Doctor Who Unveils Its First Female Doctor [VIDEO]

From the Hollywood Reporter:

The BBC on Sunday revealed Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor for hit series Doctor Who. She will be the first female lead for the sci-fi series on the U.K. public broadcaster. Current lead Peter Capaldi will leave his role after this year’s Christmas special. Whittaker, 34, is from Yorkshire, England and has appeared on such shows as Broadchurch and in comedy film Adult Life Skills, which she also executive produced and which got several British Independent Film Awards nominations.

Earlier this year, Pearl Mackie was tapped to play the first openly gay companion to the space-hopping series, which is one of the most popular shows for BBC Worldwide. Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, said about the casting news: “Making history is what Doctor Who is all about and Chris Chibnall’s bold new take on the next Time Lord is exactly that. The nation is going to fall in love with Jodie Whittaker – and have lots of fun too!”

Teabagistan will scream. As always.

  • Michael R

    “You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common –
    They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit their views.”

    “Dr. Who” episode “The Face of Evil Part 4” ( 1977 )

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    • JT

      Whatever happened to the Face of Boe?

      • ColdCountry

        One of the many threads waiting until needed. 😉

      • Dazzer

        He died.

        I can’t remember what episode it was, but he finally kicked the bucket saving the Doctor.

        • JT

          Even death does not preclude the reappearance of the character since travel is the basis of the series.

          • Jeffg166

            Just because you died doesn’t mean you’re out of the show.

          • JT

            You got it.

          • Reality.Bites

            That’s true, but they tend to avoid (with the obvious exception of River Song) having the Doctor jump into people’s lives in a non-linear fashion.

          • chiMaxx

            Except for when he went back and took all those pictures of Bill Potts’ mom.

      • kelven

        “Gridlock” New New Earth. Emotions available as drug patches and highly addictive. Cat Nuns. Full circle on Captain Jack Harkness.

        • JT

          I want more.

        • JDS

          I read that as circle jerking Captain Jack. 🙂

    • Raising_Rlyeh
    • Todd20036

      Trump is both

  • Lazycrockett

    with Moffet leaving, the show might actually be worth watching. Also FanBoys are having a fit on twitter.

    • Karl Dubhe

      That almost makes me want to take out a twitter account to troll them.

      Almost. 🙂

    • RJ Bone

      My oldest called out Moffet for being a complete dickhead. It got ugly when he sicced his flying monkeys on her and then claimed to have had nothing to do with it afterward. I say it’s a badge of honor 🙂

  • Gustav2

    I was a bit confused, but I knew the face from ‘Broadchurch’ is she the one who…? Oh that’s it. She’s a brunette in the series.

  • KaBoomBOX

    …and the butt hurt is in full force amongst basement dwelling fanboys.

  • SoCalGal20

    First Wonder Woman all-female screenings, now a woman Doctor. I’m sure the MRA Fanboy crowd is having a (another) bad day.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      The tears will be delicious and copious.

      • RJ Bone

        Maybe they’ll finally dehydrate to death and we can stop having to hear their noise

    • Lazycrockett

      Someone pointed out on twitter yesterday that the new Planet of the Apes movie has no female speaking parts. None, not even a female ape.

    • FAEN

      I went into WW without much of an expectation but man I LOVED it!

      • SoCalGal20

        So did I! I saw the trailers so I was hoping it would be good and it was more than I could have expected. I really enjoyed it.

        • FAEN

          Right? And as always Sia had the perfect song for it.

    • vorpal 😼

      My facebook friends list will be losing their shit (in a happy way).

      As the only apparent freak who doesn’t much care for Doctor Who and has an evening planned with a bunch of Whooligans, it is going to be a very long evening.

      I’ll be counting down the seconds until I can get home and watch the aftermath of my favourite fictional female, Cersei!

      • bzrd

        arg, it will take forever to get on Netflix

        • vorpal 😼

          Game of Thrones or Doctor Who?
          Either way, between the two of us, we could never be that patient, which is why we use torrents.

          • bzrd

            waiting for the next Game

          • vorpal 😼

            If GRRM ever finishes another book, I will be happy.
            I’m not counting on it, though, but at least with the TV show, we’ll get some closure!

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      • jerry

        Lena Headey does play Evil Conniving Bitch well, doesn’t she.

  • zhera

    Didn’t care for Capaldi as the Doctor. He might be a great actor and all but when he’s impossible to understand I lose all interest. Also, Moffat got a bit to fantastical with the plots during Twelve’s run. But I hope Thirteen will be better!

    PS. Captain Jack Harkness was omnisexual and definitely a companion. Doesn’t he count?

  • Slippy_World

    I don’t want to alarm anyone, but I think the new Dr Who regeneration is being interfered with by Russia #DoctorWho13

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f4ef3b61f988e02dbb280de8bb25a0d661d4daaf9635a2bf40c47ae07e81e0c0.jpg

  • HZ81

    I don’t watch the show, but so happy to see so many misogynists shitting their pants over a lady doctor!

    • Carl

      And it’s not even surprising. The show has been setting this up since Capaldi’s first episode.

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      • HZ81

        I did read as much today. I think a lot of the “ZOMG, lady doctor” folks don’t even watch the show either. The idea just offends them so.

        Straight males being straight males.

        • Reality.Bites

          Only as a possibility though. Moffat had no control over who got chosen as the 13th Doctor, and Chibnall had no input into the show three series ago.

  • Pat

    As a diehard longtime fan, I am thrilled by the choice. My top two choices for a female Doctor were Olivia Coleman or Jodie Whittaker. Both are excellent, both bring humanity to whatever role they play. Jodie will be brilliant. I’m a little pissed, though, she’s still not a ginger! 😉

    Some of the nastier comments I read called a female Doctor “filth” and the choice “femnazi”. Those are tidy whities I’m glad are in a twist.

  • Roger

    And teabagistan will be particularly enraged when they realize that the Doctor is MARRIED to River Song… and now it becomes a same sex marriage… hurray!!

    • Pat

      Heh heh heh. I’ve been chuckling over that ever since the announcement. But River did mention having a wife, so…

      • Roger

        Exactly!!! This come as no surprise to us, fans, in fact I think we´ve been waiting for that for quite some time, aren´t we?

        • Pat

          I know I have ever since she brought it up!

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    • perversatile

      “I dated a Nestene duplicate once.
      Swappable heads.
      Does keep things fresh.”
      -River Song

      • ColdCountry

        “So many species, so little time.”
        ~ Nine (about Captain Jack)

        • JT

          Captain Jack to guy: Hey, tiger, how’s it hangin’?

          • ColdCountry

            “Hey there.”
            “Hi!”
            “Captain Jack Harkness.”
            “Lynda Moss”
            “Nice to meet you, Linda Moss.”
            “Would you mind flirting outside?”
            “I was just saying hello!”
            “For you, that’s flirting.”

            “Captain Jack Harkness, by the way.”
            “I’m Davitch Pavale”
            “Nice to meet you, Davitch Pavale.”
            “There’s a time and a place.”

            “Captain Jack Harkness, and who are you?”
            “Martha Jones”
            “Nice to meet you, Martha Jones.”
            “Oh, don’t start!”

            “Captain Jack Harkness, and WHO are YOU?”
            “Stop it!”

            “Captain Jack Harkness.”
            “Stop it.”
            “Can’t I say hello to anyone?

          • JT
    • Carl

      Technically widowed… but time travel.

      It’s all very timey whimey.

      • Elsewhere1010

        With a big dose of hand waving.

    • FAEN

      Ok I’m confused-I thought River Somg was his daughter.

