BBC today announced that Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch, Attack the Block) will take control of the Tardis as the Thirteenth Doctor on the sci-fi television series, becoming the first woman to take on the role in the show’s 54-year-history.
After a speculation filled wait, BBC released a one-minute video clip announcing the news at the end of the Wimbledon tennis men’s final match. The video depicts the actress in a long coat, trudging through a forest, with her face hidden in her hood. In a dramatic reveal, a key appears in her hand as she removes her hood revealing shoulder length blonde hair (still not ginger) and readies herself to enter the Tardis.
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) July 16, 2017
“To be asked to play the ultimate character, to get to play pretend in the truest form: this is why I wanted to be an actor in the first place. To be able to play someone who is literally reinvented on screen, with all the freedoms that brings: what an unbelievable opportunity. And added to that, to be the first woman in that role,” said Jodie Whittaker.
“I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.”
The news was also released on the BBC’s official Doctor Who Twitter account, where fans of the series reacted both positively and negatively to the news.
Check out some of the fan reactions below:
Oh great a female Doctor Who. What next? Female real doctors? Female pilots? Female scientists? Female sisters and mothers? Female WOMEN?!
Ok controversy. Iam a woman and a feminist but I dont want a female doctor. To me its trying to hard to tick the boxes #DoctorWho13
— Samantha Melton (@SamanthaWho83) July 15, 2017
Change my dears and not a moment too soon – she IS the Doctor whether you like it or not!
— Colin Baker (@SawbonesHex) July 16, 2017
Imagine one of your favourite shows but with someone of the opposite gender playing your favourite character(s). Hell.
— Jamie Ghis (@GhisPerrier) July 16, 2017
Still not ginger, though
— Jonathan McDowell (@planet4589) July 16, 2017
— ?️?Jenny Trout (@Jenny_Trout) July 16, 2017
My 10 yo son, who’s cosplayed every Doctor, only wants to know if there’ll be a skirt, because he doesn’t think he can wear that to school.
— Neil Shurley (@ThatNeilGuy) July 16, 2017
I’m not watching anymore
— diesel⛽️ (@DanKeeble619) July 16, 2017
C’mon guys it’s 2017! It doesn’t matter if the new Doctor Who is a man or a woman… The show is still a piece of shit.
— BradWOTO (@buffwoto) July 16, 2017
I CANT COPE pic.twitter.com/Dotwy0W8EI
— Cerian Jenkins (@CerianJenkins) July 16, 2017