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2016 BEST BROADCAST CRITICS : Marlise Boland & Elyse Ashton – “OutlandDish”

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The Anglophile Channel team honored at 2016 LA Press Club SoCal Journalism Awards

Best Entertainment Reporting – Juliette Boland/”The Timey Wimey Show”

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2015 NAEJ Awards – Best Entertainment Reporting, Juliette Boland’s Timey Wimey Show (Pictured with NBC News Anchor, Robert Kovacik)

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2017 LA Press Club Southern California Journalism Awards

Best Anchor/Hosts: The Dish Shows with Marlise & Elyse (3rd Place), “Brit Flix with Kelly, Paul and (Two Buck) Chuck” (Nominated)

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2016 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards: Best Broadcast Critics (WINNER: Marlise Boland & Elyse Ashton – “OutlandDish”), Best Pop Culture Feature (WINNER: Juliette Boland, “The Timey Wimey Fandom Show”), Best Entertainment Feature – Over 5min (3rd Place: Marlise Boland, Paul Boland and Elyse Ashton – “The Downton Dish: A Farewell to Downton Abbey”)

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2016 LA Press Club SoCal Journalism Awards: Best Anchor -Television: (WINNER: Paul Boland and Kelly Monteith –  Brit Flix with Kelly, Paul and [Two Buck] Chuck) Best Anchor-Television: (3rd Place: Marlise Boland & Elyse Ashton – “The Dish Shows”), Best Entertainment Commentary – (Finalist: Brit Flix with Kelly, Paul and (Two Buck) Chuck),  Best Entertainment Reporting (Youth Journalism) – (3rd Place: Juliette Boland, The Timey Wimey Show – The Doctor Who Interviews)

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2015 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards: Best Arts & Entertainment Feature (WINNER: Juliette Boland, The Timey Wimey Show), Journalist of the Year (Finalist: Marlise Boland), Best Broadcast Critics (Finalist: Paul Boland & Kelly Monteith – BritFlix with Kelly, Paul and [Two Buck] Chuck), Best Documentary Short (Finalist: Marlise Boland and Paul Boland – “Andrea Galer: Mansfield Park, Jane Eyre and Beyond”), Best Entertainment Feature-Over 5mins (Finalist: Marlise Boland and Paul Boland – “Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Tribute”)

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The Importance Of Being Earnest At Madeline Garden

20180211_210957The Importance of Being Earnest has long been my favourite comedy. The clever 413 Project Theater has found a way to make Oscar Wilde’s most enchanting play even more tempting. They combine the show with a formal tea in a gorgeous space, and make the whole experience a splendid evening out.20180211_175943

Pasadena’s Madeline Garden has a fairy lighted courtyard where we were greeted and led inside to our table. It was hard not to get sidetracked peering into the other rooms along the way, and we confess to snooping around during intermission. Madeline Garden is located in the 1927 Cheesewright Studios Building which is the cornerstone of Pasadena’s historic Green Street Village.  The building has a fascinating history. We always manage to find the Anglophile connection! Edgar Cheesewright, an Englishman, was a fashionable designer of the period whose work can be found in the White House, Hearst Castle and Greystone Manor. The Great Depression saw the building go into disrepair and disrepute, but it was brought back to use just before WWII by the U.S. Naval Research Bureau for military intelligence projects. 20180211_175937A tunnel was built to connect the Cheesewright Studio building to CalTech, and it is said that Albert Einstein had a secret laboratory in the basement and the tunnel allowed him to travel back and forth unnoticed. Ern1No wonder there is an aura of drama in the air well before the first act! The building was sold in 1983 and now has residences on the upper floors and a stunning bistro and tea room at ground level. It is truly lovely.

