Jodie Whittaker will take over as the thirteenth Doctor at the end of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, but we’ve only seen her in outgoing twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi’s costume so far. Since every regeneration of the Doctor has a signature look (or two) that’s their own though, many have wondered what she’d end up wearing normally.
Well, I guess now we know. Earlier today the BBC tweeted out the following image of Whittaker in costume, standing in front of the TARDIS:
It’s definitely… different? I mean, I like it (and that long coat is going to look great in running scenes), but it’s not exactly what I expected.
You’ll also notice the TARDIS itself has been updated – gone is the St. John’s Ambulance sign that’s adorned the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor’s tardis, and we’ve reverted to the dark backed sign (matching most of the Old series and the 1996 movie). Overall, I like it. It harkens back to the old show while still feeling really modern.
On this episodes we celebrate Star Trek: Discovery‘s renewal, discuss Doctor Who‘s announced new companions, feel relief at the Han Solo movie finally having a title, get confused at the Settlers of Catan movie, and get elated that Constantine will get to be bisexual on Legends of Tomorrow.
Gen also went to Anime Fusion, and we discuss the differences between Wisconsin and Minnesota cons.
With Doctor Who changing showrunners and Doctors next series, most of us have been wondering who would end up joining Jodie Whitaker in the Tardis next year. Well we now have an answer, as it’s been announced that the thirteenth Doctor won’t just have one companion but three, as Mandip Gill, Tosin Cole, and Bradley Walsh will be playing Yasmin, Ryan, and Graham respectively.
Walsh was the subject of rumors earlier this year that he’d been cast as a new companion, but it seemed odd to go with an actor that old on his own. Combined with the additional two companions though, that choice seems to make a bit more sense.
Whitaker is, of course, expected to assume the role of the Doctor at the end of this year’s Christmas special, with the three new companions joining in the next series due to air in 2018.
On this episode we discuss a couple of notable exits — Colin Trevorrow getting canned from Star Wars Episode IX and Ed Skrein quitting the Hellboy film amidst whitewashing concerns. On a similar theme, Syfy has cancelled Blood Drive and Dark Matter, and the BBC has decided to not renew Doctor Who spinoff Class. We also tackle Joss Whedon getting a screenwriting credit on Justice League, and two people were injured when chairs were thrown from a balcony at Dragon Con. We start by touching on the recent losses of Len Wein and Jerry Pournelle.
Gen’s on vacation, so it’s just Trae and Nick — but hey, video is working again!
Well, it’s official — the Doctor Who spinoff Class has been cancelled. The news comes to us from BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh (via Doctor Who News), who said at a Broadcasting Press Guild:
No, [we’re not bringing it back]. There was nothing wrong with it – I thought Patrick did a great job, he explored an amazing world.
In honesty, it just didn’t really land for us on BBC Three. Things sometimes don’t, and I’ve got to make decisions about what we’re going to do from a drama point of view.
There are always times when you do something and you have to decide that it’s not going to come back. Class is just one of those things.
Honestly, this is too bad — if not unsurprising. Series creator and showrunner Patrick Ness announced that he wouldn’t return earlier this year… and honestly very few people watched the show in the UK. It’s too bad though, as I think it was a fundamentally positive addition to the Who-mythos.
Deborah Watling has sadly passed away after a brief battle with cancer. Watling played Second Doctor companion Victoria Waterfield, appearing in 40 episodes between 1967 and 1968.
Sadly most of her episodes have been lost, with only a few surviving. She first appeared in The Evil of the Daleks in the serial’s second episode (coincidentally the only episode to survive from that story). One of her better serials has survived though, Tomb of the Cybermen, and is very much worth your time.
On this SPECIAL EPISODE of Nerd & Tie which we weren’t expecting to actually record, we discuss the casting of Doctor Who‘s thirteenth Doctor. Jodie Whittaker will be taking over as the eponymous Time Lord, and we share our thoughts, how parts of the internet lost their collective minds (due to more than one X chromosome), and then dig into a bunch of Doctor Who randomness to fill time!
Also, we’re sorry it’s a little quiet — we’re still trying to get the sound right in the new studio.
When we learned Peter Capaldi was exiting Doctor Who with this year’s Christmas special, we were honestly saddened. But like with all regenerations of the legendary Time Lord, we immediately got excited trying to guess who would take on the part. Well, the guessing is over, as earlier today the BBC announced that the thirteenth Doctor will be none other than Jodie Whittaker.
Whittaker is best known for Broadchurch, which was created by incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall. She’s also appeared in films like Venus and 2011’s Attack the Block. Oh, and we should probably mention this somewhere, she’s a woman.
At several points in series ten, the show went out of its way to remind the audience that Time Lords could change genders during regenerations. Many hoped that these were clues that we’d see a woman playing the Doctor’s next incarnation, and sometimes it’s very nice to not be disappointed. Capaldi’s shoes are going to be hard to fill, as he’s arguably one of the best Doctors on record. That said, Whittaker is an incredibly talented performer, and should bring something new to the character (beyond her gender).
On this, our officially longest ever episode of Nerd & Tie, we celebrate Invader Zim‘s impending return, discuss John Simm’s returning as The Master on Doctor Who, lose our minds over the New Warriors television show (featuring Squirrel Girl), contemplate Rainn Wilson’s casting as Harry Mudd on Star Trek: Discovery, and speculate on the possibility of a Joss Whedon written/directed Batgirl movie.
Then we tackle the con scene, where Angry Goat Productions continues to do things that are absolutely insane, and AnachroCon’s management seems to have devolved into complete anarchy. We also talk about the great time we had at Karoshi Con, and look forward to No Brand Con.
Plus, y’know, there’s a mailbag. This episode is just full of stuff.
In a turn of events I’m sure most of us didn’t expect, John Simm will be stepping back into the role of The Master this upcoming series of Doctor Who. Simm last played the character in 2010, during David Tennant’s final story as The Doctor.
Michelle Gomez took over the part a couple of series ago, and will also appear this series. She’s not leaving the part any time soon though, as Simm’s Master will appear via time travel. In all likelihood we’re getting a multiple Master story, and that’s probably one of the more exciting things I could think of. Gomez and Simm are both phenomenal at chewing the scenery, and putting them both onscreen together is probably my favorite idea ever.
Doctor Who returns to the air April 15th, with the story featuring The Master(s) later in the series.