Date: 2017-07-16 11:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] magedragonfire
The internet seems to be losing its collective shit about this, in both positive and negative ways.

I stopped watching shortly after 12 came along (grumpy, sarcastic men do not do it for me as protagonists), but I might just give the new series a shot.

I do wonder, though - did the same fools complaining about how the show is RUINED FOREVER now have the same reaction about the Master's current incarnation? Why didn't they stop watching then? (Didn't she turn out to be one of the better things about the newest seasons, from what I've heard?)

Date: 2017-07-17 01:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ravenskyewalker
I'm willing to accept her, if she's done right. There's no guarantee of that, because Chris Chibnall wrote the garbage Torchwood episode "Cyberwoman," so if he manages to write a female Doctor respectfully, I may actually watch his DW. Wasn't going to, until this development...

Unlike magedragonfire, I love Capaldi's Doctor, and am apparently supposed to beg eternal forgiveness for not being a Tennant fan (but he reminds me of all the entitled, sleazy white boys I grew up with, whatever he's like in reality, so he wrecked modern DW for me). So, I've been going through quite the silly mourning process due to Capaldi leaving, and have been dreading Chibnall's takeover.

(Have been into DW since 1981. The Doctor has often been grumpy, cranky, sarcastic... so I guess people who single out Capaldi for being terrible don't know much about DW history? So terribly sorry, but he actually had psychological development over his three seasons -- but don't pay attention to me trying to convince anyone of anything.)

Even at my most feminist, I didn't want a female Doctor, because I wanted there to be a good non-stereotypically male role out there. However, I've changed over the years, and these days, I'm kind of into the idea that if it pisses off fandom, go for it, see how it works, and let's just marvel in the firestorm. I've loved Michelle Gomez as a female Master. Let's hope that Whittaker is a good Doctor.
Edited Date: 2017-07-17 01:25 am (UTC)

I am excited!

Date: 2017-07-17 01:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gothtique
This will definitely be a challenge.
Some of it will depend on the writing.
I have heard rumors that her companion will be gay.
Either way. I am gonna watch it!

Date: 2017-07-17 02:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dewline
Hopeful here.

Date: 2017-07-17 02:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] heron61
I'm mildly hopeful. Chris Chibnall wrote two of the worst early Torchwood episodes (Cyberwoman, and the laughably terrible season 1 finale), but then again, Moffat wrote the best Dr Who episodes under RTD's tenure as showrunner, and while Moffat taking over as showrunner started out OK, especially with the introduction of Clara, the show became an exercise in concentrated misogyny (particularly in Season 8), so maybe Chibnall will prove to be a better showrunner than writer.

I stopped watching after Season 9, which had a surprisingly good finale but was IMHO self-indulgent and terrible for much of it, especially in episodes 10 & 11, but I'll give the new Doctor and showrunner a try and see if I get back into it.

Date: 2017-07-17 02:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kore
I'm surprisingly really happy! I thought there was absolutely no chance, but maybe Moff's departure had something to do with it. I kind of wish it was an older woman, but this actress is supposedly really good, so that's great. I liked Capaldi in other roles, but he was way too harsh for me as the Doctor and I didn't like Clara much either, so the past few seasons were a wash. I've heard good things about Bill though. Maybe she'll come back?

Date: 2017-07-17 08:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] solarbird
As a long-time Doctor Who fan who has been essentially driven off by Moffat, I'm tentatively hopeful, in no small part because Moffat is leaving.

(I was so enthusiastic about him becoming showrunner, too, after his RTD-era scripts. I thought he'd be one of the best. I was... oh god so wrong.)

Also, Colin Baker has been an absolute lion about this on twitter, and it has been wonderful.

Date: 2017-07-17 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Best comment I've seen yet today: "Since so many people who otherwise didn't care to know anything about it are suddenly So Concerned that the new Doctor is a woman, maybe we should try telling them that climate change is also female."

Date: 2017-07-18 02:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kaffyr
I'll miss Capaldi, who I grew to love, and I'll miss Moffat terribly - after having some initial problems with him, I grew to love how he handled male and female characters, and the entire Whoniverse - but I'm really looking forward to Thirteen. I definitely jumped around and squee'd a lot, and my Best Beloved was almost as happy as I was ("About damned time," was, I believe, his reaction.)

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