It’s finally happened! A woman will play the iconic role of the Doctor in the 11th series of Doctor Who as the BBC announced today (in the below video) that Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch, Attack the Block) will regenerate into the role currently being exited by Peter Capaldi.
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) July 16, 2017
In a statement, Whittaker expressed her excitement for the role:
“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey, with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet,” Whittaker said. “It’s more than an honour to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”
Incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall, who replaces the also-exiting Steven Moffat revealed that this historic change was always in the cards:
Chibnall said: “I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way.”
Whittaker is a tremendous talent and a great choice for the role, and has certainly spruced up my interest for the coming series. I’m sadly less enthused about the incoming showrunner himself, but my hopes remain high that he’ll work some of that first season Broadchurch magic moreso than any contribution he’s made to Doctor Who so far – which have been fairly anemic at best.
Regardless, this is a huge step forward for the British institution and a reason to celebrate.
Whittaker will made her debut at the end of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, entitled “The Doctors”, where Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor will meet the First Doctor, played by David Bradley (who also played William Hartnell, the original First Doctor, in the docudrama An Adventure in Space in Time).
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