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

The titular character of the Doctor from "Doctor Who" has been played by 12 different men for over 50 years, but 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 for 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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Here is the official announcement from the BBC. The thirteenth Doctor will be portrayed by 35-year-old Jodie Whittaker, who previously starred in BBC's "Broadchurch." She also starred in Joe Cornish's 2011 cult classic, "Attack of the Block."

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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 awhile. 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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Former "Doctor Who" actress Billie Piper said, before BBC announced the casting, it would have felt like a snub if the new Doctor wasn't a woman. Her character, Rose, is routinely voted as fans' favorite companion from the series.

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Watch these images of little girls reacting to the announcement. We're not crying, you're crying. 

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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!
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Fans are definitely divided on the casting choice. While some fans might thrilled, "Doctor Who" is a franchise that traces its origins all the way back to 1963. That's not exactly a crowd that was advocating for a female Doctor. For them, it feels a lot like P.C. culture run amok. Why fix what's not broken?

But others criticized the BBC for casting a female lead, suggesting the decision was made out of political correctness. “Nope, ta-ra Doctor Who. Just ruined the character for the sake of political correctness,” said one critical fan on Twitter.
“That can't be right, it's #DoctorWho not Nurse Who,” another user tweeted. “No offense to women but doctor who is always a man, just like James Bond,” said a third.

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For some long-time Whovians, the news was the last straw. BBC might've lost a good chunk of its base with a decision that many fans see as stunt-casting.

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