Should 'Doctor Who' be a man or a woman?

Should 'Doctor Who' be a man or a woman?

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The titular character of the Doctor from "Doctor Who" has been played by 12 different men for more than 50 years. The glass TARDIS was finally smashed wide open when BBC announced the thirteenth Time Lord will be portrayed by actress Jodie Whittaker. Many fans are excited about a female Doctor and feel it's long overdue. Others fear the gender swap will strip something innately unique about the character and break tradition. What do you think?

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BBC revealed Jodie Whittaker's new threads on Twitter and the Whovians immediately began debating the Doctor's new look.

Fans and several former Time Lords, including Sylvester McCoy and Peter Davison, have historically argued the Doctor should never be a woman—often citing tradition or general traits innate to the character's gender. The belief is that the Doctor's masculinity is a core trait that defines the character, and any attempt to fiddle with that dynamic is just stunt-casting.

The Doctor is male and, while precedent was set in the series for Time Lords to change gender, in the real world such a change would destroy ratings. Some would argue the programme revolves around change – and that’s true. But making the Doctor female would do no more than tick an “equality” box. If Auntie Beeb wants a female Time Lord, then give us a spin-off – we’d welcome it. Just don’t mess with our boy!

After three seasons of Peter Capaldi, "Doctor Who" was in need of a makeover. The series has been in a bit of decline, as it struggled to write for a fifty-something Time Lord for much of Capaldi's tenure. The youthful energy of David Tennant and Matt Smith reinvigorated the series, but fans moved on as the show became stagnant.

BBC's bold move to cast a woman as the thirteenth iteration of Gallifrey's friendly, neighborhood Time Lord is just what the Doctor ordered. Fans have been calling for a female Doctor for a while. It's only fair! How many white men can you watch before it gets repetitive? As Ross Ruediger from Vulture writes:

In order to stay relevant, Doctor Who must continue to reach for the stars and do things that make it stand out from the pack. It’s no longer enough just to be the oldest sci-fi series on TV. Making the Doctor a woman wasn’t just necessary, it was inevitable.
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