Do you agree with the decision to make the Doctor a woman?

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19th July 2017

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?

Picture credit: BBC 

Do you agree with the decision to make the Doctor a woman?

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emperor · 4 years ago

I have nothing against gender equality- it is really good idea. But changing something that has been tradition since 1963 is a little bit strange. However, we might be wrong. We can only really judge the casting once we have actually seen the actor do her part.

shpee · 4 years ago

I don't really care tbh. All I really think about it is that a joke made on Comic Relief ages ago has actually come true.

elliefn123 · 4 years ago

Yes because it's good to give women a chance in an exciting film??

cillawale · 4 years ago

"Time LORD. I repeat, the Doctor is a Time LORD. Not a Time LADY."
-random social media guy
I totally agree.

1isme · 4 years ago

Why not? There have been so many different doctors that it won't make much of a difference.

Wavybluexo · 4 years ago

Why can't it be a woman? I mean the master regenerated into a lady so why can't the doctor

grace27 · 4 years ago

Definitely should give women the chance. What is the difference? We should all be treated equally

purple11 · 4 years ago

It would be a change!

bunnymunch · 4 years ago

I think it's really good they are thinking about women but docter who is the one we all know and what makes doctor who, doctor who is the guy who plays him at the moment because we have got use to him! i don't think they should change it, sorry! But I hope they will still think about those women at there!!!

orangebob9 · 4 years ago

I think it was a really good desicion and I think it will be just as good as the man version.It's time they had a woman.

mastermiss · 4 years ago

In my opinion I think the Doctor could easily be played by a woman through logic and personality. Even though the Doctor is a Time Lord he is still logically (in that universe) able to regenerate into a female form. I use the most famous example of the eighth Master (John Simm) who regenerated into Missy (Michelle Gomez).
Look how that turned out: BRILLIANT! - In my opinion because she really got into his (the Master's) cunning personality - totally evil! I think we should give Jodie (the upcoming female doctor) a chance. I know the Master's personality is totally different to the Doctor's but we shouldn't turn her down. Let's just see how the series turns out.

amynatalie · 4 years ago

I think its a great idea to make the doctor a woman and it shows that our world is changing for the better!

dorito · 4 years ago

I don't care about whether a boy or a girl will be the doctor who.

lightning · 4 years ago

i think that changing doctor who to a woman is a bad idea because they will have to change the story and now she won't be a time lord any more.

oceangirl · 4 years ago

I agree with elliefn123 ?

blackmaxie · 4 years ago

i think its a good idea because they just did it with the master/ missy and most of his helpers have been girls like rose Donna Martha, Donna, Amy, River Song, Clara, bill pots
the boys are Rory Amy's husband, captain jack, micky smith roses boyfriend, Nardole.
so I think that girls should be given a chance. by the why just because they are called time lord does not mean that all of the time lord are men.

also stop getting rid of the helpers

bobthe1st · 4 years ago

I think it's good that there is going to be a female doctor after a tradition of male doctors and female assistants. We don't really know what the change will be like so we should give it a chance.

rebecca.xo · 4 years ago

A woman has a right to be a doctor!!!!

x-citing12 · 4 years ago

I think that people need to stop hating on this new idea, sometimes it's nice for a change. If nothing changed then we would have incredibly boring lives

radishes10 · 4 years ago

the master turned into missy so why can't the time lord turn into a time lady? women are just as good as acting as men!

Umbrella4 · 4 years ago

Why shouldn't she? Anyone who is good enough should get the part does it really matter what gender they are?

gracie777 · 4 years ago

a woman has the exact same amount of rights as a man; there is no reason why they shouldn't be able to act the doctor

aasrs · 4 years ago

I think that casting a female as the 13th doctor was a brave change. I think that if is right to give Jodie Whittaker a chance. Those of you who voted no, I understand that it breaks the tradition but I am going to carry on watching doctor who in the hope that the female doctor will make a good change rather then a bad change to the iconic 11th Series

stardust12 · 4 years ago

it will be an interesting change in the programme but i am not against it

icecool · 4 years ago

Personally I think this is better than having a man again because firstly Dr Who can regenerate and become male or female and secondly it shows the equal rights that women have in high profile roles on T.V. I think it is very cool!

tolu · 4 years ago

I know that women are known as nurses but anyone can become a doctor no matter what

tolu · 4 years ago

Man or woman we are all the same no one was ever different in the first place

happy4456 · 4 years ago

What's wrong with having a female doctor? Time for a change, right? I think the 50 people who voted 'no' just aren't used to girl power or didn't want to change the gender.
I can't wait for the new and improved doctor who!

shpee · 4 years ago

In response to tolu, a nurse and a doctor are different things. Nurses help doctors usually I think. My dads a nurse I'm pretty sure.

