Dr Who rebooted as female - good news?
To me, good sci-fi is always undergirded with the qualities that make good drama--good writing, characters that are believable and interesting, good
dialog, consistent plots with interesting developments.
John W. Campbell was right when he insisted that mere ideas were not enough for good science fiction, that good writing needed to support the ideas.
Here's hoping the new doctor does well and the series flourishes.
The Master/Missy storyline set it up I think. The writer Moffat has been loved and despised in equal measure by fans. He relies on lots of exposition and not much action. Capaldi likened filming to being in a factory and he was a huge fan before he got the part. Hopefully the combination of new writer/new actor will lead to better storylines. Lots of little girls will be quite excited though that finally they don't need to be a companion but can actually play the time travelling alien saving the universe.
It had to happen, sadly, I don't think that it was a "natural" progression, in that the PC brigade might have had something to do with it. Yes, the Master/Missy character has set the stage, I just hope that the scriptwriting improves, none of the stories of late have been particularly inspiring. I certainly don't think that Capaldi was allowed to show just what a good doctor he could have been. I think he had the potential to be another Tom Baker, but the scripts just did not allow it. I wonder if we will actually see a re-boot of the first doctor at some stage with an update of the original stories.