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Uncomfortable with a female Doctor Who? It’s time to admit your real motives

The series' creator called for a woman thirty years ago. So why are some viewers still opposed to the idea?

By James Cooray Smith  

The new doctor, Jodie Whittaker. Photo: BBC America

The idea of a female Doctor Who started off as a joke. Literally. In 1980, Tom Baker’s departure from the series was due to be announced and the actor—by his own account, after a few drinks in the BBC club—suggested to the series’ producer John Nathan-Turner that they could drop a hint to the press that the Fifth Doctor would be a woman. Nathan-Turner, who had a nose for publicity, agreed. “I certainly wish my successor luck whoever he—OR SHE—might be,” boomed…

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