A new Doctor is taking over the TARDIS. After the news of Peter Capaldi’s departure, every Whovian has been waiting for this announcement. Today the BBC announced that Jodie Whittaker is set to portray the Thirteenth Doctor.
She’ll play the first female Doctor and debut during the Christmas Special this year, Capaldi’s last episode.
Jodie Whittaker says:
“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.”
Besides a new Doctor, the show’s getting a new showrunner: Chris Chibnall, following Steven Moffat’s departure.
Chris Chibnall decided to cast the very first female Doctor:
“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.”
Peter Capaldi, the Twelfth Doctor, said:
“Jodie is not just a talented actor but she has a bold and brilliant vision for her Doctor. She aced it in her audition both technically and with the powerful female life force she brings to the role. She is destined to be an utterly iconic Doctor.”
You can watch the announcement trailer here: