So, the next Doctor will be a woman.

Not a big surprise as the series has been building up the idea for years, including a few test runs with Missy and the General to gauge reaction.

Of course, the moronic part of the internet has not taken it well. Accusations of pandering to the SJW crowd abound.

I seem to recall the exact same thing happening with the Battlestar Galactic reboot when it was announced that Starbuck would be a woman.

Personally, I think that it is a good sign. Doctor Who needs to be pushed out of its rut. The last few seasons have had too many good stories ruined as they didn't dare break with expectations. A great example is season 9's The Witch's Familiar. The interaction between a dying Davros and the Doctor was riveting. Two ancient enemies simply taking the last measure of each other. It was great until the writers took the cheap route and revealed that it was all just a trap