Jodie Whittaker Is The First Woman To Play The Doctor In "Doctor Who" And People Are Getting Super Emotional
1. Jodie Whittaker has been announced as the next Doctor in Doctor Who, following the departure of Peter Capaldi.
In an interview with the BBC, Whittaker said she was "beyond excited" to play the Doctor and "begin this epic journey with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet".
"It's more than an honour," she added. "It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can't wait."
Asked about what it is like to the first woman Doctor, she said: "It feels completely overwhelming – as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you're told you can and can't be. It feels incredible."
She added: "I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that's exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one."
2. There’s been a huge, mostly positive, reaction to the announcement on social media.
7. Freema Agyeman, who starred as Martha Jones in the show, tweeted this reaction:
8. Colin Baker, the Sixth Doctor, wrote this:
10. There had been speculation for some time that the next Doctor would be a woman, especially following this scene in the penultimate episode of the last series:
11. It sparked a lot of debate.
13. Whittaker is a star of stage and screen who most recently received critical acclaim for her role as Beth Latimer in the British drama Broadchurch.
After a stint at the Shakespeare's Globe in 2005, her first big film role was in the comedy Venus in 2006. She's since starred alongside John Boyega in the cult science fiction film Attack the Block as well as the movies St Trinian's and Ashes.
On television, she's starred in an episode of Black Mirror, the period drama Cranford, and an episode of Jimmy McGovern's Accused. Her role as Beth Latimer, a grieving mother in Broadchurch, was one of her most recognisable roles, the crime drama bowing out earlier this year with 8.6 million viewers.
Chris Chibnall, the creator and writer of Broadchurch, is joining Doctor Who as its showrunner. In an interview with the BBC he said: "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."