Fans react: BBC announce the first female Doctor Who lead

Jodie Whittaker Doctor Who

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.

“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.

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