Let’s start with the obvious: This is the last episode with Peter Capaldi as a regular on Doctor Who. I would say never say never, so bringing him back for the 60th anniversary special will not be a stretch. BBC, think about it!
Having David Bradley to play the First Doctor is in K-Dramaland called the ultimate meta: Having the actor playing the first actor who played the First Doctor to play the First Doctor. I dare you to repeat the last sentence five times faster.
I am not sure what to feel about other actors to portray other doctors again, but this keeps me thinking, maybe it’s not a stretch to have Capaldi to play the Third Doctor. Look at that hair. Alright, I’m thinking too much.
A regeneration episode is always bittersweet. It is always the moment when you finally get used to the actor who play this iconic role, and now you have to start getting used to the next one. We the audience need to be honest with ourselves. We don’t really get a Tom Baker that often. We also don’t get a David Tennant very often either. Capaldi is a sage to leave end of this season to make his tenure remarkable on the franchise. Having a new actor means the possibility of new stories, and with a new production staff now that Steven Moffet is also leaving, everything can be new again.
IMHO this is 2017, and when the next season of Doctor Who is being aired, it will be 2018. Give Jodie Whittaker a chance. At this day and age, to argue why the Doctor cannot be a woman is just old and weak coffee: Old and weak. This is the same age old argument of why women cannot be funny when we have the likes of Jane Curtain to Kate McKinnon on SNL. The age old argument of math is hard for girls when Katherine Johnson and her team ensured the landing of Apollo 11. If Whittaker turns out to be the worst Doctor in the history of the franchise, let there be proof that she has poor acting skills, the writing is terrible, etc., and not let her tenure defining women should not be playing the Doctor or anything other than playing a pretty face on the screen.
I’ll be gnawing my teeth until “Autumn 2018” over here for the next season of Doctor Who.