Jodie Whittaker Becomes First Female Lead For ‘Doctor Who’

Throughout its fifty-plus year history, a man has always played the titular character in Doctor Who. At long last, a woman has been tapped to portray The Doctor and that woman is Jodie Whittaker. She will be the Thirteenth Doctor. The BBC made the announcement after its coverage of Wimbledon.

“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey – with Chris [Chibnall, new writer and executive producer] and with every Whovian on this planet,” Jodie said. “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. I can’t wait.”

The 35-year-old actress will take over when Peter Capaldi leaves the role following the Christmas special airing later this year. Whittaker is best known for playing Beth Latimer in Broadchurch. Her other credits include Black Mirror, The Smoke and The Assets. Watch her first appearance as The Doctor in the video announcement below.