Today the BBC announced that Jodie Whittaker would be come the 13th Doctor and the first female Doctor.  It couldn’t happen to a nice person. I have had the pleasure of meeting Jodie a few times due to work on Broadchurch and she will make an excellent Doctor.

Jodie will first make her appearance at the end of the 2017 Christmas special.  This will mark the departure of both Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat.  Chris Chibnall will have the honour of writing Jodie’s first line as is the tradition when there is a change in the show runner.

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.”

Chris Chibnall, New Head Writer and Executive Producer says :

“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.”

Peter Capaldi says : “Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm. She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content says :

“Making history is what Doctor Who is all about and Chris Chibnall’s bold new take on the next Time Lord is exactly that. The nation is going to fall in love with Jodie Whittaker – and have lots of fun too!”

Piers Wenger, Controller BBC Drama says : “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.”

Doctor Who S11 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Colin Hutton
Doctor Who S11 – Episode: n/a (No. n/a) – Picture Shows: The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Colin Hutton

Matt Strevens, Executive Producer says : “I’m so thrilled that Jodie Whittaker said yes to playing the Doctor. I’ve been a fan for years and always hoped to work with her. She is an actor of great emotional range and inhabits every role with complete passion and conviction. Just thinking about what she will bring to the Doctor makes me as excited as a kid at Christmas. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

8 COMMENTS

  1. I’m sorry, sad day for me the doctor to me will never be a woman, goodbye until next regeneration, stop this nonsense the doctor is not a woman.

  2. They jumped the shark a bit, but this is an opportunity for a very new, very different direction. Let’s wait and see.

  3. I always liked the doctor who tv show from when it first aired 1963 and now it doesn’t feel like the doctor if it is going to be a women cos all the doctor who I watched from 1963 to these years were all men

  4. Ok, here’s a thought. Not my choice, and not a direction I’ve wanted the programme to go in. But if it has been made for the right decision, and not simply to give us a female Doctor, if they can give us a rational explanation of how this could occur, other than the regular “let’s not bother giving us an explanation” attitude, then I’ll run with it. If there can be some interesting stories, other than Stephen Moffat fan wank, I’ll run with it. If We can get away from the lead writer telling us how gigantic and wonderful this is, when you actually serve up a pile of shite, I’ll run with it. Chris Chibnall, you’ve created yourself the biggest challenge in Who history. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. I hope to be surprised.

      • Sci Fi has always pushed boundaries. It has been advocate of change for as long as it has been around. As for making sense — that is always in the eye of the beholder

        • It’s not all about pushing boundaries, only if it is good Sci Fi. And obviously it’s in the eye of the beholder because they’re my views.

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