‘Doctor Who’: A New Era Brings New Hope For The Show

It’s a new era for Doctor Who. And as the show said during the  promotion for season 11, “it’s about time.”  Many fans, especially female fans and fans of color, feel more included in Doctor Who than they ever have before, and that is partially due to the representation provided by the Thirteenth Doctor and her companions Yasmin Khan and Ryan Sinclair.

Doctor Who is such a popular show. According to Jodie Whittaker herself, part of the reason for that popularity is “because it’s inclusive rather than exclusive.” Everyone likes to feel like they’re a part of something, and Doctor Who gives many people that feeling.

What has the new era of ‘Doctor Who’ brought to fans?

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Besides the obvious aliens and sci-fi shenanigans, what has the new era brought to fans? Firstly, it’s brought representation for women and people of color. Representation in media matters and the more good representation out there, the better. Secondly, it’s brought a more hopeful tone to the show.

One of the reasons people love Doctor Who is because it brings hope. However, before season 11 the show had gotten a bit darker and for a while had lost its hopeful message. Though it was still a good show, many fans found it harder to watch.

Why was a new era of ‘Doctor Who’ needed?

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The first and most simple answer is: why not? The second answer is: because it’s Doctor Who. Doctor Who is a show that thrives on change. The main character changes faces every so often, after all. This is not a show that is scared to make changes if necessary.

According to Whittaker, “Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change.” While some people do not like change, Whovians learn to expect it. One of the many good things about Doctor Who is that if you’re not a fan of the current era, just wait a while and it’ll change.

What is the key to the success of ‘Doctor Who’?

Perhaps it’s simple. The reason people like Doctor Who is because Doctor Who believes in people. It has a positive message and, like Jodie Whittaker said, is truly inclusive.

Doctor Who is also a show where the protagonists use their brains to defeat evil instead of simply blowing it up all the time. That is also attractive for many fans. The show also encourages curiosity and open-mindedness. In general, the show is all about openness, intellectual curiosity, and hope.

Mostly, the show is about hope. And fans likely wouldn’t have it any other way. The hopeful message of the show inspires many fans. People are looking forward to watching what The Doctor is going to do next.

Everybody loves a good hopeful message, so it is opening up new avenues for the show. Who knows what will happen next? It’s anybody’s guess. We hope that it will continue to grow and people will love it more and more.