While fans rejoiced over the news, some (mostly men) weren’t pleased with Jodie’s upcoming role. And their reasons are quite confusing.
In an editorial on The Sun, Adam Ponstans wrote that the decision to cast a female is “boring, silly, and out of date.” His argument is that BBC is merely using Jodie as a publicity stunt to boost ratings. He furthered this, saying that the network is “[getting] on their sci-fi high horse” by replicating Star Wars’ female leads Princess Leia, Rey, and Jyn Erso.
I’m still digesting what he wrote, to be honest. If he thinks there’s nothing wrong with Star Wars’ leads, then why complain about Doctor Who?
Many male fans are also questioning this transition, insisting that the Doctor should only be a man because of his personality. (So women aren’t allowed to act boyish?) One even noted that it’d be okay if the 13th Doctor was an “effeminate black man” and not a woman.
Some are even asking why there’s no male Wonder Woman because that’s what equality looks like for men. Hey, go count how many male superheroes there are before you say that you feel discriminated by a woman.
#DoctorWho13 It better not be a woman; not being sexist but it's a male role. Can a bloke play Wonderwoman. Of course not.
But the worst kind of sexism hurled toward Jodie came from The Sun and Daily Mail Online’s headlines. The two publications thought it was a good idea to publish the actress’ nude photos from past roles after the announcement. This is a classic example of only caring about a woman’s body more than her work. Ugh, sick people.
Meanwhile, fans have come to Jodie’s defense and argued that the Doctor is capable of taking on any gender. Some just poked fun at the misogynists who are whining about the role.