banjoblaze · 4 years ago

The show Doctor Who has demonstrated enough equality already. The Doctor himself should be male and stay male, otherwise they are almost suggesting that you can't just be the gender you were born, like some people are.

arian · 4 years ago

GIRL POWER ?

mastermiss · 4 years ago

I totally agree the role should be given to a lady but logically, a time lord/lady is only granted 13 incarnations so they can only regenerate 12 times. This means Jodie Whittaker is the last Doctor left. Unless she goes to Gallifrey where the Time lords/ladies can grant her a new set of regenerations but that's impossible because Gallifrey is sealed off from the rest of the universe in a time lock in the time war so the Doctors only hope of getting more regenerations is gone.
But the BBC aren't going to stop Doctor Who over rust silly rule so they'll just find another excuse like "but the TARDIS can travel into the Time war through the time lock not only if it really needs to"

riverdance · 4 years ago

OKAY, To start off with... WERE IN THE 21ST CENTURY PEOPLE.
Were meant to be AGAINST sexism so yeah she should be the new time LORD and y'know what who cares if it's LORD. Because there's stuff already like just think about it, the word woMAN. MAN kind. MAN made. All these things, why shouldn't it be Human kind? Human made? and as for woman I refuse to use that word anymore. So who the heck cares if it's time lord. I think we'll manage. And it'd be something to maybe show people and sexism and if you ain't gonna watch Doctor who anymore because of this? I'd be happy because your sexist and never REALLY a doctor who fan.
River Xx (Or river song :D )

riverdance · 4 years ago

Sorry almost forgot....
IDC IF YOU THINK I'M A FEMINIST. FYI I am :) #GirlPower

catonclan · 4 years ago

I think it is not fair in gender-equalalty that only men have been given the chance to act doctor who.
I think this is a large step to woman rights.

pengwin325 · 4 years ago

I'm not against gender equality- it's a really good and fair opportunity to show men and women that they ave the same rights! But the doctor has been a man since the start and I don't think it'll be same with the doctor played by a woman.

Sashgirl06 · 4 years ago

I think this is definitely very controversial - some people will want to stick to tradition, others will welcome this change. I can see why people would want to stick to tradition, but if I was casting this, I'd pick the most talented actor, regardless of their gender. So if it just so happens to be a woman, I'm cool with that.

Sashgirl06 · 4 years ago

riverdance I know, right! It just frustrates me how its always woMAN, and man-kind and man-made, when we could just use the neutral term. And it annoys me how if you start describing someone, and you don't say their gender, the other person always seems to assume it's a 'he'.

ashpokemon · 4 years ago

It will give advantge for female people to be the doctor now

tolu · 4 years ago

woman can be rich so they should be doctors as well.

horsefan · 4 years ago

Girl power!

evadore · 4 years ago

I think it's a very good idea! I can understand that it might muck up the storyline a bit, but it shouldn't matter what gender you are if you're a good actor.

bigdream · 4 years ago

Doctor who is amazing I cant believe he is dropping out. It is quite good they are making the next doctor a woman because then Missy (if she is still on it) can learn more things.

Sparkle09 · 4 years ago

To whoever said "Time LORD. I repeat the Doctor is a time LORD. Not a time LADY.” I am going to say one thing. Missy

ben · 4 years ago

Hey Guys I listened to your comments and have agreed.Cos this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change.

ajmyles · 4 years ago

I think it's fair because Doctor Who has always been a boy

leahpanda4 · 4 years ago

I don't really care about the gender as long as the doctor is a good actor/actress and is entertaining to watch.

RockyTabbs · 4 years ago

People can do what they want

RockyTabbs · 4 years ago

Gender makes no different

popchip4 · 4 years ago

I defo think we should try it tbh I might not work but it would be gr8 2 give it a shot
#grlpwr

popchip4 · 4 years ago

btw riverdance I TOTALLY AGREE

banjoblaze · 4 years ago

I think it's good that first news readers support both genders, but I think it's a bit too late to make the Doctor female. The first twelve have all been male, so that's what the fans love and expect. The show has already had characters of both genders, with different sexualities and people of different races. Isn't that enough? Will the world never be satisfied? Please, consider the opinions of the fans. I know some of you commenting aren't fans because you call him "Doctor Who" not "The doctor".

joshops · 4 years ago

I am not sexist but I don't like having a girl doctor. A girl companion is OK same with Missy but a lady Doctor? That is just not right whose with me

yellowman7 · 4 years ago

soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo yes totally OK

3v0charl · 4 years ago

OF COURSE! I mean it is slightly strange to change the tradition but i have nothing against it ...
[ mainly cause i don't watch doctor who!]

mashabludn · 4 years ago

I don't have anything against different genders, but it would be kind of weird

Magic10 · 4 years ago

I think it's outrageous people are even complaining about it. Of course the doctor can be a lady! Why ever not?

