The BBC today announced to the world that Jodie Whittaker will be the Thirteenth Doctor in Doctor Who.
Details from the press release follow:
The identity of the new Doctor was revealed exclusively on BBC One and on social media around the world after the Men’s Wimbledon Final on Sunday 16 July.
She will be the Thirteenth Time Lord and take over from Peter Capaldi, who leaves the global hit show at Christmas.
New head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall, who takes over from Steven Moffat on the next series, made the decision to cast the first ever woman in the iconic role.
Jodie Whittaker says:
“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.”
Chris Chibnall, New Head Writer and Executive Producer, says:
“After months of lists, conversations, auditions, recalls, and a lot of secret-keeping, we’re excited to welcome Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.
“I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth 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 Thirteenth Doctor is on her way.”
Peter Capaldi says:
“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.”
Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of BBC Content, says:
“Making history is what Doctor Who is all about and Chris Chibnall’s bold new take on the next Time Lord is exactly that. The nation is going to fall in love with Jodie Whittaker - and have lots of fun too!”
Piers Wenger, Controller BBC Drama, says:
"Jodie is not just a talented actor but she has a bold and brilliant vision for her Doctor. She aced it in her audition both technically and with the powerful female life force she brings to the role. She is destined to be an utterly iconic Doctor.”
Matt Strevens, Executive Producer, says:
“I’m so thrilled that Jodie Whittaker said yes to playing the Doctor. I’ve been a fan for years and always hoped to work with her. She is an actor of great emotional range and inhabits every role with complete passion and conviction. Just thinking about what she will bring to the Doctor makes me as excited as a kid at Christmas. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Thirteen questions about the new Doctor answered by Jodie Whittaker
1. What does it feel like to be the Thirteenth Doctor?
It’s very nerve-racking, as it’s been so secret!
2. Why did you want the role?
To be asked to play the ultimate character, to get to play pretend in the truest form: this is why I wanted to be an actor in the first place. To be able to play someone who is literally reinvented on screen, with all the freedoms that brings - what an unbelievable opportunity. And added to that, to be the first woman in that role.
3. Has it been hard to keep the secret?
Yes. Very hard! I’ve told a lot of lies! I’ve embroiled myself in a whole world of lies which is going to come back at me when this is announced!
4. Who was the first person you told when you got the role?
My husband. Because I was allowed to!
5. Did you have a codename and if so what was it?
In my home, and with my agent, it was The Clooney. Because to me and my husband, George is an iconic guy. And we thought, what’s a really famous iconic name? It was just fitting.
6. What does it feel like to be the first woman Doctor?
It feels completely overwhelming; as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be. It feels incredible.
7. What do you want to tell the fans?
I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.
8. What are you most excited about?
I’m most excited about becoming part of a family I didn’t even know existed. I was born in 1982 - it’s been around longer than me, and it’s a family I couldn’t ever have dreamed I’d be part of.
9. How did Chris sell you the part?
We had a strange chat earlier this year where he tricked me into thinking we were talking about Broadchurch. And I started to quiz him about his new job in Wales, and asked him if I could be a baddie! And he quickly diverted the conversation to suggest I should consider auditioning to be the 13th Clooney.
It was the most incredible chat because I asked every question under the sun, and I said I’d take a few weeks to decide whether I was going to audition. He got a phone call within 24 hours. He would’ve got a phone call sooner, but my husband was away and there was a time difference!
10. Did he persuade you?
No. There was no persuasion needed. If you need to be persuaded to do this part, you’re not right for this part, and the part isn’t right for you. I also think, for anyone taking this on, you have to want to fight for it, which I certainly had to do. I know there will have been some phenomenal actors who threw their hats in the ring.
11. What are you going to wear?
I don’t know yet.
12. Is that your costume in the filmed sequence which introduced you as the new Doctor?
13. Have any of the other Doctors given you advice?
Well they can’t because they haven’t known until now, but I’m certainly expecting a couple of calls - I’ve got a couple of mates in there. I’m mates with a companion [Arthur Darvill], I’m mates with a trio of Doctors. I know Matt Smith, Chris Eccleston and obviously David Tennant. Oh! And let’s throw in David Bradley! Four Doctors! So I’m hoping I get some calls of advice.
Greg and Chris sat in the studio, relaxing after a long day in the office.
“What you up to tonight?” Greg asked, leaning back in his chair and scratching his nose.
“Ah y'know. Just… watching time pass by…” chris said elusively, also leaning back and swinging his chair gently back and forth, “you?”
“Ah yeah, y'know…dinner” Greg smiled.
They sat in silence for a while before someone’s phone chimed. Both jumped instinctively towards their own device.
It was Gregs.
“Hello? Yes? Yes. Yes. Ok. I’ll be there” he hung up “sorry mate, gotta dash”
“No worries. I, uh, I think it’s time for me to go too”
*later, near Gregs house*
“PASTA LA VISTA, BABY!” a masked figure, who had a similar build to that of Greg james, yelled at a large masked man. He threw a plate of pasta at his face before jumping on him and tying his hands behind his back with stings of (reinforced) spaghetti.
“Ah. I can’t believe you’ve done this!” Shouted the figure writhing on the ground
“NO! You will never silence THE MIGHTY DOCTOR TABLESON!”
“That. Is an awful name”
“NO IT ISN’T!”
“What do you even do? I mean, apart from running around town knocking over tables?”
“THAT. IS EXACTLY WHAT I DO!”
“You knock over tables…”
“I CAUSE CHAOS AND DESTRUCTION-”
“- you knock over tables”
“-TERROR AND FEAR-”
“By knocking down tables”
“-FEAR IS… IS… PEOPLE… chaos… I… I…”
“… knock over tables”
“Knock over tables”
“Yes. And it’s very silly”
“It is quite silly yes- NO!”
