DOCTOR Who star Jodie Whittaker says being a role model for young girls as the first female lead in the show’s history is a “huge honour.”
The actress, 36, has taken over from Peter Capaldi in the sci-fi show’s titular role and is relishing the impact it will have on girls.
Speaking to the Radio Times, she said: “And now it isn’t just attainable for half of the population. The other half can be the Doctor as well. 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.”
New pictures from the upcoming series 11 show Jodie alongside her companions Graham (Bradley Walsh), Yasmin (Mandip Gill) and Ryan (Tosin Cole).
Last month footage of the latest series was leaked online.
In the scene, which we’re not spoiling for readers, the 13th doctor Jodie walks through an eerie train carriage.
Jodie makes a nod to the gender switch when a police officer refers to her as female and she angrily replies: “Why are you calling me ‘madam’?”
The watermarked footage is thought to have been leaked by a fan, before being shared online.
Hundreds took to Twitter to share their reactions upon the release, with many dissecting and praising Jodie’s performance in the snippet.
One said: “Jodie Whittaker slays it in that leaked Doctor Who clip. She emodied the doctor PERFECTLY.”
Another added: “The Doctor Who leaked footage today made me more and more excited for the new season likely in October #DoctorWho.”
Others didn’t want to see the footage, saying: “I refuse to watch the leaked Doctor Who footage – I’d rather be patient and wait until it’s officially aired.”
Agreeing, another said: “It appears some #DoctorWho clips from Series 11 have unfortunately leaked. Steer clear and avoid spoilers if you want to keep the official release special.”
The leak came after a backlash from fans who were furious that UK fans would have to wait longer than US fans to see any clips from the 11th series.
This is because Jodie is part of a special Doctor Who panel which will feature at San Diego Comic Con next month thanks to BBC America.
The scenario echoes the past upset from fans when the trailer for the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, was shown in the US first.
British fans claim that the shows producers wrongly prefer their US audience by giving them a first glimpse of the new series.
Luckily, Comic Con in the US will be broadcast live online, meaning that any UK fans won’t have to miss out.
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