Davies was talking about Jodie Whittaker being cast as the first ever female 'Doctor Who' last year.
The news was received with almost universal delight, particularly from BBC sources, but the man responsible for ‘Doctor Who’s revival over ten years ago, Russell T Davies, has acknowledged that he’s “grown up” a lot since he publicly revealed hesitation over the idea some time ago.
“Okay, look, I know, some of us might be worried about the changes to come,” 54 year old Davies wrote in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine. “I worried, out loud, in print, once or twice, back in the old days, about the reaction to a female Doctor.”
Jodie Whittaker on the red carpet at the 2018 National Television Awards. Held at The O2 Arena, this year's winners included Ant & Dec, Suranne Jones and David Walliams among others - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 23rd January 2018
The 12th Doctor bowed out on Christmas Day - replaced by the series' first female incarnation of the character
The festive period is a much-anticipated period for most people but this Christmas Day was more important for Doctor Who fans than most: after Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor regenerated into a woman. Jodie Whittaker became the first female Doctor - and the 13th overall - but one fan in particular was concerned about the regeneration process and wrote to Capaldi to tell him his fears.
Peter Capaldi wrote a handwritten note to a concerned nine-year-old super fan
Nine-year-old super fan David McGilloway, from Londonderry, had been "dreading" the regeneration according to his dad Brian but actor Capaldi sent him a note - via Father Christmas - to ease his worries.
Continue reading: Peter Capaldi Reassures Doctor Who Fan "Dreading" His Regeneration
She'll be curating a special show for BBC Radio 6Music on Christmas Eve - the day before she takes her bow as Doctor Who.
As if preparing for her upcoming role as the new Doctor Who wasn’t enough for Jodie Whittaker this festive season, she will also turn radio presenter for a special show on Christmas Eve on BBC Radio 6Music.
The indie music station has announced a special ‘Three Wise Women’ series for its evening programming on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Whittaker, former Gossip singer Beth Ditto and ‘Catastrophe’ actress Beth Ditto will be curating music each night respectively from 6pm to 2am, taking turns to select their favourite material from the 6Music archive from throughout 2017.
One of the best looks for the Doctor so far.
You really have to hand it to the costume designers for 'Doctor Who'. Never failing to come up with a unique and wonderful ensemble for each new Doctor, the BBC have now unveiled the official look for Jodie Whittaker as the very first female incarnation of the Timelord.
Jodie Whittaker at London Film Festival
In the first look image of Jodie as the Doctor, she wears adorable high-waisted, shin-length blue trousers with yellow braces teamed with a navy top, brown boots with visible socks and a long trench coat. It positively screams 'Doctor Who', and has succeeded in getting us thoroughly excited for her first appearance.
Continue reading: Jodie Whittaker Looks Incredible In 'Doctor Who' First Look Image
The former 'Corrie' star will appear alongside Jodie Whittaker.
The first official male 'Doctor Who' companion has finally been revealed, with reports revealing that British actor and presenter Bradley Walsh will be joining Jodie Whittaker in the future series of the sci-fi show. Now that is certainly something we never saw coming.
Bradley Walsh wins an NTA
With the first female Doctor comes the first long-term male companion in the shape of 57-year-old 'The Chase' presenter Bradley Walsh. It won't be his first stint in the franchise either, having previously appeared a 2008 double-episode of 'The Sarah Jane Adventures' as Elijah Spellman aka The Pied Piper aka Odd Bob the Clown.
Continue reading: Is Bradley Walsh To Be The New 'Doctor Who' Companion?
She apologises for all the speculation that her co-star got earlier this year.
Jodie Whittaker is glad that she can finally reach out to Phoebe Waller-Bridge and apologise for all the 'Doctor Who' rumours she had to deal with in the run-up to the announcement of the thirteenth Doctor. Jodie was so under scrutiny that she couldn't so much as text her friend.
Jodie Whittaker snapped outside the ITV studios
The BBC always like to keep the identity of the next Doctor super secret until the right moment, which put a lot of pressure on Jodie Whittaker when she was told she was to take over from Peter Capaldi. She opened up about her big secret to Dermot O'Leary on BBC Radio 2 and apologised to her 'Broadchurch' co-star.
Tennant, who played Doctor Who for five years until 2010, was asked about Whittaker's appointment by US chat show host Stephen Colbert.
Amid the backlash from some quarters against the casting of a female Doctor Who, the BBC sci-fi show’s former star David Tennant has backed the newly announced Jodie Whittaker, saying that her gender will be “irrelevant almost immediately” when she makes her debut.
The 46 year old actor, who played the Time Lord between 2005 and 2010, chatted with American talk show host Stephen Colbert on ‘The Late Show’ on Thursday (August 10th). He said that although Whittaker’s appointment was the first time a woman has played the Doctor, the character has never been of any fixed gender, so a male actor is as relevant to the part as a female one.
“Whenever the Doctor changes, there’s a backlash,” Tennant explained. “Sure, Jodie is from a different gender – but that will be irrelevant almost immediately when she takes the part. It’s about finding the right performer at the right time, and that’s Jodie without a doubt.”
The actress has always only ever wanted to "play pretend".
Almost a month ago now, 'Doctor Who' fans found out that Jodie Whittaker would become the first female-bodied Doctor in the show's on-screen history. It was a move that was met with a little criticism by those who don't think a female should play the character, but one that was widely respected and accepted by many. They are after all watching a television series about a time-travelling alien...
Jodie Whittaker is Doctor 13 in 'Doctor Who'
Since the announcement, Whittaker has been keeping a low profile. Not on social media, fans have been waiting to hear from the star and now, she's finally opened up a little about the moment she found out she would be fronting one of the biggest sci-fi television shows the world has ever seen.
Continue reading: Jodie Whittaker Speaks About "Emotional" 'Doctor Who' Casting
Jodie Whittaker's incarnation of the Doctor could called for 'girl on girl'.
With the new Doctor Who becoming a woman for the first time, there are rumours that there may be some sexual fluidity for the first time too. It certainly makes sense; while the Timelord's biological make-up changes with each regeneration, the memories of lost loves always stays the same.
Jodie Whittaker at the British Independent Film Awards
We know that the Timelord civilisation is far more advanced than mankind; as the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) mentioned in 'World Enough and Time' when he blasted gender stereotypes; so there's no reason why the Doctor can't be totally bisexual too. Michelle Gomez, who plays Missy (formerly the Master), hinted at as much recently when talking about the arrival of Jodie Whittaker.
Continue reading: Here's Why Reports Are Saying Doctor Who Will Be Bisexual
The former Tardis traveller suggested a female Doctor Who would mean boys no longer had a role model
Like it or loathe it, the latest Doctor Who incarnation is a woman and has got a lot of people talking - including previous actors who stepped inside the Tardis at some point during its run.
Peter Davison has come out in defence of his Doctor Who comments
However, some opinions have caused more of a backlash than others and former Doctor, Peter Davison, has suggested he will now quit Twitter over his own comments about the gender change of the titular character.
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