Doctor Who has revealed its latest time-lord, and at long last, it’s just not another wiry, sharp-jawed fella.
UK actor Jodie Whittaker is officially the Thirteenth Doctor, taking the sonic screwdriver from Peter Capaldi as the iconic sci-fi show’s first-ever female lead.
BBC made the announcement with this beaut little clip:
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) July 16, 2017
In a statement, Whittaker said “it’s more than an honor 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.”
On her casting, Whittaker said “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.”
35-year-old Whittaker has most recently graced screens as Beth Latimer on the crime drama series Broadchurch, which stars none other than David Tennant – aka, the Tenth Doctor.
We imagine the pair have already had a bit of a chat about the legitimately huge role.
There’s another connection here, too: Chris Chibnall, the creator of Broadchurch, was also tapped to take over Doctor Who duties from long-running mastermind Steven Moffatt. It was Chibnall’s call to cast a female Doctor, too.
Whittaker will be taking over from Capaldi after his final showing for this year’s Christmas special.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter.
Photo: @bbcdoctorwho / Twitter.