We have history today. Jodie Whittaker has broken the mold.
BBC America announced Sunday that Jodie Whittaker will take the starring role in the iconic series. She is the 13th actor and first woman to play the doctor since the series began in 1963.
The “Broadchurch” star will replace Peter Capaldi when the series returns for its annual Christmas special. Whittaker, 35, will then be featured when the new season of “Dr. Who” premieres next year. The New York Times has this to say:
“The trailer for the new season shows Ms. Whittaker pulling back a hoodie and stepping over ruins toward the Tardis, a spaceship disguised as an old-fashioned British police telephone booth. “I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey, with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet,” Ms. Whittaker said in a statement. “It’s more than an honor to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope.
In 2014, Michelle Gomez became the first female actress to play the Master, the Doctor’s fellow Time Lord and main antagonist. And the past two Doctor’s companions have been played by women as well (Pearl Mackie and Jenna Coleman).
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