TV history was made last night as Jodie Whittaker was announced as Doctor Who’s Thirteenth Doctor, the first woman to take on the titular role in the show’s nearly fifty-four-year history.
The former Broadchurch star said of being awarded the role:
“…this is why I wanted to be an actor in the first place. To be able to play someone who is literally reinvented on screen, with all the freedoms that brings – what an unbelievable opportunity. And added to that, to be the first woman in that role.”
The Thirteenth Doctor will most likely first appear at the climax of “Twice Upon A Time”, the upcoming Christmas special, which will see the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) come face-to-face with his first incarnation (David Bradley, taking over from the late William Hartnell) as he tries to fend off his latest regeneration.
Series Eleven of the revived Doctor Who – the first for new executive producer Chris Chibnall and new Doctor Whittaker – is scheduled to begin next Spring. In the meantime, check out our Doctor Who merchandise section for a range of galactic goodies from the first twelve Doctors. You never know when the Thirteenth will materialise in the shop, so stay tuned!