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The atmosphere is set, lively upbeat 1920’s music is helping the audience get in the mood for the show and first two courses and tea are served well before the performance begins. That was nice planning as we had some time to get settled in, chat and admire the room. The playing space is in front of an impressive fireplace. When the lights dim we are transported to Algernon Moncrieff’s morning room in Half-Moon Street and are introduced to our two protagonists. It wouldn’t be Oscar Wilde if fates and circumstances didn’t become increasingly complicated, but it is clear to the audience where the action is headed and that, and along with the brilliantly witty script, is where most of the comedy lies. Noah Khyle is stellar in his portrayal of  charming, decadent Algernon, and Kyle Decamp, as his more grounded counterpart John Worthing, plays the part quite earnestly. (Sorry!) It is amusing to see their interplay as the exposition unfolds in the first act. I eagerly awaited the tea scene between Gwendolyn and Cecily.  It was fabulously fun and all the more engaging as we were all seated at this inharmoniously hilarious tea table watching the sugar get dumped into dismayed Gwendolyn’s teacup and seeing the huge slice of cake being passed by jealously arch Cecily, knowing full well she was asked for bread and butter.   Earnest ouplesern2Caroline Pitts as lovely, determined Gwendolyn Fairfax and Annabelle Borke (who also directed) as beautiful, imaginative Cecily Cardew bring a champagne sparkle to their roles and we cheer their most civilized of skirmishes as they go from fast friends, to rivals, to sisters-in-arms. Comic musical touches underline the monologues, a quick wink to the 2002 film with a chorus of “Lady Come Down” and the couple’s adorable chase through the room brought smiles all around. Tamarah Ashton (no relation) was, indeed, “a gorgon” as stentorian Lady Bracknell. Dr. James Borke is the stolid, dependable manservant Merriman. Eric Ryan jumps into two roles, both butler Lane and Reverend Chasuble. He has a slight Rowan Atkinson vibe, with a smirk to the crowd that invited us all in on the jokes, particularly when he played Reverend Chasuble. When he and proper, uptight woman-with-a-secret Miss Prism, played with aplomb by Angela Beyer (who we must say, rose triumphantly over her wig) announce “at last”, you think, wow, THAT would be a sequel! ern7The comic timing is excellent. The staging and set changes are simple, which is all one needs in these plush surroundings. The period costumes are lovely. There is a lightness and ease to the production, which makes for an enjoyable show. The entire cast cast is energetic, focused, superbly entertaining and, the play is, overall, an absolute delight.20180211_180155

The tea, however, had it’s problems. Before any liquids were served, little warm scones, a tiny dish of jam and lightly sweetened cream cheese blend standing in for clotted cream were on the table.

20180211_181309We couldn’t begin to nibble the scones before we had a steaming cup in our hands! Madeline Garden serves one pot for two people, which is fine if you both want the same kind of tea. There is a surcharge if you and your tea buddy want different teas which seems a strange rule as you pay an individual ticket price. You are offered am uninspired choice of black, green, or herbal tea. The black tea, which was our choice, had a bit of a lemon flavour. Our pot was refreshed later in the evening. You are also able to purchase alcohol as an addition to your meal. Tepid but tasty tomato soup arrived next and was popped onto our sticky scone plates which we were expected to keep for the whole meal. The lights went down and the tiered trays were brought out later during the action of the play. 20180211_190304Could they not have waited for a scene break? Bless the actors, none of them missed a beat with all the distraction, but it isn’t fair to the audience. We couldn’t ask questions about what was served and tried to figure out what were eating and what I, as a vegetarian, had to avoid. There were many savouries as this is an evening tea, and though the—and please understand, these are just guesses– sausage balls, chicken concoction, sun dried tomato basil quiche, potato veggie combo, and “curried matter” on toast were, for the most part, very good tasting if not terribly hot, the guesswork took one out of the action of the play.ern3 The sweets on the top tier were a scrumptious pair of macarons and a red velvet-ish bit of cake topped with a minty cream which didn’t really work together. We missed the sandwich course and wished for more of the tiny, buttery scones with a touch of coconut that were served first. Our waiter was very nice and took time after the show to tell us about the history of the building.20180211_180219

