The BBC announced Peter Capaldi’s replacement on Doctor Who last weekend, and speculation that a woman would be taking over the role has proven true. Jodie Whittaker will step in as the thirteenth incarnation of the Doctor starting with the show’s eleventh season. Whittaker previously starred with tenth Doctor David Tennant in the crime drama Broadchurch, and the showrunner from that series, Chris Chibnall, will also be coming onboard Doctor Who starting with the thirteenth season. Fan reaction to the first woman doctor has been somewhat mixed, but the BBC issued the following statement justifying the move:
The Doctor is an alien from the planet Gallifrey and it has been established in the show that Time Lords can switch gender.
As the Controller of BBC Drama has said, Jodie is not just a talented actor but she has a bold and brilliant vision for her Doctor. She aced it in her audition both technically and with the powerful female life force she brings to the role. She is destined to be an utterly iconic Doctor.
We hope viewers will enjoy what we have in store for the continuation of the story.
Peter Capaldi still has one more episode left as the Doctor in the show’s upcoming Christmas special. It has not been announced yet if Whittaker will make her first appearance in that episode or at the start of the eleventh season.
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