“Massive insult to the non-binary, gender- neutral community”.
COMEDIAN Johnny Vegas posted his support for the next Doctor Who actor, Jodie Whittaker, on social media.
The clip sees Jodie obscured with a hood before she walks towards the TARDIS and shows her face, revealing her to be the next Doctor – how exciting!
Another fan tweeted: “The lack of women, and lead women, in sci-fi is embarrassing”.
As our colleagues at HuffPost U.K. noted, this kind of response shows exactly why it’s so important for iconic characters to be played by both men and women, much like the impact of Wonder Woman has been demonstrating this summer.
The actress, who starred in British award-winning crime drama Broadchurch, is ready to stamp her mark on the character.
So when Whittaker was announced as the new time lord ― who will reportedly make her debut on the show around Christmastime ― many on Twitter were genuinely elated. But Jodie did her utmost to silence her critics when she gave her first interview after her casting announcement, urging fans “not to be scared by my gender”.
“Because this is a really exciting time and Dr Who represents everything that’s exciting about change”.
“The fans have lived through so many changes and this is only a new, different one – not a fearful one”. Capaldi will step down after three series and 39 episodes in the role.
With Whittaker boasting a noteworthy filmography – including Black Mirror, Attack the Block, and Chibnall’s own series Broadchurch, the showrunner reassures that the actress will bring quite a lot to her portrayal as The Doctor.
Chris Chibnall said of his casting decision: “I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice”. Her audition simply blew us all away.