If you never watched Doctor Who, you should know that the character has a habit of changing faces. From old man, to young man. From young man, to younger man. From wild-eyed, jelly-baby loving traveler with with an affinity for absurdly long scarves, to that one Doctor who thought a stalk of celery was a good fashion accessory. For decades, the series has used the titular character’s ability to “regenerate” into a new body as an excuse to change actors. This next season, however is going to be the Doctor’s biggest change ever: From old man, to young woman.
We haven’t seen much of Jodie Whittaker’s take on the Doctor yet — just her regeneration at the end of Peter Capaldi’s run as the Doctor and a few brief promo shots. Now, at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, we got our first glimpse of the new Doctor’s personality. She says everything is new. New worlds. New times. New faces. In light of all that, the new Doctor asks a single question: “Will you be my new best friends?”
Presumably, that question is for Whittaker’s co-stars, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole — who are set to play Craham, Yasmin and Ryan, the Doctor’s new companions.
The Doctor’s face, gender and friends aren’t the only thing that’s new either. She’s also getting a new sonic screwdriver.
The large, curved sonic screwdriver looks almost like a futuristic universal remote control, and wildly different than the device wielded by Peter Capaldi, Matt Smith or David Tennant — but that’s almost fitting. We haven’t seen much of the new Doctor Who yet, but it looks like it’s taking the series in a completely different direction.
Even so, at least one thing hasn’t changed: The Doctor still seems to be a delightfully charming, slightly alien weirdo. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.