Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker has been revealed as the 13th Doctor Who.
The announcement, which many suspected would be made at San Diego Comic-Con this week, instead came following the Wimbledon Men’s Final last night. Roger Federer made history with a record eight wins, and so did Whittaker as the first woman to play the role of TV’s Time Lord – or is that Time Lady now?
A female Doctor was always on the cards and, given that Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall takes over from Steven Moffat as Doctor Who showrunner next year, Whittaker’s casting doesn’t really come as a surprise, having appeared in all three seasons of the crime series. Moreover, it continues the Who connection with the show, which also starred David Tennant.
“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey – with Chris and with every Whovian on the planet,” Whittaker told the BBC. “It’s more than an honour to play the Doctor. It means remembering every one I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait!”
The choice is likely to polarise Whovians, so let the debate begin. Those who don’t think Whittaker has was it takes should check out her phenomenal work on Broadchurch, as well as sci-fi Brit-com Attack the Block.