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Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!
(sighs) I was afraid this would happen.
And whilst many of you have your own opinions about Jodie Whittaker’s performances as the Thirteenth Doctor and Chris Chibnall’s efforts as the current showrunner of ‘Doctor Who’, I must stress that I also have my own opinions about these two. I’m saddened to hear that they’re leaving.
This year, the rumours have been circulating about whether Jodie Whittaker would leave the TV show or not. I held back from making any comments since they weren’t officially announced by the BBC and I wanted to be sure the rumours were true. Sadly this BBC News article that I’ve come across confirms the rumours.
I’ve made it clear in both in my blog posts and in my fully-detailed reviews that I rate Jodie Whittaker very highly as the Thirteenth Doctor. She’s one of my favourite Doctors alongside Peter Davison and David Tennant. Watching Jodie as the Doctor in the TV show has given me endless bouts of joy. 😀
Watching Series 11 and Series 12 has reinvigorated my interest in the TV show. Jodie even cheered me up when I was feeling down during the Covid-19 pandemic in her ‘Message From The Doctor’ video. There’s no doubt I’ve had positive and happy memories watching Jodie’s Doctor in the TV series. 🙂
I greatly enjoyed watching Jodie’s Doctor in ‘Revolution of the Daleks’ this year on New Year’s Day back in January. I’m currently looking forward to the upcoming Series 13 with Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill and John Bishop, which you can get a taste of in the following YouTube trailer. It seems pretty exciting.
I’m intrigued about what this six-part story formed as Series 13 of ‘Doctor Who’ will be like and I’m looking forward to seeing the three specials shown throughout 2022. One will be shown on New Year’s Day, one will be shown in the spring and Jodie’s last adventure will be shown in the autumn. 🙂
Whilst I’m excited by Series 13 and the three upcoming specials, I wish Jodie had stayed on to play the Thirteenth Doctor for the show’s 60th anniversary. She could have at least stayed on to end her tenure for the show’s 60th year like Matt Smith did for the 50th year. I hope that Jodie will be able to return for the show’s 60th anniversary.
I’m also saddened Chris Chibnall is leaving as the showrunner for ‘Doctor Who’. I know people have criticised Chris’ writing in ‘Doctor Who’, but for me, I felt he was a breath of fresh air and a welcome relief compared to Steven Moffat’s writing. I know people won’t agree with me on that, but it’s how I feel.
It’s a shame Chris Chibnall never got to outlive his true potential as a showrunner compared to Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat who were in the job longer than him. Chris Chibnall is likely to end up as an underrated ‘Doctor Who’ showrunner, much like how 1970s producer Graham Williams ended up.
I don’t know what the future of ‘Doctor Who’ as a TV show will be like. Maybe the new showrunner will be good. Maybe the casting of the new Doctor will be good. At present, I’m not interested yet. I’m currently saddened that Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall are leaving too soon for me.
I might change my mind about the future of ‘Doctor Who’ and will be excited by it. For now, I’m looking forward to finding out what Series 13 of ‘Doctor Who’ will be like and I hope Jodie will have a good swansong in the last three specials of 2022. At least, I’ll be getting used to her leaving the show until then.
I’m also glad Jodie got to do three seasons of ‘Doctor Who’ as opposed to two.
Thanks for reading!
Bye for now!