Jodie Whittaker has been revealed as Peter Capaldi’s successor in Doctor Who.
The actress’s casting as the thirteenth incarnation of the iconic Time Lord in the beeb sci-fi drama marks the first time the role has been played by a woman. She was unveiled as the new doctor in a trailer at the end of the Wimbledon men’s singles final on BBC One this afternoon.
“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.” – Jodie Whittaker
Whittaker, who recently starred in ITV drama Broadchurch, will first be seen in the role in this year’s Christmas special when the current doctor – played by Peter Capaldi – regenerates. Scottish actor Capaldi has played the doctor since 2013, but announced his decision to leave the role in January.
Whittaker starred in all three series of Broadchurch as Beth Latimer, the mother of a murdered boy. Doctor Who’s new showrunner Chris Chibnall wrote and created the hugely popular ITV crime drama.
“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.” – Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall
Whittaker had been gaining traction with the bookies to become the Doctor. Other names touted for the role included Kris Marshall and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Whittaker’s other credits include Black Mirror and Marchlands on the small screen while she has also appeared in the films One Day, Attack the Block and St Trinian’s.
Watch how the beeb revealed the new Doctor below in the promo clip that was aired on BBC One. It features a hooded figure walking though woodland towards the Tardis. Hands (obviously belonging to a woman) are then seen before the camera pans up to reveal Whittaker’s face.