When the Doctor Who Christmas Special comes around this year, we’ll be treated not only to a changing of the guard as Peter Capaldi‘s twelfth Doctor finally regenerates. We’ll also be treated to interaction between Capaldi and David Bradley, portraying William Hartnell‘s first Doctor.
But that interaction might not go so smoothly, because while the Time Lords are one of the oldest and most advances species in the universe, a society who are far beyond human preconceptions of gender, apparently nobody told Doctor #1. Bradley said this at London Film and Comic Con, according to The Radio Times:
“What we did emphasise [about the First Doctor] was the old fashioned nature and how he is from the 60s. He goes into the Twelfth Doctor’s Tardis and says ‘it’s a bit dusty around here, it’s in an awful state isn’t it? Where’s Polly? Shouldn’t she give it a spring clean?’ And then Peter’s saying ‘you can’t say that’.”
“[The First Doctor] brings all his 60s sensibilities, what’s lovingly called casual chauvinism. He’s just talking [as if] the [companions] are there just to help out, and do the dusting and do all the domestic chores – his attitudes to a lot of things come right from the 60s, so there’s a lot of conflict between Hartnell’s Doctor and Peter’s Doctor about how things have changed in the last 50 years… we had quite a bit of fun with that.”
Now, if only Doctor Who could deal with the overt sexism of fans reacting hysterically to the announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the thirteenth Doctor.