We have been pondering and racking our brains speculating who could step in as the 13th Doctor on Doctor Who, and much to our delight we have finally found out.
BBC announced today that the 13th doctor will be played by Jodie Whittaker. Yes! The first woman doctor on the series.
Whittaker rose to her fame on ITV’s crime show, Broadchurch.
She will replace Peter Capaldi, who announced in January that he would be stepping down as The Doctor. The character has been played by many greats including Matt Smith and David Tennant.
Chris Chibnall is the new head writer for the series and had this to say, “After months of lists, conversations, auditions, recalls, and a lot of secret-keeping, we’re excited to welcome Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor. 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.”
He added what about Jodie he thinks will make her a great Doctor.
“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.”
Whittaker herself is excited to step into the role as well, giving this message, “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.”
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