For some time, many fans of Doctor Who have been calling on the creators of the BBC sci-fi series to cast its first female Doctor. And it seems the time has finally come. As the BBC reports, British actress Jodie Whittaker will play the show’s 13th Time Lord.
The announcement was made in a trailer that aired at the end of the Wimbledon’s men’s singles final. Whittaker will make her debut during Doctor Who’s Christmas special, when the current doctor — played by Peter Capaldi — regenerates.
Whittaker is perhaps best known for her role on the TV series Broadchurch (which, incidentally, stars former Time Lord David Tennant). She has also appeared in the shows Black Mirror, Return to Cranford, The Marchlands, along with the films St. Trinian’s, Good, and Attack the Block.
Speaking about her groundbreaking new role, Whittaker said, “I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. This is a really exciting time and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change.”
Chris Chibnall, the show’s new executive producer said he’s always wanted the 13th doctor on the show to be a woman, and that he and colleagues were especially moved by Whittaker’s tryout for the role. “Her audition for the Doctor simply blew us all away,” Chibnall said. “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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