Jodie Whittaker will be the next star of "Doctor Who." The English actress was also in "Broadchurch" and "Attack of the Block." She is the first female doctor. "I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender," Whittaker said. The role will pass to her in the 2017 "Doctor Who" Christmas special.
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Merriam-Webster shuts down trolls complaining about ‘Doctor Who’ casting

Leave it to a dictionary to demonstrate the potency of a few well-chosen words.

On Monday, Merriam-Webster’s Twitter account elegantly rebutted internet trolls complaining about the casting of a female Doctor Who with one simple statement: “‘Doctor’ has no gender in English.”

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The language lesson came a day after the BBC announced that “Attack the Block” and “Broadchurch” actress Jodie Whittaker will be the new face of “Doctor Who,” taking over from Peter Capaldi and becoming the first woman to portray the titular Time Lord.

As fans of the series know, the Doctor hails from an extraterrestrial species whose members travel through time and space, have two hearts, and regenerate into a new physical form when mortally wounded or otherwise dying. That last wrinkle has allowed the Doctor to be played by more than a dozen actors since the show debuted in 1963.

'Doctor' has no gender in English.
-- Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) July 17, 2017

Naysayers notwithstanding, Whittaker’s casting was widely applauded, including by former “Doctor Who” stars and other celebrities.

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