      • Dazzer

        No. River was Amy and Rory’s daughter

        • FAEN

          That’s right! Thanks matey.

        • Carl

          With an assist from the Tardis or something…

          Not sure I understood that part….

      • Lane

        Gross! That would be INCEST! Ew. /s

        • FAEN

          Which is why I was confused.

      • Dan

        River was Amy and Rory’s daughter, conceived on the TARDIS so she had limited regenerations.

        • FAEN

          Thank you.

      • Raising_Rlyeh

        River isn’t, but he did have a clone-daughter, named Jenny, who hasn’t been seen since the fourth series.

        • FAEN

          Yeah I remember that.

        • Dazzer

          The clone daughter married David Tennant. (which came as a surprise to so many people for so many different reasons). She was also the real-life daughter of a previous Doctor, Peter Davidson.

          • Raising_Rlyeh

            Was already aware of that, but thanks for sharing for others.

  • Halou
    • SoCalGal20

      Hahaha

    • Andymac3

      ‘Tardis full of bras’, no, just enough for a weekly wash cycle. obviously.

      • ColdCountry

        And he’s almost always had a female companion, who also travel in time, so….

      • Miji

        You don’t even need that. Pop on a trench coat, drop off your delicates at the laundry, travel 24 hours into future, done. Or there’s got to be some kind of “refresh” setting on the screwdriver.

    • sequel

      time travel being only for men? there are plenty of women who played strong roles and traveled through time alongside the doctor. it’s been a while since i watched that episode, but i think rose absorbed some tardis magic, saw all of time and inserted clues throughout history. at that moment she was more timelord than the doctor ever was.

      • J Ascher

        Yes, Rose became Bad Wolf. Donna became Doctor Donna for a time. Even Clara was Doctor-lite at times.

        • Miji

          And River, hello sweetie, conceived in the tardis, regenerated, saved the Doctor with her regenerative energy, and time traveled on her own.

        • Adam King

          And the Tardis is female when in humanoid form.

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          • Adam King

            Why would they want to make a dignified old fellow like me blubber like that? I’m just glad it was in private.

          • perversatile

            Don’t sweat it, my Aunt Eloise cries at dog food commercials. -xo

          • Dazzer

            Simple. Sublime. Beautiful.

            Thank you for posting it.

          • perversatile

            More than happy to do so.

        • Man_in_the_mists

          Clara still is IIRC. Last I saw she and Madame Me were in their own tardis that looks like an american cafe.

          • J Ascher

            Yes, when we left Clara, she was in a TARDIS with Me. She’s stuck in the last moment of her life, courtesy of the Doctor who extracted her from time just before she would have died.

      • ColdCountry

        Yup. And there was the Doctor Donna. Always thought she got a raw deal; he fixed Rose, after all.

    • houstonray

      But a Tardis full of jock straps is what they want? Hmm, methinks they do protest too much….

      • Reality.Bites

        I’d buy one.

    • bambinoitaliano

      The presence of woman ruined their closeted homosexual fantasy.

      • JT

        The trouble is that few Doctors even showed an attraction to other men. Will the change in body sex mean the Doctor will now be attracted to males?

    • JT

      They’re bigger on the inside.

      • Todd20036

        The exact opposite of posted dick sizes online.

        • JT

          But think of jock straps.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Dear Dog, what’s next? A Tardis playing Dr Who?

  • another_steve
    • Christopher

      For me it’s a toss-up between Tom Baker and David Tennant.

      Grew up loving Baker, but Tennant was absolutely fantastic.

      • Roger

        For me David Tennant and Matt Smith, not necessarily in any order 😀

      • FAEN

        I’m with David Teninch.

        • Dazzer

          I’ve seen the pics. Believe me, those would be immensely small inches

          • FAEN

            That’s what Billie Piper used to call him lol.

          • houstonray

            There are pictures?

          • Dazzer

            Yep. He did several nude scenes on stage. Can’t remember the name of the play – but they’re there on the internet somewhere.

      • smokes70

        I’m in the exact same boat. Baker will always be my first…. but Tennant was amazeballs

      • ColdCountry

        You never forget your first Doctor.

    • Pat

      Care for a jelly baby?

      For me it’s a three way between Matt Smith, Pat Troughton and the superb John Hurt as the War Doctor. But then again, I love them all.

      • Câl

        I really wish that more could have been made of the War Doctor (flashback episodes perhaps) and also wish that Christopher Ecclestone had stayed longer- his anguished post-war Doctor was an amazing way to bring the series back.

        • another_steve

          Ecclestone was very good. I like what he brought to the Doctor Who character.

          Plus he is/was a hot hunk of man.

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fb3403528bf2825ca071b6cddbda06b9bf71e495cfe9ed69d6a3756d0de11fc7.jpg

          • FAEN

            I liked his exposed hunky ass in ‘Elizabeth’.

          • another_steve
          • FAEN

            WOOF! Im such a beard whore. 😈

          • Ginger Snap

            So am I.

          • bambinoitaliano

            Hmmmm hairy-mode. I wonder if anyone can develop an app for my devices.

          • another_steve

            Babe, on point there’s only one “app” that counts when it comes to the relevant…ahem…hardware, and it’s called “Pornhub.”

          • ColdCountry

            Oh, my!

          • Dazzer

            You should have seen him rolling around the bed naked with Kate Winslet in a film called “Jude”. Lousy, depressing film but the sex scene was excellent

          • FAEN

            Gratzi!

        • Pat

          Me too! John Hurt was brilliant (When was he not brilliant, though?) and Chris is the reason I can never really narrow my favorite Doctor down to less than all of them. He had the most upbeat regeneration of them all.

        • Reality.Bites

          I am glad he left because I can’t stand seeing his name misspelled constantly.

    • RJ Bone

      I’ve liked everyone including and after Eccleston, really, but Tom Baker was my first and favorite. I can’t wait to meet the new doctor 😀

    • Câl

      Tom Baker was “my” Doctor, in that he was the one I have the first memories of as a kid. I then didn’t get to watch much until Sylvester McCoy’s era when I fell in love with a total Whovian and started not only watching the show again but catching up on all I had missed. I’m really looking forward to the new regeneration and the renewed energy it will bring the show.

    • bzrd

      1974-81
      my first and only
      saw it as re-runs in Portland, Oregon on PBS
      loved him which made it difficult to change and get with the program of the forever doctor

      • another_steve

        I lost some of my enthusiasm for the show when it went all-CGI. Part of the charm of the earlier years, for me at least, were the low-tech campy special effects.

        The kids (I wish they’d get off my lawn) want the CGI, so the show went in that direction.

      • JCF

        Hah, that’s funny, *I* first got into Dr Who via PBS *in Portland Oregon* too! Probably not a popular opinion, but I liked Peter Davison (perhaps because I was familiar w/ him from “All Creatures Great and Small”). I really liked his chemistry w/ Teagan (Companion, who freshly-out me fancied. I called her the “Saucy Aussie” 😉 ).

    • Carl

      I got on board with Matt Smith. But I always live in the moment with the show. The current is always my favorite.

    • vorpal 😼

      I knitted my husband that never-ending scarf for his birthday a few years back.

      Lots and lots and lots and lots of yarn required, which, as you can imagine, as a black cat with ADHD, tried the limits of my patience.

      • another_steve

        There are two things and two things only that no cat who has ever lived has been able to resist and they are, in this order,

        (1) a freshly opened can of tuna fish; and

        (2) a piece of yarn dangled in front of their noses.

        • Adam King

          A few years back I had 3 cats, all of whom were indifferent to tuna. The dogs were crazy about it, though.

