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Everyone is groaning at the Daily Mail's misogynistic coverage of the new Doctor Who

All the eye rolls.

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YESTERDAY IT WAS announced that actress Jodie Whittaker would succeed Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor Who.

In doing so, Whittaker makes history by becoming the first woman to play the iconic character.

The news was met with widespread excitement and praise, save for a few tiresome comments from people unable to comprehend a shapeshifting alien being played by a woman.

But while the news of a female Doctor Who might be cause for celebration in some parts, here’s how Daily Mail opted to cover it.

Take a deep breath.

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Yes, the Daily Mail took it upon themselves to gather stills of Jodie Whittaker in the nip from her previous roles and writing about the “spicy scenes” in nauseating detail.

A third saw the actress posing for a life drawing completely nude, flashing her rear and her bare breasts as she climbed into position and lay down for the painting.

The article has been criticised on social media for being misogynistic.

After all, it is odd that the paper’s immediate response to a woman landing an iconic role was to gather barely censored photos of her in the nip. God forbid a woman be recognised for blazing the trail for other actresses. Let’s just write about her boobs and arse instead.

This is far from the first time Daily Mail has written about actresses stripping off for film roles. (Which, you know, is their job.)

Earlier this year, the paper wrote breathlessly about Emilia Clarke going “completely NAKED” for a film role. They have published similar pieces about Thandie Newton, Naomi Watts and Olivia Wilde all with censored photographs from the roles in question.

Truly beyond parody.

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