As television/movie audiences seem to hate shows/movies with female leads, nearly all of those shows are doubling down. Take Jodie Whittaker, who is the current Doctor on Doctor Who, for instance. Much of the internet doesn’t like her and the departure the show took in her initial season. However, with her second season, the series has jumped back into the fold and has given a great handful of episodes out the gate. Also, much to the internet’s chagrin, she’s not going anywhere for a bit.
Whittaker, during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, revealed that she will be back for another go around as the Doctor in season 13 of the long-running series.
“Yes, I’m doing another season,” she said. “That might be a massive exclusive that I’m not supposed to say, but it’s unhelpful for me to say [I don’t know] because it would be a massive lie! [Laughs] I absolutely adore it. At some point, these shoes are going to be handed on, but it’s not yet. I’m clinging on tight!”
Even though sci-fi is used as an allegory for real-life issues, many “fans” don’t seem to like it as much, especially in her first season. But she doesn’t pay the haters any mind. “I’ve seen loads of fan art, which I always love,” she says. “But it’s never been that great for me to immerse myself in noise that you can’t control, good or bad. I think both are a rabbit hole that you shouldn’t necessarily go down. We know that we work really hard for the show to be the best it can be in this moment. Once it’s out in the ether, how people feel, in a way, is kind of irrelevant.”
This season, they brought back an old character, The Master, with a new actor, Sacha Dhawan. He debuted in the two-part season premiere, which was fantastic. “I absolutely loved the work that we got to do together,” Whittaker says of collaborating with surprise costar Dhawan. “When you have chemistry with your ultimate villain, it’s brilliant.”
Whittaker returning for another season makes me smile. I particularly like her as the Doctor, she manages to bring in ties with Ecceleston’s somber, reflective tone. As well as Tennent’s massive amount of energy, and Smith ability to talk over himself to figure out the problem. With the Cybermen coming, the show is already going strong.