For the first time in the rich history of BBC’s Doctor Who, a female has been cast in the title role. It was announced earlier today during the Men’s Wimbledon Final that Jodie Whittaker will take on the role of Time Lord with Peter Capaldi stepping down after spending three years in front of the camera.
Whittaker’s star has been on the rise during her time on the English crime drama Broadchurch which recently aired it’s final season on ITV and is currently running on BBC America in the States. The show features a very strong ensemble featuring Whittaker alongside the two leads, Olvia Colman and former Doctor, David Tennant.
Broadchruch creator Chris Chinball will join Whittaker as the new head writer and executive producer of Doctor Who next season. Here’s what he had to say to the BBC about Whittaker taking on the role of the 13th Doctor.
“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 will make her debut on the traditional BBC Christmas Special.