see how a woman fits a role thats been dominated by a man since its first release.
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    Re: So The New Dr Who

    I'm optimistic and looking forward to how the change will pan out, but I do have to admit that I did wonder whether everyone was considered properly due to the Broadchurch connections.

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    Re: So The New Dr Who

    Well, it'll add a new .. er.. dimension to the show!
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