The recent announcement confirming that Jodie Whittaker will take over for Peter Capaldi as the lead of "Doctor Who" has been met with mixed reactions. Although many fans were delighted that the 13th Doctor will be played by a woman, some were outraged over the idea that the Time Lord will regenerate as a Time Lady.

People went out of their way to make it clear that they were unhappy with Jodie Whittaker's casting as 13. Several letters were written to BBC complaining about the new "Doctor Who" lead being a female, somehow breaking the 54-year tradition of the beloved show. Not surprisingly, the network issued an official statement defending Whittaker and claiming that the change is canonical and true to the series.

'Time Lords can switch genders'

The statement issued by BBC declared that "fresh ideas and new voices" are imperative "to the longevity of the series." It then continues to explain that the possibility of the Doctor regenerating as a woman has been canon right from the start.

"The Doctor is an alien from the planet Gallifrey and it has been established in the show that Time Lords can switch gender," the statement read.

Jodie Whittaker 'an utterly iconic Doctor'

The network also stood by the decision of "the Controller of the BBC drama" to cast Whittaker as the next Doctor, calling the "Broadchurch" star "a talented actor" who has "a bold and brilliant vision" of 13. The statement adds that Whittaker "is destined to be an utterly iconic Doctor."

Upcoming "Doctor Who" showrunner Chris Chibnall has already stated that Jodie Whittaker has been the "number one choice" to portray the 13th Doctor.

The show's next head writer even shared with Doctor Who TV that he had always planned for the Time Lord to be a woman.

Whovians love the new Doctor

It seems like Jodie Whittaker was destined to play the first female Doctor in the BBC series. She has already worked closely with the 10th Doctor David Tennant as well as former companion Arthur Darvill in "Broadchurch".

In addition to that, Whittaker has two sci-fi classics under her belt, which are "Attack the Block" and the "Black Mirror" episode "The Entire History of You."

There is little doubt that the 13th Doctor will own the role when she debuts in the Christmas special this December. Peter Capaldi is set for his final appearance on the show before regenerating into Jodie Whittaker's 13 in "The Doctors", which airs on BBC on December 25.

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