After months of waiting to find out who would replace Peter Capaldi as the iconic Doctor during this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, we finally know. For the first time ever during a regeneration the Doctor’s gender will change, as Jodie Whittaker has officially been announced as the thirteenth Doctor.
Whittaker starred in the 2011 film Attack the Block and also was on the BBC series Broadchurch, which is the show that was run by Chris Chibnall who is the brand new incoming Doctor Who showrunner.
Since it’s debut in 1963, and rebooting in 2005, Doctor Who has featured a white male playing the main role of the Doctor while the companion role has been filled with a variety of people of different races and genders over the years, but mostly women. Under former showrunner Steven Moffat it was confirmed that Time Lords could change their genders during regeneration when in series 8 the Doctor’s nemesis The Master returned as Missy, played by Michele Gomez.
Whittaker will take over the role of the Doctor at the end of the Christmas Special running in December, before fully diving into the part with series 11 which kicks off in 2018.