How the world reacted to a female Doctor Who

Not great. Your typical Gamergate, male rights menninists all came out of the woodwork. The same that cried foul when the women-led Ghostbusters reboot came out last year. But the rest of us were delighted with the news to have the first woman cast as the new Doctor. And quite frankly, pleasantly surprised, as I and many others, had resigned ourselves to BBC casting yet another white man.

Former Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, disagreed with the decision saying the new casting is a “loss of a role model for boys”, and Sixth Doctor Colin Baker argued back.

“They’ve had 50 years of having a role model. So sorry Peter, you’re talking rubbish there – absolute rubbish. Well, you don’t have to be of a gender of someone to be a role model. Can’t you be a role model as people?” – Colin Baker

If you’re not a Whovian, the basic premise is every few years the Doctor “dies” and regenerates into a new actor. That’s how the show has kept going for over fifty years.

Current 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi, is departing from the series and Jodie Whittaker is coming in as the 13th Doctor. Whittaker has most recently been on maudlin BBC drama Broadchurch, created by incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall. Whittaker doesn’t talk in this teaser, so she still has time to decide upon an accent. This is Whittaker’s own Yorkshire accent. Whittaker has also starred in action film Attack The Block and in a Black Mirror episode. This year she is also starring as another kind of doctor in new series Trust Me, where she steals the identity of her doctor friend. Kinda meta don’t you think?

In an interview with the BBC, Whittaker addressed the anticipated backlash.

“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.” – Jodie Whittaker

Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor is crossing paths with The First Doctor portrayed by David Bradley (William Hartnell died in 1975) in the upcoming Christmas Special on December 25th, and by episode’s end we will have Jodie Whittaker in as the 13th Doctor.

 

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TV has always been a part of Michael's life, but since the influx of streaming shows now he can't stop (someone send help). He also dabbles in films and video games, and has a mean board game collection.

Michael has previously written about video games for publications including Game Console, Salient, and ButtonMasher.