Whittaker is about to be engulfed in a social media storm as she is revealed today by the BBC as the first ever female Doctor Who.
The thirteenth Doctor will finally break the mold and no doubt start a raging debate among fans and commentators.
It is not the first time that the British star has courted controversy.
Back in 2006 she played a brash teenager in Venus who shares a tender and complicated relationship with veteran star Peter O’Toole, who was 74 at the time.
Although Whittaker was a mature 24 at the time of filming, the subject matter made some viewers uncomfortable.
Some scenes show O’Toole reciting Shakespeare to the supposed teenager while she is in bath.
He also arranges for her to nude model for a group of artists and even presses kisses along her neck in another scene.
In the nude modelling scene, O’Toole walks a very fine line between paternal concern for his young charge and a slightly awkward desire to watch her.
In the end, he is asked to leave the room, but peers in through a small window before he loses balance and falls back into the room.
O’Toole manages the almost impossible feat of keeping our sympathy with him, while Whittaker dazzles as the scared young woman trying to find herself in a strange new world.
The following year, Whittaker starred in the bawdy St Trinians reboot with Gemme Arterton, Talulah Riley and Rupert Everett.
The West Yorkshire star also had notable big screen roles in One Day with Anne Hathawy and 2011’s Attack The Block.
She found even greater fame on the small screen as Beth Latimer in Broadchurch with former Doctor Who David Tennant.
The iconic character’s love of “timey-whimey” whimsy will, no doubt, be tickled by Whittaker’s sensational new posting in the TARDIS.