Following this past weekend’s announcement of Jodie Whittaker taking over the role of The Doctor in “Doctor Who,” there’s been plenty of cheering but also some inevitable complaining. Some fairly argued over disliking the choice, but there was also a sizeable contingent bemoaning the idea of a woman in the role.
As conversation on DH’s own boards showed, a few chose to voice complaints and misogynistic talk without obviously having ever seen the show – unaware that unlike with other franchise, such a gender swap is perfectly in line with both in-story canon and the program itself.
Today, the BBC has released its official and formal response to the complaints and it’s an amusing “deal with it” response:
“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.”
We’re expected to get a brief first glimpse of Whittaker in the role at the end of this year’s Christmas Special.
Source: The BBC