The reaction to Jodie Whittaker’s casting as the new Doctor (Doctor 13, the first female form the character has taken) in the BBC’s long-running Doctor Who was...well, about as positive as you can expect from a service that hosted so many Star Wars trolls that The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran left it for good. But that doesn’t mean the Time Lord wasn’t game to fight back.
Horning in on territory that Jimmy Kimmel’s been claiming for half a decade, Stylist Magazine had the actress read the mean, sexist tweets about her casting — and she takes them to task.
Check it out:
Some of these comments are actually positive and reactionary in a way excited for the future! But many are the same kind of change-fearing dreck torn apart by Whittaker’s cheery cheekiness — the same disposition that makes her perfect for the role, one that was always going to be female.
According to Digital Spy, executive producer Matt Strevens said Whittaker's role was always going to shake things up in Time Lord tradition: "Once Peter had decided he was leaving, the next Doctor was always going to be a female Doctor." He also cited that the BBC team sorted through and found that the choice earned "81 percent positive hits on social media," which perhaps wasn't reflected in those selected for Whittaker's video.
Though we haven’t seen much of her in action (apart from the excellent new trailer), Whittaker’s bouncy eccentricity seems like a great fit, even when she’s taunting people that didn’t want her to play the character.
The new season (series?) of Doctor Who premieres on Oct. 7 with “The Woman Who Fell to Earth.”