Actress Jodie Whittaker to Play 13th Doctor
The BBC's science-fiction television series â€œDoctor Who,â€ which first aired in 1963, announced today that its titular character will be a woman for the first time in its history.Â
â€” Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) July 16, 2017
The series â€œdepicts the adventures of a Time Lord called â€˜The Doctor,â€™ an extraterrestrial being [that] explores the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the TARDISâ€ and is a celebrated staple in both American and British culture.
Jodie Whittaker will be the first woman to assume the role, portraying the thirteenth incarnation of the showâ€™s Doctor. The series transitions between actors, a plot point of the show known as the â€œconcept of regeneration.â€
Whittakker told the BBC â€œitâ€™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 canâ€™t wait.â€
Previous show leads and fans alike have called for the series to cast a woman in the role for some time, but unsurprisingly, the news hasnâ€™t been met positively by all. But as one Twitter exchange played out:
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