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BREAKING: Jodie Whittaker is the 13th Doctor in ‘DOCTOR WHO’

July 16, 2017

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BBC and BBC America have announced that Jodie Whittaker will play the 13th Doctor on DOCTOR WHO! This is the first ever woman in the iconic role!

She’s the Thirteenth Time Lord and is set to take over from Peter Capaldi, who leaves the global hit this Christmas. New head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall, will also take over from Steven Moffat on the next season.

35-year-old Whittaker has starred in films like St. Trinian’s, Good, St. Trinian’s 2, and Attack the Block. She’s also known for appearing in television shows like Tees of the D’Ubervilles, Wired, Return to Cranford, Marchlands, Black Mirror, Broadchurch, The Assets and Trust Me.

Whittaker said:

“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey– with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. It’s more than an honor 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.”

Chibnall, New Head Writer and executive producer said:

“After months of lists, conversations, auditions, recalls, and a lot of secret-keeping, we’re excited to welcome Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor. 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 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 said:

“Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that 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.”

Sarah Barnett, President of BBC America said:

“The fact that there was so much interest in, quite literally, ‘Who?’ speaks volume about the enduring power of the DOCTOR WHO franchise around the world and for BBC America viewers. We couldn’t be happier to welcome the remarkable Jodie Whittaker as a history making Thirteenth Doctor and look forward to the continuation of this story.”

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content said:

“Making history is what DOCTOR WHO is all about and Chris Chibnall’s bold new take on the next Time Lord is exactly that. The nation is going to fall in love with Jodie Whittaker– and have lots of fun too!”

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama said:

“Jodie is not just a talented actor but she as 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.”

Matt Strevens, Executive Producer said:

“I’m so thrilled that Jodie Whittaker said yes to playing the Doctor. I’ve been a fan for years and always hoped to work with her. She is an actor of great emotional range and inhabits every role with complete passion and conviction. Just thinking about what she will bring to the Doctor makes me an excited as a kid at Christmas. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

DOCTOR WHO season 10 just wrapped earlier this month, and marks the third and final season for Capaldi as the 12th Doctor. Capaldi is set to make his last appearance in this year’s Christmas Special which is titled “The Doctors.”

Since the series returned in 2006, four actors have taken the titular role, including Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Capaldi.

DOCTOR WHO follows the Doctor, an alien from a race called the Time Lords whose home planet is Gallifrey, and is created by Sydney Newman and executive produced by Russell T. Davies, Julie Gardner, Steven Moffat, Phil Collinson, Piers Wenger, Beth Willis, Brian Minchin, Caroline Skinner and Mal Young.

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