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BBC issues response to complaints about Jodie Whittaker being cast as The Doctor in Doctor Who

July 19th, 2017 by Marc Comments

Since the reveal of the 13th Doctor for hit sci-fi show on Sunday there has been a lot of unhappy people online about it.

Why?

Well, for the first time in its history of over 50 years, the series has cast a female in the role in the form of actress Jodie Whittaker (above).

A lot of people feel the show’s new lead has changed a fundamental part of the show and will unrecognisably alter it. A few knuckle draggers feel a woman shouldn’t be the Doctor because, well, she’s a woman. And then others still have accepted that the character can be whom ever he/she/they choose to be.

We here at FTN are well aware that the character can change sex as well as faces and, like Missy regenerating from the Master, we’re perfectly ok with the move and look forward to what comes next.

However, some of the ones who don’t feel happy about the change have written to the BBC to complain (they must surely have been aware of the complaints online too) and, as expected, the BBC have responded.

The response simply outlines the character and the fact that gender has always been an open book as far The Doctor goes.

Read it here:

BBC One, Doctor Who casting announcement, 16 July 2017

Complaint:

Some viewers contacted us unhappy that Jodie Whittaker has been cast as the new Doctor.

Response:

Since the first Doctor regenerated back in 1966, the concept of the Doctor as a constantly evolving being has been central to the programme. The continual input of fresh ideas and new voices across the cast and the writing and production teams has been key to the longevity of the series.

The Doctor is an alien from the planet Gallifrey and it has been established in the show that Time Lords can switch gender.

As the Controller of BBC Drama has said, Jodie is not just a talented actor but she has a bold and brilliant vision for her Doctor. She aced it in her audition both technically and with the powerful female life force she brings to the role. She is destined to be an utterly iconic Doctor.

We hope viewers will enjoy what we have in store for the continuation of the story.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

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