'Doctor Who' bosses will barely address the Time Lord's change of gender.

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After 55 year, Jodie Whittaker will take over the TARDIS as the first woman to play the iconic role, and showrunner Chris Chibnall has confirmed it wasn't really an issue in the story they're telling.

He told the Daily Star: "The gender issue is pretty by-passed. It's not really a kind of a gender-related story or anything like that.

"The first story is much more a story of survival for the new Doc.

"The last we saw of her she was falling through the air above planet Earth so it's less about gender and more about: 'How am I going to get out of this?' "

Although Chris is keen to make sure it doesn't become an issue, an insider has added that it's "odd" that it doesn't get referenced more.

A source said: "It is odd that one minute Peter Capaldi is The Doc and he turns into Jodie Whittaker and the sex change is barely mentioned."

One thing the team are keen to retain is the series' sense of "unpredictability", and to keep an audience so familiar with the history of the show.

Speaking to Doctor Who Magazine, writer Malorie Blackman revealed: "Part of the joy of writing for Doctor Who is to try to surprise your audience, no matter what their age.

"I love unpredictability - where you introduce the unexpected, even into a story the audience may already think they know."

The new series of 'Doctor Who' will be on BBC One this autumn.