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Whovians cheer and jeer after BBC announces first female Doctor Who

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Whovians cheer and jeer after BBC announces first female Doctor Who

/ 08:34 PM July 17, 2017

Long-running sci-fi series “Doctor Who” made a surprising announcement when it revealed its 13th doctor.

The show’s current iteration, which has been running since 2005, named a woman, Jodie Whittaker, as its newest galaxy-hopping alien.

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Some fans were skeptical about their favorite character being played by—gasp—the opposite gender. Apparently, the idea of a woman playing the role of a fictional, time-traveling alien from another planet was ludicrous:

This led to reactions on the issue of gender representation in the media and in other fields:

Image: Screen grab via Twitter/@bbcdoctorwho

Image: Screen grab via Twitter/@bbcdoctorwho

But this one tweet best shows why the latest “Doctor Who” casting is good news:

In the hit British show, the Doctor hails from an alien race known as the Time Lords, and tries to save humanity from forces of evil. The race can regenerate when mortally wounded, which means each Time Lord can transform to another person with another personality. This time around, the Doctor just happens to have a feminine form.

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Jodie Whittaker is the 13th Doctor. Image: Screen grab via Facebook/@DoctorWho

Whittaker said that the choice to make the Doctor a woman was “overwhelming, as a feminist,” reports BBC. The British actress has starred in the series “Broadchurch” and “Black Mirror”. She succeeds Scottish actor Peter Capaldi who has been playing the lead role since 2013.

“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey… with every Whovian on this planet,” said Whittaker. “It’s more than an honor to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.” JB

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