          • another_steve

            It’s a known cat genetic malady, that. It has a long medical name but the popular name is “Canned Tuna Feline Psycho-Indifference.”

            The canned tuna industry is working with scientists to find a cure.

  • i’m very happy about this. i don’t know her work, but i trust the writers and producers of this series to make a good choice. and, being sort of cynical, my partner and i agree that this is also a way for them to come up with new story lines. it’s damn hard to keep a long running franchise fresh, even if the lead characters can be set in any place and time. this should spur all sorts of new story arcs that only work with a female Dr.

    • Carl

      I only know her from Broadchurch. She’s excellent.

  • Karl Dubhe

    It’s about bloody time. 🙂

    When I heard the news, I was disappointed to realize that she’ll be the first female Doctor Who. She is not, however, the first female Time Lord. I have seen one of them before, and if you can regenerate why not change sexes too?

    • Halou

      The first female Time Lord was technically Susan. But the first long-term character to be introduced as a female Time Lord was, I think, Romana back in the 4th Doctor’s run.

      • Karl Dubhe

        I saw the first female Time Lord when Tom Baker was the Doctor. Can’t remember the names. I had to scroll down to AS to copy Tom’s name. 🙂

        I remember the plots, but the names usually escape me. Even when dating IRL occasionally. 🙁

        • Christopher

          Mary Tamm was the first Romana, and Lalla Ward was the second.

          Incidentally Lalla Ward was married to Tom Baker for a minute.

          • Dazzer

            She’s now married to Richard Dworkin

        • perversatile

          Lalla Ward

      • Treant

        I always counted Susan as a Time Sprog.

      • Carl

        I’m still waiting for them to bring back Susan in some form but they never do. We got a photo of her on a desk this season.

      • Reality.Bites

        Perhaps or perhaps not. I don’t believe it’s ever been 100% established that all natives of Gallifrey are Time Lords or if that’s also a matter of training and aptitude.

        And considering none of them can do any time travel without a TARDIS and almost none of them have a TARDIS, isn’t it really like calling all inhabitants of earth astronauts although only a few of us have travelled in space, and all of them needed machines to actually do it.

        • Halou

          I think expanded universe literature treats the Time Lords as a special Galifreyan military/diplomacy unit, like if the rest of the earth only ever engaged with the United States through the Navy SEALs so every American is thought of as a SEAL. Whether it is canon or not I have no idea.

          • Reality.Bites

            It certainly makes sense. Could you imagine what Gallifrey would be like without strict TARDIS-control laws?

    • Elsewhere1010

      Strictly speaking she isn’t even the first female Doctor. That honor goes to Joanna Lumley, who took the part for one night only in a performance at (I think) aComic Relief concert a few years ago.

    • Treant

      I think Romana was the first that got decent screen time, followed very closely by the younger and more playful regeneration, Romana II.

    • Man_in_the_mists

      I also remember a Seattle public access knockoff of Doctor Who that featured a female Doctor.

  • RJ Bone

    About. Fucking. Time.

  • Sam_Handwich

    i won’t know what to think until Bryan Fischer releases his analysis

    • Gustav2

      Watching the Beeb is a sin I tell you!

    • bambinoitaliano

      He will demand the drop of BBC from the BBC America.

  • Elsewhere1010

    The consternation of the fanboys delights me greatly. One gentleman claimed he’d been watching Doctor Who since its debut in 1963 and that casting a woman as the Doctor had “destroyed his childhood and adolescence”, which I would file under the heading “high time, too”.

    Another fanboy seriously suggested that it’s impossible for a man to regenerate as a woman. Did he not notice Missy at all?

    • Treant

      Maybe he thought Missy was a guy who just looked fantastic in a dress and makeup?

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        • Treant

          Of all of them, she was the best. John Simm was the hottest in my book, though. Derek Jacobi was the most confused. 🙂

          • Reality.Bites

            I loved Missy and Simm’s Master together.

          • perversatile

            I cant help but have a bit of a letch for Derek Jakobi, he’s got that world weary sonorous ”come give Poppa a snog” we’ll rain vengeance down upon our enemies, then go to to Tesco wearing funny old lady’s hats just to fuck with ’em kinda vibe.

      • Reality.Bites

        Well she DID

    • Another fanboy seriously suggested that it’s impossible for a man to regenerate as a woman.

      But it’s totally possible for an alien to travel through time and space, fighting robots, demons, monsters, and so on. >.>

    • Avenger280

      “that casting a woman as the Doctor had “destroyed his childhood and adolescence” ”
      Cry me a f’n river! I got sick of hearing that shit last year during the hateful, uncalled-for, unfair online trashing of the all-female “Ghostbusters” reboot and the related harassment of Leslie Jones.

  • barrixines

    I think it’s great that adults get a lot of enjoyment out of Doctor Who too but if you’re an adult angered by the casting choices on a programme made for children you need to have a serious word with yourself.

    • Mikey

      I’m not sure it’s fair to call Dr Who a “programme made for children”. Some of its story lines are considerably more involved and complex, and deal with mature topics that are simply inappropriate for a “children’s” show.

      Personally, I was hoping for Tilda Swinton as the next Doctor.

      • Carl

        It’s all ages. Some of the spin offs are definitely for adults or smart teens only.

      • barrixines

        It has probably inched away from the 7 year old watching with parents tea time audience (which it definitely was when I was watching it back in Victorian times) and into YA territory but it simply is not an adult show any more than Harry Potter books are adult because of the difficult themes they might deal with in the later books.

        • Adam King

          It hasn’t inched away, it’s leapt away from being a children’s show. You have a very narrow idea of what appeals to adults.

          • Reality.Bites

            It is a children’s show, regardless of whether or not adults like it in another country.

          • Dazzer

            Doctor Who was originally conceived as an educational programme to teach children history.

            But parents quickly picked up on it as must-see teatime viewing on Saturdays, so it had to navigate a previously undiscovered demographic back in the early ’60s.

          • FAEN

            The very first Doctor was a little creepy though.

          • Dazzer

            He was my first Doctor and he was incredibly creepy. But he was supposed to be.

            He was an alien, The thing is, though, that he was surrounded by human beings and his grand-daughter Susan who buffered his strangeness and made him accessible.

  • pablo

    I haven’t watched it in years so I don’t really care, but I don’t like young Doctors. Maybe because the first I saw was Jon Pertwee. Had they gone with Helen Mirren, that might’ve attracted my interest.

    • barrixines

      Jon Pertwee was my Doctor. I don’t think I ever quite made the shift to Tom Baker.

      • Baker was my first. can’t really get into the older ones, and i only started watching it again when the newest series started. it’s a totally different show these days, and for the better, imho. the older ones could be really super hokey.

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          I like Jon Pertwee but yes, the farther you go back, the worse the effects are.

  • Fifth-and-a-Half Element
  • JWC

    A whole new concept of the Dr Who Legacy so WHT NOT

    • Gregory In Seattle

      Not really a new concept. There was the Gallifreyan general shot by the Doctor in the episode Hell Bent, who regenerated from a white male to a black female and then sighed in relief that she was “back to my usual self.” And then there is Missy.

      It’s been canon for a while now that Time Lord gender is not set in stone.

      • JWC

        non should it be the character evolves

      • Pat

        And Eleven checked for an Adam’s apple and his hair (“I’m a girl!”). I think this change has been very subtly set up for awhile.

  • Lazycrockett

    Twitter is almost more upset with this than Star Wars having a black Stormtrooper.

    • SoCalGal20

      If twitter is upset, imagine reddit. Red Pill must be apoplectic.

      • Pat

        LOL, Omg, I never thought of that! Critical mass outrage achieved!

