Back in February we were speculating about who the 13th Dr Who would be. And now, despite Richard Madden and Ben Whishaw leading as bookies favourites, Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker has landed the coveted role and made television history by becoming the first female Dr Who.

The reaction to the casting decision has been varied to say the least, from frenzied delight and wondering why it’s taken so long (Dr Who first aired in 1963), to the unwavering belief that the Doctor should only ever be a man.
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Jodie herself was quick to address the inevitable sexism that her appointment has unleashed. A statement released after the announcement read: “Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that's exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one”

Sadly that hasn’t been enough to stem the tide of predictably chauvinistic Twitter comments about a woman not being able to drive the Tardis or use the sonic screwdriver. Someone even came out with the baffling comment: time travel is for men and men only. Hmm.

Well we think women have been embarrassingly under-represented in sci-fi for too long and this is a step in the right direction and that’s long overdue. It’s good to know that the next generation of girls won’t grow up thinking they can’t be Dr Who. Or a Ghostbuster. Or a superhero.