The 13th Time Lord in the popular BBC series Doctor Who has been revealed as Jodie Whittaker. The Broadchurch star is the first woman to take up the iconic role which has been passed on by the 12th doctor, Peter Capaldi.
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. “It feels completely overwhelming; as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be. It feels incredible.
“I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one,” she added. Whittaker was a favourite for the role, with her Broadchurch co-star and former Doctor David Tennant saying that she would be a “great” choice.