The BBC has announced that the next iteration of the Time Lord known as The Doctor on the tv series Doctor Who will be played by Jodie Whittaker, a known woman. While many fans of the long running series applauded the casting choice, others expressed concern that the actor’s vagina and breasts would deter from their enjoyment of the show and retroactively ruin their childhoods. The role of The Doctor, a fictional character, has historically been played by actors who are not actually Time Lords, and Jodie Whittaker is no exception.
The 35-year-old actress, best known for her role on Broadchurch, had this to say, according to BBC:
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.
With no actual real-life experience being an alien who can regenerate into different bodies, critics are concerned that Ms. Whittaker’s fish whistle will interfere with her credibility as The Doctor. Jodie addressed these concerns and said “I want to tell the fans not to be scared of my gender.” But can she be trusted? What happens when she gets her space period? Will there be blood globules floating around in the Tardis (That is a scary thought!). Can she even drive the Tardis for that matter? What about her outfit? How can boys cosplay The Doctor now and maintain their masculine mystique? Another concern: Will she be distracted by her own boobs? Some people find boobs distracting. What do her boobs look like, anyway? Can we see them?
Despite the concern, the BBC and Doctor’s Who’s new showrunner, Chris Chibnall (who has worked with both Whittaker and former Doctor David Tennant on Broadchurch) have every confidence in their decision to cast a dickless person in the seminal role. Chris says “I always knew I wanted the 13th Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice.” Here’s hoping Jodie Whittaker doesn’t get herself knocked up before her next regeneration, because that would really screw with the timeline.