Monday, July 17, 2017

My Thoughts on Thirteenth Doctor Casting

So, the new Doctor has been cast. The role will go to Jodie Whittaker, a female. The internet, of course, has lost its mind. The fans have divided into two camps -- those who love it and those who hate it. They also hate each other... violently. If someone in one camp suspects you of being in the other camp expect to eviscerated immediately! The only losers are the people caught in the crossfire of this internet war, those who aren't on the bandwagon or ready to quit watching, those who innocently want to wait and see if the show actually improves because of this.
Why is anyone surprised? It was bound to happen sooner or later. First of all it has been teased for years and confirmed in the shows continuity that a Time Lord can change genders when regenerating. Next it is extremely popular with a certain demographic of the viewing audience. Most important the viewing figures are in the dumper and this could be seen as a shot in the arm the show needs. I expect that the Christmas episode and the first episode of series 11 will see a boost in viewers as people tune in to see what all the hoopla is about. The real test will be to see if they stick around after all the fanfare dies down.

Do I think this is a stunt? Yes, of course, but that doesn't mean I think it is a bad thing, nor does it have to be. I mean the show in its current format has been around since 2005. That's over a decade! It needs something to keep it going. Heck, the whole idea of replacing the lead actor originally was unheard of and it worked back then to keep the show going. Lets see how this plays out...

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