After many months of speculation Jodie Whittaker has finally been announced as the 13th Doctor. The 35 year old will take over from Peter Capaldi in the upcoming Christmas episode. The reveal took place after the Wimbledon final with a short announcent video, which has put an end to the many months of speculation, sparked by Peter Capaldi’s announcement in January that he would be handing in his key to the TARDIS. Jodie Whittaker is better known for her role of Beth Latimer in Broadchurch, but now will be known as the 13th Doctor and the first ever female incarnation of the Doctor.
When asked how she felt playing the first female incarnation of the popular Time Lord, she responded:
“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.”
Capaldi will hand over the keys to the TARDIS in this year’s Christmas special. The actor told the Radio Times that his regeneration as the Time Lord would be “more complicated than recent ones”. The Christmas episode will also see David Bradley appearing as the First incarnation of the Time Lord, meaning three different Doctors will appear in the same episode.
The show’s lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, will also leave the sci-fi series after the Christmas special, to be succeeded by Chris Chibnall.
Chibnall has previously written for Doctor Who, with the episodes; 42, the two parter, The Hungry Earth and Cold blood, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and The Power of Three. He also created the BAFTA award winning, Broadchurch, starring Jodie Whittaker, David Tennant, Olivia Coleman and David Bradley in season one. So Chibnall and Whittaker are already familiar with eachothers work.
Series 11 is sure to be a good one and if you ask me, it can’t come soon enough.