Whovians, the 13th Doctor has been introduced and Jodie Whittaker will be stepping into the TARDIS as the long awaited first female to be cast in the role.
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) July 16, 2017
We will see the 35-year old Brit’s debut when Capaldi exits via the Doctor’s regeneration scene likely in the closing moments of the annual Doctor Who Christmas Special set to air worldwide on December 25th.
Who executive producer and head writer Steven Moffat is also bowing out after the Christmas Special, with Broadchurch‘s Chris Chibnall taking over as showrunner.
“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey, with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet,” Whittaker says in the BBC America press release. “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.”
Whittaker previously starred in Broadchurch along side former Doctor David Tennant and was featured in Attack The Block with Star Wars’ John Boyega.
Regarding the new star of Doctor Who, Chibnall tells BBC America: “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.”
Further details on Season 11 are yet to be announced.
SOURCE: BBC America