That’s right. At long last, the Doctor is a woman.
On Sunday, the BBC announced that Jodie Whittaker will be succeeding Peter Capaldi as the 13th Doctor, which means that when the Doctor’s famous regeneration abilities kick in at the end of this year’s Christmas special and transform his body, he will switch genders for the first time in the show’s 54-year history.
For many Whovians, the historic announcement was reason for celebration:
– ????️????Jenny Trout (@Jenny_Trout) July 16, 2017
– The Time Ladies (@thetimeladies_) July 16, 2017
I’m so proud of my show. #DoctorWho
– Luke Spillane ???? (@lukespillane) July 16, 2017
But in a world where news of a “Ghostbusters” reboot with an all-female cast draws backlash, Whittaker’s casting was bound to draw opposition from some corners of the “Doctor Who” fandom, which in return was met with sarcasm from the pro-Jodie crowd.
– atruedrwhofan???? (@atruedrwhofan) July 16, 2017
I’ve often said that The Curse of Fatal Death was Moffat’s manifesto for running #DoctorWho. I think that’s the final thing ticked off.
– MinuteDoctorWhoPod (@TMDWP) July 16, 2017
– Gold Spartan (@Goldspartan6) July 16, 2017
#DoctorWho was already on the bubble for me, before it went full SJW and made him a tranny.
– BillDeWall (@TomForsythe5) July 16, 2017
Not sure what is more entertaining – the joy of Jodie Whittaker being cast as the Doctor, or grown men throwing tantrums over it. #DoctorWho
– Sister Outrider (@ClaireShrugged) July 16, 2017
– Lewis John Yule (@LewisJohnY2) July 16, 2017
Petition to replace the sound of the TARDIS engines with the sound of sexists whining #DoctorWho
– Adam Smith (@adamndsmith) July 16, 2017
But perhaps the best reaction comes from Colin Baker, who played the 6th Doctor back in the ’80s and summed up today’s news with some lines he spoke in his first episode as the Time Lord:
Change my dears and not a moment too soon – she IS the Doctor whether you like it or not!
– Colin Baker (@SawbonesHex) July 16, 2017
For more on Jodie Whittaker, click here.