Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker announced as 13th Doctor

Ryan Leston
UK Movies Writer
Jodie Whitaker stars as Doctor Who - Credit: BBC

The 13th Doctor is in… and it’s a woman.

After several hints at a female Doctor, Jodie Whittaker is joining Doctor Who.

Announced today following the Wimbledon Men’s final, the thirteenth Doctor was revealed as 35-year-old Jodie Whittaker – one of the stars of ITV’s hit drama, Broadchurch.

“Jodie Whittaker has been announced as the Doctor Who’s 13th Time Lord – the first woman to get the role,” said the BBC. And the new minute-long video gives us our first glimpse of a female Doctor as the TARDIS materialises in front of her.

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Very cool… and about time, too.

But it’s safe to say we’ve been expecting a female Doctor for a while.

Although little is known about the Doctor’s thirteenth incarnation, It looks as though a female doctor has been on the cards for a while, with numerous hints about the Doctor’s fluid gender cropping up on the show.


The season finale – titled ‘The Doctor Falls’ – included the most obvious reference. When John Simm’s version of The Master asks: “Is the future going to be all girl?” the Doctor then replies: “We can only hope.”

Not exactly subtle…

And we’ve seen The Doctor discussing gender a number of times throughout this series.

During Episode 11 (‘World Enough And Time’) it’s Bill who asks the Doctor about the Time Lords’ perception of gender. “Time Lords?” she asks. “Bit flexible on the whole man/woman thing, yeah?”

And the Doctor answers: “We’re the most civilized civilization in the universe. We’re billions of years beyond your petty obsession with gender and its associated stereotypes.”

Still, it’s a step forward as the BBC welcomes its first female Doctor.

But what kind of Doctor will she be?

Should we expect a wacky, zany kind of Doctor or a more measured approach?

Perhaps even a bit of both? For now, we’ll have to wait and see.

Jodie Whittaker will take over from Peter Capaldi in the upcoming Christmas Special.

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