Jodie Whittaker is four episodes into playing the first female Doctor in the show’s illustrious 55 year history and she’s making us feel glorious.
Whittaker transformed into the latest incarnation of the Time Lord after Peter Capaldi’s tenacious efforts filling the boots of Messrs Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker. Whittaker’s interpretation is every bit as resolute as Capaldi’s with an added serving of enthusiasm.
Like all Doctors, Whittaker is a livewire, playing the role with a blend of childlike fascination and dry one-liners.
It’s nice to redirect attention of the Doctor’s activities to the north, where wide open spaces of industrial decline act as a somewhat futuristic dystopian backdrop instead of setting the scenes on a tense London commuter route.
The Doctor’s latest companions, whilst often a poisoned chalice of a role getting lost in the aftermath created by the maniacal actions of the Doctor, seem to hold their own with a Doctor who is far more amiable to its co-stars than previous Doctors.
It’s also a coup to have gained the services of Bradley Walsh, who no matter what show you see him on (Christmas panto, The Chase, celebrity guest spots on The One Show), always comes across charismatic and charming. But, whether he’ll be able to handle the emotional arc when the really dramatic storylines come to the fore at the end of the series is still to be seen.
All in all, The Doctor, having for the first time been passed over to the other 50 percent of the human race, is in good hands. Previously she was seen in the deep south of Alabama in 1955 trying to prevent a change in the course of history, this week was seen battling a giant race of arachnids (that’s spiders to you and me) trying to take over the UK and next week sees the team in a far-flung galaxy.
In the words of Ms Doctor Who, ‘let’s get a shift on!’
Doctor Who is on Sundays BBC One 6:55pm