Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

New Doctor Who Showrunner Always Wanted A Female Doctor

New Doctor Who Showrunner Always Wanted A Female Doctor

Say hello to the new Doctor Who.

The actress, who starred in British award-winning crime drama Broadchurch, is ready to stamp her mark on the character. But perhaps most importantly, it means that the answer to the pub quiz question "Who was the first female Doctor Who?" isn't Jodie Whittaker, but is actually Joanna Lumley. Names like Olivia Colman, Kris Marshall, Tilda Swinton and Sherlock's Andrew Scott were rumoured to take over the role, since Capaldi announced his departure earlier this year, alongside current showrunner Steven Moffat.

COMEDIAN Johnny Vegas posted his support for the next Doctor Who actor, Jodie Whittaker, on social media. "I've been a fan for years and always hoped to work with her". In a statement released Sunday, she said, "It's very nerve-racking, as it's been so secret!" "She's going to be awesome!" while The Night Of star Riz Ahmed wrote, "Jodie Whittaker is an incredible actress, an wonderful person, and I'm so glad she's the new #DoctorWho".

Whittaker urged fans with any apprehension "not to be scared by my gender, (because) Doctor Who represents everything that's exciting about change".

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Actress Jodie Whittaker will be the first woman to portray the time-traveling alien adventurer who regenerates into a different physical form when it is old, wounded or otherwise dying.

The leading role in the science fiction show, which started in 1963, has been played by William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi.

But others were thrilled, with one post - retweeted thousands of times - showing a girl watching the trailer of Whittaker walking towards the Tardis time machine in a forest, before exclaiming excitedly: "The new doctor is a girl!"

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