In a truly exciting and invigorating move, the 13th Doctor in BBC’s Doctor Who will be a WOMAN. FINALLY. (It’s only taken them over 50 years, not that we’re counting or anything). Broadchurch star, Jodie Whittaker will be the first ever woman to receive the keys for the TARDIS – and we reckon she’s going to rock it.
The news was confirmed on Sunday 16 July in the most British way possible – on BBC One and on social media after the men’s Wimbledon tennis final (and of course, we were eating strawberries and cream at the time). Here’s the official announcement.
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) 16 July 2017
After months of speculation, the news came as a genuine surprise to Doctor Who fans across the world, who were convinced My Family star, Kris Marshall would take over the role. There were also numerous other rumors over who the 13th Doctor could be – but nobody really seemed to include Whittaker. Which makes the whole announcement even more bloomin’ exciting.
Jodie Whittaker will take over from the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi during the Christmas Special (we hope they change over their insurance policy, they don’t want to get a hefty fine when the TARDIS runs into trouble – which, you know, ALWAYS happens) along with a brand new writer. Chris Chibnall will take over from long-time Doctor Who writer, Steven Moffat to write the newest series. So we might be seeing some huge new changes.
Whittaker has spoken about her new role.
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.
We can’t wait either!
It seems Doctor Who fans are also pretty excited about the first ever Doctor, with many taking to Twitter to expel their feelings.
— marcela (@bleachrrs) July 17, 2017
— ?️?Jenny Trout (@Jenny_Trout) July 16, 2017
Ghostbuster, Wonder Woman, Doctor Who. I’m so happy for all the girls who get to grow up surrounded by heroes. 🙂
— Jason (@DisparityGames) July 16, 2017
Doctor Who cast I love you pic.twitter.com/0e1AvgSVZN
— Jodie!13 (@TheD0ctorDisco) July 16, 2017