SO­CIAL ME­DIA RE­ACTS TO FE­MALE DR WHO

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So­cial me­dia went into an over­drive, while re­act­ing to the news of Bri­tish ac­tor Jodie Whit­taker (right) be­com­ing the first fe­male ac­tor to be the char­ac­ter, Time Lord of the Bri­tish TV se­ries Doc­tor Who. In the 54 years to the show, the role has never been played by a fe­male ac­tor.

Fol­low­ing the news break, Twit­ter and Face­book was filled with mix re­ac­tions with many wel­com­ing BBC’s de­ci­sion. “No longer will lit­tle girls be con­fined to the role of the com­pan­ion in games on the play­ground. The fu­ture is fe­male #doc­tor13,” wrote an user, while an­other one wrote, “To all those com­plain­ing so called “Who­vains”, may I re­mind you that it was a WOMAN, who first pushed for the shows cre­ation.”

Some users, how­ever weren’t pleased with the de­ci­sion and felt that the net­work only cast a fe­male lead, which is now an in­creas­ing trend. “Have they se­ri­ously pulled a woman to be the doc­tor?!? I’m all for equal­ity, but the doc­tor has al­ways been a man,” wrote one user. “How can one ruin the Dr. Who’s legacy by chang­ing the gen­der of Dr. who? This en­tire woman lead thing is good, but you cant have them in ev­ery god­damn show!!” wrote an­other user. For the unini­ti­ated, the BBC se­ries, first aired in 1963, is about an ex­trater­res­trial be­ing from a planet called Gal­lifrey. Tech­no­log­i­cally ef­fi­cient, Time Lord keeps a watch on the world from a space­ship named Tardis.

PHOTO: LUKE MACGRE­GOR/ REUTERS

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