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Posted Saturday 1/05/19 at 3:04AM EST
Doctor Who with Jodie Whittaker's main flaw is a lack of inner conflict
"There is no doubt, no trauma and no overwhelming sense of having to prove something," says Katherine Cross of Whittaker's Doctor. "She is simply there, and it is, in its way, a validating triumph of all the previous seasons. The Doctor has grown. All the pain and conflict that had driven her has ultimately led her to a place where she can say those words without agony. It’s enchanting. But the show still needs conflict to work. Every story does. What replaces the doubt and pain that have defined the character for so long? So far, there isn’t much." ALSO: Showrunner Chris Chibnall calls Doctor Who's political stories "fundamental."
Posted Wednesday 1/02/19 at 10:27AM EST
Doctor Who may bring back more old monsters following New Year's special that saw the return of the Daleks
Source: Radio Times
“Knowing that we would have no old monsters in the series was really a build-up for the special, so that when the Dalek appears… it’s hopefully exciting," says showrunner Chris Chibnall. "It feels rare, and fresh, and thrilling." ALSO: Why the Daleks were brought back.
Posted Tuesday 12/18/18 at 8:38PM EST
Doctor Who shares an animated Christmas short featuring Jodie Whittaker
The BBC show isn't doing an annual Christmas special, but the Who gang isn't leaving fans empty handed.
Posted Thursday 12/13/18 at 2:28AM EST
Doctor Who critics weigh in on Jodie Whittaker's performance: From guaranteed to stick in people's hearts to not psychopathic enough
Source: The Guardian
"Series 11 has been a whirlwind of exciting adventures for Who fans, old and new," says Beth Axford. "A highlight has been Whittaker’s performance, one guaranteed to stick in people’s hearts forever... Episodes have been beautifully crafted, fun, rewatchable and thought-provoking. Could it be better? Perhaps." Adds Cameron Reilly: "Unfortunately, from the outset, I felt (showruner Chris) Chibnall either doesn’t get the fundamentals of the Doctor’s inherent psychopathy, or has decided to write it out, making Whittaker a kinder, gentler, touchy-feely, kid-friendly Doctor." ALSO: BBC unveils a Doctor Who music video.
Posted Monday 12/10/18 at 8:46AM EST
Doctor Who fans will have to wait till 2020 for the next season
Source: BBC News
Showrunner Chris Chibnall announced following Sunday's Season 11 finale that Season 12 won't premiere until 2020. "We're off again! Well we never actually stopped," he said. "As Jodie Whittaker's Doctor and friends have been winning the hearts of families across the nation this autumn, we've been busy with a whole new set of action-packed adventures for the 13th Doctor." ALSO: Watch the trailer for Doctor Who's New Year's Day special.
Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 10:10PM EST
Jodie Whittaker confirms she's returning for more Doctor Who
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
“I really can’t wait to step back in and get to work again," she tells The Hollywood Reporter of returning for Season 12. "It’s such an incredible role. It’s been an extraordinary journey so far and I’m not quite ready to hand it over yet.”
Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 1:25PM EST
Doctor Who's ratings are up 47% in total viewers in Jodie Whittaker's first season
Whittaker has brought a surge in viewership this season. In addition to total viewers being up, Whittaker's first season is up 46% in adults 18-49 and 32 percent in adults 25-54 in comparison to last season.
Posted Thursday 12/06/18 at 3:19PM EST
Chris Noth admits he based his Doctor Who villain character on Donald Trump
Source: The Daily Mirror
“I played a character based loosely on him," Noth tells The Mirror. "It was actually the idea of Trump without being Trump.”
Posted Saturday 12/01/18 at 12:30AM EST
Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who ought to be scary
"Through its many iterations, many of the show’s best moments come from times in which The Doctor proves to be flat-out terrifying," says Liz Shannon Miller. "His/her power is immense, and that power can be used to celebrate the best in those he/she encounters — or, it could just as well be otherwise. But so far, Whittaker is still missing the moment afforded every other modern-era Doctor, when the audience was forced to reckon with just how destructive The Doctor could be."
Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 7:20AM EST
BBC offers details on Doctor Who's New Year's Day special
The BBC tweeted details accompanied by a photo of Jodie Whittaker wearing a "truly fabulous" scarf. Here's the description: "As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring, from across the centuries of Earth’s history. As the Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz return home, will they be able to overcome the threat to planet Earth?" ALSO: Former Doctor Who Tom Baker has written a spinoff novel.
Posted Monday 11/19/18 at 6:36PM EST
Jodie Whittaker surprises a young Doctor Who fan living with cystic fibrosis
Source: ET Canada
The BBC filmed 9-year-old Anna for a fake documentary about young Doctor Who fans when she was surprised by Whittaker in the flesh.
Posted Sunday 11/18/18 at 4:37AM EST
Is Doctor Who finally getting it right when it comes to race?
Source: The Guardian
With episodes tackling Rosa Parks and the 1947 partition of India, "this season of Doctor Who has reached back into history to tell some of the most racially charged stories of the 20th century," says Martin Belam. "It has been a throwback to the show’s original educational roots – but has raised questions about how Doctor Who has handled race both on and off-screen in the past." He adds: "There is much to be applauded in the approach taken this year, though, as a sign that the show is attempting to get to grips with how Doctor Who has dealt with race and racism in the past. Earlier this year streaming service Twitch showed most of Doctor Who’s original 1963 to 1989 episodes back-to-back, and it only served to illustrate for a modern audience how the original series had been almost exclusively cast as white people."
Posted Wednesday 11/14/18 at 10:03PM EST
Doctor Who's New Year's Day special confirmed
Source: BBC America
The Doctor is skipping the traditional Christmas special in favor of a New Year's Day special. “We’re thrilled to be starting the New Year with a bang, as Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor and friends face a terrifying alien threat in an action-packed, hour long special adventure for all the family," said showrunner Chris Chibnall.
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Doctor Who scraps annual Christmas special for the first time since 2005 -- but there will be a New Year's Day special
Source: The Daily Mirror
Producers reportedly ran out of ideas for Yuletide storylines.
Posted Monday 10/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Britain's Dancing with the Stars pays homage to Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who
Journalist Stacey Dooley dressed as Whittaker's Doctor while recently competing on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.