– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Very soon, Doctor Who will see their first female Doctor debut on the program after 55 years of the role falling to men. This is something many fans have been asking for for years, especially since so many fans of the show tend to be female. But what exactly was the origin of this decision? Why did the powers that be finally decide it was time?

New showrunner Chris Chibnall didn’t find the decision to be all that difficult:

“It felt like a straightforward decision, it’s not that controversial. It’s very hard to think of many examples in its 55-year history where the Doctor takes a decision based upon gender.”

Executive producer Matt Strevens embellished on those same thoughts:

“We knew in our gut it was about time and it felt like the right decision, and the character is not gender-specific, in any way really. If ever there was a character that was never defined by gender, it’s the Doctor. The Doctor is gender fluid in that sense.”

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But that wasn’t the only reason. As it turned out, Chibnall had the idea of a female Doctor as one of his conditions for hopping on board, as Strevens revealed:

“Once Peter [Capaldi] had decided he was leaving, the next Doctor was always going to be a female Doctor. That’s what Chris wanted, that was part of his conditions of doing the job.”

Given the history behind this franchise, new Doctor Jodie Whittaker has a lot on her shoulders, but I’m fairly confident she’ll fill the role pretty well. And if not? Well, it’s a good thing the Doctor regenerates every few seasons, isn’t it?

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SOURCE: Digital Spy

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.