Firstly, I would like to say how much I have loved all of the Doctors since 2005. They all made me laugh, cry, and think about my place in the world. I have always been inspired by The Doctor as a character and the actors who have presented their versions of him have never failed to entertain and inspire.
Jodie Whittaker, the 13th Doctor (14th regeneration or 15th – I get confused – someone let me know in the comments because Tennant regenerated and didn’t change, and there was the War Doctor). Anyway, Jodie Whittaker is the newest presentation of The Doctor and after the incredible introduction to the series last night I was left feeling that she The Doctor we have all been waiting for.
The flickers of her personality that shone through for me was the excitement in making her own sonic screwdriver, “sonic swiss-army knife,” and the childish wonder that danced in her eyes as she made it. That is, in essence, who The Doctor is – someone who enjoys anything new, anything involving creation.
The first time she sees people in danger, her first thought is to help. I am mainly talking about this because for most of the episode she has no idea who she is! The Doctor is fighting for others with literally no thought of themselves and that’s the inspiration we all hoped for in the character.
The scene that has stayed with me is the final showdown between the tooth-faced, Predator-styled villain and The Doctor. She is arrogant, but in a cheeky, modest way – an achievement that only The Doctor could handle. She is confident, protective, and fights for the lives of everyone but herself – she doesn’t know the man being hunted but what she knows is that it’s wrong and he is innocent; all life must be protected and she is the one to do it.
I could go on and on about all this but I think you get the idea. Whittaker’s Doctor is a beaming light of hope for the universe and that’s exactly what we all need right now.