Star of Broadchurch, Adult Life Skills and Attack The Block, Jodie Whittaker, has been announced as the thirteenth Doctor, the first woman to play the role.
It is an announcement that has split fans, with many still clinging to their outdated beliefs that the Doctor should only be played by a man. This is in spite of multiple gender-switching regenerations featured in the show’s recent series, most notably that of the Master to Missy (played by Michelle Gomez).
On the other side of the coin, however, many fans were thrilled with the announcement. Former Doctor Who stars tweeted their excitement and praise, as well as actors and celebrities from around the world.
Twitter: Jodie Jodie Jodie Jodie Jodie!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🎉🎉🎉 (@karengillan)
Twitter: So proud of Jodie Whittaker. She’s going to be awesome !!! (@JohnBoyega)
Twitter: F. Yes. #Doctor13 https://t.co/nzFUxZX7UX (@clarkgregg)
Twitter: a message from Sylvester!
“Congratulations Jodie Whittaker!!!!! One small step for Women, one Giant leap for Womenkind!!” (@4SylvesterMcCoy)
Twitter: I couldn’t agree more. Congratulations Jodie!!!! https://t.co/A3ECBF2bLY (@RealMattLucas)
Twitter: Jodie Whittaker is an incredible actress, an amazing person, and I’m so glad she’s the new #DoctorWho (@rizmc)
Twitter: YES 🌹 xx (@billiepiper)
Twitter: I’ll be able to buy my 5 year old niece Doctor Who merchandise where the woman is at the front. In charge. Not a companion. The Doctor. Fab. (@SusanCalman)
Twitter: B O O M 🙌 Change isn’t a dirty word!!!! 🦋 #Doctor13 https://t.co/TNmw2qnD1W (@FreemaOfficial)
Twitter: Yes Jodie. (@RattyBurvil)
Twitter: Gwaaaaan #jodiewhittaker #doctor13 🎉🎉🎉🎉 (@Pearlie_mack)
Twitter: Change my dears and not a moment too soon – she IS the Doctor whether you like it or not! (@SawbonesHex)
Twitter: Yay! #jodiewhittaker #DoctorWho13 (@NoelClarke)
Twitter: Jodie Whittaker is a GREAT choice (@charltonbrooker)
Whittaker will feature in the Christmas 2017 episode (if only briefly), which will be Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat’s last episode on Doctor Who.
It is as yet unknown when we will get a full series with Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor, although it is believed that Christmas 2018 could be the first we see of her in the role.
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