Peter Capaldi, the 12th Doctor Who, had said that he wanted to see a woman replace him in the Tardis, and so did former Doctor Who stars Billie Piper and Karen Gillan. And today it’s official: “the 13th incarnation of Doctor Who will be portrayed by an actress,” writes Slashdot reader Coisiche — specifically Jodie Whittaker, who American viewers may remember from her performance as CIA officer Sandra Grimes in the 2014 mini-series “The Assets.” The BBC reports:
She was revealed in a trailer that was broadcast on BBC One at the end of the Wimbledon men’s singles final… She will make her debut on the sci-fi show when the Doctor regenerates in the Christmas Day show… Whittaker said: “I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey…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… Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change.”
Doctor Who’s new showrunner said the 13th Doctor was always going to be a woman — and that Whittaker was their first choice. “Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role.” Doctor Who #12 added that Whittaker “has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.” And Will Howells, who writes for the Doctor Who magazine, said “I don’t think it’s a risky choice at all but if a show that can go anywhere and do anything can’t take risks, what can?”
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