Even with the tea niggles, it was a wonderfully entertaining evening and a fine night out. The concept of this play and tea combination coaxes one into transcending out of the mundane into the stylized, mannered ideal of the past. The 413 Project Theater brings their productions to both Pasadena and San Diego There is a rotating cast. The Importance Of Being Earnest at Madeline Garden runs though March 3rd.  Go!couples 2

For more information and tickets https://www.the413project.org/la-earnest

For more information on Padadena’s  Madeline Garden

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Review: Victoria & Abdul

VA poster“Victoria & Abdul” is a tricky film. It’s excellent, no doubt, but is also thought provoking in ways which one might find unexpected. Once the credits rolled I heard members of the audience asking each other how they liked it. Most everyone did, but it brought up many questions and an animated discussion. There is more “there there” than a simple episode of the life of an historical character. Based on “true events-mostly” as claimed in the beginning titles, and directed by the incomparable Stephen Frears, “Victoria & Abdul” brings us to a lesser known story in the life of Queen Victoria. She’s shown in a declining state, being rolled out of bed, dressed, led around, frail and infirm despite her robust size, sleeping at the banquet table, and missing her mouth occasionally as she speeds through her meals. QAwindowHer eyes are dull and her zest for life has long fled. We follow her blossoming under a new friendship with Abdul Karim, regain her feisty sparkle, and then the inevitable discontent this friendship causes within her family and household.

This is ground we’ve visited before in the film “Mrs. Brown”. This friendship, however, is very different. Although there is a question of the nature of the relationship, it is not skirting on the romantic in the same way we witnessed with Queen Victoria’s Scottish servant, John Brown. Indeed, Abdul Karim, for the Queen, embodies the romance of India, the most exotic jewel in her empire. Her hunger for knowledge of India and Abdul’s eagerness to build on his favor with the Queen brings him into a newly invented position, that of “the munshi” or teacher. He gives the Queen lessons in Urdu, culture, and questionable history. Queen Victoria thrives under her new passion for India. Her Munshi and beloved companion, Abdul, is lavished with attention, honors and an exalted, secure position of intimacy and trust at court… so long as Queen Victoria is in a position to protect him and his family.VA walkies

You know where the story is headed, yet it is compelling enough to keep the audience rapt. The acting is perfection. We’ve seen Judi Dench as Queen Victoria before, and from the moment she is shown as a rag doll being pulled from the bed, we understand precisely what stage of her life we have come to witness. She brings a sweetness, loneliness, sympathy and naivete to the elderly queen which makes her treatment of those around her as pets, puppets, necessary evils, or simple nuisances not at all something to simply judge, but something to ponder. Ali Fazal plays Abdul with the wide eyed enthusiasm for adventure, a strong sense of ‘carpe diem” and a touch of the philosopher-poet. His handsome charm wins over both Victoria and the audience even when the character’s choices make one pause. Eddie Izzard is Bertie, the Prince Of Wales and plays the subtleties, adding to the broad, villainous strokes with which his character is written. Tim Pigott-Smith as Ponsonby, Michael Gambon as Lord Salisbury, are standouts. Fenella Woolgar and Olivia Williams as the Queen’s ladies and the actors who make up the rest of the household are all stellar. Simon Callow blows up the screen as Puccini in a comic turn to remember. Adeel Akhtar as Mohammed has incredible chemistry with Azi Fazal’s Abdul. Akhtar deftly brings comedy, pain, and an intense truth to his embodiment of Mohammed, the character which inspires some of the film’s most thought provoking questions.QA boat

