Over the weekend, the BBC announced that the new 13th Doctor in the “Doctor Who” series will be a woman. Actress Jodie Whittaker was revealed as the new Time Lord via a social media video.
“I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice,” said Chris Chibnall, the show’s new showrunner.
A female Doctor is not the first time a woman has been a Time Lord, however, both Riversong and “The Master” have been played by women.
But when it came to the fan response, many were overcome with sexism and denounced it with misogyny.
“Liberal snowflakes won again,” complained a user named “New Kid.”
“Another show ruined by political correctness, what next a female Tarzan?” asked Johnnyk from Swindon in the U.K.
No more dr who for me and my son what have you done
— Martin Evans (@Ladstrong) July 16, 2017
WHAT NEXT: A female Tarzan, a Mexican Shaft, Jackie Chan’s Poirot, Frank Bruno’s Miss Marple…? Readers aren’t taking a lady Doctor Who well… pic.twitter.com/kVkjQFO655
— The DM Reporter (@DMReporter) July 16, 2017
— Hannah Mason-Bish (@DrHannah) July 16, 2017
— #WhiteResistance (@StandUpWhiteMan) July 17, 2017
“I’m now looking forward to a male Wonder Woman, a male Miss Marple, a male Laura Croft, an all-male Sex in the City reboot, a male Xena, because obviously it’s ‘important’ to ‘challenge gender stereotypes,'” posted Philmo Phlegm of Cornwall.
Their comments didn’t go over very well as other male and female fans united around the new “lady Doctor.”
— Geonn Cannon (@GeonnCannon) July 16, 2017
Misogynistic nerds: r u triggered snowflake?? Media doesn't have to conform to ur delicate sensibilities
Same dude: A LADY DOCTOR?! AAAAAA
— Cuteosphere (@kawaiiberpunk) July 16, 2017
Just been outside for the 1st time since we've had a lady #DoctorWho. Everything's on fire, the sky's fallen in & there are bras everywhere
— Clayton Hickman (@claytonhickman) July 16, 2017
BREAKING NEWS: misogynists around the world abandon fictional show because they hired a woman to play the lead alien #DoctorWho
— rose 11 (@Iovingkook) July 16, 2017
what doctor who will be: the exact same
what angry people think it will be: come along companion, we must travel to the LIPSTICK DIMENSION
— savannah brown (@savannxhb) July 16, 2017
Laughing at all the haters, if the Doctor being a woman offends you so much then you are missing the entire point of the show and character
— James Sheppard (@JSheppardActor) July 16, 2017
— Yasmin A. Choudhury (@yasminisyasmin) July 16, 2017
So a female Doctor Who is totally unbelievable and impossible in a universe where Lady Cassandra exists? pic.twitter.com/vryoFH1OYT
— Jennifer Gunter (@DrJenGunter) July 16, 2017
The Doctor: literal genderless alien
People: but a LADY Doctor is STUPID how will her TINY LADY BRAIN handle TRAVELLING THROUGH TIME AND SPA
— minnie (@minmakesmusic) July 16, 2017
"A LADY DOCTOR??? How can I take a show about a 2000 y/o alien flying through time and space in a police box seriously now???" pic.twitter.com/d9rCNDIZFH
— Copy McPasty, Writer (@KashannKilson) July 16, 2017
Okay, so we got lady Doctor.
— Heather (@JustHeather8) July 16, 2017
Watching offended people because 13th Doctor is a lady like pic.twitter.com/zv10Ww3zp9
— Gallifreyan Cameos (@EverWipe) July 16, 2017
Hey, now that the Doctor is a blonde lady, let's see if we can rebadge "blonde moment" as something positive and devastatingly clever
— The Doctor (@oncomingspork) July 16, 2017
The best lady doctor tweet. Hands down https://t.co/qxYKUtONvU
— Kylie the student (@misskylie77) July 17, 2017
I personally didn't mind but for the longest time the Doctor stated he wanted to be a woman in his next reincarnation
— Lady (@LadyYukionna) July 17, 2017
This is the best election result we've had in ages. #doctorwho
— Cate Sevilla (@CateSevilla) July 16, 2017
A female Doctor? What's next, a Lady Footlocker!?
— Pat Holland (@HatPolland) July 17, 2017
I've designed a protest shirt for me and everyone else who is upset by this Doctor Who decision pic.twitter.com/Lk1l6sE0tf
— Pixelated Boat (@pixelatedboat) July 17, 2017
Crybabies upset about Doctor Who will absolutely hate the possible upcoming reboot of American President with a black female lead pic.twitter.com/OgvmzUmgsC
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) July 17, 2017
I dont even like the programme but grown ass people getting butthurt to fuck because the new Doctor is a female? Seriously?
— Crazy Hobbit Lady (@IrishHobbit93) July 17, 2017
me: after peter capaldi leaves doctor who is dead to me
bbc: jodie whittaker
me: I HAVE NEVER DOUBTED THIS SHOW EVER IN MY LIFE
— paula ☄ (@tentardis) July 16, 2017
congrats to jodie whittaker for making a whole lot of misogynistic dudebros stop watching the show, ur doing us all a big favour
— Jo Bee (*˘︶˘*) (@jobeeart) July 16, 2017
For every whiny dude saying he's done with Doctor Who, there are five women going "Well fuck, guess I'll start watching again."
— L.M. Murphy (@murphyslawyer22) July 16, 2017
A female Doctor Who? What is next, nations and societies which do not systematically reduce women to second-class citizens across the world?
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) July 16, 2017
— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) July 17, 2017
now mike pence can't watch doctor who unless his wife is there
— Ben Rosen (@ben_rosen) July 17, 2017
— Big Blue Box Podcast (@bigblueboxpcast) July 16, 2017
Riversong herself, actress Alex Kingston described Whittaker as a “really great actress.” She gleefully exclaimed, “Oh! I’m so excited!”
— Keung Hui (@nckhui) July 16, 2017
And perhaps the best of them all:
— ️Jenny Trout (@Jenny_Trout) July 16, 2017
“It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human,” Whittaker said of the new role.