foodiegirl · 4 years ago

It's been men for ages so why do they have to change it?‍♀️?‍♀️??Or??‍♀️

foodiegirl · 4 years ago

It is just like the assistant taking over.boo

riu · 4 years ago

It is not fair that boys and girls do different jobs.Boys and girls are the same ,their just a different gender.
The separating between the genders are done from England it shall not happen again.
Girls and boys are the same

daisy101 · 4 years ago

David Tenant has always been my favourite doctor,i don't think a girl should play the doctor.They have qalways been his companion instead.

coolguy · 4 years ago

I have so many people voted no haven't you heard of gender equality/men & women being treated the same

gavriella · 4 years ago

Dr Who being a woman for the first time shows how feminism is getting stronger and people around the world are realising that woman can do all the jobs that were considered for men. This experiment is a prime example of women avenging higher into strong and accepted people in the world.

gagho · 4 years ago

This is the end of everything why is it a girl!????

Bert2006 · 4 years ago

human rights......

fluffy14 · 4 years ago

why shouldn't the doctor be a woman they have always had men as
the time lord so why don't they have a time lady instead

banjoblaze · 4 years ago

I have read a lot of the comments and they are talking about equality. And yet, they are the ones proposing to take away a massive male role model. Who's as clever as he is heroic and brave. David Tennant was inspired by the Doctor from the age of three. We have Hermione, Katniss and others. This is tipping the scale so feminism has an advantage, and that's not fair.

banjoblaze · 4 years ago

Doctor Who has a massive impact on British television— today, its just The Doctor, tomorrow… no male starts left.

banjoblaze · 4 years ago

*stars

ninjahari · 4 years ago

Good idea. DW is great and a heroic Time Lady would be good!

fox64 · 4 years ago

EQUAL RIGHTS FOR GIRLS/LADIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

· 4 years ago

Puny girl. She'll be rubbish???

banjoblaze · 4 years ago

I may seem to be against this idea, but I'm really just not sure it will work. I think we will lose a lot of fans when Peter Capaldi leaves, like we did to David Tennant. Also, the Doctor had a wife who was presumably straight and he was a father, even though his children are dead.

banjoblaze · 4 years ago

And, as I said, The Doctor is one of the biggest male role models, at least to Britian.

xmeowcatx · 4 years ago

It`s sexist to leave a Woman out just because they are Woman!!

Newsryland · 4 years ago

girl power

hotdogboss · 4 years ago

My sister used to call daleks 'garlics' thought you might want to know that

ernie4545 · 4 years ago

WHO SAYS GIRLS CANT BE DOCTORS TOO!!!!!!

zeushades8 · 4 years ago

WaT iZ the harm?

rubyriver1 · 4 years ago

I think it's a brilliant idea. This is the 21st century and we need to welcome women ghostbusters, female Star Wars heroines and a female Doctor. This is a time of change and diversity. Why not?#firstcomment

PinaEgg123 · 4 years ago

yes girlguiding! give Jodie a chance :)

PinaEgg123 · 4 years ago

It's DOCTOR who. since when were doctors only male!??!?!?!?!?!??!

RoseBun · 4 years ago

Women have rights.

sirtlord · 4 years ago

It’s a Time LORD NOT A TIME WOMAN I HAVE WATCHED THIS SHOW FOR YEARS NOW ITS BEEN SPOILED FOR ME – IT RUINS THE PLOT OF THE SHOW... MALE DR AND FEMALE COMPANION IT MAKES IT A WHOLE DIFFERENT SHOW AND I DONT WANT IT!

anjakf · 4 years ago

It doesn’t matter as long as it is good

amberspell · 4 years ago

Yes because the Master regenerated into Missie, so why shouldn't the Doctor regenerate into a woman too?

[email protected] · 3 years ago

The doctor is going to be a woman. AND? I don't follow Dr. Who but nobody complained about a female main character in Star Wars.

nostrils · 3 years ago

I cannot believe that people are saying that the doctor shouldn't be a woman because it is "traditional" to be a man. Well, woman use to not be allowed to vote, look how things change! Of course a woman should be the doctor, that would be amazing for the show to have a strong female leader rather than just a man's sidekick. I am disgusted over half thought differently. 705 said no!

sootysweep · 3 years ago

No! The doctor has always been a man so it will be a shame to change it.

flossingg · 3 years ago

Oh yes gender dosent matter

flossingg · 3 years ago

yes of cors

shreddeddo · 3 years ago

This is so sexist

flossingg · 3 years ago

1oo1 say no but why

ulsterjack · 3 years ago

dr who was always a man

humanbob23 · 2 years ago

I have no regrets saying no as I have nothing against gender equality

miasteele1 · 2 years ago

I think it should be a woman because it would be a nice change to the programme and not just boys but girls can also fix the universe.

katkid10 · 10 months ago

I completely agree. I think that she is AMAZING at it. Anyone who says no, I respect your opinion, but I disagree.