Christina Wolfgram
November 15, 2015 11:18 am

Doctor Who has been on television since 1963, and is currently one of BBC Worldwide’s most popular shows. Last night, in an episode titled, “Sleep No More,” the sci-fi series made history when it featured a transgender woman for the first time. Trans omedian Bethany Black, who regularly performs stand-up around the UK, played soldier 474, a cisgender character.

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A life-long Doctor Who fan herself, Bethany posted a touching announcement to her Facebook back in August when she won the role.

Bethany previously worked with Doctor Who showrunner, Russell T. Davies, on a British show called Banana, where she played a transgender woman.

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The Independent asked Bethany how she felt about representing the trans community on TV. “It is an absolute privilege and honour to be representing trans people,” she said. “There’s a massive responsibility but you also know you can’t really represent anybody – you can’t even represent yourself.”

Doctor Who has a massive following in the United States. Here’s hoping that people around the world are inspired by this wonderfully inclusive and normalizing casting choice!

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(Image via BBC/Facebook.)

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