Welcome to the sisterhood, Doctor! On Sunday the BBC unveiled the identity of the actor who will be playing the 13th iteration of the title character in the legendary television series Doctor Who and HER name is Jodi Whittaker (Broadchurch, Nightwatch). This is the first time in the 50 plus years that the pop culture phenomenon has cast a woman to play the Doctor. The other twelve versions have been played by straight white men.
For those who have never flown in the TARDIS (the big blue box that time travels) before, the Doctor is from an alien race called the Time Lords and once their body dies they regenerate into a new one. The personality is different but they are still the same person. This is the first time however that the Doctor will regenerate into a woman. It’s also a clever plot device that has allowed the show to reboot with a new actor, companions, and direction.
In its upcoming 11th season Doctor Who will be doing just that with a new showrunner Chris Chibnall creator of acclaimed BBC show Broadchurh. He will be taking over from Stephen Moffat who has helmed the past five seasons.
The show made another historic decision this past season with the debut of the first ever full-time LGBT companion, Bill Potts.
Whittaker will debut at the end of this year’s Christmas episode, airing on December 25th, when the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi, takes his last bow and regenerates into the first female Doctor! Season 11 will debut sometime in 2018.
Watch the reveal video below: