British actress Jodie Whittaker has been announced as the 13th incarnation of the Doctor in popular BBC1 TV series Doctor Who. However, Whittaker defended showrunner Chris Chibnall's decision to break the glass TARDIS ceiling.
'[Being gay] is not the main thing that defines her character - it's something that's part of her and something that she's very happy and very comfortable with, ' she said.
"It's more than an honour to play the Doctor", she explained.
Chibnall said: "I always knew I wanted the 13th Doctor to be a woman and we're thrilled to have secured our number one choice".
Some thought a bit of dialogue in the recent "Doctor Who" season finale all but said the new Doctor would be female.
Whittaker will be replacing the 12th Doctor played by actor Peter Capaldi.
Whittaker will replace Peter Capaldi, who took on the role in 2013 amid an increasing clamor that it should go to a woman.
Why did she want the role of "Doctor Who"? "This is only a new, different one, not a fearful one".
It will see the actress team up with 'Broadchurch' creator Chris Chibnall on the hit sci-fi series as he takes over from Steven Moffat as executive producer. She also appeared in short-lived 2014 ABC miniseries The Assets and Sky's The Smoke, and has been in numerous movies, from Venus to Attack The Block. Capaldi will step down after three series and 39 episodes in the role. However a woman had never held the role before, despite Time Lords being proven to be able to regenerate as women. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that's exciting about change.