And the new Doctor is a woman! I can almost hear the howls of outrage echoing from the internet. Personally I’m thrilled. Thrilled, elated, overwhelmed, moved. I’m excited for Doctor Who in a way I haven’t been for a good few years now. Whilst I always stayed watching it, it’s been a little off the boil for me – getting a bit tired, a bit stale. I’ve loved all the Doctors, but the material hasn’t always been worthy of the actors playing the role, barring a few standouts and exceptions.
I just hope hope, fingers crossed and praying hard hope, that Jodie Whittaker gets some quality material to work with. She’s a fabulous actress but the standards will have to be so much higher for her, just because she’s a woman. As Madeline Albright once famously said, there’s no room in the world for mediocre women. Women have to work twice as hard to get half as far, and if there’s any let up in interest or quality, she’ll get the blame, whether it’s the writing, the directing, the cinematography, the music, or hell, even the bloody catering.
So come on, BBC. Do us women proud. Because today was just a first step.