There have been drips and drabs of Doctor Who news the past couple of weeks, though nothing terribly interesting or concerning until today. I think we all knew this day was coming, the day of the Whostress…the Doctoress…A GIRL DOCTOR! Madness, I tell you!
Eh, I’m not really that worked up over it.
The more distressing news is that apparently the next series will be split asunder. Old Moffat thinks it would be nifty to have a break right smack dab in the middle of it all, with a mid-season finale. Twatwaffle must be watching and modeling on this horrible American television idea which does nothing more than infuriate loyal viewers and sometimes even drives them away. Oh and we’re not supposed to say that the series is being split in two, but rather “…two separate series.” Doctor Who will return with seven new episodes, ending in a “game-changing cliffhanger” (Doctor Woman?) - then return in the fall for six more episodes. The showrunner says that all of this nonsense, combined with a Christmas special, means viewers will never be more than a few months from a new series. Fanfrakkingtastic, right?
When asked about giving the Doctor a sex-change operation, Moffat said, “I think about it sometimes and maybe it will happen someday. It wouldn’t have been right this time,” he said. “A woman can play the part. You have to remember the single most important thing about regeneration is you must convince the audience and the children that’s it’s not a new man, it’s not a different man, it’s the same one. It’s a bigger ask if you turn him into a woman.” So while some outlets are reporting this tidbit as a given, the quote (taken in context) doesn’t seem to support the idea. Still, it seems like an inevitable evolution at some point - television is constantly trying to surprise and shock, and surely a female Doctor would stimulate plenty of controversy and conversation. Note Moffat’s use of the ever-popular “game-changing cliffhanger”; he’s obviously catching on to some of our bad habits. While sometimes it is cool to have a shocking, totally unexpected switch-up during the course of a series, some shows are at their best giving viewers what they’ve come to know and love and what they really want. It doesn’t have to be all bells and whistles and sparkly explosions. Better than a whoopdedoo mid-season finale might be a reliable, continuous schedule and a well-written show with great characters that keeps viewers interested.