The 13th Doctor is in.
As promised, the BBC has revealed (following the men's final at Wimbledon) who will be inheriting the keys to the TARDIS when Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor regenerates during this year's Doctor Who Christmas special.
So, who is lucky Doctor number 13?
It's none other than English actor Jodie Whittaker, who will be taking over Time Lord duties as Chris Chibnall inherits the showrunner gig from Steven Moffat for the show’s upcoming 11th season (which should air next year). And it’s quite an interesting choice.
First and foremost, Whittaker will become the first female Doctor Who. You may recognize her from Attack the Block, Broadchurch, or the 2011 episode of Black Mirror titled "The Entire History of You."
“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey, with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet,” Whittaker said, via press release. “It’s more than an honour 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.”
With regard to Doctor Who's gender, Whitakker had this to say: "I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one."
Whittaker follows in the footsteps of William Hartnell (as well as Game of Thrones alum David Bradley, who will be playing the First Doctor in this year’s Yuletide episode), Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi, and John Hurt (who played the War Doctor).
What do you think of Whittaker as the 13th Doctor?