    • Carl

      Jodie and John Boyega (underrated hottie btw) costarred in a film together. Not sure how I missed this one. Looks gloriously bonkers.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qQ1V8jhp9g

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        It’s a really good movie that takes a limited budget and does wonders.

      • Dazzer

        Attack the Block is absolutely superb. It’s a great, great, great film – can’t recommend it highly enough

  • Gregory In Seattle

    Still not ginger. She’ll be so disappointed.

  • Dejerrity

    She’ll still be more of a man than Donald Trump. Godspeed.

    • JWC

      hourly there are stunning examples of normal humanity that faqr surpass Asshole45

  • smokes70

    The nerdrage has already hit high volume on my FB feed, and the Teabaggers haven’t even started yet…. *sigh*

    • JWC

      its Sunday they are it theirs HOUSES of HATE

  • Treant

    Awesome sauce!

    This was obviously in the cards since the Master/Missy regeneration. But it seems that Pearl Mackie won’t be playing next season’s companion as they look to have ended her story arc in the season finale.

    Unless that was a ruse. 🙂

    • Carl

      Looks pretty finished to me.

      We should be getting a new companion cast soon as well. I assume they are sticking with the formula.

      • Treant

        Which is almost a shame. Mackie’s Bill was a very short-term companion, and one I very much liked.

        They played off her sexuality too much, but I think they were making a point.

  • SoCalGal20

    I always enjoy fannish posts, even if it’s not my famdom. Seeing all the fanboys and fangirls comes out usually puts a smile on my face.

    Also, SDCC is next week. I hope we get some fun and exciting news from there.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer
  • SoCalGal20

    Sorry to interrupt the fannish post but I guess that means Collins is a no.

    https://twitter.com/teddydaviscnn/status/886580618968150017

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I heard Rand Paul is a no because it’s not mean enough. All there needs is one more to put a nail in it but all the GOPers are too chicken to just say no.

    • Treant

      It more means Collins is a “needs more bribe.”

  • jo gerardo

    Hubs makes me watch “Attack the Block” every cpla months and I fall in love with all the characters again. I didn’t recognize her as a blond, but those eyes are mesmerizing. She’ll be great, can’t wait.

  • Pearl Mackie didn’t play the first gay companion. Before Bill, we had Captain Jack. Plus we had Madame Vastra and Jenny.

    • JWC

      yes they were there but not playing the #2 spot

    • motordog

      I agree with you, but I think they meant the first ‘gold star’ exclusively-into-her-own-gender character…Jack, after all, was omnisexual. I think they also meant primary, season-long companions, as opposed to short term ones, such as (the fascinating) Vastra and Jenny.

      Sorry…my inner nerd took over! XD

    • JCF

      Capt Jack and MV/Jenny were guest stars, not cast as “Companions”. Follow Whovian terminology! ;-/

  • Barry William Teske

    Dragging and screaming into a future with the rest of us…hope the tea doesn’t get wet!

  • motordog

    I always hoped for an episode (or small arc, like two or three eps at the most) that had the Doctor catching some rare ailment or falling into some alien tech that caused him to go through a series of ‘false regenerations’…then they could have hired several guest stars to play these short-term regens before he sorted himself out. They could have tried all sorts of variations, just for fun, playing with age range, race, body type, and of course gender.

    I, for one, look forward to seeing how she does and will keep an open mind about it.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I remember Romana did something like that for a normal regeneration.

      • motordog

        Yes! Indeed! Also, now that I think about it, there was some sort of non-canon, comic relief special…I looked it up and it’s called “The Curse of Fatal Death”…that has several actors play the Doctor, including Joanna Lumley (!) and Rowan Atkinson! It’s pretty good!

    • Reality.Bites

      Been done already. (Sort of)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp_Fw5oDMao

      • zhera

        Joanna Lumley would’ve been a great Doctor!

        • Reality.Bites

          Patsy would be far better!

  • bambinoitaliano
    • SoCalGal20

      The second tweet basically sums up twitter trolls.

      • bambinoitaliano

        I like it that it cuts into the religious nuts. Pun intended 😛

    • StillALiberal

      Fictional time travellers don’t have vaginas, insist morons >

      http://newsthump.com/2017/07/16/fictional-time-travellers-dont-have-vaginas-insist-morons/

      • bambinoitaliano

        Idiots had been spoiled by their Star Wars light sabers.

      • grada3784

        Of course not. The light saber penis extensions need something to extend.

        Think the Schwartz is with them..

    • Cuberly

      As someone pointed out on twitter. Fanboys freaking out are basically missing the message of the series.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • houstonray

      Will that be before or after John McCain’s recovery??

      • Lazycrockett

        McCain is home all week. The CBO is expected to update sometime this week.

        • houstonray

          Ah, this was just an announcement it wasn’t coming out tomorrow. Hopefully Tue/Wed.

      • JCF

        John McCain’s government-paid healthcare for his pre-existing condition (no lifetime cap): FIFY.

    • Cuberly

      Will the Cruz amendment be included?….since they appear to have time to include it.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer
  • Jeffg166

    The Doctor is always The Doctor whoever plays the part.

  • houstonray

    What great news. I don’t know much about her but that intro video was awesome and she looks like a kick ass awesome replacement. A British Wonder Woman indeed!

  • SoCalGal20

    Ok, I went over to reddit. On the r/television thread about the Doctor Who announcement, the comments I’m seeing are mock “complaints” about her not being ginger (apparently there are a lot of those on twitter too) and a mix of the usual fandom reactions.

    This made me laugh. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b588c354ac35212d4acc09fbf82b0145c63a97b01815d5c1f5eec556da191aad.jpg

  • Hanwi

    I love this, I don’t think it was compulsory or necessary but I think it’s great that they have decided to go in this direction. One of my all time favorite female characters was HG Wells on Warehouse 13, she was a complex character, both brilliant and strong. She straddled the line of good and evil which made her all the better. Here’s to strong/brilliant women on the telly.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/27831edfda14f42177129e006666a749acbeeaa378241d7ac5e5861eab99727e.jpg

    • smokes70

      HG Wells was such a fantastic character on that show. Man I miss it.

    • Avenger280

      I love Jaimie Murray (plus she banged Lucy Lawless on “Sparticus”)

    • JCF

      Jamie Murray was once my choice for “Jane Bond”. 😉

      My personal choice for Female Doctor (not recently, just for several years now) was Sophie Okonedo (who had been in the Whoniverse before). Female AND Black: how much would that have blown (blowable) minds? >;-)

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    OT: A fan creation of what The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy would say about Davros & the Daleks.

    https://youtu.be/aWn_1yOFpfU?t=12s

  • Paula

    Maybe some nice make out scenes with River Song.

    • Treant

      Canonically, River is omnisexual, so that is not completely impossible. And they’re married, so it’s also utterly moral and ethical.

    • vorpal 😼

      I’ve got the earplugs ready for the shrieks of what the One Milliard Mothers will have to say about this…

    • Harveyrabbit

      I thought River Song could have been the next Doctor. Who better than someone who was not only born on the TARDIS but was actually married to the Dr? Plus she already has similar powers.

      I do wish Jodie Whittaker luck though and I”m looking forward to watching. Capaldi was, to me, a disappointment overall.

      • Treant

        Until the third season, Capaldi wasn’t my idea of The Doctor. When they paired him with Bill, however, the match worked much better than he did with Clara.

        • Harveyrabbit

          He reminded me of Kramer on Seinfeld. He was always kind of frantic.

        • Reality.Bites

          I have hated most of the Moffat era, which seems to me have been made up of “Oh, look what a clever and incomprehensible plot I can develop.” Doctor Who is a family show and is meant for people from 5 to 80 to watch around the telly at Saturday tea time.

