The idea that the next Doctor Who could be played by a woman has been resurfacing for some time now. While some fans have argued that it messes with the core character too much, the team behind the hit show have decided to shake things up after the departure of Peter Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat.
Now the actress set to take over the Tardis is none other than Jodie Whittaker.
Best known for her powerful turn in Broadchurch as Danny Latimer’s mom, Whittaker has also starred in the Black Mirror episode "The Entire History of You" and Attack the Block.
Speaking to the Radio Times about being offered the chance to play such an iconic role the actress said:
"I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender, because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one."
Undoubtedly there will be some fans who think that casting a female Doctor is wrong, but for Jodie, it seems that despite any backlash there was no convincing required.
"There was no persuasion needed. If you need to be persuaded to do this part, you’re not right for this part, and the part isn’t right for you.
I also think, for anyone taking this on, you have to want to fight for it, which I certainly had to do. I know there will have been some phenomenal actors who threw their hats in the ring."
No doubt Whittaker's casting will at least mean that plenty of people tune into this year's Christmas episode of Doctor Who, which will serve as her first episode.
Putting forward strong, complex female characters has been something which films like Wonder Woman have been doing a great job at this year. Hopefully, fans will take to Whittaker as the Doctor and she'll have the same kind of success that the likes of David Tennant and Matt Smith had with the fandoms.
"It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be. It feels incredible."
The Doctor Who special "The Doctors" will air over the Christmas holidays, so until then keep an eye out for new teasers and updates.