Change, and not a moment too soon…Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker has been cast as the Thirteenth Doctor, replacing Peter Capaldi as the Time Lord.
With both Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat both departing the show after this year’s Christmas Special, Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall will step into the breach and now so will Whittaker who played Beth Latimer in the ITV series, reports Empire.
After fifty plus years of show, Whittaker will be the first ever female Doctor and having proved herself in the likes of Attack the Block and Adult Life, she’s more than capable of piloting the TARDIS on new and exciting adventures.
Whittaker herself said: “I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey – with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. 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."
And for those concerned or angry about the casting, she had these words to say: "It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, 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... I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one."
Doctor Who will return this Christmas.