BBC reveals the 13th Doctor Who
The BBC has announced that Jodie Whittaker is to be the 13th Doctor Who, taking on the role of Time Lord in the popular sci-fi series.
“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey,” says Jodie. “Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.”
Peter Capaldi, who is due to bow out of the series at Christmas, said that Jodie would be “fantastic” in the role,” and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama predicted that she was “destined to be an utterly iconic Doctor.”
Jodie graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2005. Her TV credits include the ITV drama Broadchurch, which earned her a nomination for Best Actress in the RTS Television Awards, the Emmy award-winning Black Mirror, and several BBC dramas including Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Cranford, in which she starred alongside Judi Dench and Imelda Staunton.
Her theatrical roles range from her stage debut in The Storm at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, to the title role in Antigone at the Royal National Theatre. Her film credits include Venus, which earned her a nomination for ‘Best Newcomer’ at the British Independent Film Awards. She has recently finished shooting for a new BBC drama series called Trust Me.
Doctor Who’s Chief writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall, who is taking over from Steven Moffat, made the decision to cast the first-ever woman in the role. The look for the latest regeneration has yet to be decided, but a teaser trailer shows Jodie in a hooded top under a dark overcoat, teamed with trousers and boots.