BBC Announce Peter Capaldi’s Successor as Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor in popular Sci-Fi series DOCTOR WHO
After months of speculation, it has been announced that Jodie Whittaker will succeed Peter Capaldi as the thirteenth Doctor in long running Sci-Fi series DOCTOR WHO!
The BBC made the announcement today, with a trailer that was broadcast at the end of the Wimbledon men's singles final.
The Broadchurch star is the first woman to have the coveted role, and succeeds Peter Capaldi, who will leave the series following the forthcoming Christmas Special.
Whittaker, said it was "overwhelming, as a feminist" to become the next Doctor and she will make her debut as the thirteenth regeneration in the aforementioned Christmas Special.
The Huddersfield-born Actress who appeared as Anna in East End Film Festival favourite Adult Life Skills, was a late favourite to become the Doctor, she will find a familiar face on set with Doctor Who's new showrunner being Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall who takes over from the exiting showrunner Steven Moffat.
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 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."
Casting the first female Doctor is something many viewers have been calling for and Whittaker added it felt "incredible" to take on the role, saying "It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you're told you can and can't be."
And she told fans not to be "scared" by her gender. "Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that's exciting about change," she added "The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one."
Whittaker will next be seen in Paddy Considine’s Drama Journeyman later this year and will also appear in the TV series Trust Me which is currently in post production.
Capaldi returns to Cinemas alongside Ben Whishaw with PADDINGTON 2 on November 10.
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