The questions “Victoria & Abdul” poses are legion. Even as I laughed there are uncomfortable moments when I wondered if it was appropriate. Within the comedy we see cruelty. There are heartbreaking examples of racism, ignorance and exclusion. Abdul and Mohammed, brought to England for the same purpose, have opposing views on empire yet their fates are as intertwined as they are different. This film made me think about race, religion, empirical politics, the ideals of friendship, love, hatred, home, ambition and the sorrows of aging and the end of life. Very few moments don’t ring true.VA Throne The costumes are exquisite, scenery astonishing and the details and glimpses of life within the royal palace invite you into a world where nothing jars you back into the twenty first century except the notion of how much has changed and how much has remained the same. You could watch it simply for the story and the absolute beauty, but like all good films, it makes one think about what one has just seen, want to see it again and long to know more. What does that “mostly” in the opening titles mean? Was Queen Victoria truly as open and inclusive as she is portrayed in the film? Do friendship and love really conquer all? I’d absolutely encourage you to see “Victoria & Abdul” and tell us what YOU think!

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The real Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim.

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Outlander is BACK and EW Has Some Exclusive SEXY Pix of Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe!

Entertainment Weekly never fails to bring us the sexiest photos of our favorite time traveling lovers from the STARZ hit series, Outlander! In next week’s issue EW went behind-the-scenes of the South Africa shoot to find out what the drama has in store for its 5-million plus fans this fall. Take a LOOK at these gorgeous photos of Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) and Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser) – you might need a cigarette in between images. (All images copyright Entertainment Weekly)

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EACH photo can be an EW cover in its own right! Are we right? 

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We love these “behind the scenes” images as well! 

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How LONG did Sam have to stay waist-deep in water in order to get just the right shot, we wonder? OL_10

PLUS as an added bonus, EW is publishing THREE different covers!! These gorgeous covers of Sam and Cait are sure to come come OL fandom collectors items!

Where can you get your copies? They will be available to subscribers and on newsstands on Friday – however, the third cover, showing the happy couple together, will be available exclusively at Barnes & Noble beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Or you can buy the whole set here. What are you waiting for? We’ve already ordered ours! 

It won’t be long now. Outlander Season 3 debuts on STARZ on September 10th! You can catch up on the previous season on the STARZ app now! And don’t forget to watch our very own Outlander recap show, OUTLANDDISH. Catch up on our OutlandDish content here: OutlandDish: A Wee Outlander RECAP Show

Need a little Outlander NOW? Check out this amazing S3 trailer: 

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Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe SHINE in “OUTLANDER” S3 Debut as STARZ SURPRISES FANS WITH WORLD PREMIERE AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON

San Diego, Calif. – July 21, 2017

There was already magic in the air at the “OUTLANDER” panel at San Diego Comic-Con as the cast and creatives of the STARZ hit series returned for their first appearance in two years. The expected screams were heard as our favorite cast members were introduced by moderator actress and dancer, Jenna Dewan TatumRonald D. Moore (executive producer), Maril Davis (executive producer), Diana Gabaldon (author), Tobias Menzies (Black Jack Randall/Frank Randall), Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall), Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield), and everyone’s favorite time-traveling couple, Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser) and Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser), brought an excitement and electricity to Comic-Con that was palpable. But things really got off the hook when Moore announced a surprise screening of Episode 301: “The Battle Joined” and suddenly the roof blew off of Ballroom 20!

The episode, written by Moore and directed by Brendan Maher, was just the remedy fans needed to cure the woes of Droughtlander.  The opening title sequence and Outlander theme music was enough to have fans reaching for their tissues.

The third season of “OUTLANDER” picks up right after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant with Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) child, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire.

Both Heughan and Balfe shine in an episode that does not feature them how we like them: together –  save for one dream sequence. Very few lines are spoken by Heughan yet the emotional intensity conveyed on his face tells the whole story.  At death’s door, Jamie is feeling the pain of having lost the Battle of Culloden and the love of his life at the same time. This is a man who wishes for it all to be over and our hearts break for him. Balfe’s multi-layered nuances as Claire allow us to feel the struggle of a woman who yearns for another life, while having to accept and learn to live with another.  Balfe’s scenes with Menzies (Frank) are both passionate and poignant. We feel pain and sadness for both characters.  Extra kudos to Menzies for brilliantly portraying Frank in such a way that makes us forget he was ever Black Jack Randall. It’s only the beginning but we can already see the award-winning potential in this cast. 

