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Whittaker: Doctor Who gender change 'not that shocking'

By Bethany Minelle, entertainment reporter
For a show about an alien able to change every DNA molecule and physical characteristic of its body, there was an awful lot of fuss about the lead character's regeneration into a woman.
When the 13th Doctor was confirmed as actress Jodie Whittaker some Whovians proclaimed the franchise "ruined" and vowed not to watch the new series.
Former Doctor Peter Davison even suggested the casting of a woman would deprive boys of a vital role model.However, Broadchurch actress Whittaker is much more upbeat about the phenomenon of a woman taking over the role.Speaking on the Doctor Who red carpet, the actress told Sky News: "It's a celebration and a long time coming."It's not that shocking, a woman playing an alien - that's not the weird bit!"We are the other half of the population so we're not that alien!"
Whittaker: Doctor Who gender change 'not that shocking'

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Jodie Whittaker will appear alongside Bradley Walsh in the new series
She admits it will be welcome when the choice of a woman in the lead role isn't "a moment" and doesn't garner such attention.On the subject of role models, she looked back on her experiences as a child: "For me, with children, it's knowing that you're a little boy or little girl and that the people you look up to don't always have to look like you."I always looked up to guys and creatures in films or mystical characters because I could see myself portrayed in many different ways."And to suggest that you can only look up to someone because you look similar is a shame."Despite this, Whittaker admits the casting of Doctor Who is a special case:"Fans have this epic journey with someone, and then the rug is pulled and it's somebody else," she said."For some people it can only ever have happened once because they've fallen in love with the show with that Doctor and it's never happened before."But while she understands the fear of change, Whittaker is keen to break it down: "Change is always nerve-racking.
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