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July 16th, 2017 1,090 comments

Jodie Whittaker Announced As The 13th Doctor

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1,090 comments

  • GrumpyDaddy

    July 16th, 2017 - 5:09pm

    Don’t really know this actress, so will wait and see. We all knew it would happen and I can’t believe people who say they won’t watch now because the Doctor’s now a woman! Reminds me of the Craig’s-Not-Bond brigadeโ€ฆoh how wrong you were.
    Look forward to the Christmas Special and series 11, just hope the new show runner brings something good to the table.
    Don’t think my son will be too happy about it, but I’m sure he won’t give up on the Doctor!

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    • The Moffatt Paradox

      July 19th, 2017 - 1:13am

      Theta was NO obvious gender issue with Craig so the credibility leap from the other actors was nothing like as pronounced.

  • Anonymous

    July 16th, 2017 - 5:08pm

    Booboo i think its better if you disable the comments on here because there getting out of hand

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    • booboo

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:09pm

      it is everywhere though, do you not look at twitter and facebook?

    • Weeping Angel

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:13pm

      Everyone should be allowed to say their opinion, it is up to everyone to make their comments appropriate, if they can’t, that is their own fault.

    • Pats86

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:54pm

      This was always going to happen, it was inevitable.

    • Anonymous

      July 17th, 2017 - 6:58am

      Yeah i guess youre right, it does seem bad everywhere else aswell and just so you know no i dont use facebook or twitter lol

    • booboo

      July 17th, 2017 - 7:20am

      the official page page is horrendous

      its doesn’t surprise me, i really hope they know what they are doing

      Can we just have all those millions who tell “dinosaurs” to embrace change to actually watch the show and buy the merchandise.

  • mark

    July 16th, 2017 - 5:08pm

    I am not happy,i feel this is a bad move. i am sickened at the thought

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  • Pats86

    July 16th, 2017 - 5:01pm

    Well my wife and daughter have just said I will have to watch Doctor Who on my own from now on!
    I am not happy at all with the gender change but I will watch and see how it pans out, as a long time fan I feel sadness that we have to have this change forced upon us fans, because as you can see it has split us and caused upset that did not ever have to happen.
    Some are saying those who stop watching will not be missed, well you couldn’t be more wrong because this could see it cancelled again and I remember only too well those dark days.
    Jodie is rather nice on the eye so perhaps it’s not all doom and gloom. I just can’t see it working? But we will see.

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  • Tom

    July 16th, 2017 - 5:01pm

    To be honest as a traditional whovian and fan of the tv series for all of my life. I think the choice to cast a female actor in this iconic role is a courageous challenge to what has been seen by most traditional fans like myself as previously being an iconic male lead acting role. It is a brave decision to try and move with modern times and cast Jodi in this lead role. The success of recasting the Master as Missy proved to be popular. Maybe it is time for the show to be given a reboot and be brought into the 21st century Dr Who needs a much needed popularity boost as over the last couple of years the audience ratings has been erratic for the programme. I wish the new doctorr who Jodi Whittaker all the best for her tenure as the new doctor ( Will she technically still be called the doctor ?) . Maybe it is a time for a change, a new beginning ๐Ÿ™‚ Tom

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    • Norm

      July 21st, 2017 - 6:43pm

      It didn’t need a boost. I lot of people like myself watch it online so ratings means nothing in the internet era.
      I got into it from Netflix and now it’s gone. I would pay extra to have it back. My only other option is “elsewhere online” lol.
      I’ll give it a chance but I prefer it to be a male.

    • nygel Harrot

      August 4th, 2017 - 9:49pm

      If the choice of a female actor WAS that courageous they would have chosen someone over 55. Just PC.

  • Adam

    July 16th, 2017 - 5:00pm

    16/72017…..the day the TIMELORD died…and PC BS prevailed..

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    • The Moffat Paradox

      July 16th, 2017 - 9:18pm

      Maybe this is a Veritas Monk false reality.

  • Exterminator

    July 16th, 2017 - 5:00pm

    Oh look, I’ve got Dalek bumps. Lol

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    • Weeping Angel

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:16pm

      xD lol

    • Floppy Who

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:37pm

      Indeed. Moffat predicted it in 1999….
      Interesting times.

  • Anonymous

    July 16th, 2017 - 4:58pm

    Just like the 11th doctor said ”Times change and so must I ” Honestly cant wait to see how the chibnall will pull this off

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  • phillip l poole

    July 16th, 2017 - 4:57pm

    The Pc brigade strike again. I cannot believe they are going down this route. Financial suicide for BBC Worldwide. I’m one of the millions that won’t be watching.

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    • Doctor Stu

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:04pm

      Good bye close minded people won’t be missed

    • phillip l poole

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:30pm

      People stopping watching = revenue reduction.
      Revenue reduction = series being pulled again.
      I wonder how well a new Bridget Jones film played by a man would sell

    • Pats86

      July 16th, 2017 - 6:13pm

      Silly coment that Doctor Stu, if you think fans that won’t watch any more will be instantly replaced by others you are way off the mark!

