Outgoing Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has seen Jodie Whittaker’s first scene as the Thirteenth Doctor, the first female incarnation of the Time Lord, and he’s promising the show’s fans they are in for a treat.
Moffat took the reins of the TARDIS from Russell T. Davis in 2010, as David Tennant regenerated into Matt Smith. The show flourished as Moffat spun tales of deeply creepy weeping angels, ruminated on the coolness of bowties, and slowly unraveled the timey wimey mystery of River Song. But times change, and so must showrunners; Moffat will be departing, along with current Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi, following the upcoming Christmas special, ‘Twice Upon A Time’, which will feature the return of Game of Thrones star David Bradley as the First Doctor, as well as, presumably, our first look at Whittaker’s Doctor.
Moffat is hinting what’s in store for the show’s future, having been on hand for Whittaker’s first scene as the newly regenerated Doctor. Per YouTube channel Babel Colour, Moffat promises Whittaker is already impressing in the role.
“Doctor Who has an amazing future, and I’ve seen part of it. I’ve seen Jodie’s first scene as the Doctor, and trust me, we are in for a thrill ride. She is already brilliant.”
Moffat seems to confirm it’s a brief moment at the end of his final episode, but that Whittaker takes full advantage of the transitional debut.
“In such a tiny moment. she’s given us the Doctor we’ve always known, but in, to say the least, a new way. We are in for a very exciting run.”
Moffat had previously confirmed Whittaker’s scene at the end of ‘Twice Upon A Time’ will be written by incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall, a courtesy that Davies extended to Moffat when he took over in 2010.
While Doctor Who is a show built on change, this is a hugely transitional moment for the show. In addition to Capaldi and Moffat’s departures, Pearl Mackie has confirmed her character Bill, the Doctor’s most recent companion, will not be returning for Whittaker’s debut season. It’s an interesting parallel to Moffat’s debut season, which wiped the slate clean in a way that is rare in Doctor Who’s history. Seeing as how the first female iteration of the Doctor is likely to shake up many of the show’s traditional character dynamics (in potentially exciting ways), it’s probably smart to start with a new set of supporting characters. That means Whittaker won’t have the crutch of an already beloved supporting cast many new Doctors have enjoyed. Luckily, Moffat’s confidence in her performance suggests it’s a crutch she won’t need.
Doctor Who returns with ‘Twice Upon A Time’ on December 25, 2017 on BBC America.
Source: Babel Colour
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