New Doctor Who producer Chris Chibnall knew he was making history when he cast Jodie Whittaker as the show's first-ever female Doctor, and he says he never doubted his decision for a moment.
Chibnall opens up about his groundbreaking choice in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, arguing that following Peter Capaldi with another male Doctor would have felt regressive in the current climate.
"I just felt the time was right," Chibnall told the publication. "I think if the show hadn't done it, we would have been behind the world, and Doctor Who has got to be out front leading the world, and being a great example of all the amazing things that are in the world.
"So, it wasn't even a question in my mind."
Whittaker also acknowledged the history-making nature of her casting, which has boosted publicity around Doctor Who to the highest level in the last few years.
"There's no rules [with this show], and it's liberating," she beamed, adding: "But it's equally terrifying."
Doctor Who's 11th series will premiere on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US this autumn.
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