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Doctor Who fanatics in meltdown after BBC reveals new female Time Lord

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 17/07/2017 Tom Powell, Meaghan Spencer

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A host of Doctor Who fanatics have slammed the BBC’s ground-breaking decision to make the Time Lord a woman.

Jodie Whittaker, 35, was revealed as the latest incarnation of the legendary sci-fi character in an announcement on Sunday afternoon.

But some fans have taken to Twitter to accuse the show of ruining the Doctor “for the sake of political correctness”.

One, Scott Butler, wrote: “Can’t think of anything worse. End of Doctor Who for me after 43 years.”

Matt Legg added: “No offense to women but doctor who is always a man, just like James Bond (sic).”

Another, Michael Gair tweeted: “Nope, ta-ra Doctor Who. Just ruined the character for the sake of political correctness.”

Scores of other fans agreed that the move to make the 13th Doctor a woman had “killed” the show. One Twitter user wrote: “That can't be right, it's #DoctorWho not Nurse Who.”

However, there has also been huge support for Whittaker, who is most famous for her role in ITV drama Broadchurch.

Colin Baker, who played the sixth Doctor Who, defended the decision, writing: “Well I never the BBC really did do the right thing and let the Doctor be in touch with her feminine side. As a father of daughters - result!”

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In response to social media criticism, he added: “Change my dears and not a moment too soon - she IS the Doctor whether you like it or not!”

Her predecessor, Peter Capaldi said: "Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker's work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm.

"She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She's going to be a fantastic Doctor."

Tracy-Ann Oberman, who has previously starred in Doctor Who, posted: "A generation of young Whovians who will now know that as a female in the Universe you don't have to be the assistant."

Dark Mirror creator Charlie Brooker - who cast Whittaker in the first series of his hit show - said it was a "great choice".

Other celebrity fans of the sci-fi show, including actress Angela Griffin and broadcaster Matt Edmondson, also welcomed the news.

Matt Edmondson tweeted: "Woo Hoo! I bloody love Jodie Whittaker - met her at a party once, and she was beyond pleasant. What a top bit of casting."

Many Twitter users also expressed excitement at the new step in direction for the immensely popular sci-fi series, with hundreds of fans sharing pictures of the new doctor.

One wrote: “You know what, I've learned from Capaldi that I will reserve judgement until her first episode!”

Another added: “Jodie Whittaker is an awesome choice. Had to be a Broadchurcher! Love her.”

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