Thirteen is a lucky number for Jodie Whittaker, the actress just named as the new “Doctor Who.” She is the first woman to play the iconic role, and the 13th in a line dating back to the 1960s. She replaces Peter Capaldi, who is exiting after three seasons as the time lord. Below: Watch the teaser trailer that aired on the BBC after the men’s Wimbeldon final on Sunday (July 16).
As Capaldi just finished filming his scenes in the upcoming Christmas special last weeks, it is likely that the first scene with Whittker is set to shoot on Monday, July 17. It will also be the first scene scripted by new showrunner Chris Chibnall and is likely to include David Bradley as The First Doctor (played by William Hartnell originally) who popped up in the season 10 finale.
The actress, best known for her starring role in the crime drama “Broadchurch” opposite David Tennant (who was the 10th Doctor), readily admits, “I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey, with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. It’s more than an honor to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”
In parting, Capaldi paid tribute to Whittaker: “Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm. She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”
Also leaving with Capaldi is Steven Moffat, who is signing off after six years at the helm. Moffat, who also launched the Emmy-winning “Sherlock,” the modern-day take on Arthur Conan Doyle‘s fabled detective Sherlock Holmes, believes that his successor is far more equipped to take over the “Doctor Who” franchise than he was. “Chris is coming on to the show with the experience of doing ‘Broadchurch.’ He’s already done a major-league, much-fussed about show, so he’s got all that experience so there’s not a lot to talk about there. We just keep each other up to date with what’s going on, and we’ve had various conversations about how the stories will work together.”
— BBC One (@BBCOne) 16 July 2017