It has been a year since Jodie Whittaker was revealed to be the first woman to play the Doctor in Doctor Who, a casting that led to headlines around the world.
Now in an interview with the Radio Times, showrunner Chris Chibnall talked about the casting and said: "I think if we hadn’t done it, we would have been behind the world – and Doctor Who has to be out front leading the world, showcasing all the amazing things out there. So it was never a question in my mind. It was time."
Whittaker, known mostly until now for her role in Broadchurch, agreed with Chibnall and said: "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."
The BBC released a teaser trailer for the upcoming season last Sunday. Not much of the new season was revealed, but we did see glimpses of new characters Yaz (Mandip Gill), Ryan (Tosin Cole), and Graham (Bradley Walsh).
You can read the full interview with Chibnall and Whittaker in this week's edition of the Radio Times, which is available in the UK.