Jodie Whittaker

Jodie Whittaker (Credit: Getty/John Phillips)

Yesterday, the BBC revealed that actor Jodie Whittaker would be taking over for Peter Capaldi as the lead in the network’s long-running scifi program “Doctor Who.” Whittaker, already a veteran of TV-drama at 35, will become the first woman to play the role of “The Doctor” in the character’s 54 history of onscreen and offscreen appearances.

The BBC’s decision to offer the part to Whittaker was hailed by many (including those who had played the role before). Whittaker herself asked fans not to, “be scared of my gender.” That said, the move was also met by a outpouring of sometimes toxic, often ill-informed criticism by those who could not — for whatever reason — accept the idea of a woman playing the fictional character.

For the most part, those objections have surfaced in the form of personally authored Tweets and posts on social media. One nationally published paper, however, launched something that could been seen as its own anti-Whittaker campaign this morning.

The Sun — owned News Group Newspapers Ltd, a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. — reacted to the news of Whittaker’s casting with both a withering editorial and the publication …read more


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