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Knock knock, Doctor Who? Top Twitter burns against 'female doctor' outrage

Catch Team | Updated on: 19 July 2017, 17:37 IST

The week began with two major newsmakers in popular culture – Game of Thrones season 7 and the announcement of the 13th Doctor in Doctor Who. Of course, the latter would've probably been washed away amid Game of Thrones fandom had the announcement not caught everyone by surprise.

BBC America introduced the first ever woman Doctor, to be played by Jodie Whittaker, through a curious teaser. She will replace the 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi in the upcoming annual Christmas special.

The series, which has been playing since 1963, identifies the Doctor as non-binary and alien.

Whittaker released a statement on the announcement: "It's more than an honour to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can't wait.”

But because “everyone [she] used to be” includes a certain degree of female sexuality, The Sun decided to run nude pictures of Whittaker from past roles. Titled 'Doctor Nude', the section spoke of Whittaker's “saucy screen past”.

Fresh out of ideas for covering a news story about a female sci-fi lead, The Daily Mirror, Daily Express and Daily Star, much like The Sun, all carried Whittaker's nude or topless images. Because, journalism.

Of course, it is terrible to let a woman play a non-binary character, never mind that men have done so for decades. Upset at having lost another iconic male hero, many took to social media on Monday to express their outrage.

But fortunately, many more stood up for the 'female Doctor', providing Twitter humour for days.

Here's some of the sass:

And the absolute best...

First published: 19 July 2017, 17:37 IST