Today the BBC announced that Jodie Whittaker will take over the role of The Doctor in Doctor Who from Peter Capaldi.
She will be the series’ 13th Doctor and its first female Doctor.
Whittaker will take the role in the upcoming Christmas special of Doctor Who, and will then continue on to the next series of the science fiction show, which is expected for late 2018.
Whittaker said the following about the role in an interview with the BBC:
“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.”
Previously she starred at Beth Latimer in the ITV crime series, Broadchurch, which is probably what you know her best for and is also a big reason for her getting the role since the creator of Broadcurch, Chris Chibnall will be taking over as Doctor Who’s showrunner, which was previously run by Steven Moffat.
It will certainly be interesting to see how she plays The Doctor and how the series will evolve around her, however, until her first episode, this is all we have as Whittaker in the role:
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) July 16, 2017