David Bradley on bringing 'casual chauvinism' and 60s sensibilities to The First Doctor

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Aug 2, 2017

As we all know, Game of Thrones alum David Bradley will guest-star as the First Doctor in the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special, where the character will bring with him his “60s sensibilities,” and all that goes with it. Including some very outdated views about the fairer sex.

Titled “Twice Upon a Time,” the festive special will see the First and 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) work together and clashing over The First Doctor's rather old-fashioned views about the role of women in society and in the TARDIS. Speaking at London Film and Comic-Con, here's what David Bradley had to say about the First Doctor’s opinion of women:

“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.”

With Peter Capaldi’s Time Lord set to regenerate into a woman at Christmas (played by Broadchurch and Attack the Block actress Jodie Whittaker), it would be really interesting to see the First Doctor’s reaction to his now-female 13th incarnation.

Here's hoping departing showrunner Steven Moffat doesn't let that oppurtunity pass him by. What do you think?

(via Radio Times)