The BBC just announced a history-making casting for the lead in their hit sci-fi show “Doctor Who.” Jodie Whittaker (“Broadchurch”) will be the first female actor to portray the Doctor, which is has been played by cis white male actors since “Doctor Who” began in 1963. Whittaker will be the thirteenth actor to play the Doctor, who conveniently “regenerates” every few seasons. Fans have been lobbying for the next Doctor to be played by a woman, and it looks like the series finally listened to them.
According to Variety, Peter Capaldi (“Doctor Who”) who currently plays the role of the Doctor, praised Whittaker’s acting skills, saying:
“Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm,” he said. “She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”
Whittaker is best known for her roles on “Attack the Block” and “Broadchurch.” She pairs up once more with Chris Chibnall, “Doctor Who’s” new showrunner, who previously worked with her on “Broadchurch.” Current showrunner Steven Moffat (“Sherlock”) and Capaldi will be leaving the series, and Moffat has a new series in the works with Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss. Of Whittaker’s casting, Chibnall gushed:
“I always knew I wanted the 13th Doctor to be a woman, and we’re thrilled to have secured our No. 1 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.”
According to Den of Geek, “Doctor Who” returns with its Christmas special December 25. Watch the trailer reveal of Whittaker’s casting below.