News - July 17, 2017

Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker takes over as Doctor Who
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Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker takes over as Doctor Who

Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker has been revealed as the new Doctor Who.

Whittaker was revealed as the 13th Doctor yesterday (July 16th) in a video which you can see below:

The actress will be become the first female Doctor Who and will begin her spell in the role next year.

She takes over from Peter Capaldi, who was the 12th actor to occupy the role after taking over from Matt Smith in 2013 and will complete his spell on the show next Christmas when his final episode is broadcast. 

Speaking about the casting, 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."

Chris Chibnall, who is taking over as head writer of the show from Steven Moffat, added: "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 added: “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.”

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