Doctor Who’s 13th Doctor Is… Jodie Whittaker

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History has been made with the announcement of Jodie Whittaker to take the role of the 13th Doctor in the long-running sci-fi television show Doctor Who.

Whittaker, star of the film Attack the Block (alongside Star Wars – The Force Awakens actor John Boyega) and television’s Broadchurch (alongside former Doctor David Tennant), becomes the first woman to play the role – not counting Joanna Lumley in a Comic Relief comedy sketch.

Speculation that a woman might take the role has been rife, with the concept being teased several times in the latest series. While Whittaker became the overnight favourite with bookies to take the role, the reveal remained a tightly-kept secret throughout, with other actresses Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Olivia Coleman and Tilda Swinton also rumoured for the role.

The announcement of Whittaker becoming the thirteenth Doctor was greeted by some on social media as a welcome progression, while a minority made their disappointment and dissent known.

However, fan expectations are always high and the announcement of each new Doctor over the years has usually been met with some scepticism. Each time, the concern has proven to be unfounded as each actor has made the role their own in unique ways.

Eager fans in Britain were forced to endure seemingly endless commentary padding at the end of the Wimbledon men’s final, although their spirits were raised when the tenth Doctor, David Tennant, was spotted in the crowd.
With months to go before twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi bows out of the role in this year’s Christmas special (an adventure which will see him uniting with David Bradley playing the Doctor’s first incarnation), there will be plenty of time to for the show’s producers to gauge the public reaction to the news. Due to each “regenerated” Doctor being unique, the decision to make the character more serious, light-hearted, arrogant, playful, adventurous or aggressive remains flexible.

Until her debut in the show, fans still can’t know what to expect from Whittaker’s performance. But as with all things Doctor Who, time will tell…

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Depends if the Doctor gets pregnant or not.

Guest

Love it! Hope she was an awesome run as The Doctor

Guest

I think it is awesome!! Can’t wait to see what Jodie Whitaker brings to the role along with Chris Chibnall as showrunner. They did great work together on Broadchurch.

Guest

I love how upset so many dudes are by this. Apparently 50 years of a dude playing the role wasn’t enough.

Guest

yes lets make james bond a transexual because its required

Guest

all those dudes will bring the show to its knees when they tune out episode 2 ever think of that

Guest

Sounds like you’re a crybaby meninist but ok

Guest

So excited for Jodie Whitaker! But hey, maybe it’s time Disney did a Disney Prince movie centered entirely on the importance of men’s needs.

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