From the feminist journalist Sarah Jane Smith to the fiery flight attendant Tegan Jovanka, Doctor Who’s female characters have been anything but props. So what can we expect from Jodie Whittaker?
Now here is a lovely thing: Next, possibly the world’s least cutting-edge science fiction fashion store, is stocking an extremely credible version of the new Doctor’s striped T-shirt. You didn’t get that with Colin Baker.
But the joy (or, just as significantly, the relative ambivalence) with which Jodie Whittaker’s appointment as the first female Doctor was greeted is encouraging in tricky times, in much the same way as Idris Elba looks like James Bond already, whether or not he gets the job.