By: Kent Bloxson - MSTv EIC (#mstv)
To put it bluntly, current show-runner Chris Chibnall and current Doctor, Jodie Whittiker have made this once brilliant show, seriously boring. And while I have no problem with the Doctor being a woman, I do have one with our hero now being this weak and unsure of himself.
The Doctor has always been somewhat arrogant, cocky, alien and often aloof in all his incarnations. Sometimes, other personality traits like clownishness, eccentricities and coldness, have been evident as well. But, the 13th Doctor has shown none of these traits in the last two Series. And for someone who has lived for thousands of years, this Doctor’s actions and behaviour have been just dull, uninspiring and unseemly.
But, that seems to have changed now with this new episode, “Fugitive of the Judoon,”which introduced a new/former Doctor. And while this new Doctor is also a woman, there’s no mistaking that this one really is “The Doctor.”
But despite Ms. Martin’s stellar performance, the elephant in the episode remains. Since neither Doctor recognized the other, where does “Doctor” Ruth fit within the show's 57-year history?
I thought to take a stab at matching wits with the former president of the Doctor Who appreciation society – circa 1986 – Chris Chibnell and see if I could think like him regarding “Doctor” Ruth’s origins. And after my 30+ year history of watching the show, I’ve come up with two possible answers:
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As "Doctor" Ruth stated herself in “Fugitive of the Judoon,” she's worked in a job you don't apply for, nor can ever leave. Plus, she’d work and trained with the operative chasing her in that episode, Gat. This would most likely make her an operative as well. These facts alone make it logical to surmise this “altered” Doctor might have had his/her memory wiped, once his usefulness was over, and eventually regenerate into his official third form.
And for those questioning that Doctor R didn’t recognize the sonic screwdriver, that’s not the case. She just stated she was too smart to need one. Now that sounds like the Doctor!
Well, that my theory. What do you fellow fans think?