Whittaker is first female Doctor Who

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 18, 2017

She will be the first woman in the show's 54-year history to step into the title role.

British actress Jodie Whittaker was unveiled Monday as the first woman to play "Doctor Who", telling fans of the cult BBC science fiction series they should "not be scared by my gender".

The writer, a self-professed Whovian (that's a "Doctor Who" superfan to the uninitiated), tweeted her child's reaction to the news, and the pure joy radiating from her face is palpable.

Whittaker is the 13th official incarnation of the Doctor, a galaxy-hopping Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey who travels in the Tardis, a time machine shaped like an old-fashioned British police telephone booth.

So while we wait for season 11 of "Doctor Who" to start (apparently in August 2018, according to Digital Spy), we'll be content watching this video over and over, basking in the beauty of one little fan's pure elation.

Wide-eyed In the episode most people have a chip implanted in their ear which allows their memories to be played back to them so they are essentially travelling through time
Whittaker is first female Doctor Who

TV critic Maureen Ryan, writing in the Variety trade publication, was more circumspect: "I do want to see a woman of colour, or a non-white man, as the Doctor, of course". "I've been a fan for years and always hoped to work with her".

Moffat is leaving the show with Capaldi and has a new project and a Dracula series in the making with Gatiss.

So, we thought we'd throw our two cents in and argue the case for why now is exactly the right time for Doctor Who to embrace change and move ahead with a female lead.

"The fans have lived through so many changes and this is only a new, different one - not a fearful one".

With Whittaker boasting a noteworthy filmography - including Black Mirror, Attack the Block, and Chibnall's own series Broadchurch, the showrunner reassures that the actress will bring quite a lot to her portrayal as The Doctor. Whittaker and Chibnall previously worked together on "Broadchurch".

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