‘Brilliant!’: Stacey Abrams is a ‘Doctor Who’ fan, and Twitter is aflutter

From quick online search you can find out that Stacey Abrams is a Democrat, she was a House minority leader and a candidate for governor of Georgia. But there is one role she doesn’t list on her website, but that sent ripples through time and space: she’s a Whovian.

Abrams appeared on Buzzfeed News’ AM2DM show Thursday to talk about her history-making response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. She was selected to be the first black woman — and the first Georgian — to deliver the marquee speech.

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The show’s hosts asked Abrams what her day was like before she delivered the Democratic response. 

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After going over her speech again, she said, “I watched about three episodes of ‘Doctor Who,’ and just kinda chilled out.”

Host Isaac Fitzerald’s eyes grew wide and his mouth fell open with a surprised look.

“Hang on, hang on, hang on,” he said. “Like ... this season ‘Doctor Who’ or back-in-the-day ‘Doctor Who’?” he asked, as co-host Saeed Jones laughed and clapped his hands.

Abrams explained she started watching the new iteration of the British science fiction show about a year ago and just finished season 8. For the uninitiated, “Doctor Who” is about a “Time Lord” from the planet Gallifrey who, instead of dying, regenerates every hundred or so years. The show has been around more than 50 years, because it can easily change actors — and now actress — to play the title role.

Whovians — a term used for fans of “Doctor Who” — could not contain their enthusiasm.

But which one is her favorite (because every Whovian has a favorite Doctor)?

Fans of the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors (David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi, respectively) were disappointed.

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