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"Doctor Who" is about to make its biggest change since returning to television in 2005: after 54 years, Jodie Whittaker will debut as the first woman to officially play The Doctor in this year's Christmas Special.
For most, casting Whittaker is a welcome (if overdue) move. For a regressive portion of the show's viewers, the move is unconscionable. Time will tell if "Doctor Who" goes too far in trying to please both sides — it could easily squander the rich potential of the change and Whitaker's talents by second-guessing itself and falling into gendered tropes.
No matter the outcome, it's likely that next season will be the most talked-about and analyzed season of "Doctor Who" ever. What better time to get on board the TARDIS?
In this edition of Fan Service, after presenting our recommended (and hopefully not too controversial) watch order, we'll walk through the history of "Doctor Who" and take stock of what the show has added, changed and jettisoned over its long life. With more than 800 episodes and over 50 years of history, let Fan Service help you get oriented in space and time. LINK