'Doctor Who' Finally Casts a Woman as the 13th Doctor & the Internet Can't Handle It

Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor Who
Social media is on fire over the news that Doctor Who's 13th doctor will be played by a woman. The series, which premiered in 1963 and had a revival in 2005, announced the big news on Sunday to mixed reactions.


Jodie Whittaker, who most recently starred in the UK's beloved Broadchurch, will begin tackling the role of Doctor Who in the show's annual Christmas episode, then continue her duties throughout its 2018 season.

For what it's worth, we're psyched to see a female finally take the lead on the cult favorite. In fact, our reaction was similar to that of a young fan whose face literally looks as though Christmas came early this year upon the big reveal:

Other fans aren't quite as thrilled, claiming the casting of a woman breaks from tradition and will destroy Doctor Who as they know it. Dramatic, much?

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"I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey -- with Chris [Chibnall, the series' new showrunner] and with every Whovian on this planet," Whittaker expressed in a statement. "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."

We can't help but hope that perhaps this is a step in the right direction in terms of inclusivity for the show. Do we dare to dream that the 14th Doctor could be a woman of color or one who breaks from the standard Hollywood body type? Or, heck, how about both? As the series starts to break down stereotypes of who can be the Doctor, we hope they'll also break from showbiz norms.

Do it for us, and for that adorable little girl in the video who deserves to be shown that she can be anything her heart desires.

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