You might know comic artist Dave Gibbons' work from the pages of Watchmen, The Secret Service (which Kingsman: The Secret Service is inspired by) or Green Lantern. But Whovians know him as one of the lead artist on Doctor Who Weekly/Monthly, drawing many of its stories from the first issue in the late 1970s onward. So naturally, when we sat down to talk to him about the upcoming Kingsman: The Golden Circle, CBR was sure to take a moment to ask his thoughts on the reveal of the latest incarnation of the beloved Doctor, Jodie Whittaker.
As the first female to play the iconic character, Whittaker's casting sparked both cheers and outrage. Fans critical of the show's long tradition of only casting white men for the role celebrated the reveal, rejoicing across social media. But some fans have jeered, insisting the Doctor's male gender is core to the character. Aware of the controversy, Gibbons was resolute in his response.
"I think it's great!" Gibbons exclaimed. "You know, it feels fresh and cool. And of course you think, 'Why not before?' In fact, I was reading on the Internet that a long, long time ago they were going to have a woman Doctor Who. But I think it's great, and it opens up a lot of amazing storyline possibilities. And again, it confounds expectation. So it's good!"
Maybe Titan Comics could woo Gibbons back into the fold for some Doctor 13 comics?
Doctor Who will return this Christmas for the holiday special, where Peter Capaldi will officially pass the torch to Whittaker.