Whittaker, a British actor, is best-known for her work on ITV's "Broadchurch", the crime drama on which she played the leading role of Beth Latimer (opposite former Doctor, David Tennant). Finally, a victory in the culture wars for the good guys!
But others were thrilled, with one post - retweeted thousands of times - showing a girl watching the trailer of Whittaker walking towards the Tardis time machine in a forest, before exclaiming excitedly: "The new doctor is a girl!"
Writers and showrunners at the helm since the reboot have included Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat, who teamed with another "Doctor Who" writer, Mark Gatiss, on another fan favorite, "Sherlock". While the news of a female Doctor came as a pleasant surprise to many, some wondered if the choice was deliberate, or as a reaction to fan campaigning.
Though embraced by fans as it was clearly a parody made with affection for the source material, the episode itself is (unsurprisingly) not considered a part of the main series canon.
As our colleagues at HuffPost U.K. noted, this kind of response shows exactly why it's so important for iconic characters to be played by both men and women, much like the impact of Wonder Woman has been demonstrating this summer.
That Chris refers to Chris Chibnall, who'll be stepping in as the series' new showrunner, following the departure of Stephen Moffat. "She's going to be a fantastic Doctor".
"Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away", he said. But Jodie did her utmost to silence her critics when she gave her first interview after her casting announcement, urging fans "not to be scared by my gender". Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role.