The new Doctor of Doctor Who may not be ginger this time either, but the character has now broken a gender barrier. It was announced on Sunday that Jodie Whittaker has been cast as the world’s most loved Time Lord. Watch the announcement below!
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) July 16, 2017
More about Jodie Whittaker and Doctor Who:
Jodie Whittaker is best known for her role as Beth Lattimer in the BBC series Broadchurch. Broadchurch is (or was, considering that the show is ending with its currently airing third season) run by Chris Chibnall, who will take the reins for Doctor Who this upcoming season. Whittaker said, “I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey – with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. 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.”
If we were being pedantic, we would point out that technically, Jodie Whittaker is the fourteenth person to take on the role of the Doctor. There are the numbered Doctors (William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Peter Capaldi). In addition, there is the “War Doctor” who was played by the recently departed actor John Hurt, whose regeneration would be placed in between McGann’s and Eccleston’s. His regeneration is not counted in the numbering system for reasons in and out of universe. In-universe, the Doctor is ashamed of their actions during the Time War and refuses to acknowledge the regeneration that performed said actions. Out of universe, Hurt’s casting as the War Doctor did not occur until Smith’s tenure as the Doctor, and since it disrupts the then-known order of Doctors, is not counted in the official numeration.
Either way, our 13th (or 14th) Doctor will hopefully usher in a new standard for more diverse casting, and we will begin to see regenerations of the Doctor that represent all walks of life.
The next episode of Doctor Who, when Whittaker is expected to take over the roleu of the Doctor, will air on Christmas 2017.
What do you think about Jodie Whittaker’s casting? Are you excited for the upcoming season of Doctor Who? Tell us in the comments!