Physician Who received’t kick off its latest season with its latest star (Intercourse Schooling’s Ncuti Gatwa) till November of this yr, however it appears just like the long-running British sci-fi sequence is lastly getting the right reboot it deserves. Contemplating the present’s significance in British popular culture and past, a robust season is strictly what it wants—as a result of the previous few have been, uh, tough.
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And if the lately circulating set photographs are any indication, it may very well be essentially the most trendy and, dare I say, sexiest season but.
Physician Who follows a time-and-space-traveling alien generally known as The Physician (and their human companions) on wild, wacky journeys by the universe. It first aired on the BBC approach again in 1963, however just a few years after the sequence debut, then-lead William Hartnell grew ailing. In an try to preserve the sequence going, showrunners discovered essentially the most important piece of The Physician’s lore: The Physician can’t die, however regenerates into a distinct particular person. Hartnell was changed by Patrick Troughton, and the remaining is historical past.
Since then, there have been 14 totally different Docs on the helm, from Good Omens’ David Tennant to Sport of Thrones spin-off Home of the Dragon’s Matt Smith, and even a single girl thrown into the combo (Broadchurch’s Jodie Whittaker). Barbie’s Ncuti Gatwa would be the 15th Physician, and the first-ever particular person of coloration to tackle the function (he’s Rwandan-Scottish).
I’ve been a fan because the sequence rebooted in 2005 after a 16-year absence (other than a TV film in 1996), although I fell off onerous in the course of the tenure of Peter Capaldi (Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League). Even Whittaker as the primary and solely girl Physician couldn’t pull me again in. However Gatwa’s season appears prefer it’s going to be a very good one—and it’s not simply because beloved former showrunner Russell T. Davies is again. It’s as a result of Physician Who’s bringing horny again.
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New Physician Who, new look
Unofficial and official set photographs of the upcoming Physician Who sequence 14 exhibit a formidable wardrobe the likes of which we’ve by no means seen within the franchise. In photos, Gatwa and his companions (Coronation Road’s Millie Gibson and The Matrix Resurrections’ Jonathan Groff) don slick ‘60s-era matches and Regency-style robes and fits. And somebody on the BBC upped the wig price range, as Gatwa has an incredible afro in a single look and lengthy sideburns in one other.
Outdoors of period-specific apparel, Gatwa’s Physician appears to have a quite in depth assortment of appears, from a beautiful camel-colored leather-based trench to a black biker jacket. Historically, each Physician will get their very own uniform—an outfit that she or he wears in nearly each episode with little or no deviation. David Tennant had a brown pin-striped go well with and Converse All-Stars, Christopher Eccleston wore all black and and a leather-based jacket, Jodie Whittaker had royal blue cropped suspenders and a t-shirt. Even when touring by time, the Docs have caught to their uniforms, so it’s nice to see the 15th Physician altering it up.
It at all times bothered me that the Physician hasn’t made extra use of the canonically in depth wardrobe on the TARDIS (their signature police-box formed, time-traveling spaceship) throughout their travels. Why wouldn’t you don some petticoats within the 18th century, or a pair of denim flares at Woodstock? And why, when you’ve got such a giant closet, wouldn’t you modify your outfit every single day?
Traditionally, the Physician’s appears are goofy or camp or stuffily British, however they don’t seem to be horny (Eccleston’s leather-based jacket is the closest we bought—Matt Smith wears a fez for fuck’s sake). Whittaker’s Physician dressed like a child who picked out their very own garments, possible an try to forestall conventional (learn: older) Physician Who followers from endlessly complaining about her gender. However there’s a recent, youthful fashion and sexiness to Gatwa’s appears that I’ve by no means seen earlier than in Physician Who, and it’s a welcome addition.
One paparazzi picture of Gatwa on-set within the leather-based trench reveals him carrying a collared zip-up shirt beneath it, with the zipper daringly unzipped to reveal a pleasant portion of his chest. One other one has him on the again of a scooter in a leather-based jacket, white tee, and blue denims. This Physician is scorching, and never within the humorous, rubbery British approach that made me have an irrational crush on David Tennant, however in a correctly horny method.
Gatwa’s Physician appears set to be a breath of recent air for a sequence that struggles to keep away from staleness. I can’t wait to get again into Physician Who. The 60th anniversary particular that includes David Tennant reprising his function airs this November.