UNLESS you’ve been living inside a TARDIS for the last week, you’ve probably heard that the BBC has announced that the next Doctor Who will be a woman.
British actress Jodie Whittaker will take over from Peter Capaldi in Doctor Who later this year. Jodie will play the 13th Time Lord and regenerate in a Christmas special.
The news was revealed on BBC One after the men’s Wimbledon final on Sunday (16 July). Within minutes it was being talked about all over the world.
The announcement ends months and months of speculation among fans, many of whom predicted the BBC’s decision to cast a woman in the iconic role. However, the news seems to have split opinion.
While some have reacted positively to the news, others are not happy about it. The show’s producers have faced a huge backlash from both male and female fans this week.
One fan wrote on social media: “Time LORD. I repeat the Doctor is a time LORD. Not a time LADY.”
Jodie told fans of the show: “I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.”
Girlguiding, the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, responded to the online backlash, saying: “To those who have reacted negatively to the casting, we will simply say this – you are watching a sci-fi show about metal men who shoot lasers out of their heads and yet the Doctor being a woman is unrealistic? Give Jodie a chance.”
It’s been the debate of the universe this week, but what do you think?
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