Jodie Whittaker To Be The First Female “Doctor Who” Lead
Cheer up fans, the most-liked doctor is all set to come back. BBC has finally confirmed its 13th Doctor as Jodie Whittaker. She will be the very first woman to essay the role of The Doctor in the shows 53 year-long history.
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) July 16, 2017
Since the current time traveller Peter Capaldi left the show, the speculation was rife that Whittaker would now take over his place.
There were many high-profile contenders for nation’s favourite Time Lord’s character like Olivia Colman, Kris Marshall, Tilda Swinton and Sherlock’s Andrew Scott.
The new Doctor seems more fierce than ever in the trailer broadcasted at the end of the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final. The teaser now confirmed the doctor’s return and excited fans are cheering on for #DoctorWho13 on social media.
My 8-year-old daughter pumped her fist and shouted "yes!" when the new @bbcdoctorwho was revealed.Think that tells you all you need to know.
— David Owens (@asoundreaction) July 16, 2017
It's great mate. My nieces can grow up in a world with a good Wonder Woman, a female Jedi, female ghostbusters & a female Dr Who.
— simon_tucker (@simontucker1979) July 16, 2017
My youngest daughter loves new Ghostbusters. We watched it together almost daily at one point. Super excited to watch Dr Who with her!
— Peter (@BlackRyu82) July 16, 2017
In a special announcement on BBC One, Jodie Whittaker was announced as the new Doctor, who will replace Peter Capaldi this year. Capaldi’s role was a successful one since he took over the role in 2013 and now will leave in the forthcoming Christmas special.
I'll be able to buy my 5 year old niece Doctor Who merchandise where the woman is at the front. In charge. Not a companion. The Doctor. Fab.
— Susan Calman (@SusanCalman) July 16, 2017
This is what Doctor Who has always been there to do. This is what Doctor Who is *for*.
— Paul_Cornell (@Paul_Cornell) July 16, 2017
Change my dears and not a moment too soon – she IS the Doctor whether you like it or not!
— Colin Baker (@SawbonesHex) July 16, 2017
Well I never the BBC really did do the right thing and let the Doctor be in touch with her feminine side. As a father of daughters – result!
— Colin Baker (@SawbonesHex) July 16, 2017
Whittaker (35), is overjoyed by being a part of the series and said that the experience was “overwhelming, as a feminist” to become the next Doctor. “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,” Whittaker was quoted by the BBC.
In the past, featuring a female Doctor was rumoured in the 1970s. Each time the lead announces as a woman, speculation widespread that a woman could not play the role. However, in the world of Doctor Who female Timelords – known as Time Ladies – are behind the lead for decades now and during the show’s classic era, Time Lady Romana paired with The Doctor.
The lack of women, and lead women, in sci fi is embarrassing. Doctor Who just made a step in the right direction
— Tabbi ?? (@OrdinaryOrnate) July 16, 2017
— ?carla joanne? (@TheOneHeLuvs) July 16, 2017
Ooh a lady Dr. Who this time. I may have to watch this season
— ßl/ke McCønnell (@Laidback_Blake) July 16, 2017
Some are going against it:
A woman as Dr Who ? I can't believe it – outrageous. Send for the Daleks!And change the locks on all police boxes.What would Hartnell say ?
— ghostdog (@plewis16) July 16, 2017
And a female Doctor was all too much for lifelong fan Wendy Roberts who posted: “No disrespect to the actress chosen but the producers have brought my Dr Who history and memories to an abrupt end.”
Si Stringer took a more nuanced view of the Facebook discussion posting simply: “People who accept a shape-shifting, time-travelling immortal character unable to accept female lead in a television show.”
Whittaker would debut on the sci-fi show in the Christmas special towards the end of the year.
Fans, if not satisfied yet, watch the teaser here again:
— BBC One (@BBCOne) July 14, 2017
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