13th Doctor – First Woman to Play Doctor Who


Jodie Whittaker is the 13th Doctor Who and the first female actor to play it. She replaced Peter Capaldi. Whittaker’s first appearance was in the Christmas special 2017.

13th Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker

Series 11

Series 11 was the first season to feature the 13th Doctor. It featured 10 episodes and started on 7 October 2018 on BBC 1.

Jodie Whittaker’s very first episode was 65 minutes long. The following 9 episodes were 50 minutes in length. There was no Doctor Who Christmas Special in 2018.

14 Doctors who played Doctor Who

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 believed 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.”

Series 12

Series 2 premiered aired on BBC one (UK) on1 January 2020.

Episode 1: Spyfall (Part 1) – features the return of the Master – disguised as O. He is played by Sacha Dhawan .
Episode 2: Spyfall (Part 2)
Episode 3: Orphan 55
Episode 4: Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror
Episode 5: Fugitive of the Judoon – second female Doctor Who in the tv series makes her first appearance and she is the first black doctor (played by Jo Martin). Episode also has the return of Captain Jack Harkness.


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.

Female Regeneration

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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