Jodie Whittaker says it's "depressing" that "Doctor Who" has only become a woman in 2018.
The 36-year-old actress will become the first female star to take on the iconic role of the Time Lord, and while she's proud of being part of a significant change, she doesn't like it being such a big deal.
Speaking to Stylist magazine, she said: "It's a moment that's incredibly important, but also slightly depressing that it's 2018.
"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."
Meanwhile, the "Broadchurch" star added that she hopes it marks a shift where people realise "we can have female heroes", pointing to the success of Sandra Bullock's "Gravity".
She added: "[I'm] playing an alien... 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."
Her comments about female characters come after Jodie threw her support behind the idea of a woman playing James Bond.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper, she explained: "For us it's 2018. Women are not a genre, we are just the other half of the population, so to see us doing things shouldn't be such a surprise."