At the time of Capaldi’s announced resignation from the iconic British sci-fi the rumour mill swirled with possible casting choices for the iconic role, and much attention was given to the possibility of a female Doctor – though many fans dismissed the prospect as a pipe dream.
The new head writer of the show Chris Chibnall has said it was in the plan from the start: “I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we're thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way.”
Peter Capaldi has also come out in firm support of the New Doctor, praising her past work and talents as a performer: “Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm. She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”
Taking over from Capaldi from this year’s Christmas special, Jodie boasts an impressive back catalogue including Venus, Return to Cranford and St Trinian’s as well as her critically acclaimed turn as Beth Latimer in Broadchurch. A welcome innovation to the world’s most cherished sci-fi, we can’t wait to see what happens when the Thirteenth Doctor takes the TARDIS for a spin!