Sci-Fi Fans Rejoice Over The News That A Woman Will Finally Play The Lead In 'Doctor Who'

"The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one."

After more than 50 years and 12 male leads, the BBC announced on Sunday that the iconic sci-fi series Doctor Who will finally feature a woman in the title role. The 13th Doctor will be played by actress Jodie Whittaker, replacing Peter Capaldi.

This is news many fans of the series have been waiting years to hear. Doctor Who's main character is a "Time Lord" who frequently changes appearance. Some have argued that this makes for the perfect opportunity to cast actors of various genders and races in the role. 



Variety notes that the Doctor has briefly taken female form before, but Whittaker will be the first woman to play the role for an entire series (or season, as it's called in the US).

"I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey, with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet," Whittaker said of her casting, according to the publication. "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."

According to the Telegraph, Whittaker also urged fans to keep an open mind about the change. "I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender," she said. "Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor 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."

BBC made the announcement in a clip that aired after the Wimbledon Men's Final and was shared online, in which Whittaker removes her hood and walks toward the TARDIS, the Doctor's time machine.

Although the news was not without its detractors, there were plenty of positive responses on social media, from fans and non-fans alike β€” as well as those who have been involved with the show over the years. Several people made sarcastic jokes poking fun at the controversy, while others simply couldn't contain their excitement, highlighting how important this change will be for young viewers.



This news is part of a larger reinvention of the sci-fi and superhero genres, which is putting more and more women at the center. That includes the new Star Wars films, an upcoming Star Trek series on CBS, and even a female Thor. That's not to mention the rebooted Ghostbusters or the box office success of the new Wonder Woman film.

Sci-fi isn't just for the boys, and thankfully the entertainment industry is finally starting to realize it.

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