Although the actress no longer plays the Doctor's companion Clara Oswald, she weighed in on Whittaker taking over the lead role on Monday during the Television Critics Association press tour. She made it very clear that she supports the move, calling it "genius," according to Variety.
"Oh, I love it," Coleman said. "I think it's genius. I think she is brilliant and lovely, and I can't wait to hear her speak. I want to hear the voice. I think it's very exciting times."
As the latest TARDIS traveler, Whittaker is the first woman to fill the titular role, which caused a strong reaction on Twitter when it was announced earlier this month. There were cheers from many users, while some others had complaints and offensive comments instead. However, Steven Moffat, the departing showrunner, made it clear at San Diego Comic-Con that he felt there was no problem, with the positive reactions outweighing the negative ones.
"The story of the moment is that the notionally conservative 'Doctor Who' fandom has utterly embraced that change completely -- 80 percent approval on social media, not that I check these things obsessively," he said, according to Variety.
Count Coleman firmly among the 80 percent happily welcoming Whittaker. We'll see her in the TARDIS come 2018.
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