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After decades on the air and 12 Doctors, a female actor has finally been cast as Doctor Who. The BBC has revealed that Jodie Whittaker will take on the iconic role after the series’ current star, Peter Capaldi, says goodbye to the sci-fi show in this year’s Christmas special.
“The BBC had on Friday announced that it would unveil the new Doctor after the men’s Wimbledon final, taking fans by surprise,” The Hollywood Reporter writes. “Among the various names thrown out by bookies as contenders for the ‘Doctor Who’ lead role have been the likes of ‘Fleabag’ creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, ‘Death in Paradise’ actor Kris Marshall, and even Tilda Swinton.”
Whittaker steps into the role as showrunner Steven Moffat exits. Moffat has spoken about the pressure he received from different types of fans — those advocating against a woman Doctor and those advocating for one. “One saying, ‘It would never work.’ What do you mean, it would never fucking work?” he asked. “How the hell would you know that? The other one, ‘It’s absolutely necessary it happens now.’ No it’s not! It’s not necessary! It may never happen! Don’t be silly. There are no absolutes.” It may have taken years and years for a woman to take charge of the Tardis, but fortunately the moment has — finally — come. Also, is it really so “silly” to want to see a woman have the opportunity to take on one of the most beloved characters of all time? It bears noting that it was “Doctor Who’s” new writer and executive producer, Chis Chibnall, who decided to cast Whittaker. The pair previously worked together on “Broadchurch.”
“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,” emphasized Chibnall. “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.”
Whittaker said, “I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey — with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet,” commented Whittaker. “It’s more than an honor 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.”
Online reaction to Whittaker’s casting has been mixed, and predictably so — there’s plenty of sexist rants but also inspiring tributes. The Mary Sue has collected some of the the best and worst reactions to the news. Check out this vid of a young girl watching the promo revealing Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor:
My daughter watching the #DoctorWho announcement. #doctor13 #DoctorWho13 https://t.co/eX0w1rW4E9
Earlier this year Pearl Mackie made herstory as the first openly gay companion on the time traveling series.
Check out Whittaker’s big debut in the “Doctor Who” promo below.
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- Laura Berger
After months of speculation finally today, at the close of the Wimbledon, it has been revealed by the BBC that the Thirteenth Doctor will be played by the actress Jodie Whittaker. Millions will already know Whittaker from the hugely successful crime drama Broadchurch, which also starred former Time Lord David Tennant.
Numerous guesses had been made at who may be taking up the mantle of the 13th incarnation of the most famous Time Lord, with Kris Marshall thought to have been the favourite after suddenly departing Death in Paradise. However, names including Olivia Coleman (also from Broadchurch), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) and Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange) were also strongly tipped, before Whittaker’s name suddenly appeared yesterday and became the firm favourite to win the coveted role.
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With Peter Capaldi set to call time on his role as the Doctor following the current tenth series of Doctor Who, there’s been a lot of speculation as to who will be the next actor to take on the role of the iconic Time Lord in the long-running BBC sci-fi.
Last month, The Mirror claimed that Death in Paradise’s Kris Marshall had already been cast as the Thirteenth Doctor. However, the Radio Times is now disputing that report, stating that Marshall is no longer a shoe-in for the part, and that Luke Treadaway has caught the eye of the production team thanks to his work in the Sky Atlantic series Fortitude and his role in the feature film A Street Cat Named Bob.
- Gary Collinson
Simon Winstone has been appointed as the head of drama in Wales for BBC Studios, the broadcaster’s television production arm. Winstone will oversee BBC Studios’ drama and serials business out of its Roath Lock Studios base in the Welsh capital, Cardiff.
The role will see Winstone take charge of the drama series and serials team overseeing all productions based in Cardiff, which include “Doctor Who” (pictured). He is charged with building on creative successes and seeking new opportunities offered by BBC Studios’ new ability to produce programming for alternate broadcasters both in the U.K. and internationally since launching this month as a commercial subsidiary of the BBC, a move which was approved in December last year.
“Simon is a highly talented and experienced creative, who has already contributed to the success of two of BBC Studios’ biggest dramas over the years – ‘EastEnders’ and ‘Doctor Who.’ I am delighted to be welcoming him to BBC Studios at »
- Robert Mitchell
Doctor Who returned to our TV screens last night for Peter Capaldi’s final series as the Doctor [read our review of ‘The Pilot’ here], and if a new report from The Mirror is to be believed, the BBC has already found his replacement.
According to the paper, Kris Marshall – who has long been rumoured as a contender for Capaldi’s successor – has already been cast as the Thirteenth Doctor, and that he will make his debut in the show during the current tenth series, rather than the Christmas Special.
“Kris Marshall has already joined the cast and will regenerate at the end of this series, not in the Christmas special,” claim’s the paper’s ‘source’. “They won’t risk a woman Doctor. They want a David Tennant type.”
Speculation that Marshall could be up for the role of The Doctor first began when it was announced that he was leaving the BBC’s Death in Paradise, »
- Gary Collinson
The actor and producer joined us live from the National Theatre to weigh in everything from his most-coveted role to which packet of crisps goes best with two pints of lager
Really sorry I've got to go, a real shame because I'm quite enjoying myself. Great questions and a lot of fun - thanks for taking the time.
Did working with Jim Royle give you a head-start when Monkey Life came along?
You could say that - watching Jim Royle is like a study in anthropology. So yes, doing the voiceover for Monkey Life came pretty naturally after that.
Have to phrase this as a question or it’ll just look rude. How hard did you laugh when Jim said: “Finger, My Arse!”?
About as hard as I laughed at every other thing Jim said, whether I was supposed to or not. »
- Guardian Staff
Ladbrokes has updated its odds with regards Peter Capaldi’s replacement in Doctor Who. According to the bookmaker, the new favourite is Doctor Strange star Tilda Swinton, which would put her in the history books as the first ever female Doctor.
Keep in mind that these are just betting odds founded on a great degree of research, taking into account statements from actors, historical trends, and the push to finally give audiences a female Doctor (Ladbrokes are offering just 5/4 that a female actress will be cast).
Who would you like to see as the Thirteenth Doctor? Let us know in the comments below… »
- Robert Kojder
Rob Leane Simon Brew Jul 14, 2017
The next Doctor Who will be revealed on Sunday, the BBC confirms...
A big update here, as the BBC has revealed that we'll know who's replacing Peter Capaldi in the Tardis by the other side of the weekend. The announcement as to who the next Doctor is will be made on BBC One following the Wimbledon Men's Singles final. Best guess is somewhere around 6.30pm at the moment. Let's hope it doesn't rain.
Here's the BBC announcement that it's making an announcement...
Exclusive News: It%u2019s Almost Time. #DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/rB4t1RH8Dx
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) July 14, 2017
8 items from 2017