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Friday, July 30, 2021

The first woman to play the Time Lord will bow out in Autumn 2022, along with showrunner Chris Chibnall. Whittaker will star in a new six-part series later this year, and three specials next year, before she exits.



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No loss.

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2021-07-29 08:40 PM | Reply

Interesting that the BBC's own website mentioned the ratings fall and also quoted other news sites about criticism of the show trying too hard to be "woke" and "politically correct".

#2 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-07-30 05:31 AM | Reply

Whitaker has been very good. Redeemed the show after Capaldi. Chibnall has actually been worse than Moffat which is hard to believe so I welcome his exit.

#3 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-07-30 11:14 AM | Reply

Chibnall and Whittaker were always inextricable.


'Three seasons and out'
Chibnall said: "Jodie and I made a 'three series and out' pact with each other at the start of this once-in-a-lifetime blast. So now our shift is done, and we're handing back the Tardis keys.

She was only cast in the role because they were friends who worked together on a previous project, not because she was the best actor for the role. Apparently Chibnall did not want someone who would outshine or outlast him, and who would do what the man told her to do. And she happily complied.

#4 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-07-30 01:18 PM | Reply

"For us there's absolutely no point being a in show that has a divide in anywhere" - Jodie Whittaker, Digital Spy interview, Dec 2019

And yet, the whole basis of the overarching Timeless Child storyline and the marketing style of the show has been to divide, pitting fans against each other and falsely accusing half of them of being anti-female, anti-diversity, anti-etc. bigots for not praising it for its superficialities.

As far as I can tell, Whittaker is just a basic actress who was miscast in the role. Many female fans of the show will tell you they agreed with this sentiment from the moment she was revealed. I've seen some fans speculate that Chibnall wrote her the way he did because he actually didn't like idea of a female Doctor and set out for her to fail. I wouldn't go that far, but it seems he made some incredibly bad judgement calls. Which again, Whittaker happily went along with, since she didn't want to research the role and relied on the man telling her what to do via the script notes.

#5 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-07-30 01:46 PM | Reply

Meh. It's always been a cheesball show I enjoy as a guilty pleasure of sorts. Female doctor? Meh. She wasn't the best as the Doctor but she wasn't bad. The Doctor's always been cheesy acting. Chibnall was probably most at fault. They shows were mostly enjoyable enough though.

#6 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-07-30 04:43 PM | Reply

I have a fairly high Woke Tolerance, but the writing of this recent series has been a bit much.

Don't really blame the actress at all, working with what she had. But I said when hearing there would be a female Dr, that a woman playing what was always an eccentric Englishman might be seen as hysterical (emotional) rather than eccentric (brilliantly befuddled) by many, fair or not.

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2021-07-30 05:06 PM | Reply

I used to like Dr.who before this crap show. Who likes her?

#8 | Posted by Brennnn at 2021-07-31 09:45 AM | Reply

File this under things that should happen but obviously never will...

Babylon 5 showrunner J. Michael Straczynski has volunteered to take over from Doctor Whos Chris Chibnall after news of his exit broke recently.

#9 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-07-31 08:28 PM | Reply

I remember a while back Stephen King's son offered to write a Doctor Who script, and he was basically told to frak off because they don't let yanks write for the show.

#10 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-07-31 08:30 PM | Reply

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