‘Doctor Who’ once more has proved its credentials as a progressive television show and has cast its first transgender actress.
It was revealed over weekend that actress and comedian Bethany Black had won a role in the series in which she would not be playing a transgender character.
Black announced the news on her Facebook page: “It is genuinely the greatest job I could ever have imagined getting. Everything about it is magical.
“I’m enjoying every day of filming and cherishing it, because you never know if you’ll ever get to do anything like this again.
“I only hope that I do the role and the show justice, and that you all enjoy it. For me it’s the gig of a lifetime.”
Black who is well known on the UK comedy scene appeared in the recent Russell T. Davies comedy drama series Cucumber and Banana.
Reece Shearsmith, ‘Game of Thrones’ actress Maisie Williams, Michelle Gomez, Rufus Hound and Rebecca Front are also guest starring in the upcoming series.
‘Doctor Who’ returns to BBC One and BBC America on September 19.