Producers of British science-fiction television series, Doctor Who have made a big announcement that has earned fans’ applause and raised hopes for the future of the over 50 year old show.
British actress, Jodie Whittaker was named as the 13th Doctor on the show and she will be replacing actor, Peter Capaldi as the Time Lord. This marks a significant moment for television as Whittaker is the first woman to ever star in that role. “It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be,” an elated Whittaker said to the BBC.
So who is Jodie Whittaker?
The new Doctor is a 35-year-old mother of one who is married to American actor, Christian Contreras. She’s popular for her role in British series, Broadchurch and 2016 award-winning comedy, Adult Life Skills in which she starred alongside her husband.
According to The Guardian, Doctor Who’s new showrunner and head writer, Chris Chibnall said of Whittaker, “I always knew I wanted the 13th Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for the Doctor simply blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The 13th Doctor is on her way.”
Whittaker, who is a 2005 graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, met Chibnall while they filmed Broadchurch. She showed interest in playing a villain in Doctor Who but was advised to audition for the role of The Doctor.