The new Doctor Who has a vagina. Let's all get past it, shall we?

Apparently being a female is worse than being an alien. This is news to no woman anywhere.

click to enlarge The current Tardis. Rumor has it a woman can use it just as well as a man (and can probably find it faster, too). - Babbel1996 via Wikimedia Commons/CC
Babbel1996 via Wikimedia Commons/CC
The current Tardis. Rumor has it a woman can use it just as well as a man (and can probably find it faster, too).

When the BBC announced on July 16 that the next Doctor Who — lucky number 13 — would be actress Jodie Whittaker, the internet lost its collective shit. A vagina? Say it isn't so! How dare they.

Seriously, Twitter took a break from the usual arguments about healthcare and Russia to alternately bemoan how the first female doctor (well, that we're seeing as the audience — some evidence suggests the Doctor has manifested as female before) would ruin the series and laughing at the people who think gender really matters when you're a extraterrestrial Time Lord.

This is our favorite so far (created by Sarah Harding Roberts):

via me.me

Of course, there are some asshats out there, too (complete with super-awesome spelling):

The new Doctor Who has a vagina. Let's all get past it, shall we?
Twitter/ @RealMikeCrook


Boycott Doctor Who? Sigh. For shae.

But at least some people are taking the #DrWhoCantBeAWoman tweet and having the kind of fun we've all come to expect from Twitter, complete with social commentary:

The new Doctor Who has a vagina. Let's all get past it, shall we?
Twitter/ @Gavin_Ingham


...and most of them make us laugh, like this:

The new Doctor Who has a vagina. Let's all get past it, shall we?
Twitter/ @MissBaileyWoof


Look, folks, at the end of the day, it's science fiction. Zaphod Beeblebrox had three heads. James T. Kirk went on to tell us all how to get cheap car rentals. Holly has appeared as a man and a woman (and met the tenth Doctor, as well). These things happen. If it upsets you so much, I suggest you go ahead and hone your writing skills, sharpen your imagination, move to the UK, intern at the BBC, work your way up through the ranks, get a job in the writers room for Dr. Who, and write something better. Good luck with that, by the way — I hear there's a real shortage of men who want to write science fiction for the network that arguably does it better than any other in the world.

If you need me, my vagina and I will be binge-watching old episodes, plotting world domination and waiting for the next Dr. Who.

About The Author

Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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