The reaction to the announcement that Doctor Who’s 13th Doctor will be played by a woman (the fantastic Jodie Whittaker) was never going to be overwhelmingly positive because the internet can be a savage and uncompromisingly cruel place.
However, there were some genuinely heartwarming reactions to the news, like this video that went viral:
And this video that a mother uploaded to YouTube:
And these tweets from these parents who are happy for their daughters:
My 8-year-old daughter pumped her fist and shouted "yes!" when the new @bbcdoctorwho was revealed.Think that tells you all you need to know.— David Owens (@asoundreaction) July 16, 2017
My youngest daughter loves new Ghostbusters. We watched it together almost daily at one point. Super excited to watch Dr Who with her!— Peter (@BlackRyu82) July 16, 2017
Hey, look at that, representation seems to actually matter and gives young people joy and a sense of empowerment.
Or, maybe, none of these reactions matter, and making the new Doctor a woman is just a gross capitulation by Steven Moffat and co. to a too-politically-correct society. Maybe the Doctor shouldn’t be played by a woman, no matter how much of an absolute badass she has proven to be. Really, I think Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus put it best when he tweeted, “Oh great a female Doctor Who. What’s next? Female real doctors? Female pilots? Female scientists? Female sisters and mothers? Female WOMEN?!”