Since the announcement this past weekend that Broadchurch and Attack The Block's Jodie Whittaker would be taking over as The 13th Doctor in the next series of BBC's Doctor Who, there have been many people upset about the decision. Most, if not all, complaints seem to center around the first casting of a woman in the role, but some people have taken their displeasure with the decision to the next level by taking their complaint to the BBC through the broadcaster's official channels.
The BBC takes complaints seriously and has official measures for accepting and responding to complaints made by viewers, including a website in which it posts those responses publicly. Today, the BBC published its official statement regarding the casting of Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor which takes the firm, supportive tone you might expect in light of the tenor of some of the complaints.
The full statement from the BBC reads:
Since the first Doctor regenerated back in 1966, the concept of the Doctor as a constantly evolving being has been central to the programme. The continual input of fresh ideas and new voices across the cast and the writing and production teams has been key to the longevity of the series.
The Doctor is an alien from the planet Gallifrey and it has been established in the show that Time Lords can switch gender.
As the Controller of BBC Drama has said, Jodie is not just a talented actor but she has a bold and brilliant vision for her Doctor. She aced it in her audition both technically and with the powerful female life force she brings to the role. She is destined to be an utterly iconic Doctor.
We hope viewers will enjoy what we have in store for the continuation of the story.
Since the announcement on Sunday, reception to Whittaker's casting has been overwhelmingly positive, especially from those within the Doctor Who sphere. Actors such as Colin Baker and Peter Davison who previously played The Doctor voiced support for their successor as did many of the series' former companions including Arrow's John Barrowman and Guardians of the Galaxy's Karen Gillan.
Jodie Whittaker takes over the role of The Doctor from Peter Capaldi in this year's Christmas special.