All forms of gender-based workplace discrimination are absolute garbage. But there's a particular kind of noxiousness to the wage gap between male and female actors, because unlike with many other professions, actors' pay is often public knowledge. Thankfully, we can report the BBC's Doctor Who is paying Jodie Whittaker the same as her predecessor, Peter Capaldi. She made sure of it.
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The casting of a new Doctor on the BBC's Doctor Who is pretty much a top-secret operation - especially so when, as was the case with the latest incarnation of the Time Lord, the casting was a major upheaval to over half a century of the show. How secret? So secret that new Who star Jodie Whittaker practically went straight from her reveal to the set.
As with every Doctor, it's all about the look. Whether it's a pinstripe suit, a hole-filled jumper or the fez-that-shall-not-be-named, there's something about how the Doctor dresses that inspires love (and cosplay inspiration) among millions of fans. When Jodie Whittaker makes her Doctor Who debut she'll be rocking a new look she helped create.
For the first time in nearly 55 years of phonebox-based time travel, Doctor Who's starring Time Lord is officially being played by a woman. But according to incoming star Jodie Whittaker, her gender, while important, is just the first step in making the Doctor a role attainable by people from all walks of life.
Peter Capaldi has long been a treasured member of the Doctor Who family, for reasons that go beyond his role on the show - like his geeking out over his longtime fandom, or sending heartfelt letters to younger fans of his now-retired Doctor. He may have passed the sonic screwdriver to the Thirteenth Doctor, but he'll always be the Doctor at heart, as shown in this latest letter to a boy worried about the pain of regeneration.
After more than 50 years, two separate TV series, countless showrunners, hundreds of radio dramas, and more than a dozens of men in the leading role, Doctor Who has finally a brought a woman in the title role - and you can watch her regeneration, seen in yesterday's Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor Christmas special, in its entirety (along with Peter Capaldi's final moments as the Twelfth Doctor.
This Christmas, Doctor Who will undergo one of the biggest transformations in its 54-year history: For the first time, the Doctor will regenerate into a woman. But outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat has decided now, three weeks before he's effectively done with the series, is the best time to put his foot in his mouth over the change.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the 13th Doctor has finally arrived. Sure, Jodie Whittaker might have been cast as Doctor Who's groundbreaking new Doctor months ago, but does a Time Lord truly arrive until they're dressed for the occasion?
The act of passing on Doctor Who's lead role is a weird one, since the actors are stuck in a limbo where they know they're on the way out, but they don't know who's going to take their place yet. Peter Capaldi however managed to figure out there was a monumental change coming for his replacement... thanks to a pair of pants.
Video: Seeing your character represented in cosplay is a time-honoured right of passage these days. Of course, when you're the new Doctor and you've been seen for a grand total of one minute, you probably don't expect to see it so soon.
This week, the BBC unveiled the identity of the 13th Doctor, and as with all Doctor Who castings, there was inevitable complaining -- some more than usual however, because the 13th Doctor is Jodie Whittaker, the first female Doctor. Today the BBC released its official response to the complaints, and it's basically, "It's canon, so deal with it."
Joe Cornish's Attack the Block isn't just one of the best sci-fi action movies of the last decade, but given... let's say recent events, maybe now would be a really fun time to re-watch a movie that's quickly become a breeding ground for the future major stars of scifi film and TV.
Today saw a momentous moment in Doctor Who history unfold: Jodie Whittaker was unveiled as the first woman to officially play the Doctor in 54 years of the show. She's now also spoken out for the first time, offering fans a simple message: have faith in the change that Doctor Who has always been about.