          This last season was the first of his I liked since Matt Smith’s first – and I’m not sure how much of it was knowing that Moffat and Capaldi were leaving

      • Reality.Bites

        River Song could not be the Doctor. That would be like saying Michelle Obama could be the next Barack Obama. The Doctor is a person, not a position.

        • Harveyrabbit

          Right. Because in SciFi/fantasy all rules of physics and logic MUST be obeyed. The Doctor could never exist because there’s no such thing as time travel.

          • Adam King

            The Doctor can’t be the Doctor’s wife, because that would be a sin.

          • Harveyrabbit

            Now you’re talking!

          • Dazzer

            Yet, surprisingly, David Tennant is married to his own daughter and no-one bats an eyelid.

            (He’s married to Georgia Moffett – the daughter of Peter Davidson, who was a Doctor Who in the past.)

          • Adam King

            Well I hope they’re looking forward to eternal torment!!

          • Reality.Bites

            Well what do you expect from a man who’s his own father-in-law!

          • grada3784

            Well, Moses was his own first cousin, since his mother was also his great-aunt.

          • Reality.Bites

            Would you mind terribly not interfering with our discussion of Doctor Who with a made-up children’s story? 😉

          • grada3784

            A made-up children’s story? I thought it was porn for the pre-pubescent.

          • Pat

            I got a very perverse pleasure out of Missy and the Master flirting.

          • Reality.Bites

            TBH, I’d have have watched them have sex if they’d been willing to show it.

          • Pat

            It would have been worth it just for the irate letters to the BBC.

          • Reality.Bites

            No – but all rules of its own established canon should be. After over half a century they’re not going to consider changing the Doctor from a person to a title.

        • JT

          Presumably, the Doctor could acquire the body of River Song, or one identical to it, by way of regeneration or some other sci fi process.

          • Reality.Bites

            Yes she could, but that would not be River Song. If we’re talking about Alex Kingston playing the Doctor, that would be fine, of course.

          • JT

            Whether it would be River Song depends on what else is done in the process.

          • Reality.Bites

            Well no – the Doctor has NEVER, ever become another person. She is always the same person who stole that TARDIS from Gallifrey countless years ago in her timeline. She just gets a different appearance. That’s the whole point of regeneration – that it is still The Doctor and she is always the person who was Susan’s grandparent and married River Song. They would not throw out a basic premise of the show. They obviously could have done a reboot like that with the TV movie or back in 2005, but they didn’t because they’d be losing too much. The Doctor is the Doctor. Many actors have played her in the past and hopefully many will play her in the future – but none of them will be anyone but the Doctor.

            Even having her take River Song’s appearance (by casting Kingston) would be kind of creepy because she’d be taking on her own wife’s appearance.

          • JT

            Well, yes. Even if there had been nothing like such a process before, that is no bar to they’re creating one, just as they invent things all the time.

  • Fantastic choice and long overdue.

  • Ninja0980

    About time!

  • I have no problem with a female Doctor. My issue is why the the BBC decided to do this now.

    The BBC cast a female lead simply to show that they could. Not because it made sense in terms of the narrative arc of the show. How do I know this? Simple, if casting a woman as Doctor Who was done to further the show’s story-line, they would have cast Olivia Coleman, not Whittaker.

    The show had already established that the Doctor can deliberately choose the face of his (now her) next incarnation. Peter Capaldi appeared in the episode “The Fires of Pompeii”. His character, along with this family and was saved by David Tennant’s Doctor. The 12th Doctor deliberately picked that face to remind himself that he is the Doctor, and the Doctor saves people.

    It was the brilliant actress Oliva Colman, who as “prisoner zero” met Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor in his first ever episode, and first told him that “silence would fall”. Setting up the brilliant story arc that ran all through Smith’s tenure in the role.

    Casting Colman as the next Doctor would have been a perfect and completely logical choice. Now to be sure, Jodie Whittaker is fine actress, but let’s be clear, her casting was PR decision not a narrative one. Recasting gender in science fiction reboots is not new. Most notably , the casting of Katee Sachhoff and Grace Park as Starbuck and Boomer, respectively in Battlestar Galactica. Both casting choices that worked out brilliantly and even added new depth to both characters.

    Yet it is worth noting that the Roles of Commander Adama and Apollo remained true to their original male genders. The American television series “Elementary” re-imagined Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ever faithful Doctor Watson as an Asian woman, played brilliantly by Lucy Liu. Yet, again it is worth noting they kept Sherlock Holmes and didn’t go for Shelia. The great Dame Judy Dench brought wit and gravitas to the role of ‘M’ in seven Bond Films. Yet again, we still had James not Jennifer Bond.

    In all of these cases, the Male lead was not recast, this wasn’t because casting a woman was not possible, or even permissible. It simply didn’t make sense. That is what we have here. What the BBC have done here is the equivalent of doing a reboot of Star Trek Voyager and re-imagining Captain Janeway as a man. Possible to do? Absolutely. Does it make sense? No, not at all.

    That being said, this could still work. As always with Doctor Who, it boils down to the writing. A strong Doctor can overcome a weak script. We saw that over the course of this past season, were Peter Capaldi had weak stories that he was able to carry via the strength of his portrayal as the Doctor. This new casting choice means the show’s writers don’t have that luxury.

    The writers are now facing the daunting task of having to win over a significant percentage of the show’s existing fan base. One weak episode and the TARDIS could very well find itself grounded again, as it was following Sylvester McCoy’s tenure. Only this time, it could be permanent.

    I certainly hope both the writers and Whittaker are up to challenge. I look forward to tuning in Christmas Day to see how this goes.

    Allons-y!

    • Cara Rosenberg

      Have you not watched the last season or most importantly the last two episodes? There is narrative there and i suspect more for Peter’s last episode

    • Reality.Bites

      And does Coleman get a choice in what roles she takes?

      And was Janeway an alien who could be any sex she wanted?

      • Dazzer

        Olivia Coleman gets a massive number of roles offered to her on British TV. She can pretty well pick and chose whatever the hell she wants.

        Casting directors love her – she can do anything from high comedy to high drama.

        Coleman’s biggest dilemma is getting over-exposed. She’s like a British version of Ted Danson.

        • FAEN

          LOVE her!

      • JamesR

        Yes, and as a salamander could make her own lube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qz8wXCNyqbM

    • JamesR

      I’m just pissed THEY ANNOUNCED IT I thought it was supposed to be a
      surprise!? It turns what could be a nice Christmas present into a piece
      of coal, five months early. It subtracts from the impact of the reveal,
      giving people five months to project. It’s usually a move showing
      underconfidence, and it’s disrespectful to use it just to play the
      gender-controversy card and get ratings. Thanks Beebs and #FU

      I understand they might have been ‘outed’ by snoopy fans before but they
      don’t have to confirm it. Just saying.I DON’T WANT TO KNOW UNTIL I SEE
      THE REGENERATION STOP.

      I LOVE Missy as The Mistress, she totally captured the layers of
      character(s.) It can be done. Now I don’t wanna think about it until
      Christmas!

  • Frostbite

    I am excited for the next season. Capaldi wasn’t bad, but it was definitely time for a change. Looking forward to what she can bring to the Doctor’s adventures.

  • OdieDenCO

    the male doctor is transitioning to a female doctor because in space nobody cares where you pee.

    • JWC

      nor should they here I have never under stood a male transistioning to a female cannot use th ladies room but a female transistioning to a male must use the male restroom?

      • Dazzer

        ??????

        If you’re a transitioning man or woman, just use a cubicle when you pee.

