Jodie Whittaker is the 13th Doctor Who and the first female actor to play it. She is replacing Peter Capaldi. Whittaker’s first appearance was in the christmas special 2017.
Series 11 is the first to feature the 13th Doctor. It features 10 episodes and starts in September / October 2018 (no date set).
Jodie Whittaker’s very first episode will be 65 minutes long. The following 9 episodes will be 50 minutes in length. No mention of a Doctor Who Christmas Special.
14 Doctors who have played Doctor Who
Director of BBC Content, Charlotte Moore, shared in a press release that Doctor Who is all about making history, which is just what the female regeneration will do. Moore believes the nation will fall in love with Whittaker’s take on the role.
The 35-year-old actress is not the only Broadchurch face to come to Doctor Who. Showrunner Chris Chibnall is taking over the reins of Doctor Who. Chibnall says that he always wanted a female as the 13th regeneration and he is “thrilled to have secured our number one choice.” Whittaker’s audition for the role blew the Chibnall and others away, and he shares that Whittaker will bring “wit, strength, and warmth.”
The 13th Doctor is 1.67 m in height.
Peter Capaldi, who plays the current regeneration, has explained that he always wanted a female to follow him. He believes that Whittaker will make an excellent Doctor.
As for Whittaker herself, she is excited to take on the role. She views the role as an honor and simply cannot wait. Whittaker appeared in the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas Special, and will then have the chance to make the role her own from season 11 sometime in 2018.
Competitors for the 13th Doctor included Kris Marshall.
The 13th Doctor was announced on Sunday 16th July 2017. Whittaker’s reveal was made in the form of a 1-minute trailer by BBC, straight after Roger Federer secured his eighth Wimbledon win. The trailer showed a hooded figure walking through the forest, before revealing to be the former Broadchurch star.
Filming for the new series began in November 2017.
Doctor Who 2017 Christmas Special was aired on Christmas Day. It featured the Doctor’s first regeneration from male to female.
In June 2018 a new Doctor Who theme tune was announced. It is being created by Segun Akinola.
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