Sunday was a day that Doctor Who fans across the globe were eagerly anticipating. After all, there’s no better-kept secret in the TV world than the revelation of a new Time Lord, and with the 13th doctor, Peter Capaldi, stepping down from the role following the upcoming Christmas special, Sunday was the day we’d all find out who would fill those monumental shoes next.
As it turns out, we all should have been expecting a Time Lady. Because for the first time in the show’s history a woman — Jodie Whittaker to be exact — was named as the next doctor. Understandably, the Internet freakout out.
While many seemed jazzed by the news that a female could finally time-travel and save the world in the famed role, others were less than pleased by this turn of events. So of course they took to social media to share their displeasure.
@ManningOfficial Doctor Who will not be the same with a female lead it will bomb so Bad is just a moneyspinner now
— Harold Guy (@GuyHaroldguy16) July 17, 2017
When the female #DoctorWho is menstruating.will she be throwing shit at the cybermen and wearing bad grey sweat pants and eating ice cream
— internationalhippie (@IntlHippie) July 17, 2017
— Ann-Marie West (@GoWestAM) July 17, 2017
The good news is that supporters of the idea quickly began to troll the trolls, making fun of their tweets and pointing out that way back in the ’60s when the show began the co-creator had actually suggested the doctor be a woman. Never mind the fact that the show is one of the most sexually progressive series around, in terms of leading characters’ sexuality. But all of that aside, one of the best responses we’ve seen to-date has got to be from one of the most reputable sources around: the dictionary. Why? Because it’s simple, accurate and to the point.
‘Doctor’ has no gender in English.
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) July 17, 2017
Bam. Now that’s one way to shut down the haters.
Of course many people went on to argue the difference between Time Lord and Time Lady and continued to work themselves into a tizzy, but we have to say the post made us smile. Mostly because at its core, it’s kind of impossible to argue with.
ICYMI, this isn’t the first time the Merriam-Webster twitter account has gotten involved in a hotly debated topic. There was that time it schooled United Airlines over the definition of “volunteer” after a man was “voluntarily” dragged off a plane, for example.
📈’Volunteer’ means “someone who does something without being forced to do it.” https://t.co/qNAcMyplhZ
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 11, 2017
And then of course there was the time it schooled Ivanka Trump on the definition of “complicit” after she told CBS News that she didn’t know what it meant to be so.
📈’Complicit’ is trending after Ivanka Trump told CBS “I don’t know what it means to be complicit.” https://t.co/qE6UcB8pUz
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 4, 2017
Geez. And here we’ve just been using the dictionary to settle Scrabble debates.
As for Whittaker’s new role? Look forward to seeing her helm it sometime next year. In the meantime, be sure to check out her excellent work alongside another former doctor, David Tennant, in Broadchurch. Her acting chops really should put any haters and their comments to rest.