Sunday, 16 July 2017


Months of intense speculation followed Peter Capaldi's decision 
to vacate the TARDIS in January - would we finally see a female 
35-year old Jodie Whittaker was dramatically unveiled as the 
Thirteenth Doctor on BBC One this afternoon.
The Huddersfield-born Broadchurch actress was revealed as the 
first woman to portray the Doctor at the conclusion the Men's 
Singles Final at Wimbledon.

Whittaker will debut on Christmas Day when Peter Capaldi leaves the 
programme. She told BBC News: "I'm beyond excited to begin this epic 
journey with Chris [Chibnall] and every Whovian on this planet. It's an 
honour to play the Doctor. It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, 
as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you're told you can and 
can't do." Whittaker also said that she will "embrace everything the Doctor 
stands for - hope. I can't wait."

The Radio Times has reported that the current Time Lord has given his 
blessing to Whittaker. Capaldi was "showing his support for the first female 
version of the" Doctor. "Anyone who has seen Jodie's work will know that 
she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm."

Whittaker, born in West Yorkshire in 1982, is best known for the role of Beth Latimer in ITV's Broadchurch (opposite David TennantArthur Darvill,
and David Bradley), conceived and written by new Doctor Who show-
runner Chris Chibnall. He said that it was always his intention to cast a 
woman as the Doctor, and Whittaker was his first choice.

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