I’m excited to see what they do with this opportunity. Hopefully they use this as a chance to reinvigorate the writing, which has been in a bit of a slump. (I’m admittedly behind, having had the slump buck me from keeping up with the latest.) I really hope they don’t spend too much time just navel-gazing over The Doctor being a woman now, but instead show that a woman can be as good a Doctor as any male incarnation has ever been.
Based solely on my somewhat faulty memory, I remember some good scenes with Whittaker in Broadchurch, but don’t recall being too impressed. I was more aware of her performance in Black Mirror, which was quite good. Let’s hope she knocks it out of the park, since she reportedly was great in auditioning for the part.
I’ll not comment too much about the inevitable furor from small-minded people who are complaining, other that to echo the sentiment that has been bouncing around the ‘net: If you’re watching a show that features an alien who completely changes form and personality over-and-over again and are offended that form can sometimes be female, you should honestly ask yourself why. Then again, people hate any change; there’s always an uproar when The Doctor changes, even to another male incarnation. Hopefully this ends up being more of that, and not just rampant sexism.
This announcement has given me motivation to suck it up and catch up with the latest episodes so I’m ready for the new series.