Shero of the month: Jodie Whittaker

It has taken 54 years and 13 Doctors, but at last, we have the first female Doctor Who! Jodie Whittaker, an accomplished actor of stage and screen, known for her roles in Broadchurch, Venus and Attack the Block, will take over from Peter Capaldi as The Doctor in December.

Dr Who is one of the greatest legacy titles we have in our culture and to cast a woman in a part that’s traditionally been played by a man is hugely important and is making a big statement. Time Lords have always been able to swap genders, so why all the fuss about a female doctor?

Casting Jodie has had a huge reaction on social media, many praising the cast, however a minority of enraged Doctor Who fans declared they would never watch the programme again. Asked how it feels to be the first female Doctor Who, she said:

“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. 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.”

In the present day, it should not be a risk to cast a woman. There are even rumours of LGBT story lines, pushing even more boundaries. Jodie, we Salute you for taking on the challenge. So, some girl on girl action in the tardis, yes, please…..