Last Sunday, when the BBC announced that the 13th Doctor on the popular sci-fi show Doctor Who would be Jodie Whittaker, the Internet seemed to have lost its collective mind. Why? Because Whittaker is the first-ever woman in the show’s 54-year history to play the part. The announcement not only brought plenty of praise from those who think it’s time that a woman fill the role, but it also heralded much criticism from those who simply couldn’t accept that the new Doctor is a GIRL.
As a result of a “significant numbers of complaints” filed with the BBC since Whittaker’s casting was announced, the network has issued a formal response to those complaining about the decision to have a woman as the next incarnation of the Doctor, pointing out that it is established canon that Time Lords can change genders.
Some viewers contacted us unhappy that Jodie Whittaker has been cast as the new Doctor.
Since the first Doctor regenerated back in 1966, the concept of the Doctor as a constantly evolving being has been central to the programme. The continual input of fresh ideas and new voices across the cast and the writing and production teams has been key to the longevity of the series.
The Doctor is an alien from the planet Gallifrey and it has been established in the show that Time Lords can switch gender.
As the Controller of BBC Drama has said, Jodie is not just a talented actor but she has a bold and brilliant vision for her Doctor. She aced it in her audition both technically and with the powerful female life force she brings to the role. She is destined to be an utterly iconic Doctor.
We hope viewers will enjoy what we have in store for the continuation of the story.
Personally, I was hoping to see Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd) fill the role, but Whittaker is a great actress that will definitely bring a new take on the popular character. I’m excited to see what she can do with the part. What are your thoughts?