Who's first: new female Doctor set to make TV history
Jodie Whittaker has described as "completely overwhelming" becoming the first woman to play the lead in 'Doctor Who' in its 50-year history.
The 'Broadchurch' actress was revealed as Peter Capaldi's successor as the Time Lord yesterday afternoon, making her the 13th reincarnation of the much-loved character.
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."
She also reassured fans to "not be scared by my gender".
"Because this is a really exciting time, and 'Doctor Who' represents everything that's exciting about change", she said, adding: "The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one."
Whittaker (35) revealed she had told "a lot of lies" in order to keep the announcement secret and had used the codename Clooney when discussing the role with her husband and agent.
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.