The BBC has revealed that the next Doctor Who will be Jodie Whittaker.
Prior to the announcement there had been growing speculation that a woman would take up the role of the thirteenth Doctor. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Kris Marshall and Olivia Colman were among those touted as replacements for Peter Capaldi.
Watch the unveiling video here:
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the announcement:
— Laura (@BBC_Fangirl) July 16, 2017
I don't know who Jodie Whittaker is, but I didn't know who Matt Smith was, either, and that turned out awesome. Congrats to her! #DoctorWho
— Thomas Vought (@TomVought) July 16, 2017
Gutted about the new Doctor Who for one reason and one reason only. I had £20 on someone who wasn't Jodie Whittaker.
— Steve Berry 🚮 (@unloveablesteve) July 16, 2017
And boom, he is now a she. Jodie Whittaker is damned talented so this is probably going to be great! #DoctorWho
— Steve Fiori (@FistOfFiori) July 16, 2017
— Barnsey (@officialbarnsey) July 16, 2017
— Sabeela Murad (@MrsLiverpool) July 16, 2017
Capaldi, who took the role in 2013, will leave in the 2017 Christmas special.
The Glasgow-born star told the BBC: “I feel it’s time to move on. I feel sad, I love Doctor Who, it is a fantastic programme to work on.”
He also recently told Radio Times that his regeneration as the Time Lord would be “more complicated than recent ones”.
Steven Moffat, the show’s lead writer and executive producer, is also bidding adieu to the sci-fi series after the Christmas special, to be succeeded by Chris Chibnall.
It’s you’re wondering why it is the show is able to change the actor who plays the Time Lord, it’s because he has the ability to ‘regenerate’, allowing a number of actors to play the role over the years.
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