Jodie Whittaker is the Doctor!

After months of speculation it has been officially revealed that Jodie Whittaker has been cast in the role of the Thirteenth Doctor. In a short video broadcast on BBC One the identity of who will take over from Peter Capaldi was finally revealed to the world. Whittaker will be the first female actor to take on the lead role in the history of the show.

Doctor Who S11 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Colin Hutton
Doctor Who S11 – Episode: n/a (No. n/a) – Picture Shows: The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Colin Hutton

Jodie Whitaker will reunite with writer Chris Chibnall who she worked with on the ITV series ‘Broadchurch’, playing Beth Latimer in all three series of the drama. In that role she was nominated for an RTS Television Award for ‘Best Actress’. Whittaker graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2005 with a gold medal in Acting. She has since gone on to work in wide variety of television, film and theatre roles. Television appearances include ‘Black Mirror’, ‘Cranford’, ‘The Night Watch’, ‘The Accused’, ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ and ‘The Smoke’.

Jodie recently finished shooting ‘Journeyman’ written and directed by Paddy Considine as well as the lead in the new BBC drama series ‘Trust Me’. Her other film credits include ‘Venus’, (which earned her nominations for ‘Best Newcomer’ at the ‘British Independent Film Awards’, ‘Best British Newcomer’ at the ‘Critic’s Circle Awards’ and ‘Best Actress in a Motion Picture’ at the ‘Satellite Awards’), ‘Attack the Block’, ‘One Day’, ‘Black Sea’, ‘Good Vibrations’, ‘St.Trinian’s’, ‘Get Santa’ and most recently ‘Adult Life Skills’ which she Executive Produced as well as starred in which received a number of BIFA nominations.

Jodie made her professional theatrical debut at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in ‘The Storm’. Other theatre credits include playing the title role in ‘Antigone’ at the Royal National Theatre, ‘Bash’ at the Trafalgar Studios ‘Awake and Sing’ and ‘Enemies’ at the Almeida, both directed by the then Artistic Director, Michael Attenborough.

JODIE WHITTAKER - (C) Red Productions - Photographer: Mark Mainz
JODIE WHITTAKER – (C) Red Productions – Photographer: Mark Mainz

Jodie herself says, “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.”

Chris Chibnall, New Head Writer and Executive Producer says, “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 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 says, “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.”

Jodie Whitaker will debut this Christmas in Peter Capaldi’s farewell episode. The Christmas Special will also feature David Bradley as the First Doctor and is expected to be broadcast on Christmas Day 2017.


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