Not that it will come as much of a surprise, but Jodie Whittaker is now poised to officially return to Doctor Who for the upcoming season 12.
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Speaking via The Hollywood Reporter, Whittaker herself confirmed the joyous news with a short statement making it clear that she is ready and willing to be back for at least one more batch of episodes as The Doctor:
“I really can’t wait to step back in and get to work again … It’s such an incredible role. It’s been an extraordinary journey so far and I’m not quite ready to hand it over yet.”
Whittaker made history when she was first cast last year as The Doctor, making her the first woman to officially land the coveted role within the science-fiction franchise. She’s done a fantastic job playing the part, as well, bringing everything from the humor to the charm to the grace that we expect. She’s made The Doctor appealing to young and older viewers alike and we really do think that she understands precisely what it means to play this part and be appealing to many of the diehard Doctor Who fans who are out there.
Now that we have said all of this, though, do we think that season 12 does have some room for improvement? Sure, as many of this season’s flaws have nothing to do with Whittaker. One of the things that most needs to be tweaked is the storytelling itself, which at times has sputtered and lost a little bit of the fun. Meanwhile, we do think the show needs to capture more of what made classic Doctor Who what it is — while it has been nice at times to see Chris Chibnall stretch his imagination a little bit and do some new things, it also has been somewhat disappointing to not see traditional monsters or anywhere near as many classic characters turn up across the franchise this year.
The finale for Doctor Who season 11 is going to air on BBC One and BBC America tomorrow; meanwhile, there will be a special coming on New Year’s Day and after that, it’s possible that season 12 could premiere in late 2019 … but it is too early to say for certain. More details on that may come a little bit later next year; we are fine with waiting, provided of course that the network still produces some fantastic content and new, interesting ideas.
What do you think about Jodie Whittaker sticking around Doctor Who for season 12, and what do you want to see from her in some of those episodes? Be sure to share right now in the attached comments. (Photo: BBC.)