Iconic British sci-fi show Doctor Who has had many actors play its titular time-traveling Time Lord since it premiered in 1963, and they've all had one thing in common: they've all been men. Now, the show has made history in casting its first female doctor, which was revealed today in a video clip teasing the show's upcoming Christmas special and eleventh season. The 13th doctor will be played by Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker. Watch the reveal, below.
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) July 16, 2017
Whittaker said that it is "overwhelming, as a feminist" to be portraying the UK classic's first female doctor. She will take over the role from Peter Capaldi during the show's annual Christmas special this holiday season.
Doctor Who fans are, understandably, pretty excited about the news, but some can't help throwing a little well-deserved shade at the show for taking so long to cast a female lead, or venting about negative reactions to the announcement.
"Doctor Who makes sci-fi history by casting a woman as the lead" pic.twitter.com/CZbaTQZrS9
— Dean Burnett (@garwboy) July 16, 2017
Oh great a female Doctor Who. What next? Female real doctors? Female pilots? Female scientists? Female sisters and mothers? Female WOMEN?!
— InsideOutings (@InsideOutings) July 16, 2017
Didn't think a female #DoctorWho mattered that much to me - but now realise it always did. And the sexist comments explain help explain why
— chi onwurah (@ChiOnwurah) July 16, 2017
Your occasional reminder that #DoctorWho's creator, Sydney Newman, wanted a woman cast in the role in 1986. That's thirty one years ago.
— James Cooray Smith (@thejimsmith) July 16, 2017
And as a bonus...
So many great Doctor Who's over the years hard to choose just one pic.twitter.com/NbubXyLUUt
— Kibblesmith ⚔️ (@kibblesmith) July 16, 2017