BBC & BBC America officially announced today that British actress Jodie Whittaker will take over the role of The Doctor, marking the first time a female lead has taken over the role of The Doctor in the Doctor Who franchise. Whittaker will make her first appearance as the Thirteenth Doctor in the Doctor Who Christmas Special airing on Christmas Day 2017.
Whittaker takes over for current Doctor Who lead, Peter Capaldi (Twelfth Doctor) who has played the role of The Doctor since taking over for Matt Smith (Eleventh Doctor) in 2013 (“The Time of The Doctor”). Both Capaldi and current showrunner Steven Moffat will depart the show following the Doctor Who Christmas Special.
Whittaker is most recently known for her role as Beth Latimer in the British crime drama series Broadchurch, a series created & written by incoming Doctor Who showrunner, Chris Chibnall and starring former Doctor Who lead, David Tennant (Tenth Doctor).
With the Thirteenth Doctor named, Doctor Who fans will get one final adventure with Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor this Christmas before The Doctor regenerates. What exciting adventures does Chibnall have in store for Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor? We’ll have to wait and see!