H2O #160: In Which We Discuss the 13th Doctor

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The Doctor is in.

Some people are happy about it. Some people aren’t. And if you only figure things out by reading the stuff on the internet, then there are a lot of people who hate each other, hate the BBC, hate Doctor Who, because it’s all been ruined by Chris Chibnall.

Because the next Doctor is female.

This week, we discuss the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor, along with the reactions from across the web. But consider that it’s not the first time the idea has come up. As far back as the 1980s (before Sylvester McCoy was put into the role), there was a suggestion that at some point the Doctor should be female. Remember, this character is an alien, and the groundwork has been laid for quite some time for this to happen. Is it a good idea? Is it a bad idea? Is it gender politics, or just a natural progression of the show? What kind of stories can be told now?

Programming note: H2O is currently experimenting with a live stream of our recording sessions on SciFi4Me TV.2.

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Jason P. Hunt

Jason P. Hunt (founder/EIC) is the author of the sci-fi novella "The Hero At the End Of His Rope". His short film "Species Felis Dominarus" was a finalist in the Sci Fi Channel's 2007 Exposure competition.

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