It’s official: Jodie Whittaker will replace Peter Capaldi as the star of Doctor Who.

After months of endless speculation and rumour, the thirteenth Doctor has been officially revealed. The BBC just announced that Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker will play the latest iteration of the iconic Time Lord. Whittaker will be the first woman in history to play the Doctor, a character which has existed and evolved for over fifty years. The announcement was made on the BBC following the men’s singles final at Wimbledon.

The announcement was made on the BBC following the men’s singles final at Wimbledon. Whittaker will officially replace Capaldi during the Christmas episode, likely in the closing minutes of Capaldi’s final episode.

“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey – with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet,” Whittaker said. “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.”

Chris Chibnall, the show’s new head writer and executive producer said: “After months of lists, conversations, auditions, recalls, and a lot of secret-keeping, we’re excited to welcome Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor. I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way.”

While I’m sure many fans will criticise the choice to have a woman take over as the Doctor, I believe it is the perfect opportunity for the show to explore new ideas and for the character to develop. Also, I can’t wait to see how the Doctor reacts to his new body. That sure will be worth the watch.

Doctor Who will return to BBC 1 and BBC America on Christmas Day. Season 11 will arrive in 2018.

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