New Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker tells fans 'don't be scared by my gender'

Jodie Whittaker has told fans 'don't be scared of my gender' after she was announced as the first woman to play the lead role in Doctor Who. 

The Broadchurch actress was revealed as Peter Capaldi's successor as the Time Lord on Sunday afternoon following the Men's Wimbledon Final, making her the 13th reincarnation of the much-loved character. 

However, the decision to cast a female actress in the role, which has previously been played by men and is currently held by Peter Capaldi, divided fans.

She said: 'It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you're told you can and can't be.

She also reassured fans to 'not be scared by my gender'.

While many praised the BBC and the show's writers for choosing a female actress, others slammed the decision as 'political correctness gone mad'.