Jodie Whittaker Revealed As the 13th Doctor

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Jodie Whittaker Revealed As the 13th Doctor

Say what you will about 2017, but by year's end we shall be living in a universe with our first female Doctor.

British thespian Jodie Whittaker, best known for her starring role in ITV's massive hit crime drama Broadchurch, as well as Joe Cornish's smashingly fun alien invasion flick Attack the Block, has been cast as Doctor Who's thirteenth Time Lord.

The big reveal came in a video tease after the Wimbeldon men's finals on the BBC earlier today. You can find that below, but first...

With the 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi and long-time showrunner Steven Moffat both ending their tenures with the 2017 Christmas Special, Whittaker will step in alongside new showrunner, Chris Chibnall, who was the mastermind behind Broadchurch, so yes... as much as my fingers were crossed for Phoebe Waller-Bridge, maybe we all should have seen this one coming.

Whittaker made her feature debut in 2006's Venus, alongside the legendary Peter O'Toole. Since then she's had a varied career in British television and film, including St. Trinian's and one of the most beloved episodes of Black Mirror, "The Entire History of You". Whittaker said in a statement on her new gig: “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.” And neither can we.

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  • chuck

    I guess I will never understand the ire having a female playing the Dr. Out of all the roles in a sci-fi show one would think having a female Dr. would be an obvious thing, there is zero reason to NOT have a female/male/alien play that role.

    There is no "lore" reason to not. I guess some people want the same thing over and over and over and over....

  • Ben Umstead


  • Michael Lang

    PC idiocy strikes again!

  • Jerry Sk├Âld

    Ahh, I feel so energized by all the tears shed by manchildren who cry "PC! SJW!" everywhere.

    The world is moving on, and you are not needed.

  • Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg

    Only having white men play the part for all these years is as much a political statement as having a woman now. The show desperately needs some new life, and Jodie Whittaker, regardless of her gender, is a great actor and will be a breath of fresh air.

  • B.

    Care to elaborate?

  • Ben Umstead

    Indeed. Especially when one has to consider that Who co-creator Sydney Newman was gunning for a female Doctor back in 1986.

  • wabalicious

    She could be great though, they wouldn't have hired her if they didn't think so. No doubt within 2 years she'll have regenerated again anyway, the BBC can't hold onto their doctors these days.

  • Ben Umstead

    Correct me if I am wrong but outside of Tom Baker, the overall average seems to be 3 seasons, so...

  • wabalicious

    With the speed the BBC's working at these days that means she'll be around for about one series, hahaha.

  • Ben Umstead

    Hah. Well played.

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