BBC has announced the who will play the 13th Doctor in the popular long-running television series, Doctor Who, ending months of speculation.
Doctor Who will have a female Doctor for the first time in series history. Jodie Whittaker will play the Doctor starting with the Christmas episode and joining the series full-time for 2018. BBC made the announcement following the Men’s Singles Final at Wimbledon.
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“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.”
Chris Chibnall, the show’s new head writer and executive producer said: “After months of lists, conversations, auditions, recalls, and a lot of secret-keeping, we’re excited to welcome Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth 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.”
Whittaker’s other TV credits include Black Mirror, Cranford, The Accused and Tess Of The D’Urbervilles. She recently finished shooting feature Journeyman, written and directed by Paddy Considine. Her other film credits include Venus, Attack The Block and St.Trinian’s.