Jodie Whittaker will play the 13th Doctor, the first female lead in  Doctor Who  since the show began in 1963. The series will premiere at Geeksboro at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, October 7th.

Jodie Whittaker will play the 13th Doctor, the first female lead in Doctor Who since the show began in 1963. The series will premiere at Geeksboro at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, October 7th.

If you look at the headlines of today’s news, it’s clear that the world needs visible female heroes now more than ever.

So it goes without saying that we at Battle Pub are excited about the all new series of Doctor Who, starring Jodie Whittaker as the show’s very first featured female Doctor. The concept of Doctor Who was always ripe with opportunities to explore different perspectives and different facets of humanity.

With the Doctor, we have a character who, instead of dying, has the opportunity to regenerate into a different persona. And yet it took five decades and no less than 12 iterations to give audiences a Doctor that wasn’t male. We don’t think it should be so controversial to say that a female Doctor is long overdue, and yet in some circles of fandom, it is.

Why the reluctance to invite women to this parade of great heroes who, instead of violence, use wit and guile to solve their problems? What is gained by making the Doctor -- a hero with the power to experience multiple lives from different perspectives -- so homogenous? A doctor who has lived through many times, many worlds, many genders, and hopefully soon, many races is simply a much more interesting character than an immortally regenerating alien who is always both white and male.

If you disagree with that statement, I guess that leaves more fun and adventures for the rest of us.

So on behalf of fandom -- or at the very least, our community of fans -- we welcome this new, exciting chapter in the Doctor Who saga and look forward to enjoying all of these episodes together with you.

Also, since the premiere will be the very first episode of Doctor Who to feature a female front and center as the main character, we thought it fitting to accomplish the same thing in our theater. Therefore, we will be reserving the first five rows of our theater for female audiences only — this includes women, girls, trans women, and gender non-binary persons.

Two Important Notes: 1) If female attendees do not wish to sit in the front rows, they are certainly welcome to sit wherever and with whomever they want. 2) We will be doing this for the first episode only.

And we are certain that all reasonable male fans (cis or otherwise) won’t mind taking the back seats — or to be more honest, rows 6-15 — for this one time in order to allow women the chance to revel in what we hope will be a powerful moment in science fiction and television history.

-Joe Scott

P.S. Some folks have asked if we will be playing the GLOBAL SIMULCAST of the premiere at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, October 7, and the answer is a BIG FAT YES!