'Doctor Who' Casts First-Ever Female as BBC Series' 13th Doctor

Carla Harmon
July 18, 2017

The new Doctor was revealed in an interstitial after the climax of the Wimbledon men's tennis finals on BBC One and on the official Doctor Who Twitter feed. Critics pushed back by claiming that the Doctor is a "time lord not a time lady,", accusing the "PC brigade" of ruining the series, and predicting that "ratings will drop" as one-time fans boycott the show for daring to cast a woman.

The 35-year-old actress will take over the reins from the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, in a December after he "regenerates" into the 13th incarnation of the character.

Writers and showrunners at the helm since the reboot have included Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat, who teamed with another Doctor Who writer, Mark Gatiss, on Sherlock.


"I always knew I wanted the 13th Doctor to be a woman and we're thrilled to have secured our No. 1 choice", Chibnall said.

In an April interview with USA TODAY, Capaldi said that the doctor could "absolutely" be a woman and/or a person of color.

"I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey, with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet", Whittaker said in a statement released as news of her casting broke. The Doctor will FINALLY be played by a woman and the actress for the job is none other than Jodie Whittaker who played Beth Latimer on Broadchurch.


"Because this is a really exciting time and Dr Who represents everything that's exciting about change".

Yep, before she became a championed pissing away million of pounds of public money on a stupid garden bridge, she (very) briefly played one of science fiction's most iconic characters.

Chris Chibnall of Broadchurch has already been named the new Doctor Who showrunner.


He added that there had been "a lot of secret-keeping" in the run-up to the announcement, while Whittaker said she had told "a lot of lies" to keep the news under wraps.

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