Who writer backs Jodie

Woman Doc­tor is a great idea

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

It is the TV cast­ing that has had ev­ery­one talk­ing – and a Ruther­glen Doc­tor Who writer reck­ons it’s about time a woman took over the TARDIS.

An­drew Smith penned the story Full Cir­cle for the pro­gramme in the 1980s, when Tom Baker was the Doc­tor.

He has since writ­ten a string of au­dio book ad­ven­tures set in the show’s uni­verse.

And he is de­lighted that the BBC have now cast Broad­church ac­tress Jodie Whit­taker in the role.

She is the first Doc­tor in the pro­gramme’s his­tory to be fe­male, and will take over from Peter Ca­paldi in a Christ­mas spe­cial .

For­mer Stonelaw High pupil An­drew said: “In short, I love it – as soon as Jodie pulled the hood down I just thought that’s the Doc­tor. I was watch­ing it with my two daugh­ters and Amy, who’s 14, had this huge smile on her face when it was an­nounced.

“Her jaw hit the floor and she was so pleased to see it was a woman.

“I think it will at­tract new view­ers, par­tic­u­larly with young fe­males, but also male view­ers as well, be­cause the nice thing a re­gen­er­a­tion does is shake things up, and this will do that more than most.”

The an­nounce­ment sparked a huge so­cial me­dia frenzy, with both pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive com­ments.

An­drew be­lieves most fans have been in favour, though.

He added: “I’ve not al­ways been that re­cep­tive to it in the past but things have been dropped in to the se­ries over the past few years by Steven Mof­fat that have set it up well.

“The episode Hell Bent saw a male Time Lord re­gen­er­ate into a woman, and then you had Missy (the Doc­tor’s reg­u­lar en­emy the Mas­ter be­came a fe­male, played by Michelle Gomez) so it is now well es­tab­lished in the pro­gramme that it can hap­pen.

“I’m a lit­tle sur­prised that a new pro­duc­tion made that de­ci­sion be­cause it’s a risk, but it’s also be­ing bold.

“When­ever a Doc­tor is cast there is al­ways a neg­a­tive re­ac­tion from some peo­ple, and all these peo­ple who say they won’t be watch­ing, I’m sure they will be.

“The one thing that I don’t like is the idea that it’s just mid­dle aged men com­plain­ing who are sex­ist.

“Yes, there is that el­e­ment there, but for some fans they just think that’s not what they want the Doc­tor to be.”

The writer ad­mits the de­ci­sion is al­ready pro­vid­ing some fresh in­spi­ra­tion too.

He added: “I think a fe­male Doc­tor would be a fresh thing to write.

“It’s great to have an ad­ven­ture hero that’s fe­male too – my kids are go­ing to love it.”

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