Posted Wednesday 18 Jul 2018
The teasers for Dr Who, starring the first ever female Doctor, have been released, and the lead actress, Jodie Whittaker, has said she hopes the BBC's decision to cast a woman as the iconic Time Lord (Lady?) for the first time in the show's 55-year history, will inspire young girls. "There's the chiseled superhero that we're used to seeing and we've all grown up with," she said in an interview with Radio Times. "But Doctor Who has never been that, which is wonderful. [The character is] attainable in so many ways. And now it isn't just attainable for half of the population. The other half can be the Doctor as well." She added: "Girls will no longer just think, 'Oh, I could be a companion*.' Being the first female Doctor and showing children that their heroes in shows don't always look the same is a huge honour for me."
* The Doctor's companions travel with him, and have mostly been female.