'Doctor Who' Announces Jodie Whittaker Will Play the Thirteenth Doctor
When Peter Capaldi announced that he was leaving Doctor Who back in January, a familiar rush of speculation and excitement spread as fans once again tried to predict who the next Doctor would possibly be.
Months later, the BBC recently promised that they were about to reveal who's playing the new Doctor once they regenerate into their thirteenth form. That big reveal finally came out Sunday, just after the Wimbledon men's final, with a video naming actress Jodie Whittaker as the official 13th Doctor:
You're likely familiar with Whittaker if you've seen Attack the Block or Broadchurch (which stars another Doctor, David Tennant), or if you're a fan of Black Mirror, as she starred in the first season episode "The Entire History of You." Between Black Mirror and Attack the Block alone, that's already more than enough sci-fi experience to travel across the universe in a TARDIS with whomever the Doctor's new companion will be.
Whittaker's major role in Broadchurch actually should've been a big hint (she plays the character of Beth), because after current Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat steps down at the end of this year, a new showrunner named Chris Chibnail will be stepping into the job. Chibnail just so happens to be the creator of Broadchurch, and he's also written several episodes of Torchwood to bring things back full circle.
Even though Whittaker's casting was just announced in the middle of summer, we won't see the new Doctor in action until her annual Christmas Special, titled "The Doctors," which will see Peter Capaldi bowing out of the role in a final adventure with the First Doctor. The First Doctor will be played by David Bradley (Walder Frey in Game of Thrones, Argus Filch in Harry Potter) as he reprises the role after An Adventure in Space and Time, since the original actor William Hartnell passed away in the 1970s.
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Between a new, Moffat-less creative team and Whittaker as the 13th Doctor, the show is heading for some exciting new changes starting this winter, as the revived show moves into its eleventh season. And for anyone who just can't imagine the Doctor being a woman, luckily you don't need to, because she's right there.
Doctor Who returns for the annual Christmas Special in December 2017.