BBC responds to complaints made about Jodie Whittaker’s casting

BBC responds to complaints made about Jodie Whittaker’s casting

The BBC has responded to complaints made against its decision to cast a woman in the lead role of Doctor Who. Last Sunday (16 July), Jodie Whittaker was named as the 13th Time Lord – she’ll make her debut after Peter Capaldi and lead writer Steven Moffatt’s departure following the Christmas special. While the majority of reactions praised the BBC’s decision, excited to see what Broadchurch star Whittaker would bring to the role, there are those who viewed the move as a negative. “Some viewers contacted us…

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Peter Capaldi’s BBC salary revealed

Peter Capaldi’s BBC salary revealed

Unless you’ve been trapped in the Love Island villa trying to work out why your beau LIED about loving you, then you’ll probably know that the BBC has revealed the salaries of all the lucky so-and-sos earning over £150k. One of those lucky ducks is departing Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, who has been playing the intrepid Time Lord since 2013 and has earned somewhere between £200,000 and £249,999 in the last year. However, the actor has announced his exit…

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The Time Ladies of Doctor Who

The Time Ladies of Doctor Who

With Jodie Whittaker now announced as the Thirteenth Doctor, you might be using the expression “Time Lady” a lot more now. Over the years. there have been a number of Time Ladies gracing our television screens, both in the ‘classic’ and ‘new’ eras. Fact fans will be delighted to learn that it wasn’t until 1979’s City of Death that the expression “Time Lady” was first used. On that occasion it was by the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, in reference to…

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Ed Stradling Talks to CBC Regarding A Female Doctor!

Ed Stradling Talks to CBC Regarding A Female Doctor!

The BBC has cast a woman as the next star of Doctor Who — more than three decades after the sci-fi show’s Canadian co-creator suggested they do exactly that. “At a later stage, Doctor Who should be metamorphosed into a woman,” Canadian TV producer Sydney Newman wrote to BBC Chairman Michael Grade in 1986. “This requires some considerable thought — mainly because I want to avoid a flashy, Hollywood Wonder Woman because this kind of heroine with no flaws is a bore. Given more time than I have now, I…

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The Two Brigadiers!

The Two Brigadiers!

Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce its third free Lethbridge-Stewart short story of 2017. To accompany the just-released novel, The Daughters of Earth, comes a story by newcomer, Jonathan Macho: The Two Brigadiers! Cardiffian Jonathan Macho was a runner up of the South Wales Short Story Competition of 2015, run by Candy Jar Books. His first encounter with Candy Jar Books came in 2014 at their Summer Book Festival. Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen explains: “I was doing a talk…

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Rachel Talalay confirms she’s filming Jodie Whittaker’s regeneration scene

Rachel Talalay confirms she’s filming Jodie Whittaker’s regeneration scene

This Christmas, Twelve becomes Thirteen, as Peter Capaldi will regenerate in Doctor Who into Jodie Whittaker. Filming actually wrapped on the Christmas special last week, save for the moment of regeneration. But now Rachel Talalay, who’s directed the Yuletide episode, has confirmed that she’s returning to get one final scene in the proverbial can. She took to her Twitter account to announce that she would be directing Jodie Whittaker’s entrance into the world of Doctor Who (save for that clip that played during the…

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Steven Moffat on the Amy Pond moment he’d change

Steven Moffat on the Amy Pond moment he’d change

Outgoing Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has been conducting a Q&A session on the BBC America Twitter feed, and he’s admitted something in particular about his time on the show he’d like to change. Firstly, lots of positive things though. He says that the friends he’s made are the best thing about his time on the show. Then, “not entirely screwing up the Day Of The Doctor was very special for me”, Moffat admitted, when asked about his achievements on the show. “There were…

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Over 16 million people have watched the Jodie Whittaker reveal!

Over 16 million people have watched the Jodie Whittaker reveal!

Considering we didn’t have a glitzy reveal show, the announcement of the new Doctor Who has travelled very far, and very wide. Revealed on Sunday afternoon in the midst of the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage, the short snippet unveiling Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor has now been watched over 16 million times, the BBC has revealed. In a sign of the times, the majority of those views have come online. 9.8 million have watched the video on the BBC’s Facebook…

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Steven Moffat era will be remembered as a golden age

Steven Moffat era will be remembered as a golden age

Steven Moffat has the hardest job in television says The New Statesman.  Doctor Who is a show like no other. With almost 55 years of established lore, tight BBC budgets, a global fan base ranging from toddlers to pensioners, the burdens that come with being a national institution, and stories based on Mars one week and the Orient Express (in space) the next, the complexities of making Doctor Who are second only to negotiating Brexit. What is more, Doctor Who fans, myself included, are the…

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Colin Baker on the first female Doctor: “If we do lose some fans we will gain many more”

Colin Baker on the first female Doctor: “If we do lose some fans we will gain many more”

Sixth Doctor Colin Baker believes Doctor Who will gain “many more” fans with Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor – even if certain outraged viewers have vowed to “never watch the programme again”. Writing in the Guardian, Baker – who has long supported the idea of a female Doctor – says he has been saddened and shocked by the backlash from some “fans”. “Let’s hope the disgruntled can be convinced in the end,” he writes. “But if we do…

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