Back in 2013 YouGov asked members of the British public if they thought it was important for the Doctor to be played by a male actor. It was a close run thing, but rather misleadingly they announced the result with the headline 'Doctor Who Must Be A Man'.
The BBC played in safe in the end and replaced Matt Smith with Peter Capaldi. But there was never any doubt that the first woman Doctor would come sooner than later.
During Capaldi’s four years on the show the ground was being prepared and the corporation now firmly believes that the public is ready for the change in gender. But are they right? Already they've officially responded to a rush of complaints with a pre-prepared statement and some disgruntled fans have started an ill fated petition to reverse the decision.
Another poll conducted this week suggests that the general public are mostly indifferent to the casting decision, and yet the media is always going to point out the extreme views on both sides of the debate - views that are not hard to find in the age of social media. The internet is a hotbed of reactions from the ecstatic to the apoplectic, and some pretty crazy arguments are doing the rounds.