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Breaking The Rules Of Regeneration

By Isabelle Slentz


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       After 54 years of the beloved sci-fi BBC series Doctor Who, it was announced at the Wimbledon men’s final that Jodie Whittaker would be taking over. The Doctor has always been a man, ever since it originally launched in 1963. It has been gaining world-wide popularity ever since it was rebooted in 2005. Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Peter Capaldi are the new Doctors in the rebooted series. Now, they will be joined by 35-year-old Jodie Whittaker, who has now made history. There has been positive and negative reactions to this news, and some are unsure about the new change. Many female actors have dreamed about playing The Doctor, the one who is in charge and travelling through time. Now, new ground has been broken, and girls don’t have to just be the companion.

 

     Former Doctor Who actors and actresses have given tons of support for the new doctor. A Karen Gillian (Amy Pond), Billie Piper (Rose Tyler), who played a few of the female companions, are extremely excited for this change. Former doctors from the new and classic series have all voiced their approval. Matt Smith, who played The Eleventh Doctor at the young age of 26, was so happy for this change he called her to give her support, since he got criticism in the beginning as well. Jodie Whittaker has a lot of pressure on her shoulders, to not let down the show and fans. “It was incredibly emotional,” says Jodie when being asked about her reaction, “ because as a child the only thing I wanted to do was be an actress. I wanted to do the ultimate, and now I’m about to play an alien, a time lord, as a girl! Who knew?”

 

     Seventh grader, Emma Goldschmidt, says, “I think that this is a good change and may take some getting used to, but will be worth it!” While there has been lots of positive responses, there has already been criticism, from people who aren’t willing to accept that The Doctor has regenerated as a woman. Jodie tells fans to ‘not be afraid of her gender’ and she is playing the same character as all the actors who came before her. After all these years, The Doctor is essentially the same character, and being a woman doesn’t change that. In The Doctor Falls, which is coming Christmas Day, Peter Capaldi will regenerate into the 13th doctor, Jodie Whittaker.

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