In case you haven't heard, the 13th man to play the title role in the 54-year-old franchise Doctor Who is going to be ... a woman.
A lot of people are none too happy about what's happening to their beloved TV show.
And some are predicting that this is going to be the last gasp of a storied franchise.
But this isn't the first time we've seen a mistake like this. Here are a just a few horror stories of failed franchises that made the same mistake as Doctor Who ...
Joss Whedon’s Huge Misstep With Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Although Whedon would later rectify his early mistakes by developing ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., most people don’t know that he started out by almost ruining vampire-hunting for everyone by messing with a tried-and-true formula when he created a female vampire slayer named Buffy Summers.
The Disastrous Reboot of Battlestar Galactica With Starbuck As A Woman
Everybody remembers the star turn by Dirk Benedict in the beloved 1978 series Battlestar Galactica as the dashing Lieutenant Starbuck, but what a lot of people don’t know is that there was an ill-advised attempt to revive the franchise in 2003 with a woman playing the role that Benedict made famous.
Star Trek’s Precipitous Fall From Grace After Captain Janeway
Remember the long-running old space opera we used to love back in the early ‘90s? Ever wonder what happened to that franchise? You guessed it – they took a tried-and-true formula and threw it in the garbage by putting a woman in the captain’s chair in 1995.
The Mystifying (And Expensive) Mistake That Was Wonder Woman
See anything wrong with this sequence? Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Batman Begins, Spider-Man 3, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man 3, Man Of Steel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Ant-Man, Batman v Superman … Wonder-Woman?
The End Of Dragons, Brought To You By Game of the Thrones
Everyone knows the famous story of Beowulf, who tried his prowess against a dragon at the end of the epic Anglo-Saxon poem that’s named after him. It’s a great formula that worked a treat in c. 700-1000 AD, but apparently nothing is sacred nowadays: That’s right – there’s a TV series on right now called Game of Thrones that’s trying things a different way, with a queen of dragons named "Daenarys."
The Attempted Second Reboot Of Star Wars
Everybody remembers George Lucas’s Star Wars series, featuring the great Luke Skywalker in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and followed by Anakin and Obi-Wan in the ‘90s and early ‘aughts.
So, Good Luck With Your Lady Doctor, Doctor Who!
Did you know that in Shakespearean times, if they needed a role for a woman, they had a man play the part? And yet somehow, what was literally good enough for Shakespeare himself apparently just won’t work for Doctor Who anymore. Are we EVER going to learn as a society what works and what doesn't?