Poignant performances by both Balfe and Menzies in Episode one of Outlander’s Season 3 debut.

As the years pass, Jamie and Claire will attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart… as well as new doubt. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. As always, adversity, mystery, and adventure await them on the path to reunion. And the question remains: When they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones all those years ago? These and other questions will all be answered in the much-anticipated season 3 of Outlander.

Looking forward to performances by Richard Rankin (Roger) and Sophie Skelton (Brianna)

Diana Gabaldon’s eight-book Outlander series has sold more than 28 million copies worldwide and all the books have graced the New York Times best-sellers list. The “Outlander” series spans the genres of history, science fiction, romance and adventure in one amazing tale. The second season of “Outlander” won the Critics’ Choice Award for Most Bingeworthy Show, and four People’s Choice Awards, including Favorite TV Show.

WATCH the FULL Outlander Comic-Con panel followed by FAN REACTION of the episode here: 

“Outlander” Season Three will premiere on Sunday, September 10th at 8pm ET/PT on STARZ.

 

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Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Matthew B. Roberts, Toni Graphia, Anne Kenney, Andy Harries, MarigoKehoe and Jim Kohlberg serve as executive producers of “Outlander,” which is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.

 

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Outlander Booth | Jamie’s Print Shop Revealed At 2017 Comic-Con

Fans from around the world have descended upon 2017 San Diego Comic-Con to celebrate the long-awaited return of their beloved show, OUTLANDER. The STARZ hit series returns to SDCC with a bang, giving loyal viewers the ultimate fan experience beginning with a recreation of Jamie Fraser’s Print Shop, which will be the scene of the much anticipated reunion between Jamie and the love of his life, Claire! The Outlander Print Shop has already become the most popular booth on the convention floor! 

Visit Jamie’s Print Shop at the Outlander booth at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con

The print shop entrance features a specially made sign from the set of Outlander…with a hidden love note to Jamie and Claire. Can you find it?

The Print Shop sign!

This is an exact replica of the sign featured on the show – specially designed by the Outlander art department. 

Fans are greeted by some well cast sexy Highlanders – looking so good in a kilt, we were sure they must be Jamie’s kin! 

Sexy Highlanders abound!

A variety of authentic antiques from the era are featured in Jamie’s print shop.

Authentic antiques from the era….

At Wednesday’s sneak peek preview night, Outlander fans lined up for hours to get the chance to visit Jamie’s world, amongst them the ever popular fan group, Outlander SoCal Edition, led by founder Heather Insley – who remarked on the excitement in the air for this very Outlander weekend.

Dedicated Outlander fan group, Outlander SoCal Edition, led by founder Heather Insley.

On preview night, fans already wrapped around the booth for the chance at a sneak peek of Jamie’s Print Shop!

Fans are rewarded greatly for their time with a variety of cool, limited edition collectibles such as Outlander prints, flasks, tartan bandana’s and special Outlander tees which are made to order and live printed right on the floor! Very impressive. But the most sought-after item is the “golden ticket” which grants fans admission to the cast autograph signing session on Saturday, July 22nd. 

Take a look at our visit to the Outlander booth here:

There is so much for the Outlander fan to enjoy this weekend at Comic-Con. Don’t forget to line up early for the much-anticipated OUTLANDER panel in Ballroom 20. The panel will feature cast members: Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Tobias Menzies, Sophie Skelton, Richard Rankin, Executive Producers Ron D. Moore and Maril Davis and Outlander author, Diana Gabaldon! Also, try as many times as you can to get one of those magic tickets that will gain you entrance into the autograph signing session! 

