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The Doctor Has Finally Regenerated Into A Woman On "Doctor Who" And People Are Super Emotional

Jodie Whittaker, you're up. (This post contains spoilers.)

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Nearly six months ago, the British science fiction drama Doctor Who made headlines around the world when it was announced that the next actor to play The Doctor was to be a woman: Jodie Whittaker.

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The reaction was mostly positive, but there was a backlash in the British press and from some viewers. In the end, the BBC released a statement following complaints, saying: "The Doctor is an alien from the planet Gallifrey and it has been established in the show that Time Lords can switch gender."

In tonight's Christmas episode of Doctor Who, we saw Peter Capaldi's final outing as the Twelfth Doctor.

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Capaldi was leaving the role after four years, and his final scene was praised on social media. It was also the final episode written and executive produced by Steven Moffat, who has now handed it over to new showrunner Chris Chibnall.

You can watch the regeneration scene from Capaldi to Whittaker here, but if you don't want to, there is a brief summary below...

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And lo, Whittaker is now The Doctor.

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Better still, The Doctor saw her reflection, and when she realised she was now a woman, she said the following as her first words:

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And the reaction on social media? Oh, it's positive.

*Jodie Whittaker says two words in #DoctorWho and is on screen for barely a minute* Me:

It is very positive indeed.

Then there's the fact that Whittaker's first words were in a northern accent.


There she is. Here we go! Blinding! ♥️ #doctorwho

Many viewers also appreciated The Doctor's reaction when she realised that she is now a woman.

“Oh brilliant” when she saw her reflection - nicely done #DoctorWho

The Doctor turned into a woman. Then there was a joke, some explosions and a cliffhanger. Everything’s changed. Not…

Many Doctor Who fans also noticed a lot of attention to detail in that regeneration from Capaldi to Whittaker.

Fun thing I liked about tonight's #DoctorWho - first and last things we ever saw of Peter Capaldi's Doctor were his…

Why did Jodie Whittaker not say "why am I still not ginger!" #DoctorWho #DavidTennant

#DoctorWho Oh god they’ve came back and introduced #JodieWhittaker with the Bad Wolf theme in the background. Well played.

Whittaker's first series as The Doctor will air in late 2018 on BBC One and BBC America.

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