My first introduction to Doctor Who
was through my brothers showing me episodes from the 1980s when I was really young, and been a strong fan ever since (I even have a replica of Sylvester McCoy, the 7th Doctor's costume), and have more TARDIS toys than I may be willing to admit to (a compensating response to not having any non-DIY TARDIS toys when I was younger). I was initially a bit conflicted on learning that Jodie Whittaker had been chosen to play the 13th Doctor, but after having a night to sleep on it, I'm happy to accept her as the new owner of the TARDIS. That isn't me wanting to stick it to the fans who've responded with bile and anger (either for the casting decision or Answer The Call), that's me trying to live by the show's idea: times change, as does the Doctor, and that we're better for being open-minded than for being closed-minded and angry.
The show has lasted 54 years on the premise that the titular character changes, sometimes in quite drastic ways... and as changing genders is now part of the established canon, this was an inevitable development (on a note, I don't necessarily see the 14th Doctor being female, but it's quite possible the 15th might be, it probably won't fall into a male-female-male-female pattern, but a random one dictated by whoever happens to be the best contender, regardless of their gender). I'm heartbroken by the response from some of my fellow Whovians... especially after having seen the Ghosthead community split so badly, and I'm concerned about Jodie and Chris getting the blame for the show underperforming when the fault lay more with the outgoing showrunner.
Anyone seen Cassidy?
Not that I try to spend much time thinking about him, but maybe this news will be the final blow to make him burst a nerve and have an aneurism.
For me what killed the show was recasting the first Doctor.
I'm trying to wrap my head around this comment... why are you unhappy with Bradley portraying the first Doctor? He was brilliant in An Adventure in Space and Time
, and he's not the first actor to take over the role of the first Doctor after William Hartnell passed away, there was Richard Hurndall in 1983's The Five Doctors
, who gave a commendable performance... it wasn't absolutely perfect, but it feel within acceptable tolerances.
But now to bring the first Doctor back to use him as they please is terrible.
For all we know he might have been brought back to fill a pivotal role, maybe even help user in a new nu-who era that falls more in keeping with classic Who? Doctor Who
does have the rare privilege of actually being able to travel back to the beginning in a way if it so wished.
Moffat did a lot of bad for the show, but he's gone now. Chris Chibnall may well be a breath of fresh air that the show has been needing, someone who helps ground it better, presents better stories and treats the old stories with greater reverence and less convenience than recent showrunners.