The 13th Doctor Was Always Going To Be A Woman, Says Doctor Who Showrunner Chris Chibnall

Bleeding Cool gave you a little rundown of how Doctor Who had been preparing the way for a female incarnation of the character. And indeed, new showrunner Chris Chibnall has stated that this was always going to be the way.

Chibnall said:

“I always knew I wanted the 13th Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for the Doctor simply blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The 13th Doctor is on her way.”

The BBC quotes 35-year old Jodie Whittaker, the 13th Doctor, as saying:

“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey – with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. It’s more than an honour 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.”

Meanwhile, the incumbent Peter Capaldi said of the new Doctor:

“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.”

Here’s a look at that reveal moment again…just please, yes, can we avoid this predictable route?


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