        Having had the privilege of being a gay man on the club scene, if the men’s toilet was too busy, I’d just use the woman’s toilets. And lesbians had the same choice when their toilets were too busy.

        Absolutely no one was offended or suffered ‘shame’. When it comes down to it, peeing is peeing.

        • JWC

          I still do being diabetic its not really till i find a bathroom but NOW so M Loe WC if its open I go

          • Dazzer

            🙂

            I was in hospital earlier this week. The doctor asked me how long I’d been diabetic and I had to say “about three seconds” because until he told me, I had no idea.

            I’ve got to learn all this stuff now.

          • bzrd

            arg
            age
            can’t live without it

          • JWC

            I had unquencable thirst and then rush to the bathroom

          • FAEN

            Type 2 I take it?

          • Lazycrockett

            I went to the woman”s more often than the man’s cause there was never a line. Sorry I was commenting more on Dazzer.

          • JWC

            and I noticed the reverse long lineups to the womens so the ladies in an oderly fashion used the mens and that was at EXPO 86 so shove it Texas

        • kareemachan

          I remember being in a restaurant in Seattle and a 6’6″ “female” came out of the Ladies Room as I went in. No biggie. But the waiter had a conniption fit about it. Asked me if I felt violated. I gave him the skank eye and just said, “Nope.” Kinda burst his bubble.

          • Dazzer

            People like you are why the world is worth living in.

      • Natty Enquirer

        Because anything male-like is a threat to women. /sexist

        • JWC

          A female looking like a man cannot use the ladies room but a male ( with a penis) looking like a woman must use the mens room?

    • JCF

      I’m sure the TARDIS has had a gender neutral loo for 900+ years by now…

  • How dreadfully disappointing. Still not ginger.

    • zhera

      Wanna bet those are her first words?

  • Cuberly

    I’d say the MRA and INCEL groups are gonna flip out considerably more. Reddit is about to get a work-out.

  • Dazzer

    My only worry about this is that the transition to a female Doctor will need excellent scripts and storylines to make it work.

    The new showrunner, Chris Chibnall, did one superb series of Broadchurch, but the follow-up was pretty cack.

    The writers and directors are going to have to be on top form to make this transition work.

  • JT

    So, will the Doctor retain the predominant interest in females now, or suddenly switch to males?

    • Reality.Bites

      Are you asking for yourself or on behalf of Madame Vastra and Jenny?

      • JT

        The question is clear as it stands.

    • That’s actually a good question. No clue.

    • Dazzer

      Adric, Captain Jack, Rory and countless other male companions are probably looking at you a little askance right now.

      • JT

        Captain Jack would certainly not look askance at eroticism with a male Doctor. As for companions, and male companions in their own right?

        https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/mar/21/doctor-who-male-companion

        • Dazzer

          From the beginning of the series, the Doctor has always had male companions as well as female.

          There was Frazer Hines who was a wild Scotsman (they used to put lead weights in his kilt so it didn’t blow up if he got on a helicopter) or Peter Purves (who went on to become a kids’ TV presenter) or various others like Mathew Waterhouse (Adric) who’s married to a very nice man and now lives in America.

          There have always been male companions – but the mainstream press has always concentrated more on the women.

          • Reality.Bites

            DOCTOR (talking about Missy): She was my first friend, always so brilliant, from the first day at the Academy. So fast, so funny. She was my man crush.

            BILL: I’m sorry?

            DOCTOR: Yeah, I think she was a man back then. I’m fairly sure that I was, too. It was a long time ago, though.

            BILL: So, the Time Lords, bit flexible on the whole man-woman thing, then, yeah?

            DOCTOR: We’re the most civilised civilisation in the universe. We’re billions of years beyond your petty human obsession with gender and its associated stereotypes.

          • Reality.Bites

            PS. Karen Walker is one of the Doctor’s regenerations! Not only is she hundreds of years old, but here is the proof:

            https://youtu.be/wAAktl4zkZc?t=29s

          • JT

            Always easier to refer to it rather than depict it, isn’t it?

          • motordog

            While I’m sure Mr. Waterhouse is a very nice person, and I wish him nothing but good things, I have always hated the character of Adric…I wanted to shove that stupid math badge down his throat and kick him into the nearest black hole.

          • Dazzer

            LOL. Fandom agreed with you – and that’s basically what happened to him.

            However, he was very popular with the Sisterhood of Karn (the gay Whovian fan club). If I had drunk more, there are so many stories I could tell you.

          • JamesR

            Yet he died so dinosaurs could also die so we may evolve.

            I just wanted him to do it naked.

          • JamesR

            ADRIC!

    • Adam King

      We shall see.

  • bambinoitaliano
    • Dazzer

      Michael Jensen. One. Of. The. Greatest. Men. Evah!

      • bambinoitaliano

        Miss him and the After Elton days.

        • Dazzer

          So true. When my partner died I was heading for a fully fledged nervous breakdown and was taking it all out on AfterElton.

          The guy was so kind and understanding and wise that I was able to put stuff in perspective.

          I want to live long enough so that I can grow up to be Michael Jensen

        • Lazycrockett

          AE was my go to back in the day. Shame it was destroyed.

          • bambinoitaliano

            Yup. The victim of the gentrification of independent sites.

          • Dazzer

            And the thing that still – even after all these years – gets me angry was that it wilfully and deliberately destroyed.

            MTV and Logo had absolutely no fucking idea what they were buying and then went out of their way to wreck something that was unique and successful.

            It had a fantastic community and some truly magnificent writers. It was a confluence of excellence that had an impact on popular culture around the world in some of the memes it generated.

            And it wasn’t just “celeb-gays” like John Barrowman and Stephen Fry who used to comment there, straight allies like Chris and Scott Evans’ mother and Jonathan Ross and various other pop culture commentators used to pop in to make their point on various topics.

            You don’t get that on the internet anywhere else these days.

  • bambinoitaliano
    • houstonray

      Wow. Just wow.

    • BobSF_94117

      Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t say I really want to get up all by myself!

      • bambinoitaliano

        Strap on a piece of velcro, you’ll get pick up in no time.

    • Reality.Bites

      Thank you

    • Treant

      Excuse me while I take off my clothes and accidentally fall on top of him.

      • Lazycrockett

        repeatedly.

      • kareemachan

        Oops!

    • motordog

      Now that’s a guy who’ll make you lose your train of thought. I was just going to reply to another post, and I can’t remember what I was going to say. XD

    • DaveInSF

      that was completely irrelevant to the topic.
      Thank you.

    • JCF

      Yes, yes, just because the Doctor is becoming female, doesn’t mean there won’t still be furry males in the universe. {roll eyes}

  • Dan

    Dammit. Not a ginger

  • kelven

    Ramada was a Time Lord who traveled with Tom Baker’s Who and was often portrayed as his equal or even more clever some times. One of the Doctors Wives is River Song who is also an experienced Time Traveler. I don’t know which Doctor officially stated it first, but several Doctors over the course of the series have mentioned being a woman in different regenerations. So the whiners are not really Doctor Who fans but are pretending to be so they can feel self righteous and aggrieved.

    • Talisman

      I remember at least 3 recent references –

      1) When Matt Smith’s Doctor (with Amy & Rory) found the entity that basically ate TARDISes and killed Time Lord. In that episode, The Doctor spoke of another Time Lord, The Corsair, who would always get a special tattoo no matter which gender s/he was.

      2) The episode where The Doctor killed the Head of Security of Gallifrey, and he regenerated into a woman. She then said that that incarnation was the only time she’d been a man.

      3) The Master regenerated into Missy.

