Footage from Jodie Whittaker’s first episode of “Doctor Who” has been released onto the internet, and it’s glorious.
Before we go any further, because there’ll never be a better time to say this: spoilers!
(Wow, if you watch that clip, “spoilers” stops sounding like an actual word anymore!)
The poor BBC is never very good at keeping leaks in check when it comes to “Doctor Who”. Too many Brits care too passionately about the show to be able to keep things in check.
The entirety of the very first episode of the show back in 2005 got leaked online before its broadcast, and while things have never been that bad since, there’s always been plenty of chatter online whenever a few secrets sneak out.
The BBC has been clamping down on this newly leaked footage of Jodie Whittaker in action, with mirrors disappearing left and right.
I managed to see the footage mere moments before the video was struck off Twitter due to copyright violation. I could link to another copy of it that I’ve found, but I don’t think I want to incur the wrath of the mighty Beeb.
You’ll have to find it yourself. It’s not that hard if you know where to look.
There’s also been some leaked images of the Doctor in steampunk welding goggles, analyzing her Sonic Screwdriver. Again, I’ll let you find them on your own.
What I will say is that the footage is fantastic. Whittaker channels all the energy and wacky kookiness of Matt Smith.
This might not be her final personality. The scene seems to take place immediately after her regeneration, making her a little scatterbrained. Nevertheless, she’s certainly more like post-regeneration Matt Smith than Peter Capaldi.
This makes sense. The rumblings from the BBC have suggested that the show will be returning to a more fun, engaging Doctor, instead of a misery-guts old man who kind of hates everyone.
Based on what I’ve seen, I’m very happy with this. The show looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun, and Whittaker definitely channels the Doctor’s classic confidence while making the role somewhat her own.
I can’t wait to see more.
Except I probably will wait, if only because watching fuzzy leaked footage on Twitter is never the same as simply viewing the show in all its HD glory upon release later this year.