New Doctor makes history in season premiere

By Fleet Capt. Dave Mason
The new Doctor has fallen from the sky.
She abruptly left her TARDIS and toward Sheffield, England, just minutes after her regeneration. Yikes!
“Doctor Who” picked up from last season’s cliffhanger as Jodie Whittaker made her debut as the first female incarnation of the title character in the show’s 55-year history.
The season premiere aired Oct. 7 on BBC America. BBC networks broadcasted the story at the same time around the world.
A preview, which aired just before the long-anticipated episode, featured interviews with fans including Wil Wheaton, aka Wesley Crusher of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” He said he would follow the Doctor in her journeys across space and time.
Sunday’s season premiere was the culmination of BBC America’s 13-day marathon of “Doctor Who” episodes.
Whittaker, who acted with another Doctor, David Tennant, in BBC/BBC America’s crime series “Broadchurch,” talked enthusiastically about her new role at Comic Con International: San Diego in July. In addition to the “Doctor Who” panel, she appeared with other actresses in an Entertainment Weekly-hosted session about progress for women in front of and behind the cameras — and the urgent need for future work on equality.
The Doctor proved timely as she and others discussed the current state of the TV industry.
In a BBC interview, Whittaker, whose Doctor has three companions, explained the new season will feature continuing arcs for the characters, but the episodic plots will be standalone stories. In theory, if you miss one week, you won’t be lost the next.
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Lisa Sobien of the USS Angeles checks to see if the Doctor is in at the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale, Calif. (Photos by Dave Mason)

We visit filming sites of “Star Trek” and other sci-fi shows (“Westworld”/”The Orville” visit in November!). We watch episodes and meet “Star Trek” actors at our parties. And we have been known to do some time traveling at places such as the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale, Calif. We spotted the TARDIS there!

Jodie Whittaker, second from left, laughs during one of the lighter moments during a discussion of women in the TV and movie industry at Comic-Con International: San Diego in July. Whittaker’s debut as the title character of “Doctor Who” took place Sunday during a simulcast on BBC networks around the world.


Dave Mason

Commanding Officer, USS Angeles NCC-71840