Doctor Who: And the Thirteenth Doctor will be . . .

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!

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Doctor Who: The Doctor Falls . . . Twelve Meets One

“Who I am is where I stand. Where I stand is where I fall.” – The Doctor

EPIC! . . . The Doctor Who season 10 finale episode, “The Doctor Falls” brought the season around full circle and wrapped up storylines for Bill (Pearl Mackie), Nardole (Matt Lucas), Missy (Michelle Gomez) and The Master (John Simm). The episode also showcased The Doctor’s ongoing ability to one-up The Master & Missy, fight off the Cybermen, instill hope in times of hopelessness and against all odds, save the day!

“I do what I do because it’s right! Because it’s decent! And above all, it’s kind! It’s just that . . . Just kind.” – The Doctor

The finale was filled with some great quotable lines and The Doctor gave quite a speech to Missy and The Master. It also threw in some humor at just the right times and paid homage to the Doctor Who franchise.

“Pity . . . no stars. I hope there’d be stars.” – The Doctor

At the end of the season 10 finale episode, we see Capaldi’s twelfth Doctor rejecting his body’s attempt at regeneration stating “No! I will not change!” The TARDIS has taken The Doctor to a snowy location where the twelfth Doctor encounters a familiar face . . .  the very first Doctor (David Bradley), “the original, you might say.” We’ll have to wait a few months before we see how this plays out in the Christmas Special, which airs Christmas Day 2017, but rest assured, it’ll be a blast!

“You may be a doctor, but I am The Doctor. The original, you might say.” – The First Doctor

With just the Christmas Special remaining, the end is near for current Doctor Who showrunner, Steven Moffat and the twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi. Both Moffat and Capaldi will depart the show at the end of the Christmas Special with Moffat turning over the reigns to incoming showrunner, Chris Chibnall. Chibnall is no stranger to Doctor Who, having written several episodes for the show. Chibnall will begin his run as Doctor Who showrunner with a clean slate for season 11 leaving open the question of who will fill the role of The Doctor.

“Without hope, without witness, without reward.” – The Doctor

Moffat has done a tremendous job for the Doctor Who franchise during his tenure as showrunner and Capaldi has done an incredible job filling the role of The Doctor and making the character his own for the past three seasons. The same can be said of Mackie, Lucas, Gomez and the entire cast and crew of Doctor Who. Fans will surely miss their immense contributions to the show and franchise.

“Run you clever boy . . . and be a Doctor!” – Clara Oswald

Doctor Who: A Fond Farewell To Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor and showrunner Steven Moffat

Series/Season 10 of Doctor Who kicked-off last night on BBC One (UK) & BBC America (US) marking the beginning of the end for Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor. Capaldi took over as The Doctor following Matt Smith’s departure at the end of series/season 7. Smith’s 11th Doctor regenerated at the end of the episode “The Time of the Doctor.”

Smith filled the role of The Doctor for three series/seasons (5-7 plus Christmas Specials) originally joined by Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) & Arthur Darvil (Rory Williams) and later by Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) who played The Doctor’s companions.

Capaldi has filled the role of The Doctor for the last two series/seasons (8-9 plus Christmas Specials) with this 10th series/season being his third and final. Capaldi’s Doctor was joined by Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald through the end of last season. Pearl Mackie joins Capaldi this season as Bill Potts, The Doctor’s latest companion.

While Capaldi’s Doctor was a change from Smith’s Doctor (which was to be expected), Capaldi filled the role exceptionally well and gave The Doctor his own unique characteristics, personality and traits while remaining true to the overall essence of the character and the Doctor Who franchise. It was also a joy to see Capaldi’s 12th Doctor interact with and be joined by frequent Doctor Who recurring characters including Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint), Dan Starkey (Strax), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart) and Alex Kingston (River Song) to name a few.

From the teasers and previews, series/season 10 is sure to be quite an adventure for The Doctor and his new companion, Bill, with fans wondering how the 12th Doctor will meet his ultimate demise and who will take over as the next Doctor.

Series/Season 10 also marks the departure of current Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat. Moffat took over for Russell T. Davis in 2009 as Doctor Who showrunner and will hand over the reigns of the show to Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall at the end of this series/season. Moffat has taken Doctor Who to new heights and taken fans on quite a journey during his tenure as showrunner. Moffat and Capaldi’s departures from the show will surely be bittersweet.