And so the Thirteenth Doctor has been revealed:
No doubt some people’s heads will be exploding because the new Doctor is less male than usual, but personally, I think it’s the logical conclusion of a process that’s been drip-fed over a number of years. I think it was in The Doctor’s Wife that it was casually mentioned that another Time Lord had been known to incarnate as male and female, there was the regenerating general in Hell Bent, and of course, lovely, bonkers, murderous Missy. So, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise – it’s been widely muttered that incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall is going to be making some changes, and this is probably not the biggest.
And of course, now a precedent has been set, the “who’s going to be the next Doctor” game will be even more entertaining in future.
It’ll be a while before we see Jodie Whittaker in more than a regeneration scene – I think the next series will be later in 2018. But it’s going to be interesting…