The 13th Doctor on 'Doctor Who' Will Be A Woman

Reactions to the announcement have been pretty intense.

First female Doctor Who
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In news that has divided the internet, it's been revealed that Doctor Who's Thirteenth Doctor will be played by Jodie Whittaker. The news isn't a total surprise to viewers, as possible candidates for the role had included names like Tilda Swinton and Olivia Colman. British Whittaker will replace the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, following 2017's Christmas special.

Whittaker's casting follows the hiring of Chris Chibnall as Doctor Who's new showrunner for the forthcoming season. Chibnall previously worked with Whittaker on his detective series Broadchurch, and said in a statement on Sunday, "I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we're thrilled to have secured our number one choice."

In her statement regarding being cast as the next Doctor Who, Whittaker said, "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."

Whittaker's casting is totally groundbreaking, as in its entire history, only men have portrayed the Doctor. First airing in 1963, Doctor Who has gone through a plethora of regenerations, but has never been played by a woman before.

While Whittaker is sure to encounter furious backlash, she'll also be responsible for inspiring the next generation of Doctor Who fans, who will finally have a female Doctor and role model in their midst.

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Amy Mackelden

Amy Mackelden is a freelance writer, editor, and disability activist. Her bylines include Harper's BAZAAR, Nicki Swift, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, ELLE, The Independent, Bustle, Healthline, and HelloGiggles. She co-edited The Emma Press Anthology of Illness, and previously spent all of her money on Kylie Cosmetics.