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TV: Doctor Who Star Pearl Mackie: Make Next Doctor Non-Binary

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Former Doctor Who star Pearl Mackie thinks it’s about time that a non-binary actor plays the Time Lord ahead of Jodie Whittaker’s departure. With Whittaker leaving Doctor Who behind in 2022, there’s been plenty of speculation about who will be at the controls of the Tardis next. Mackie, who starred opposite Peter Capaldi as the Doctor’s first openly gay companion Bill Potts in the tenth season, weighed in on who she’d like to see take on the role. She told the Telegraph there was “so much room for change” as the Doctor’s regenerations “allow the show to move with the … Read more

TV: Screenwriter Russell T. Davies to Return to Doctor Who

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Screenwriter Russell T Davies is set to return to Doctor Who after Jodie Whittaker leaves her role as the famous Time Lord. Davies, as showrunner, helped to re-launch the iconic series in 2005, but left in 2010 and was succeeded by Steven Moffat, who was replaced by Chris Chibnall in 2018. Now, Chibnall is handing the reins back to Davies, who will soon be tasked with replacing Whittaker and deciding who will next take up the role of The Doctor. According to the BBC, Davies said in a statement that it would be “time-travelling too fast” to give any hints … Read more

TV: Who Should Be the New Doctor Who?

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Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker has confirmed she will be leaving the sci-fi drama next year, along with showrunner Chris Chibnall. Both star and showrunner will bow out following a six-part series set to air later in 2021, two specials already planned for 2022, plus one final feature-length adventure for the Thirteenth Doctor, which will also mark the BBC’s centenary next year. Jodie Whittaker, 39, took over the TARDIS in 2017 as the first female Doctor, breaking a major barrier for the long-running show. The next Doctor is yet to be announced but many Whovians are crying out for another … Read more

FOR READERS & WRITERS: When is a “Universe” Too Big?

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FOR READERS & WRITERS Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer Scott: I’m old enough to remember when Star Wars was a single film. Now there are… well, I’ve lost count. Main films, side films, TV series, theme parks, cartoons, comics, and much more. Same with Trek, the MCU and DC to a lesser extent. Does it ever become overwhelming? Or are you always hungry for more? Writers: This is a reader/writer chat – you are welcome to share your own book/link, as long as it fits the chat, but please do so as part of a discussion about the topic. … Read more

John Barrowman Calls for Trans Doctor Who

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John Barrowman is encouraging Doctor Who to “take another leap” and cast a transgender Time Lord after Jodie Whittaker leaves the show. After making waves as the first ever female Doctor, Whittaker’s tenure is rumoured to be ending soon, leaving the door open for a queer actor to follow her into the TARDIS. As speculation over her successor intensifies, Barrowman threw his weight behind the idea of a transgender actor in the iconic role. “I’d love to see a transgender Doctor. I think that would be awesome,” he told Metro. “With Jodie, they made a leap. They made a huge … Read more

John Barrowman Joins Push for Queer Doctor

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John Barrowman has thrown his support behind the idea of the next Doctor being LGBT+. The Doctor Who actor, who is set to reprise his role as “omnisexual” time-traveller Captain Jack Harkness in the upcoming New Year’s Day special, told The Telegraph that he can see an LGBT+ Doctor in the show’s future. “Of course the next Doctor could be gay,” Barrowman said. “The Doctor could be bisexual, the Doctor could be fluid, whatever, it doesn’t matter. The Doctor is an alien that can try anything and everything. And that’s where the audience is right now.” Barrowman also hinted that … Read more

TV: Jack is Back

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John Barrowman is set to make his return to Doctor Who as the ‘omnisexual’ time-traveller Captain Jack Harkness, the BBC has revealed. The actor first appeared as Captain Jack Harkness in the long-running BBC series in 2005, and he quickly became a fan-favourite. Barrowman went on to reprise his role in a January 2020 episode titled “Fugitive of the Judoon” – and now the BBC has announced that he will return again for the 2020 Doctor Who Christmas special. In the special, titled “Revolution of the Daleks”, Captain Jack will help “the fam” after they discover a shocking plan involving … Read more

Doctor Who Buries “Bury Your Gays” (Spoilers)

Doctor Who fans rejoiced as the show left the ‘bury the gays’ trope firmly behind with an episode that put a proud gay romance at the front and centre. Warning: Major spoilers follow. Whovians were already reeling from last week’s big reveal – the return of much-loved omnisexual alien space pirate, Captain Jack Harkness. And Sunday’s episode ‘Praxeus’ scored even higher on LGBT+ representation with a death-defying love story between British astronaut Adam Lang (Matthew McNulty) and ex-police officer Jake Willis (Warren Brown). From the beginning it’s clear the two characters share a history, but the details of their relationship … Read more

TV: Captain Jack Returns – On Doctor Who (Spoilers)

Doctor Who fans were thrilled when John Barrowman made a surprise comeback as the “omni-sexual” time traveller Captain Jack Harkness, a decade after he last appeared on the show. Warning: Major spoilers follow. Captain Jack made his return during Sunday night’s “Fugitive of the Judooon”, accidentally abducting The Doctor’s companions while trying to deliver a warning to the Time Lord (Jodie Whittaker). After beaming Graham (Bradley Walsh) into his ship, he mistakes him for The Doctor – who he has only ever met as male – and plants a deep, long kiss on his lips. Fans were robbed of a … Read more

Doctor Who Takes “Bury Your Gays” to a Whole New Level

Doctor Who Bury Your Gays

Doctor Who may have set a TV record with the fastest “Bury Your Gays” moment ever. Fans of the hit BBC sci-fi show were thrilled when a new gay character was introduced in its New Year’s Day special “Resolution.” But the excitement didn’t last long. Because less than half a minute later, the character had his lifeless body dragged down an empty hallway. Actor Connor Calland made his TV debut playing a gay security guard named Richard. In his <30 seconds of screen time, he challenges Dalek-controlled character Lin, played by actress Charlotte Ritchie, as she attempts to break into a … Read more