New Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker has been chatting a lot about her latest role recently.
After revealing she’s “not being paid less than any other Doctor”, and saying she “can’t even begin to debate” sexist Doctor Who critics, Whittaker has opened up about one other “depressing” aspect.
Discussing the significance of the Doctor being a woman, Whittaker told Stylist: “It’s a moment that’s incredibly important, but also slightly depressing that it’s 2018.”
She continued: “I want to enjoy it. I mean what a thing, for the rest of my life, for that to be me. But this has got to be the end of it being a big surprise.”
Whittaker went on to say that “we should look up to characters regardless of their gender”. “This is hopefully a moment that leads to us realising that we can have female heroes.
“Gravity [the Oscar-winning film starring Sandra Bullock] made millions and millions of dollars; Wonder Woman made millions and millions of dollars. We should look up to characters regardless of their gender.”
She also pointed out that she’s “playing an alien” – ergo “let’s not limit ourselves to only looking up to people who look like us”.
“That’s the future we want. And to realise that having different points of view in a situation is interesting and exciting, not terrifying. And mine isn’t that different. I sometimes feel like being a woman is like talking about being an alien.”
Doctor Who will return for its 11th series on BBC One later in the year.
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