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BBC Reveals Jodie Whittaker the Thirteenth ‘Doctor Who’

Variety logo Variety 7/16/2017 Stewart Clarke
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Jodie Whittaker will be the thirteenth Doctor Who after the BBC named her the new time lord, one of the most iconic sci-fi characters on TV around the world.

“Attack The Block” star Whittaker is the first-ever female doctor and will be seen on BBC One in the U.K. and on BBC America in the US, as well as globally, with the sci-fi series one of the biggest selling shows BBC Worldwide has on its books.

“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.”

The new Doctor was revealed in an interstitial after the climax of the Wimbledon men’s tennis finals on BBC One and an the official “Doctor Who” Twitter feed.

She replaces Peter Capaldi (“In The Loop”) who became the twelfth doctor in 2013 and told BBC radio in January it was “time to move on.” He replaced Matt Smith, who went on to star in “The Crown.”

Capaldi paid tribute to Whittaker: “Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm,” he said. “She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”

“Doctor Who” was first made in 1963, but its current incarnation dates back to a 2005 reboot that had Christopher Eccleston in the title role. He was succeeded by David Tenant in 2010.

Writers and showrunners at the helm since the reboot have included Russell T Davies and Steven Moffatt, who teamed with another “Doctor Who” writer, Mark Gatiss, on another fan favorite, “Sherlock.” Moffat is leaving the show with Capaldi and has a new project and a “Dracula” series in the making with Gatiss.

The final episode of the Moffat and Capaldi era is a special scheduled for Christmas Day. Chris Chibnall of “Broadchurch” has already been named the new “Doctor Who” showrunner. His first season next year will be the eleventh of the new generation of the show.

Chibnall said: “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.”

The producers had teased fans on Friday with a video on YouTube, which featured 10 Downing Street and the Statue of Liberty, before revealing a message: “Meet the 13th Doctor after the Wimbledon Men’s Final.”

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