Doctor Who: BBC Announces The 13th Doctor—And She's A Woman

Author Thumbnail BY Bayani Miguel Acebedo - July 16, 2017

It may have felt like a short while ago, but Peter Capaldi is at the end of his run as The Doctor, and BBC has found a new actor or rather actress to take on the role of everyone’s favorite Time Lord. BBC has just announced that actress Jodie Whittaker will be the 13th Doctor for Doctor Who.

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Whittaker had worked with current showrunner Chris Chibnall in Broadchurch, and there’s no denying that she can play some very serious dramatic roles. The one thing everyone is curious about is whether she can pull off the comedic flair that is essential to the Doctor’s character. Let’s just think that the casting directors knew what they were doing.

Capaldi had announced that he will be leaving Doctor Who back in January this year, and his character’s regeneration into Whittaker is said to take place in the Christmas special this December.

What’s funny is that previous rumors have suggested that BBC was planning on rebooting Doctor Who back to its original David Tennant formula with a young, charming Doctor accompanied by a female companion. Looks like things will be shaking up with the first ever female incarnation of the character. Just imagine all the gender-bender jokes!

Doctor Who returns to BBC this Christmas and Whittaker officially starts her run as the new Doctor in 2018.

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Bayani Miguel Acebedo is a pop-culture dork. When he's not scouring the internet for news on the latest movies and games, he's building Star Wars model kits and playing Overwatch. He's a huge Star Wars geek, and his favorite X-Wing pilot is Jek Porkins. He likes Kevin Smith and Jared Hess movies, and he also does cosplay. What a nerd.