History Has Changed Meet 13th Doctor Jodie Whittaker

first_imgWell I never the BBC really did do the right thing and let the Doctor be in touch with her feminine side. As a father of daughters – result!— Colin Baker (@SawbonesHex) July 16, 2017 HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Jodie Whittaker is the new Doctor. Jodie Whittaker is the new Doctor. Jodie Whittaker is the new Doctor.I really love writing that sentence.With none of the pomp and circumstance that accompanied Roger Federer’s preceding history-making Wimbledon win, the BBC on Sunday unveiled the Broadchurch star as lucky Time Lord number 13.In stark contrast to Peter Capaldi’s big reveal in 2014—hosted by Zoe Ball with a live audience and laser lights—Whittaker was featured in a one-minute pre-recorded broadcast.Most American audiences will recognize the actor from her three-season stint as Beth Latimer, grieving mother of 11-year-old Broadchurch murder victim Danny.But the versatile performer, who had her big-screen breakthrough opposite the late Peter O’Toole in 2006’s Venus, can make audiences laugh as easily as she can break their heart.(Case in point: Last year’s hugely underrated Adult Life Skills, in which she plays Anna—a woman nearing 30, living in a shed behind her mom’s house, making videos using her thumbs as actors.)The Latimers of Broadchurch: Andrew Buchan and Jodie Whittaker (via BBC)At this point, I’m not sure who’s more excited about her casting: Whittaker or me.“To be asked to play the ultimate character, to get to play pretend in the truest form: This is why I wanted to be an actor in the first place,” she told the BBC. “To be able to play someone who is literally reinvented on screen, with all the freedoms that brings—what an unbelievable opportunity.“And added to that, to be the first woman in that role,” Whittaker added.(Technically speaking, Joanna Lumley was the first woman in that role—in Doctor Who and the Curse of the Fatal Death, a 1999 charity spoof penned by Steven Moffat. But this is still ground-breaking.)“It feels completely overwhelming,” Whittaker said of taking on such a significant part—on screen and off. “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.”Whittaker in 2011 Black Mirror episode “The Entire History of You” (via Channel 4)When Capaldi in January announced his departure from the long-running program, the Internet went wild with speculation over who would inherit the key to the TARDIS.Names like Sue Perkins (The Great British Bake Off), Gillian Anderson (American Gods), Tilda Swinton (Okja), Olivia Colman (Whittaker’s Broadchurch co-star), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), and bookie favorite Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) were thrown around—alongside criticism over the space-and-time-travelling alien’s possible sex change.And since Whittaker’s confirmation (i.e. about 24 hours), little has changed: Some folks are over the moon about the gender reversal (though there’s no denying a person of color at the helm would have also been a refreshing transition); some are still pouting over what they perceive as a distortion of a classic television trope.The bottom line: Haters gonna hate, while everyone else tunes in to see what a new showrunner (Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall) and a new lead actor will bring to the series.As a friend so eloquently put it: “[Science fiction] exists to open minds, not indulge closed ones.”Whittaker in Attack the Block (via Screen Gems)“I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our No. 1 choice,” Chibnall told the Beeb. “Her audition for the Doctor simply blew us all away.“Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength, and warmth to the role,” he continued. “The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way.”“She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part,” Capaldi added. “She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”And he’s not the only Time Lord who thinks so: Change my dears and not a moment too soon – she IS the Doctor whether you like it or not!— Colin Baker (@SawbonesHex) July 16, 2017“It’s more than an honor to play the Doctor,” Whittaker said in a statement. “It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”Tune in on Dec. 25 to watch Whittaker’s debut—not to mention Capaldi and Moffat’s swan song, directed by Rachel Talalay, in which the Twelfth Doctor teams up with the First Doctor (David Bradley as William Hartnell).“There’s new monsters, there’s new jeopardy,” Moffat teased to Entertainment Weekly. “But what’s fascinating is the First Doctor confronting the superhero he’s going to become, with his supersize TARDIS and all that.”Before Whittaker takes control of the iconic blue box this Christmas, though, the actor will headline new BBC drama Trust Me; she also recently finished shooting Journeyman, written and directed by Paddy Considine.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img

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