Sorry to get all #seriousresponse in here, but I will say that Doctor Who is like the only male character for little chids who solves problems by means other than manly violence and doesn’t get rewarded with a woman at the end. He was a rare breed of positive role model for boys in fiction; but the chump who posted that wants to get angry at the entire rest of pop culture for not providing other examples rather than Doctor Who for doing what it wants.
Somebody could’ve said that already though, as if I’m reading this entire thread, it’s long.
I’m pleased about this. Not because I was (overly) champing at the bit to annoy Mail readers or because I think it had to happen this time around (though it felt inevitable). I’m just pleased because the show needed a shakeup.
And Who has always been good for that. Inventing regeneration when actors left. Using Delia Derbyshire’s score. TARDIS breaking in 70s due to budget cuts. The show is at its most memorable when trying new things.
I know lots of people don’t get Who, but I grew up on it. It’s one of the few big programmes aimed at getting the family together. Where the hero merely wants to explore, learn and help people. The Doctor hates guns. And oppression. And I know it’s just an often not to my taste variety show, but it’s also unique.
So I’m happy about this and hope my daughter now has a reason to want a TARDIS you in her room like I did…