‘Doctor Who’ has a new Doctor, and this Time Lord has a uterus

It’s official: the TARDIS is not powered by the Doctor’s magical time-semen.

Last night, the BBC announced that the Time Lord glass ceiling has at last been shattered. After 54 years of male leads, Doctor Who has its first female Doctor in Broadchurch and Attack the Block star Jodie Whittaker. She’ll regenerate into the 13th Doctor when Peter Capaldi steps down as the 12th in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special.

While many have praised the decision to let a woman step into the long-running role, others have, predictably, been less kind. They insist that the near-immortal, centuries-old alien that flies around in a time-traveling police box must always return as a man each time it somehow reincarnates itself. Because that’s only logical. What those misogynist complainers need to recognize, though, is that this debate was settled more than three decades ago. If you’re worried about the Doctor being emasculated, that already happened the moment Tom Baker was neutered of that big ol’ swingin’ scarf.

  • HalSolo

    I’m pretty down with this (even if the Tennant/Broadchurch overlap feels a bit nepotistic) but like, can’t she get some quirky attire? Trade in that hoodie for at LEAST a Herringbone Blazer with elbow patches and maybe a pipe.
    That said, she certainly has the British procedural AND alien battling qualifications for the role. I will set aside my disappointment it wasn’t Richard Ayoade for the time being, or at least until the 14th Regeneration.

    • I guess it would have been too American to get Ayoade, then assume we’d get Whittaker next but end up with Vinnie Jones or something.

      • HalSolo

        Now I’m just imagining a Vinnie Jones Doctor. He’s pretty much just Vinnie Jones wearing his costume from UNTITLED, but threatening some Zygons with his Sonic Screwdriver like Bullet Tooth Tony in SNATCH.

        • adam3w

          Now I’m just imaging the Doctor slamming the Master’s head in a car door over and over again.

          • HalSolo

            I think you mean a Police Box door. “IT’S – *slam* – BIGGER – *slam* – ON – *slam* – THE – *slam* – INSIDE! *slam*”

          • Jolie Rogers

            Solid work, you three. We should start a petition.

  • Joel Bartlett

    Quite possibly she has two uteri.

    • I can’t tell if this is confusion with ovaries or part of a canon I’m ignorant to.

      • Joel Bartlett

        haha, it was a reference to the doctor having two hearts.

        • So, the latter. I’m sorry for being a fool in the face of this pretty decent reference.

          • Joel Bartlett

            There’s a lot of numb, would-be-snarky internet commentators, so I understand. 🙂

          • Jolie Rogers

            This overlap of comedy and civility warmed my heart.