It’s that special time of every Doctor Who fan’s life when the wheels of change are turning and the BBC has announced that it’s time for the Doctor to regenerate. It’s time for the long lived, beloved sci-fi series to re-invent itself and its lead once more! All fans of Doctor Who have their favorite Doctor, and they’re about to get another to add to the fray, now that it’s officially announced who the next Doctor will be portrayed by, and it’s none other than Jodie Whittaker!
Doesn’t sound familiar? Well, Jodie Whittaker is best known stateside for her work in excellent television programs like Broadchurch and Black Mirror, as well as genre films like Attack The Block. The BBC released a few statements that also help clarify and further expand upon their decision to choose the first female Doctor, a landmark creative decision bound to liven things up one way or another.
Jodie Whittaker has been announced as Doctor Who’s 13th Time Lord – the first woman to get the role.
She was revealed in a trailer that was broadcast on BBC One at the end of the Wimbledon men’s singles final. The Broadchurch star succeeds Peter Capaldi, who took the role in 2013 and leaves in this year’s Christmas special. Whittaker, 35, said it was “more than an honour” to become the Doctor.
She will make her debut on the sci-fi show when the Doctor regenerates in the Christmas Day show.
The Huddersfield-born star had become a late favourite to become the Doctor.
There will be a familiar face for her on set – Doctor Who’s new showrunner is Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall.
She said: “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.”
Chibnall said the 13th Doctor was always going to be a woman.
He said: “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. 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.”
And for those curious about the video announcement itself, have no fear, we’ve got you covered.
One of the most interesting things this year was speculating who the new Doctor could or should be, and as you may have seen, we did some of that ourselves here at Geek. I threw in my ol’ two cents there and while my picks weren’t chosen, I did at least correctly call the Doctor’s new gender. It’s a bold move honestly, and one that’s a long time coming. Popular guesses at the time before the announcement had names being bandied back and forth that would have been surprising, like Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Han Solo Movie), to a more predictably traditional selection like Kris Marshall, (Love Actually, Death In Paradise) who was strongly rumored for the part as the 13th Doctor.
I don’t know how to put it nicer than this, but thank goodness it wasn’t either of those choices nor any of the other popular choices that were much rumored until today. It’s refreshing and damned exciting to see not only a progressive choice for The Doctor but an unpredictable selection among the many female contenders for the role. Jodie Whittaker was a choice I didn’t even have in mind, and to me, that’s a good thing, as I always prefer being surprised more than anything. Who knows where the new Doctor will take us? We’ve had only the dalliances of assuming what kind of storylines could be pursued if The Doctor regenerated as a woman, and it seems now more than ever we might finally get some exploration of storylines that could be unique spins on old Whovian tropes. Not only that but if the new companion is female as well, it’d be a strong injection of positive femininity into a show that badly needed new lifeblood. It’s an exciting time for Whovians out there, and Jodie Whittaker is here to lead The Doctor and her companions onward into the 21st century and beyond!