Thank you to STARZ PR, including Alana McGaughey and Claire Gendel, and Tiffany from STARZ marketing for including The Anglophile Channel in on such an exciting Outlander event! 

The STARZ Outlander team ready to roll at 2017 SDCC

Outlander returns to STARZ on September 10th!~  Follow them on Twitter @Outlander_Starz

Watch the awesome Season 3 trailer here: 

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Jodie Whittaker Makes Television History as First Female Doctor Who! What Are The Reactions?

Drum Roll Please!

 It was the moment Whovians had all been waiting for, the announcement of who would be portraying the Thirteenth Doctor. The BBC and BBC America both thrilled, and shocked, fans when they revealed that Jodie Whittaker would be making television history by becoming the Thirteenth Time Lord and the first female to ever play the role!

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Meet the NEW face of Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker!

Many names had been floating around and rumors were beginning to spread last minute. Besides Whittaker, some of the names that were being thrown about were Kris Marshall, Pheobe Waller-Bridge, Olivia Colman, Hayley Atwell, Andrew Scott, and more.

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Honey, you should see me in a TARDIS! (Photo via Pinterest wefollowpics.com)

Personally, after listening to the rumors, I thought Kris Marshall would have been a great choice for the Doctor. I pictured him as goofy Doctor, like the Sixth and Eleventh Doctors, and bringing more lightness to the show. Also, he was ginger, so it was destiny!

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The Doctor has always wanted to be ginger! Kris Marshall would have filled the bill.

 Many of us believed that we would all be waiting until this Christmas to finally meet the new Doctor. That’s a long wait! Luckily, Doctor Who posted a teaser on Twitter, which left us all screaming and holding onto each other, with the promise to “Meet the 13th Doctor after the Wimbledon Men’s Final”. This was posted July 14th, just two days before the news we’d all been yearning to know would be broadcasted around the world!

Instead of biting their fingernails or counting the stars in the sky, fans reacted in true Doctor Who fashion by investigating the teaser in depth, creating flow charts, elaborate diagrams, and color coated bar graphs. Sure enough, many Whovians had found clues to a female Doctor within the teaser. For example, the teaser showed The Statue of Liberty (who is female), the Sahara Desert (“Sahara” is a feminine name), an iPhone (which can be a reference to Siri, who was originally voiced by a woman), and the Prime Minister’s door (who is currently female). Whovians began to theorize that the next Doctor would in fact be a woman!

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The “Sahara” Desert! Hint, hint!

Of course, Whovians are usually correct and were proven so when, on July 16, BBC announced the Thirteenth Doctor through a video. In it, a person, wearing a dark hood over their head, walks through a forest and holds out the Tardis key in their hand. The person takes off their hood and it was revealed in 0.5 seconds that the Doctor will be portrayed by Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to play this iconic role in fifty-four years of Doctor Who history!  The newly cast actress sees her Tardis in the distance and walks towards it with a genuine smile on her face. From that moment, the Thirteenth Doctor departs on her journey to change the course of Doctor Who forever.

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Welcome to the future! The NEW face of Doctor Who!

WATCH the “big reveal” here:

It’s a Girl! How Do We Feel?

 Millions of jaws dropped on the ground in unison while watching this video. That may be a positive reaction, but there are variations of the term “shocked”. There have been mixed feelings with making the Doctor a woman. Some believe that making the Doctor a woman will change the show’s focus and lose its traditional adventurous feel. Others believe that Jodie Whittaker is a phenomenal actress and will bring a creative and intriguing Doctor to the table, so therefore gender does not matter.

Tweets were immediately shot back and forth, contrasting opinions are clashing against each other, and battles were beginning to form. Obviously, it always takes a bit adjusting to shift to a new Doctor after you have been attached to the current one for such a long time, but this case is different. We have been used to a male Doctor for many years, for some even decades, and now fans must adapt to a female Doctor. So what has the fan reaction been?

