The Doctor will see you now.
At the end of last year's Doctor Who Christmas Special, when Peter Capaldi's 12th Doctor exploded into his next regeneration, Jodie Whittaker stepped out as the 13th iteration of the iconic character. We've had a few weeks of seeing her bright, sparky, excitable take on the Doctor (and her new "fam"), and Nov. 7 sees her take her first steps into another medium: comics.
Titan will start publishing her comic book adventures this month, with the bright, sparky and excitable team of Jody Houser, Rachael Stott, Enrica Eren Angiolini and letterer Comicraft at the unpredictable helm of the TARDIS. This will be one of the first times anybody has written her adventures, making the series, called Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor, pretty important for fans.
With the launch of the new series now nearly upon us, CBR spoke to the creative team as they prepared to do the time vworp again.
CBR News: The Thirteenth Doctor follows the newest regeneration of the character, this time portrayed by Jodie Whittaker. What was your reaction to the news that the Doctor will now be portrayed by a female actress?
Jody Houser: I had actually just come off a Doctor Who RPG show on Geek & Sundry with a female Doctor, so my first reaction was to message the other people from the show and say that we totally got it right!
Enrica Angiolini: I was very happy about it! Doctor Who has always been a very inclusive show, and I think this casting choice is very interesting. I don't see it as a huge revolution: The Doctor is still the Doctor, and I see it much more like the beginning of a new adventure, just like the previous regenerations. I'm sure Jodie will be amazing in this role, just like the all the actors who took on this role in the past.
Rachael Stott: To be honest, I would've been shocked if it hadn't been a woman. I think the fans were eager for a radical change, and I think the beauty of Jodie's casting is that on surface level it is radical. A character who has been played by a white man for 50 years is now played by a white woman. But when you read it like that -- it's not all that different. Same software, different case. Same silly old Doctor. Everything's different, and yet the character and the show we love will be the same as ever.