Jodie Whittaker cast as first ever female Doctor Who — BREAKING

17 Juillet, 2017, 16:02 | Auteur: Timothe Dupuy
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Chibnall is taking over from Steven Moffat after six years at the helm of the show. BBC has just announced that actress Jodie Whittaker will be the 13th Doctor for Doctor Who.

"Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker's work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm." added Capaldi.

It showed her daughter watching the TV with a slight frown as she waited for the news, before her face lit up and she shrieked "The new Doctor is a girl!" to the camera.

Jodie's first appearance as the new Doctor is expected to air later in the year.

In a separate statement, Chibnall explained why he chose Whittaker.

"I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender", Whittaker said, according to The Associated Press, responding to some backlash on social media.

Jodie's probably best known for her role alongside David Tennant and Olivia Colman as Beth Latimer in Broadchurch.

Fans of the long-running British television show were anticipating a female actor to take on the leading role next, and the announcement was met with tears and excitement.

"Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that's exciting about change", she said, adding: "The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one".

Capaldi had announced that he will be leaving Doctor Who back in January this year, and his character's regeneration into Whittaker is said to take place in the Christmas special this December. This marks the first time a woman will star as the iconic Doctor. To be able to play someone who is literally reinvented on screen, with all the freedoms that brings: what an unbelievable opportunity. Capaldi will step down after three series and 39 episodes in the role.