The BBC announced on Sunday that actress Jodie Whittaker will be the new 13th Doctor in the “Doctor Who” series, the first woman to take on the role.
…and the reaction on social media seemed to follow political lines.
“I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender,” the actress told BBC. “Because this is a really exciting time, and “Doctor Who” represents everything that’s exciting about change.”
A video was released Sunday revealing Whittaker as the new Time Lord.
Liberals were quick to celebrate a woman ascending to the role, which comes on the heels of the first openly gay companion on the series three months ago, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
But in today’s mixed up, muddled up, shook up gender-fluid world, social media users with a more traditional mindset saw it differently.
Here’s a sample of those responses from Twitter… led by Piers Morgan? We think he’s being facetious:
Very disappointed Dr Who is now a woman.
Massive insult to the non-binary gender-neutral community.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 16, 2017
Can’t wait to see the classic remakes of Mark Poppins or Barry Jones’s Diary… Since this is the thing we do now.
— James Luce (@Jimrod) July 16, 2017
Oh shit, I’ve watched all the 007 movies, but never realized he was a shape-shifting alien w/ no official sex! How’d I miss that?
— erin lynn o’connor (@erinoface) July 16, 2017
Don't even watch Dr Who but the fact that it's now a woman playing the leads character after generations of men is ridiculous.
— Mark Banks 🏴 (@wfcbanksy) July 16, 2017
Everyone else: "Oh cool – a woman Dr Who."
Paul Dacre: "Ready the pink and black banner." pic.twitter.com/ANEMgtyaDh
— Cordelia Jenkins (@CordeliaJ) July 17, 2017
I believe in absolute equality. The new Dr Who is a woman. Brilliant.
Meet the next Wonder Woman. pic.twitter.com/DPw39EmWGa
— Steven Winstone (@steven_winstone) July 16, 2017
dr who is now officially trans, let's cast a trans woman as her companion so they can have gay trans timetravel adventures together thx
— moth dad (@innesmck) July 16, 2017
Dr Who R.I.P will NEVER EVER wstch it again should never be a woman political correctness gone mad. Farewell forever Dr Who
— Andy The Dee (@dundeeandy) July 16, 2017
Big mistake Dr Who a woman no way. BBC just lost me.#doctor13
— Shirley Atterbury (@sabookkeeper3) July 16, 2017
"Time traveler? Ok. Immortal? Fine. Fights aliens? Cool. Woman? Sorry I can't watch Doctor Who anymore this is ridiculous" – idiots
— Travon Free (@Travon) July 17, 2017
Loved watching Dr Who growing up, but now ruined that the PC brigade got their way by making the doctor a woman. goodbye #DoctorWho for me!
— Ross McDermid (@RossDMcDermid) July 16, 2017
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