They sat in silence for a moment.
Then, out of the darkness and the silence, Dr Mctableson began to speak,
“How would you feel..” he asked melodiously, “if someone knocked over your table?”
“Mildly annoyed” The hero responded
“How would you feel” McTableson tried again, “if someone knocked over your table AND YOUR DINNER WAS ON IT?!”
The hero fell to his knees, arms raised to the skies and let out an almighty scream of terror, as rain began to fall dramatically “NOOOOOOOOOO!!”
“Yes, I know your weakness. I know who you are! DINER MAN!”
The hero stopped screaming abruptly before throwing himself down so he was face to face with his captive,
“No. No no no no no no. My name is not DINER MAN! That’s an AWFUL name for a hero” he huffed, before drawing himself up to his full, and rather impressive height, “I am,” he paused for dramatic effect before booming “DINNER MAN!” He raised his chin to look more magnificent, and wished he had remembered to bring his portable speaker so he could blast his “theme tune”.
Dr McTableson was caught in a trance like state as he gazed at the magnificence of the hero before him. But his thoughts were interrupted by the sound of police sirens, but in the moment that he looked to see where they were, Dinner man had vanished, leaving nothing but the faint smell of paprika and tomato purée.
*meanwhile near Chris’ house*
“YOUR TIME HAS COME!” Yelled, yet another, masked hero, this one seemed to have a similar build to that of Chris Smith with the news (how incredibly odd).
“YOU WILL NEVER STOP ME, FOR I AM THE MAGNIFICENT, AMAZING, UNBEATABLE, UNSTOPPABLE-”
“Ok enough with the adjectives get to the good bits”
The time gremlin was a short man wearing a dark green suit and a, quite frankly rubbish face mask.
“Yes well, it appears that your time has come”
“You’ve already used that pun”
“Yes well… I don’t believe in… second chances. You’re going down”
The hero launched himself at the gremlin and managed to wrestle him to the ground, seeing as he had the height advantage and lack of a silly mask. He bound the gremlins hands with, what appeared to be a chain of cogs and springs.
“You’ll never get away with this!”
The hero stood up. His face was hidden in shadows making him look handsome and mysterious.
“Of course I’ll get away with this, for you see,” he gestured around “I just have”.
He looked towards the clock and as he did so, the hands began to move twice as fast as they should have.
“NO!” Screeched the man in chains, “NO YOU’RE RUINING IT STOP IT!”
“No I shall not! You cannot mess with time, Gremlin”
“CHAOS! THATS WHAT I WANTED! CHAOS AND DESTRUCTION! AND, AND A LATER BEDTIME!”
“well it looks like it’s past your bedtime” the hero said smartly. He stood up straight and looked into the middle distance, doing his best to look strong and heroic.
“It seems like my work here is done”
“How would you feel if I told you,” the criminal on the ground spat, “that all the clocks in the city were changed”
“Mildly annoyed to be honest”
“What if I told you,” the gremlin tried again, “that all the clocks in the city had changed TO THE WRONG TIME-”
The hero gasped dramatically,
“-BY EXACTLY 2 AND A HALF MINUTES”
The hero fell to his knees and began to scream as he reached to the sky and the heavens opened to bring a dramatic fall of rain.
“NOOOOOO!! WHY WOULD YOU DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT?! YOU… YOU.. MONSTER!” screamed the hero in disgust and anger.
“I prefer the term “Time Gremlin” actually. And it was hypothetical”
The hero stopped and brought his face very close to his captive, “never talk about things like that. Not even in a hypothetical sense”
The gremlin- the time gremlin smiled smugly, “ah. I’m sorry” but he wasn’t, “but now I know who you are… Agent Time!”
The hero looked annoyed as he stood up. He turned his nose up at the little gremlin before rumbling in a heroic voice, “YES! I AM AGENT TIME! AND I WILL HAVE ORDER! NO ONE WILL BE LATE BECAUSE OF AN INACCURATE PUBLIC CLOCK WHILE I SERVE THIS CITY”
“You need a shorter tag line” the time gremlin muttered
Just then, the sound of sirens began to increase in volume, and as the gremlin attempted to look around to see where they were, Agent Time disappeared leaving only a faint ticking noise in his wake.
Both heroes sped away from their heroic acts, leaving the police to take care of their “little” friends. Little did the heroes know of course, that any second they would crash into each other on a street corner.
LITTLE DID THE TWO HEROES KNOW-
The two heroes suddenly bumped into each other at a lamppost at the end of a street.
“Oh, er, sorry. I was just-” began Agent Time
“Yes, um, I was just going-”
There was an awkward pause as Agent Time and Dinner Man did that awkward dance from side to side. You know the one, when you bump into someone and you try to get past by moving to the side. But you both move the same way doing a bizarre “mirroring each other” dance.
Eventually they managed to sort themselves out and pass each other.
“Well, nice meeting you I suppose… nice cape” said dinner man, eyeing up Agent Times blue cape,
“Thanks” said Agent Time, “nice eye mask. Thingy” he added as he studied the strangers face.
Actually, they both started to look at each other. In hindsight, they both decided that they should have focused more on disguising their accents than their appearance, but we’re in the present, not the future, so they hadn’t thought of that yet.
“You sound an awful lot like Greg James off the radio you know” noted Agent Time.
“yes. And you sound a lot like Chris Smith With The News. But he’s not cool enough to be a super hero”
“OI!” Said Agent Time sounding wounded, “er, I mean, I think Chris smith is very cool”