Since Peter Capaldi announced that he was hanging up the sonic screwdriver at the end of this year only one question has been on the minds of Doctor Who fans around the world, who will be the next Doctor? Thanks to a special BBC reveal, we now have the answer.
Jodie Whittaker, of Broadchurch fame, will take over the helm of the TARDIS when Capaldi bails out in the upcoming festive special on Christmas Day. The casting will mark the first time that an actress has played the part in the show’s 54 year run, a decision that had been rumoured for some time, gathering momentum over the last couple of years thanks to the recent female incarnation of the Doctor’s nemesis, the Master.
Whittaker will be joined by another Broadchurch alum as the show’s creator, Chris Chibnall, will be taking over as the Doctor Who showrunner from Steven Moffat.
Whittaker, 35, said it was “overwhelming, as a feminist” to become the next Doctor.
“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey – with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. 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.”
Chibnall has since added that the 13th Doctor was always going to be a woman. It’s a decision that is likely to split long-time fans of the show, but not an unexpected one given that the BBC has committed itself to greater diversity on its programmes.
He said: “I always knew I wanted the 13th 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 13th Doctor is on her way.”
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You can next catch up with the Doctor in Peter Capaldi’s swansong as he teams up with the first Doctor on Christmas Day. Filling in for the late William Hartnell will be Peter Bradley, who played the actor in the dramatic retelling of how Doctor Who came to be in Doctor Who: An Adventure in Time and Space.