Today, on the back of the men’s Wimbledon finals, the BBC announced who would be taking over from Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor on Doctor Who.
And in the process, they completely undermined the results of the tennis. Because the new Doctor is a female actress, Jodie Whittaker – and the announcement has sent the internet into hysteria. Or at least, more so than usual.
Whittaker broke into acting in 2006, receiving an ALFS nomination for ‘Best Newcomer’ for the film Venus. Since then, she has starred in multiple films and television series, gaining particular recognition for her role as Beth Latimer on the show Broadchurch.
Doctor Who will see her re-team with Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall, who is taking over as the show-runner of Who after the departure of incumbent writer Steven Moffat, whose last episode will be The Doctors this Christmas. You can watch her BBC announcement video below:
After over fifty years of starring a male lead, the introduction of Whittaker as the new Doctor heralds a change long overdue. Unfortunately, the announcement has been incredibly divisive; while some have taken to social media to applaud the BBC’s decision, others have already written the show off completely… despite having nothing to go off other than minute-long video clip.
Seems a tad premature, but you can do what you want.
Doctor Who next returns to television screens with The Doctors, this Chrismas, where Whittaker will make her debut.