BBC television has at last named outgoing ‘Doctor Who’ Peter Capaldi’s successor, and they’ve broken convention by casting a female in the role for the first time.
British actress Jodie Whittaker was unveiled as the new Doctor on Sunday.
Whittaker will take over from Capaldi as the 13th incarnation of the Time Lord later this year.
The Doctor Who series – the story of a humanoid alien able to time-travel and traverse the universe – has been running since 1963 and has been able to maintain a loyal fan base ever since.
Whittaker, 35, is an accomplished actress, currently starring in the British award-winning drama Broadchurch alongside former Doctor Who, David Tennant.
“It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be,” Whittaker said about her casting as the new Doctor.
The actress anticipated that her casting may cause some controversy, but assured fans that they need not worry.
“I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one,” Whittaker added.
Although the announcement was made on Sunday, following the Wimbledon Men’s final, Whittaker will only be seen on screen as the new Doctor at the end of this year.
Capaldi, who has been the Doctor since 2013, will leave the show during the Christmas special by “regenerating” into the new doctor.
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