Why can’t Doctor Who be a woman?

Colin Baker as the Doctor in Doctor Who. Photograph: BBC

The news that the BBC had decided to cast actress Jodie Whittaker to play the first female Doctor Who has people in Britain and beyond apparently as divided on the matter as the Brexit vote to leave the European Union.

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Hundreds of thousands joined in the debate on social media and in fan forums over the casting of Whittaker as the 13th Doctor, the first woman to play that role in the show’s six-decade run.

While some talked about the great role model the new female Doctor will be for girls and women, others were firmly in the camp that the Doctor was only ever meant to be male, the BBC reported.

Prime Minister Theresa May is among the thousands pleased with the decision, Downing Street said.

Parents of daughters were especially delighted, including multimedia journalist David Owens, who wrote: “My 8-year-old daughter pumped her fist and shouted “yes!” when the new @bbcdoctorwho was revealed. Think that tells you all you need to know.”

My 8-year-old daughter pumped her fist and shouted “yes!” when the new @bbcdoctorwho was revealed.Think that tells you all you need to know.

— David Owens (@asoundreaction) July 16, 2017

Others talked about how much they or their daughters loved the all-female reboot of “Ghostbusters,” another casting decision that led to outcry among fans of a beloved franchise. And still more fans said it’s about time that a popular work of science fiction will feature a woman in a prominent role.

“The lack of women, and lead women, in sci fi is embarrassing. Doctor Who just made a step in the right direction,” wrote one.

Among those not so happy were two women who said the show was giving into political correctness.

“I like Jodi,” wrote Nicki Murphy on Facebook, referring to Whitaker, best known for playing the mother of a murdered boy in the

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