First Female ‘Doctor Who’ Draws Praise Plus Inevitable Sexist Trolls

Jodie Whittaker is taking over the TARDIS, and fan reaction has been wild and varied

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:

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.

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:

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