    • booboo

      July 16th, 2017 - 6:19pm

      of course Chris Chibnall could pull a rabbit out the hat and produce some thrilling sci-fi

      This is the first time i think where the casting of the companion (assuming a new one) could be just as important as the casting of the Doctor

  • Anonymous

    July 16th, 2017 - 4:56pm

    Is the companion suddenly going to become male because the doctor is a female?

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    • dave

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:20pm

      There have always been male companions dude!

    • Anonymous

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:26pm

      There but it has mainly been female

  • Alexander

    July 16th, 2017 - 4:56pm

    Female James Bond next, awful choice to change the gender of the Doctor. We let the Master slip because when knew something had to please the politically correct BBC with the overwhelming pressure placed upon them by feminists. We even let the lesbians through the past series go. But this is the death of the show as we know it. The creator of Doctor Who has turned in his grave today.

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    • Anonymous

      July 16th, 2017 - 4:57pm

      Thank you

    • Anonymous

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:10pm

      i agree with you bbc run by gay pc brigade sort of knew they might pull something like this personaly i think its just bollocks a gimmick hope people turn off in their droves hit bbc in viewing figures see how long she lasts then

    • dave

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:24pm

      You hope people turn off? Wow. Such ressentiment! The show thrives on change – actors, writers, show runners, viewers… This is a big change no doubt, but surely that is just Who doing what it does best doing it even more-so. Chill dude.

    • Pats86

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:57pm

      Yes but Dave it didn’t have to be such a big change! It’s a shame really because it never had to happen.

    • The Moffat Paradox

      July 16th, 2017 - 9:21pm

      And there is no vrtue in change for the sake of change.

  • Celia Shires

    July 16th, 2017 - 4:55pm

    nothing against Jodie but a female Dr. just doesn’t work for me – but still at 75 years old, and watching since 1963 I guess I’m stuck in my ways!

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  • bob fox

    July 16th, 2017 - 4:55pm

    no no no it is 1987 all over

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    • dave

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:25pm

      Wow, was Sylvester McCoy female. Cripes – I am so modern I didn’t even notice! Kudos me!

    • phillip l poole

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:36pm

      Sylvester McCoy wasn’t too bad. It’s was the bad plots, bad scripts and Sophie Alfred (ace) bad acting.

  • fiona ting

    July 16th, 2017 - 4:55pm

    I think she good actress and she try her best to make Doctor Who fan happy for

    future and I sure Peter support her when she took over his place on Christmas day this year

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  • Anonymous

    July 16th, 2017 - 4:54pm

    Doctor Who 1963-2017

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  • _

    July 16th, 2017 - 4:53pm

    The death of Dr who 1963 _ 2017

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    • dave

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:26pm

      Nail on head, Koloth.

  • Michael

    July 16th, 2017 - 4:51pm

    Not happy she better be a damn good actor will stay a fan forever but still ….

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  • Mark Davies

    July 16th, 2017 - 4:50pm

    Well BBC you have got what you wanted with this selection of 13th Doctor I hope all the cmonth from my fellow fans are just anger and you don’t loose the millions of loyal fans through a cheap trick the poor actress will be the one who suffers as she will become a pub quiz question in years to come as the last person to play DR WHO
    Gutted!!!

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    • Pats86

      July 16th, 2017 - 6:17pm

      They could always pretend the Do was dreaming(like Bobby Ewing in Dallas) wake up and regenerate into Idris Elba?

    • Pats86

      July 16th, 2017 - 6:17pm

      Doctor…..Do?

  • Jackson

    July 16th, 2017 - 4:50pm

    At the end of the day, whether the Doctor is played by a man or a woman doesn’t matter. The writers know exactly what they are doing, and as such, I am really looking forward to seeing Jodie in action.

    Good Luck, Jodie!

    Don’t let the mad delusions of so-called “hardcore” fans put you off from continuing the legacy that is Doctor Who.

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    • Anonymous

      July 16th, 2017 - 4:53pm

      It does matter because for the last 50+ years we have had a male doctor.

    • dave

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:28pm

      It doesn’t matter Anonymous. Resist change if you wish – but change is the very ethos of the show

    • Anonymous

      July 16th, 2017 - 6:26pm

      50+ years is a long time. This type of change should have happened years ago.

    • Chris

      July 17th, 2017 - 10:55am

      I agree Anonymous. This should have happened years ago. They kept putting it off and resisting the call to change to try and change the gender. They have finally done it. If they didn’t there would be an even bigger call to do it next time, and the one after that. But its done now. It’s happened. Everyone breathe. And don’t blink.

  • Weeping Angel

    July 16th, 2017 - 4:50pm

    I am personally not happy at the choice, but thats just my opinion. It is really unfair so say that what I am saying, just because I disagree with you, is pathetic. I haven’t said that your opinion is pathetic, so why would you be so small-minded and say that about my opinion and about others who feel the same as me?

