...and I couldn’t be happier.
What, you’re surprised? All those who bashed the hell out of me several years ago for daring to question a female regeneration of The Doctor?
Well, I stand by what I said then, and I’ll say it again now: having the Doctor regenerate into a female form just to appease fans would have been a horrible idea. However, having a valid plot reason to do so was perfectly OK with me. And with Capaldi’s exit and his final words, I feel he set up the regeneration quite nicely without pandering to the fans nor beating us over the head with the idea. He indicated what was to come without being totally obvious about it. A good bit of writing there, and well-delivered by Mr. Capaldi.
I dig Jodie Whittaker as an actress (Attack the Block, her episode of Black Mirror, just to name a few), so I’m interested to see what she does with the role. I’m even more excited that Moffat is out and Chris Chibnall is at the helm.
Ultimately, it comes down to what every new version of The Doctor comes down to: good writing, good acting, and a solid leader at the helm. I’m optimistic that the next season of DW will have all three, but we will have to wait and see, as always.
So ends my (somewhat) annual check-in on this account (mainly to make sure nobody hacked it and is spamming people with it or what have you). Who knows if anybody will bother reading these occasional check-ins anyway, eh?