  • Chanel5

    O/T sorta: The comments on Yahoo from A Wrinkle In Time trailer ran true to form. The ones I saw this morning were upset because Meg wasn’t the right skin tone.

    • SoCalGal20

      The trailer looks awesome! The comments on my twitter were all very positive.

      • Chanel5

        That’s good. It did look good. I’m going to have to dig my old copy out and re-read it.

    • Treant

      I don’t believe that Meg’s race was ever specified, save that her brothers Sandy and Dennis are redheaded twins who burned easily in Many Waters.

    • DaddyRay

      That was the first book that made me fall in love with reading

  • safari
  • Reality.Bites
  • ColdCountry

    WhooooHoooo!! ‘Bout time!

  • coram nobis

    She had a wrenching and central role in “Broadchurch” as Beth Latimer, the mother of the murder victim. Look for strong acting from this one.

  • Talisman

    Yay!

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    “Making history is what Doctor Who is all about”

    said with no hint of irony, right? How long is the show been running, how many years have there been a full-on movement to have a female Dr.? but now they are making history? Pleas tell me this was quoted from the Onion.

    • Tiger Quinn

      It’s still history. God you never-happy types are annoying.

      • Lindoro Almaviva

        You do not pay my bills, suck my dick or even buy treats for my dogs so you can go fuck yourself with a horse size dildo. On second thought, don’t, you might like it.

        Facts are facts and there has been a campaign for years to make the Dr a woman and if memory serves well, they teased the move several years ago only to walk it back and introduce yet another white male Dr.

        Exiting? Yes. Overdue? Well, yes. Historic? On what grounds? there have been women anchoring shows for decades on both sides of the Atlantic. This move is not making history. It might be changing perceptions, might be changing the course of a franchise, might even be (fucking finally) signalling that even little girls can aspire to be “the Dr.”; all great an noble things and worthy of being applauded. Historic? more like Hyperbolic.

    • DaddyRay

      They had to travel into the future to make history

  • kareemachan

    About frickin’ time.

    • Reality.Bites

      Women having been fighting monsters and evil aliens for a long time with sonic devices.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW8md1nmoB4

      • Dazzer

        I miss Elisabeth Sladen – her death was far too early. She was probably the best companion.

        And the Sarah Jane adventures was a great series – it had a great coming out scene for Luke’s best friend – and, apparently, had the series continued, Luke’s own sexuality would have been explored.

        It was brilliant TV. It was made for kids, but worked at an adult level just as well.

  • thom

    OT:// What the fuck is going on with the Chicago Dyke March?
    http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/240785/chicago-dyke-march-drops-pretense-deploys-anti-semitic-term-popularized-by-neo-nazis

    This is reprehensible

    • Natty Enquirer

      Twitter makes it real easy for one asshole to smear a whole organization, doesn’t it?

      • thom

        It’s coming from their official twitter. Does only one person run the Dyke March? Do they have a board of directors? There has been no real apology from the organization.
        If it was just one rogue PR person thete would have been an immidiate strong statement about the matter.

    • another_steve

      Anyone who reads my dreck on this blog has seen me say this in the past:

      The far-left is deeply deeply anti-Semitic.

      Like, deeply.

      • Ninja0980

        Not to mention racist and homophobic in many cases.

      • JT

        I thought you didn’t generalize about diverse groups?

        • another_steve

          The far-left is not a diverse group. They’re automatons who are expelled from the group if they diverge from the hive mind.

          Just as with the far-right.

          • JT

            That’s apparently how you define “far left”. It’s a not a political definition.

    • Adam King

      Absolutely disgusting.

  • Long overdue.

  • DaddyRay

    I look forward to seeing it. It is going to make for some fun scenes

  • DaddyRay

    I really enjoyed watching this for the end of David Tennant’s reign

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ3Q7MWAqkQ

    • Treant

      I always suspected the Ood were sick-ass dancers.

      If Jules and/or Bryn aren’t seeing anybody…Just sayin’ is all.

      • Natty Enquirer

        A little sound-on-sound, eh?

  • Cuberly
    • Ninja0980

      And this POS is a doctor.

      • another_steve

        He’s interested in health and human services just like that POS Trump chose as Secretary of Education is interested in education. Or like his EPA head is interested in the environment.

        And on and on.

      • Karl Dubhe

        The ones who don’t practice were driven out of the profession, whatever protestations they make about ‘retiring’ or ‘wanting to spend time with family’ or some such rubbish.

      • coram nobis

        So was Frankenstein. So was Mengele. So was the guy who did all those lobotomies.

        • Reality.Bites

          And I’m sure history will show that he was responsible for Trump

      • Cuberly

        A buddy of mine’s dad is a much respected surgeon. He’s also a screaming libertarian bigot. There’s a reason my buddy never goes home for the holidays. It’s a really sad story.

        • Ninja0980

          My one and done teabagger congresswoman was a nurse.
          They forgot that do no harm part really quick.

      • JCF

        …who undoubtedly doesn’t treat the uninsured/those w/ pre-existing conditions.

    • DaddyRay

      You mean back when everyone agreed Healthcare was broken and something had to be done

      • Cuberly

        Notice how they tiptoe around that? Like coverage for pre-existing conditions and removing coverage caps is just sort of some thing they prefer to not discuss.

        • Ninja0980

          Nope, they just blab about how the free market will take care of that.

          • Cuberly

            Libertarian nepenthe, keep sucking on the teet of capitalist idealism whilst ignoring the social destruction.

    • coram nobis

      Well, he admitted it at least. The Doctor is telling us the glass is not half-empty, it’s half full … of poison.

      • Cuberly

        GOP motto, if it doesn’t effect me over the short term, not my problem

        Problem is it impacts the entire country and costs will skyrocket.

    • OdieDenCO

      the ass quoted some static on how may people would have “access” to insurance under the new law. i yelled at the tv! ignoring the rest of his twisted lies i then resumed vacuuming.

      • Cuberly

        The half-truths and obfuscation these people engage in is sickening all it’s own.

  • coram nobis

    Meanwhile, George R.R. Martin names his top 10 fantasy films. Some surprises, some half-forgotten and worthwhile films.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/george-rr-martin-game-of-thrones-writers-top-10-fantasy-films

    The frightening thing about [Monty Python and the] Holy Grail is that it may very well be the best version of the Matter of Britain ever put on film. King Arthur has not been well served by the movies, I fear …

    • Dazzer

      That’s a damn fine list of films. I agree with virtually all his choices and that never happens.

  • mrfy

    OT and may be a repeat but this is amusing:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ann-coulter-delta-twitter-rant_us_596ab84be4b0d6341fe95e07

    Poor Ann, prevented from having her extra roomy seat by Delta.

    • coram nobis

      The look of dread on the people in seats G, H, and J is priceless, like, holy sh!t, you’re on this plane, and you wanna sit here?!

      https://twitter.com/AnnCoulter/status/886345961194348544/photo/1

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        They’re thinking “Uggh, how did a goblin get in the plane!”

      • Natty Enquirer

        Girl’s looks says, “Reeeely?”

      • Treant

        “There’s a man…woman…thing…on the wing…er, aisle…of this plane!”

      • SoCalGal20

        That woman looks like she’s about ready to cut a bitch with her awesome blue nails. (And the plane probably would have cheered).

        Also did Ann use the tried and true, “DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?”

      • Cuberly

        Maybe I’m going where I shouldn’t but, is the reason Coulter posted the pic of the woman in “her” seat because she looks like she could be latina?

        Shouldnt’ her beef be with the airline not the woman that’s in the seat?

        Coulter is, after-all, a raging white nationalist.

      • Ninja0980

        I’m betting she the do you know who I am bit right before this photo was taken.

