Jodie Whittaker to Take the Reins From Peter Capaldi
Jul 18, 2017
Following the Wimbledon men's singles final, the BBC dropped some huge news -- that the 13th Doctor Who would be a woman.
A mysterious trailer showed a shadowy, cloaked figure stepping carefully through the woods toward the Time Lord's time and space-traveling TARDIS. The creeper then pulls back a hood to reveal that she's a she -- played by actress Jodie Whittaker. Fans of British TV might recognize her as the talent who played the beleaguered wife and mom Beth Latimer on the mystery series "Broadchurch." She also starred in the 2006 feature "Venus," cult sci-fi film "Attack the Block" and an episode of "Black Mirror" titled "The Entire History of You."
Chris Chibnall, who was the writer on "Broadchurch" and is Doctor Who's new head writer and exec producer, told the Guardian, "I always knew I wanted the 13th 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."
Whittaker takes the reins from Scottish actor Peter Capaldi, who has played Doctor Who since 2013.
Looks like this iconic U.K. entertainment franchise has beat fellow legend James Bond to the punch in bringing a female to the lead role. But perhaps that too, is in the offing?