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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: July 16th

Meet the Thirteenth Doctor...


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July 16th
The First Doctor is going to have to have words with his successors as some of them only work 13 weeks a year (plus Christmas Day), whilst others now seem to be content with just 10 weeks and Christmas off. And that's if we're lucky! Poor old Firsty was putting in shifts of 10 months solid at one point in time. And thank goodness for that, as the summer months are notoriously sparse for actual Doctor Who episodes so at least we always have his seasons to look forward to. Although the First Doctor did occasionally regret his choice in companions...


Episodes Broadcast
There's reason to rejoice on this day in Dcotor Who history because we said goodbye to Dodo! The Doctor kicking her out the TARDIS saddened by her decision to stay in London after the fourth and final episode of The War Machines. Along with the 5.5 million viewers watching that day in 1966, the Doctor bid her farewell and sent her on her way with a rare Gallifreyan artifact as a memento of their travels together.

She promptly lost it because she was quite useless.

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Now, if you were watching the Men's Wimbledon Final on this day in 2017 you might have seen this...



The short teaser above was made to announce the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, and was broadcast at 4:26pm just after that Wimbledon final was over. 4.29 million viewers were still tuned in. Exactly how many of them then took to social media in disgust because "SHE'S A GIRL!!!" is unknown, although the noise they made in protest was near deafening.

Personally, I never really understood the backlash. Jodie Whittaker is a superb actress and has made for a great Doctor (albeit, occasionally, inconsistently written, but that's a whole different kettle of fish), plus it had been set in Doctor Who lore than Time Lords could change gender and the idea had been mooted for decades. I honestly believe the casting backlash was/is a case of a small minority shouting the loudest, and for every old, prejudice, sexist, gammon-faced, internet troll (delete or add as necessary) who swore they'd never watch again and burnt their DVD collection in protest, a new, young, open and inclusive fan joined the world of Doctor Who, eager for the Thirteenth Doctor's arrival. How many shows running for, at the time, 54 years can say that?

Join us again tomorrow for another round-up of the episodes broadcast, the spin-offs, the special events, the birthday's celebrated and anything else of note that went down on this day in Doctor Who history.

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