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Not only my personal verdict but, apparently, the verdict of viewers in general, she was absolutely fantastic!
I was dubious. I was doubtful. I was suspicious that political correctness had crept in to change the Doctors sex. I was so very very wrong.
Doctor Who has always been played as a man. An alien Time Lord who regenerates after death he may be, but he was always a man.
William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Ecclestone, David Tennent, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi and, of course, a nod to Peter Cushing in a couple of spin-off movies.
“A woman!” “No! Don’t be ridiculous,” came the cry from so many fans when Jodie Whittaker was revealed as the first female incarnation
She was magnificent. I can’t think of enough superlatives to describe her debut.
“Why are you calling me madam?” She asked a bemused police officer.
“Because you’re a woman”
“I am? Half an hour ago I was a grey-haired Scotsman”
Funny, sassy, courageous, slightly surreal but, most of all, superb.
Personally, I did feel the franchise needed a bit of a kickstart again. As much as I love it, there was a slightly worrying sensation that, without something dramatic, it was approaching its sell-by date.
Wow! What a kickstart! What a performance.
Jodie Whittaker? As an avid Whovian, I can pay you no greater compliment than to say “You are the Doctor. Heart and soul”.
I am absolutely as chuffed as could be that my doubts were absolutely and totally blown out of the water.
Go watch it!!!!