Back in 2017 there was a big brouhaha over the new Doctor Who having a hooha. Fears of ruined childhoods and/or a rip in the space time continuum due to Jodie Whittaker, the actor playing Doctor Who, occasionally using tampons, were unfounded. Jodie’s still playing The Doctor and it’s never once rained squids (unless Watchmen shares the same universe, in which case we’re all screwed). Now, according to CNN, on a recent episode of Doctor Who, another Doctor showed up, and she’s played by Jo Martin, a black woman! And fans are pissed…. it took this long. Either the demographics of the fandom have expanded, or women are actually just as capable of playing imaginary Time Lords as men. Or both!
“Doctor Who” just made history with its first ever black Doctor, who was revealed during Sunday night’s episode “Fugitive of the Judoon.”
Jo Martin, playing the first black incarnation of the Doctor, was shockingly revealed to the 13th Doctor, portrayed by Jodie Whittaker. Whittaker was the first female incarnation of the character.
In the episode, written by Vinay Patel and Chris Chibnall, Martin’s character, a tour guide in the English city Gloucester named Ruth Clayton, surprisingly announces that she is the Doctor.
The historic revelation came after a TARDIS was dug up from under Clayton’s lighthouse childhood home. But neither one of the Doctors recognized each other.
Here’s the scene introducing Jo as The Doctor. Or possibly A Doctor. Or as some on Twitter have posited, “The Timeless Child“. There’s some Whoian nuance going on here that I’m unable to address. Yes, I’m a big nerd, but the wrong kind.
— Doctor Who on BBC America (@DoctorWho_BBCA) January 28, 2020
— Doctor Who on BBC America (@DoctorWho_BBCA) January 27, 2020
Jo’s previous credits include Holby City, Silent Witness, Top Boy, Batman Returns, and Fleabag. I have to say, the warm welcome she’s received from Doctor Who fans is surprising given the tantrum that was thrown when Jodie was first cast as The Doctor. Is this… progress?
WE HAVE A BLACK DR WHO.
THIS IS NOT A DRILL. WE HAVE A BLACK, FEMALE DR WHO!!! https://t.co/hHsZMbrUWo
— Stephy (@StephanieYeboah) January 26, 2020
Jo Martin as the Doctor!! Which incarnation exactly remains to be seen, and if she's even a canonical Doctor at all. All we know is she's the first black Doctor and in mere minutes she has OWNED the part!#DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/rIn7dBzEjx
— Ryan Price-Stephens (@RyanPriceWho) January 27, 2020
You've made the universe of #DoctorWho so much bigger and better already. You and Jodie were fantastic together. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
— Rob Kelly ➡️ #robkellytweets (@robkellytweets) January 27, 2020
So shine on your freaky TV show that used to bore me to tears, and then give me nightmares as a kid, shine on!