5 Reasons Why Jodie Whittaker was the Best Choice as the new Doctor

The 13th Doctor has been announced and for the first time in history it’s a woman at the helm of the TARDIS!
Here are 5 things you need to know about the new Doctor, Brit actress Jodie Whittaker and why she's perfect for the role.

1. You’ve seen her somewhere before

Jodie Whittaker in Broadchurch
Source: [BBC]

Broadchurch fans will know Jodie from her role as grieving mum Beth Latimer whose son was murdered in the British crime series, also starring David Tennant (incidentally the 10th Doctor!) She’s also appeared in Black Mirror and BBC period drama Cranford, opposite Judi Dench.


2. She’s got serious acting chops

Jodie Whittaker in
Source: [Netflix]

Sci-fi fans should have tissues at the ready when Jodie takes over from current Doctor, Peter Capaldi. “Jodie's audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away,” says new Executive Producer Chris Chibnall. “Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role.” As well as acting, Jodie’s been credited with video operating, sound editing and executive producing on other projects. Impressive!


3. She can’t wait to start dodging Daleks

The 35-year-old says the Doctor is a dream role. “I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey – with Chris [Chibnall] and with every Whovian on this planet,” says Jodie. “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.”


4. Her peers love her

Jodie Whittaker
Source: [BBC]

Doctor Who alumni have taken to Twitter to sing Jodie’s praises with 6th Doctor Colin Baker writing, “The BBC really did do the right thing and let the Doctor be in touch with her feminine side” and 7th Doctor Sylvester McCoy tweeting, “Congratulations Jodie Whittaker!!!!! One small step for Women, one Giant leap for Womenkind!!” Now that’s the kind of backing you want from your predecessors.


5. She’s not scared of breaking new ground

Jodie responded to the shock of some fans at a female Doctor with no fear. “I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender,” says Jodie. “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.”

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