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    • Weeping Angel

      July 16th, 2017 - 4:52pm

      Also, I do realise that I have just started a giant argument in the comments ๐Ÿ™‚

    • booboo

      July 16th, 2017 - 4:55pm

      social media is full of arguments right now, for and against

      It brings out the worst in people sadly

    • Doctor Stu

      July 16th, 2017 - 4:53pm

      The only thing pathetic is that people haven’t given the poor woman a chance she only had a 30 second teaser clip. If people were judging her harshly after her first episode then yes maybe I’d understand a bit more because you’ve had 40 minutes to gauge whether you think she fits the role or not, a 30 second clip of a hooded figure who shows their face for 10 seconds is not enough for people to be so critical about

    • Weeping Angel

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:04pm

      Booboo: I know right, I remember when Peter Capaldi was revealed there was a lot of hate, but not as much as this reveal.

      Doctor Stu: I don’t think people are judging her just based on this 60 second clip (It was 60 seconds not 30 seconds, but I don’t blame you, I was shocked when I found out that it was a minute long ๐Ÿ™‚ ), people are judging her based on other shows she has been in, like Broadchurch that they didn’t like her in.

    • booboo

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:08pm

      the controversy was bound to happen

      I can understand both sides

    • Anonymous

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:07pm

      Won’t be watching it again .. gender change been coming for a whilst .. and pointless ..

  • Anonymous

    July 16th, 2017 - 4:49pm

    i wonder who her companion is going to be??
    could be Kris Marshall or he could agree to be doctor 14 when the time comes although i would like to see her be the doctor for at least 2 series even though we saw a 30 second clip.

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  • Doctor Stu

    July 16th, 2017 - 4:47pm

    Quick Doctor let’s get back to the TARDIS it’s not safe, triggered people everywhere

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  • Anonymous

    July 16th, 2017 - 4:46pm

    I think Chris has let himself been taken by peer pressure to choose a female doctor. You can’t have a character who has been a male for more then 50 years of television suddenly become a women. Any way good luck to Chris and Jodie.

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    • prototype dalek

      July 16th, 2017 - 4:49pm

      Agreed, or technically over 1,100 years of being Male

    • dave

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:29pm

      Yes you can. They did.

    • Norm

      July 21st, 2017 - 6:59pm

      @prototype dalek

      I believe he is over 2000 now. I just watched all the seasons again and P C said he is over 2000.

  • Jordan Scott

    July 16th, 2017 - 4:45pm

    Nope, just no no no

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  • Whorules

    July 16th, 2017 - 4:45pm

    Bye bye to the fans who are going to stop watching, you’ll be missed, not!

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    • Sam

      July 16th, 2017 - 4:50pm

      Say what you will but the show needs those viewing figures like it or not, the shows not exactly in a stable place right now

    • Pats86

      July 16th, 2017 - 6:01pm

      Exactly Sam.

  • prototype dalek

    July 16th, 2017 - 4:45pm

    Just spoke to my sister and my mother and they hate the choice, sort of agree with them really

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    • dave

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:30pm

      Your mum and sister – I bet they are really boys

    • prototype dalek

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:46pm

      Nope, both male. No point lying really in a argument like this, its an endless thing

  • Whorules

    July 16th, 2017 - 4:43pm

    I know her work, she’s a good actor, give a chance people, it’s pathetic the way some people are reacting

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    • Luke

      July 16th, 2017 - 4:47pm

      She was brilliant in broadchurch. The best of luck to her.

    • Tim M

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:19pm

      Indeed. Give the lady a chance. She is a brilliant actress. It may be what the show needs to survive. I just think the BBC felt whoever they cast next (male or female), the show could be on it’s last legs. So it was go for broke. May as well cast a fantastic actress.

  • 12th Doctor Fan

    July 16th, 2017 - 4:43pm

    Not happy but will watch ep one if im not happy who will have died.

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    • NoMore

      July 16th, 2017 - 4:50pm

      I give the show a year. I can’t see it lasting more than that now. I’ve seen Jodie in a number of things and I’m afriad I don’t think she’s up to it.

  • Velvet Doctor

    July 16th, 2017 - 4:42pm

    Wow! Didn’t know which way it was going to go this time, but I’m very glad the Doctor will regenerate into a woman because I think that’s the next step for the character ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t previously seen her in anything but I’m excited to see where the series is going!

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    • Sam

      July 16th, 2017 - 4:51pm

      Watch Broadchurch, she is superb in that

    • Velvet Doctor

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:07pm

      I’ve heard good things, I’ll start watching and treat it as research ๐Ÿ˜€

  • DalekAgent

    July 16th, 2017 - 4:42pm

    Well im actually happy about this news, everyones welcome to their own opinion

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    • phillip l poole

      July 16th, 2017 - 5:23pm

      Totally agree with you about opinion. Don’t make it right though. How about Bridget Jones being played by a man. Or is that to stupid for you.

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