There’s a new Doctor Who and some people are pretty riled up because (gasp) it’s a woman

Yep, you read right. The well loved series Doctor Who has seen its fair share of leads (including the likes of Matt Smith, David Tennant and Peter Capaldi) and is now ushering in a new era for the show.

Jodie Whittaker, in December 2017, is to make her debut as the first female Doctor Who. While most level headed and normal people would be praising the hell out of the show for making the logical switch to include women as a part of the narrative, some are less than enthused, arguing that the change is detrimental to the authenticity of the character, and the role Doctor Who has played as a male character in Britain’s television history.

Jodie Whittaker is set to be the 13th Doctor Who come the Christmas Special when the doctor is regenerated.

Whittaker, a self professed feminist, has reported to be over the moon with the new role and can’t wait to see what this next chapter in the story will bring for the series and the culture of the sci fi community.

She recently stated to The Guardian “It’s more than an honour 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 are seriously stoked that the conversation has been opened for women to take on the leading roles in series where the primary character has been consistently cast as male.

Nothing is ever set in stone and there’s nothing in the rulebook of entertainment that says we can’t be fluid in who plays the hero. Here’s to the new Doctor and we’ll be ready and waiting come December.

Story originally appears here.