        • bzrd

          and they said, “kvnt koltwhore.”

    • another_steve

      In her tweets you can hear the same voice as in her führer’s, Donald Trump’s, tweets.

      They’re deranged.

      The Deplorables are deranged.

  • bmoore4026

    I’m cool with it. Just as long as she isn’t as humorless or unlikable as Capaldi’s Doctor

  • SoCalGal20
  • JCF

    YES!!!!!!!!! Finally!! OMG, Yes!!! 😀

    Gotta say—everything Moffatt had said indicated he was NOT going there. I’m SO pleasantly surprised!

    It’s About Effing Damn Time, after 50+ years! [And I’m currently watching Whittaker on Broadchurch—am really interested to see what she’ll bring to the role. 🙂 ]

    Teabagistan? Here’s what I got for you: EXTERMINATE!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0a4b4f36d3da4f9ac280a8c83d87b220d990ff780c2262a18f893af9458c7543.gif

  • SoCalGal20
    • bkmn

      I have thoroughly enjoyed following Rep. Lieu on twitter. He is very sharp.

      • SoCalGal20

        He’s smart, sharp, and sassy. An excellent combination for twitter.

  • Karl Dubhe

    O/T You should see the smoke from the forest fires. It’s darkening the sky, making me cough.

    The fires are 1500 kilometers away…

  • SoCalGal20
    • Bj Lincoln

      He knows. He is not going to tell but he knows.

    • OdieDenCO

      could it be maybe……

      …..THE RUSIANS>?

    • boobert

      Stupid people who are donating to his campaign !

      • Cuberly

        Well, Trump Co gets payments from the Gov for Secret Service accomodations & protection at Trump Tower & accommodations at his golf courses, same situation when it comes to fund raising events he throws on his other properties….so….we’re footing at least some of the bill.

        • bzrd

          and, of course, all the prices went up as soon as he was selected

          • Cuberly

            Yep, gotta low-ball pay those immigrants they ship into Mar A Grifto from over seas…oh wait…

  • boobert
    • coram nobis

      “Hecho in China” “Seda”. That’s Spanish. Fascinating.

      • SoCalGal20

        It’s not uncommon to have mutilingual clothing labels in the U.S. Sometimes French, sometimes Spanish.

        • coram nobis

          Yes, but if it’s going direct from China to North America, you’d think the labels would be English. Or English and French for the Canada market.

          I don’t remember seeing Spanish on, say, such labels from Malaysia, Vietnam or wherever, just English in woven sanserif.

          • SoCalGal20

            Could also being going to Mexico, I guess. I live in CA where everyting is at least bilingual English and Spanish.

          • Reality.Bites

            I don’t know that anyone carried the clothing line in Canada.

    • SoCalGal20

      Which part? That there’s a Donald J. Trump “Signature Collection”, that it’s made in China, or that the tie is actually silk?

    • boobert

      It’s the white house answer to a question that’s a hoot !

      “A White House spokesperson was touting Trump’s upcoming “Made In America” week, but when a reporter asked about Ivanka Trump’s made overseas clothing line, the White House clammed up and said, “We’ll get back to you on that.”

      • coram nobis

        “Oh, and while you’re checking, how about those labor activists who protested conditions in her China factories? The activists the State Department were concerned about? How they doing?”

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    She’s a great choice, especially if you’ve watch Broadchurch….still no ginger though. Damn! LOL

  • Reality.Bites

    I’m looking forward to the 14th Doctor, when a new generation of kids asks, “But how can the Doctor be a man, Mummy?”

    • Dazzer

      :-)))))))))))))))))))))

    • JamesR

      Technically she IS the 14th if you count the War Doctor, and one has to because continuity

  • robirob

    I am really exited about this. The show is great. I don’t know if it’s family entertainment, because to me it seems pretty dark and spooky at times. I wonder if that will change with the new showrunner?

    • Dazzer

      It probably won’t change that much. The new showrunner, Chris Chibnall, likes stuff a bit dark (but he’s good at humour, too).

  • mrfy

    OT: Trumpy Bear commercial seen on H&I today

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9qv8RSreIM

    • Treant

      Sweet Jesus, fuck me with a flaming log before I ever see this shit again.

    • Ninja0980

      This can’t be real right?

    • Ken M

      The second one isn’t free? You know, just pay shipping and handling. I’m crushed : )

    • Joseph Miceli

      Jesus, that’s real. Fucking amazing! People are that fucking stupid!
      This confirms it. Republicans are fucking sheep.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      The first comment for this video at Youtube is wondering if it’s a SNL skit.

      And the price is about $40 plus shipping & handling. I bet the damn thing is made in China or Ethiopia.

  • GeneInSJ

    I was a Doctor Who fan since college (I’m 52 y.o.). The was 2 seasons really lost me. I’ll try one more time.

    • Joseph Miceli

      I just couldn’t get into Peter Capaldi. He looks like Tom Baker, but has NO charm at all. He’s a cranky, ugly old man who is VERY hard to get along with. No, I think having the new Doctor as a woman is definitely a step back in the right direction.

  • I’ve never watched this show but I’ve been aware of various versions of it since high school when some of my nerd friends watched it. I thought there had already been a female Doctor. Am I misremembering?

    • Dazzer

      Not been a female Doctor before (unless you count Joanna Lumley is a Comic Relief special), but there have been female Time Lords in the form of Romola and the Rani.

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/guypbenson/status/886692654972452864?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet
    I just think back to her gleefully going on Fox several times and urging the FBI to hurry up and her work since then to undermine any Democrat who doesn’t kiss her husband ass.
    I have no pity for her at all.

    • SoCalGal20

      Oh, fuck off, Jane Sanders. You committed fraud and engaged in shady real estate deals. Own it.

  • -M-
    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      What I despise about GOP women is that they’ll shit on the concept of feminism and cultural patriarchy but then will hypocritically use it as a buzzword trying to use it as a shield from the people they usually crap on for bringing up the issue. She’s the snooty one who whined about how all you had to do was be pretty & feminine and laugh at their jokes.

  • marshlc

    Silly me. When I heard the news I thought “Well, that seems a logical and reasonable step. We won’t get much of a gamergate here”. Should have known better.

  • JCF
  • JCF

    “Whittaker, 34, is from Yorkshire”

    Heh-heh, as Nine told us 12 years ago: “Many planets have a Nooorth!” ;-D

    • Dazzer

      As she’s from Yorkshire, her catchphrase will probably be: “Shut that Tardis door to keep the warmth in. We’re not made of money, you know.”

  • JCF

    Drink, drink in the tears!

    Doctor Who: ‘Man Babies’ Cannot Cope With Jodie Whittaker As The First Female In Lead Role

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/doctor-who-menbabies-jodie-whittaker-first-female_uk_596b9412e4b017418628374d

    People Are Making The Most Hilarious Jokes About The People Who Are Not Okay With A Woman Playing The Doctor In “Doctor Who”

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/remysmidt/end-of-the-world?utm_term=.xcpgGXQxG#.lidm7VE17

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b961f827dd5e36ddcec3999385cef1f93a7abd29c2574382b7656b96f0f23c0d.jpg es!

  • Friday

    O/t: Republicans trying more stealth bigotry: https://www.themarysue.com/hr-2796-anti-trans-bill/

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  • For the record… Jodie is NOT the first woman to play the Doctor..

    https://youtu.be/GlQ2U-Ks67I

    • Marti386

      That’s not canon, tho. 😛

  • ECarpenter

    I’m looking forward to the new Dr. Who! An excellent choice. And screw all the straight nerds who don’t want girls in their tree house.

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