Is Doctor Who starting 2019 by coming out?

Jodie Whittaker as Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker as Doctor WhoPhoto: BBC publicity photo

Thanksgiving has just ended but Doctor Who and the BBC have fans, especially LGBT and ally fans, awaiting New Year’s with great joy. A sneak peek of the show’s New Year’s episode has some fans wondering if the Doctor is going to come out of the closet.

The show’s Twitter account posted pictures of Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor wearing a rainbow scarf with fireworks behind her. Some fans have read the look as a hint that the 13th Doctor will start a queer relationship with her colleague Yaz. This possibility has previously been implied by characters in the show.

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Others think the scarf is a throwback to an old look. Tom Baker’s fourth Doctor also wore a long-striped scarf comparable to the one worn by Whittaker’s version of the character. While there is no suggestion that the scarf is anything other than an accessory, many fans believe it is a clue about the Doctor’s future.

Basil Soper

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