The BBC broadcast a promo announcing that Jodie Whittaker will play the Thirteenth Doctor. The actress succeeds Peter Capaldi and will officially take his place at driving the Tardis in the special episode that will be broadcast on Christmas Day 2017.
Since the beginning of the new Doctor Who series, every time fans were waiting for the announcement of a new actor in the role of the Doctor was characterized by a growing electricity. Speculations with different names every day became more frequent by sites that use the “clickbait” technique to attract readers while not providing real information.
More than ever, after the Master regenerated into Missy, this time there was also the possibility that a woman would be chosen to play the Doctor. This increased rumors and speculations, also on statements such as those by David Tennant, who told that a woman Doctor would be really great.
The name of Jodie Whittaker came out strongly in the last few days and the actress suddenly became the favorite. The doubt remained that the BBC might prefer another man but in the end the choice went to change with the Doctor who, after 54 years, will regenerate into a woman.
Jodie Auckland Whittaker was born on June 3, 1982 in Huddersfield, England, and has a wealth of experience in a number of television and cinema productions. She recently was part of the Broadchurch TV show’s cast, a show created by Chris Chibnall, the next “Doctor Who” producer and where David Tennant is among the protagonists.
Now Jodie Whittaker will be called to a really difficult task because a woman Doctor is a crucial change in “Doctor Who”. The new producer Chris Chibnall will have to prove that there’s a serious project behind his choice and this isn’t just a politically correct decision.
There will be definitely resistance and grievances but this happens with every change of the actor who plays the Doctor. Typically after very little time most of the audience learn to love the new Doctor in a cycle that is repeated at each regeneration. This time it may take a while longer but the idea of seeing a woman as the Doctor is really intriguing!