Broadchurch star Whittaker is the first-ever female doctor and will be seen on BBC One in the UK and on BBC America in the US, as well as globally, with the sci-fi series one of the biggest selling shows BBC Worldwide has on its books.
“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey, with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet,” Whittaker said.
“It’s more than an honour 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.”
The new Doctor was revealed in an interstitial after the climax of the Wimbledon men’s tennis finals on BBC One and an the official Doctor Who Twitter feed.
Well I never the BBC really did do the right thing and let the Doctor be in touch with her feminine side. As a father of daughters – result!
— Colin Baker (@SawbonesHex) July 16, 2017
a message from Sylvester!
"Congratulations Jodie Whittaker!!!!! One small step for Women, one Giant leap for Womenkind!!"
— Sylvester McCoy (@4SylvesterMcCoy) July 16, 2017
She replaces Peter Capaldi (In The Loop) who became the twelfth doctor in 2013 and told BBC radio in January it was “time to move on.” He replaced Matt Smith, who went on to star in The Crown.
Doctor Who was first made in 1963, but its current incarnation dates back to a 2005 reboot that had Christopher Eccleston in the title role. He was succeeded by David Tenant in 2010.
– with Reuters
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