BBC One Responds to Female 'Doctor Who' Casting Haters, Says Jodie Whittaker Will be an 'Iconic Doctor'
By Alex Ungerman
BBC One is behind Jodie Whittaker all the way.
After the British media company received some sexist complaints in response to its announcement that the 13th Doctor in the long-running Doctor Who series would be a woman for the first time, the network published a polite response that resoundingly supported Whitaker.
"Since the first Doctor regenerated back in 1966, the concept of the Doctor as a constantly evolving being has been central to the programme," they said in a statement. "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," they added. "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."
We hope viewers will enjoy what we have in store for the continuation of the story.
After the casting was announced, Whittaker, who has appeared in Black Mirror and Broadchurch, admitted that "it feels incredible."
"It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be," she said.
Peter Capaldi, the 12th Doctor, gave his blessing to Whittaker, saying in a statement, "Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm. She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”
BBC One's rebuttle comes as the BBC's annual report showed a sizeable paygap between it's male and female talent. The taxpayer-funded organization found that its top seven paid stars are all men and that the pay disparities also extend to race and ethnicity.
"On gender and diversity, the BBC is more diverse than the broadcasting industry and the civil service," BBC Director-General Tony Hall said."We've made progress, but we [recognize] there is more to do and we are pushing further and faster than any other broadcaster."