Merriam-Webster shuts down people complaining about female Doctor Who casting

The dictionary publisher challenged the negative reaction to Jodie Whittaker's new role with just six words


Jodie Whittaker is the Thirteenth Doctor, the first woman to wield the sonic screwdriver and pilot the Tardis.


However, some aren’t happy with the female casting, claiming that there’s no reason the Gallifreyan (a two-hearted alien that can regenerate into either sex) should be a woman.

Many have even vowed never to watch the BBC sci-fi series again, with those claims often accompanied with one of the following messages…

And the wordsmiths aren’t the only ones offering linguistics lessons. Blink-182’s lead vocalist Mark Hoppus also tweeted this fantastic reply to the naysayers.

There’s plenty more support for the Broadchurch actor’s new role, including many of the former incarnations of the character. As well as Peter Capaldi saying Whittaker would be “fantastic Doctor”, sixth Doctor Colin Baker and past companions Billie Piper and Freema Agyeman have offered their support to the historic casting.

Doctor Who returns to BBC1 this Christmas