Doctor Who is at the center of yet another big controversy about gender, representation, and the unhappy reactions of certain fans, and now Merriam-Webster has gotten involved. This time, of course, the brouhaha concerns the popular BBC series, in which the English actress Jodie Whittaker was named the 13th Doctor, and the first woman to ever play the role. The Doctor, of course, is an alien who regenerates periodically, in order to explain the casting of different actors in the role over time.

The casting of a woman as the Doctor has been very well-received in many quarters, but less happily received in others, with all sides seemingly aware that the casting is groundbreaking and monumental — including ...

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