Some fans have welcomed Whittaker with open arms!

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   Others aren’t exactly shedding tears of joy.

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 In the midst of this war between Ms. Who, Mr. Who, and Gender fluid Who – Doctor Who alumni have already tweeted their congratulations to Whittaker with great positive energy!

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Doctor Who actors have got each other’s backs. It’s like they’re inviting a new member to the family and I love that! 

My Thoughts on the Matter

 I have put much thought into the whole idea of a female Doctor long before Whittaker’s casting was announced. Here is what I believed beforehand. Word had been going around that the next Doctor might be a woman. And a female Doctor would be no surprise due to all the winks and nudges throughout season ten. In truthfulness, I thought a female Doctor wasn’t necessary. There had already been a great amount of female representation in the series through the Doctor’s companions. One may argue that companions are viewed at as the Doctor’s “assistants” and “side-kicks”, classified as ‘less than’ the Doctor. I beg to differ. From Martha Jones to Donna Noble to Clara Oswald, the show has shown female strength in various ways. Some companions have reigned in the Doctor, confronted him, steered him toward correct decision-making, and have had the strength to leave him. Not only are these women female, they are human, too. The show proves that even a human female can be stronger and wiser than an alien male.

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 I obviously have always been open to the idea of a woman Doctor. After all, it is 2017, and lifestyles and society is changing. It’s time for Doctor Who to change a bit, too, unless you want the same storylines reoccurring over and over again. Doctor regenerates, Doctor finds a normal Earth girl, Doctor travels with Earth girl, Doctor may fall in love with Earth Girl or just be great friends with Earth Girl, Doctor loses Earth girl, Doctor wallows. However, that’s getting a bit old, isn’t it? Personally, I am ready to embark on this journey with Whittaker at the helm of the TARDIS. 

In an interview with BBC, Whittaker answered thirteen questions with one of them being, “What do you want to tell the fans?”  She answers with, “I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.”

Jodie Whittaker, a Doctor for the new age!

Many little boys have grown up with Doctors like David Tennant and Matt Smith and strive to grow up to be like them. Maybe with a female Doctor, little girls will now look up to Whittaker and her interpretation of The Doctor and possibly produce more female Doctors in the future.

I conclude with this simple opinion (and maybe even suggestion). I respect everyone’s opinions, but I’ve seen some comments on Twitter that have really jumped to conclusions. We haven’t even seen Whittaker’s first episode, so to judge so quickly and harshly is pretty unkind. This is such an amazing opportunity for her, and we should be supporting her through this next year before Capaldi officially gives her the Tardis key. Let’s give Whittaker a chance, because if you have seen the television show Broadchurch (which starred David Tennant, the Tenth Doctor), you know she is a phenomenal actress.

New Doctor Who Showrunner, Chris Chibnall comments on the announcement.

Chris Chibnall, former Broadchurch show runner and new Head Writer and Executive Producer for Doctor Who says: “After months of lists, conversations, auditions, recalls, and a lot of secret-keeping, we’re excited to welcome Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor. I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away.  Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way.”

And what does the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi have to say about Whittaker’s casting? “Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm. She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”

Capaldi hails Jodie Whittaker as a great casting choice!  (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

 No matter what gender, as long as the actor or actress that portrays the Doctor is committed, passionate, and loyal to the character, I am always satisfied. I am very sure that Whittaker will bring all of those characteristics to the role.

Congratulations, Jodie Whittaker! Welcome to the Whoniverse! I wish you the best of luck during your stay, and I cannot wait to see you in season 11!

I’ll be at San Diego Comic-Con interviewing some of the Doctor Who cast. No word yet on whether Jodie Whittaker will surprise us with an appearance! Keep your eyes on this space and I’ll let you know! 

Allons-y!!!

Juliette Boland, Timey Wimey Fandom Show
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