Whovians are buzzing after BBC America announces Jodie Whittaker debut as the 13th Doctor Who at Comic-Con in San Diego, U of R expert says

Article ID: 686625

Released: 12-Jul-2018 6:05 AM EDT

Source Newsroom: University of Redlands

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  • Credit: Carlos Puma, for the University of Redlands

    Dr. Piers Britton, visual and media studies professor at the University of Redlands, teaching "Designing for Dr. Who" in 2014.

Dr. Piers Britton, an internationally recognized expert on Doctor Who and a professor of visual and media studies at the University of Redlands, is available to speak on the past, present and future of Doctor Who, as anticipation builds for the first female Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, to make her debut at Comic-Con in San Diego.

"In the 2017 Christmas episode, Doctor Who's twelfth and current lead actor, Peter Capaldi, ran into David Bradley playing the Doctor’s first incarnation. Both versions of the Doctor are fatally ill – which for a Time Lord means that it’s time to transform into someone new in order to survive. In Capaldi’s case, that someone new is Jodie Whittaker, the first-ever female lead.
"Although perhaps not evident to American audiences, this is in its way a cultural watershed. Doctor Who is a national institution in the United Kingdom — and historically a bastion of male privilege. Whittaker’s casting has been warmly received by critics, former Who stars, and fans alike, but not everyone is convinced.  
“In spite of this, the Christmas episode resonates with the majority by vanquishing the series’ past sexism – embodied in Bradley’s first Doctor, who still expects his female “assistant” to make coffee for him. But beyond this, the show has to do more than regenerate its hero. It has to show promise that the fiery energy accompanying the Doctor’s transformation can spread beyond the TV screen to rekindle viewer excitement."

Dr. Britton holds a BA and Ph.D. from the University of Manchester. He was raised in northeast England. 


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