New Doctor Who: 'Man Babies' Cannot Cope With Jodie Whittaker As The First Female In Lead Role

Little sympathy for the 'broflakes'.

Jodie Whittaker was on Sunday night named as the first female lead in Doctor Who, becoming the 13th Doctor and marking a step forward for equality in television.

The BBC confirmed the Broadchurch and Attack The Block star would succeed Peter Capaldi, with 35-year-old Whittaker being chosen ahead of Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Kris Marshall, who had been the favourites with the bookmakers until the 11th hour.

Jodie Whittaker is revealed as the 13th #DoctorWho - She answers 13 questions on her role here >>

— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) July 16, 2017

“It’s more than an honour to play the Doctor,” Whittaker told the BBC. “It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”

But it was Whittaker’s gender that was sending some quarters of the internet into meltdown.

Today in grown men crying over alien casting:

— Martin F. Robbins (@mjrobbins) July 16, 2017

Take 4: the "Jane Bond". Textbook.

— Danpo (@danpo_) July 16, 2017


— Alan White (@aljwhite) July 16, 2017

Not that there was much sympathy for the group of overwhelmingly male critics who were swiftly labelled “man babies”.

If you're just catching up with the internet today here is what you need to know

— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) July 16, 2017

Outrage at Dr Who anouncement: One fan said "How can I masturbate to the Daleks now with a bloody woman in the way?"

— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) July 16, 2017

People with no imagination shouldn't watch Dr Who. Or if they do, they should keep their dumb literalism to themselves.

— Robert Webb (@arobertwebb) July 16, 2017

I love how time travelling phone boxes are totally realistic until a woman drives one

— Elena Cresci (@elenacresci) July 16, 2017

Turns out watching nerd bros outraged at a female Doctor is my kink #DrWho

— Ollie (@chamberlago) July 16, 2017

Me when all the little man babies find out the new #Doctor13 #DrWho is a woman 😂😂😂

— Emma K (@Serem) July 16, 2017

Man-Babies Spit Out Their Dummies As Bungle From Rainbow Rebooted As A Woman #BungleFromRainbow

— Clickbait Robot (@clickbaitrobot) July 16, 2017

Whittaker seems to have pre-empted the criticism, and urged fans “not to be scared”.

What do you want to tell the fans?
Jodie: "I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time..."

— Doctor Who Magazine (@DWMtweets) July 16, 2017

Telling the broflakes 'not to be scared' is hilarious and brilliant.

— Dani Beckett (@_pea_green_boat) July 16, 2017

And for those in doubt about its significance, you’d do well to watch the reaction from this young fan.

My daughter watching the #DoctorWho announcement. #doctor13 #DoctorWho13

— 🏳️🌈Jenny Trout (@Jenny_Trout) July 16, 2017

Whittaker’s sex wasn’t the only aspect of her background to be seized on by Twitter.

Never mind that the new Doctor Who is a woman – she's from YORKSHIRE. New catchphrase: "switch that immersion off; I'm not made of money"

— The Guyliner (@theguyliner) July 16, 2017

Plus, there was a political dimension to the appointment ...

... after Chancellor Phillip Hammond reportedly quipped that driving trains had now been made so easy that “even a woman” could do it.

Philip Hammond told cabinet that being Doctor Who is so easy that “even a woman” could do it.

— Matt Chorley (@MattChorley) July 16, 2017

Message for the chancellor, l hope he welcomes the first woman Dr Who #DOCTOR13 now even a woman can be the doctor Mr Hammond 😳

— Angela Rayner MP (@AngelaRayner) July 16, 2017

The Labour Party wasn’t going to escape either.

In a bizarre twist, Doctor Who has now had more female leaders than the Labour Party.

— Tim Dawson (@Tim_R_Dawson) July 16, 2017

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