A win for gender equality, but some fans aren’t happy…
The BBC has revealed in a historic move that the next lead in Doctor Who will be a woman, after casting Jodie Whittaker as the first female Time Lord in the show’s next series.
There has been intense speculation about who would step in as the science-fiction legend since Peter Capaldi announced he was leaving the programme in January.
And the big reveal is dividing opinion.
For the bonafide Doctor Who fans, this change of pace is bound to rustle some feathers. The time-travelling icon has been played by 12 previous actors, who have all been male. Whittaker, best-known for playing Beth Latimer in ITV’s Broadchurch, comes as a significant reworking of the masculinist portrayal of previous doctors.
About time, too.
Doctor Who’s new head writer and executive producer, Chris Chibnall, said: ‘I always knew I wanted the 13th Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for the Doctor simply blew us all away.
‘Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The 13th Doctor is on her way.’
But how is the Twitterverse reacting to the news?
Some people think the show will suffer, illustrating that misogynistic attitudes towards women are still very much alive and kicking…
— Mike (@magic_mike1990) July 17, 2017
— Matt McGloin (@mattmcgloin) July 16, 2017
@BBC PATHETIC picking a woman for the doctor everyone needs to boycott doctor who now
— Kiyle (@KiyleF) July 16, 2017
— Boycott Dr Who 13 (@BoycottDrWho13) July 17, 2017
However, many fans were quick to defend the decision, finding amusement in the angry online ‘boycott’ reactions…
— Victor Montgomery Jr (@JustSomeVic) July 16, 2017
.@bbcdoctorwho Your official answer to any manchildren threatening to boycott Doctor Who should be a succinct “AU REVOIR.”
— Lou Is (@enriqueztwb) July 16, 2017
If you’re seriously going to boycott Doctor Who because after 12 incarnations of men we now have 1 woman, you’re pathetic, don’t @ me. 😂🤣😅
— Daniel Redman (@RedmanSocStudy) July 16, 2017
And, many Twitter users were absolutely overjoyed by the news that Doctor Who was getting its first female lead…
— 🏳️🌈Jenny Trout (@Jenny_Trout) July 16, 2017
Long overdue on a female Doctor. Fresh formula might make me watch again. A good move by the shoe. I’m legit excited. #DoctorWho
— Tyler K Charlton (@TylerKCharlton) July 17, 2017
— Emma Gibbs (@memag78) July 17, 2017
Other actresses in the running for the role of Time Lord included Death in Paradise‘s Kris Marshall and Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge.