Jodie Whittaker, well known for her role in ITV drama Broadchurch, has been announced as the thirteenth Doctor, taking up the role from Peter Capaldi.
Speculation had mounted in the last month over the identity of the new Doctor after Capaldi’s shocking announcement he would step down on Radio 2 earlier this year. Bookies had favoured Kris Marshal, Jodie Whittaker or Olivia Colman, Whittaker and Coleman having previously worked with Chris Chibnall, writer of Broadchurch, the new boss of Doctor Who.
But following today’s Wimbledon Men’s Final viewers were delighted to see Whittaker announced as the new Doctor. The actor, 35, is delighted to be taking up the role and is proud the show decided to give the main role to a female for the first time in Doctor Who‘s 54 year history. It has been a long time coming, for years speculation about who would replace who with each regeneration hung on the question of whether a female or non-white actor would be cast.
Whittaker will make her debut fully at Christmas in what promises to be an exciting episode as Doctor Who marches into uncharted territory of the back of a series where their first openly gay character and fans’ favourite, John Simm who returned as The Master, both starred. Fan theories and sneak peeks are sure to build up soon in anticipation of what looks set to be Doctor Who‘s most exciting and intriguing series to date.
By Arran Byers