BBC ever so politely shuts down backlash over first female Doctor Who

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Earlier this week, it was announced that Jodie Whittaker is set to take on the iconic starring role in BBC One’s Doctor Who.

Speaking about playing the Doctor, the critically-acclaimed actor said: “It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you're told you can and can't be.

“This is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that's exciting about change,” she said, adding: “The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.”

Feedback, on the whole, was “overwhelming positive”.

Unfortunately, though, a ridiculously large number of people were aghast at the idea of an actual woman stepping into the Tardis – and the BBC was inundated with complaints from narrow-minded members of the public.

As a result, the BBC has been prompted to respond on their official complaints page – and has done so in the most polite, yet sassy way possible.

The statement reads: “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.”

It then highlights the fact that the – let’s not forget, fictional – Doctor has many other more unbelievable qualities than, say, a vagina: “The Doctor is an alien from the planet Gallifrey and it has been established in the show that Time Lords can switch gender.”

The BBC finished by heaping praise on Whittaker: “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.”

In other words? You’d better like it or lump it, misogynist idiots of the world – the first female Doctor has won this regeneration game.


Images: BBC One


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.