Meet your new Doc­tor

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By STE­WART CLARKE

JODIE Whit­taker (pic) will be the 13th Doc­tor in Doc­tor Who and the first woman in the role af­ter the BBC named her as the new time lord, one of the world’s most iconic sci-fi char­ac­ters on tele­vi­sion.

“I’m be­yond ex­cited to be­gin this epic jour­ney, with Chris and with ev­ery Who­vian on this planet,” Whit­taker said.

“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.”

The new Doc­tor was re­vealed in an in­ter­sti­tial af­ter the cli­max of the Wim­ble­don men’s tennis fi­nals on BBC One and on the of­fi­cial Doc­tor Who Twit­ter feed.

Broad­church star Whit­taker re­places Peter Ca­paldi, who be­came the 12th doc­tor in 2013 and who told BBC ra­dio in Jan­uary that it was ”time to move on”.

Ca­paldi re­placed Matt Smith, who went on to star in The Crown.

Ca­paldi paid trib­ute to Whit­taker. “Any­one who has seen Jodie Whit­taker’s work will know that she is a won­der­ful ac­tress of great in­di­vid­u­al­ity and charm,” he said.

“She has above all the huge heart to play this most spe­cial part. She’s go­ing to be a fan­tas­tic Doc­tor.”

Doc­tor Who was first made in 1963, but its cur­rent in­car­na­tion dates back to a 2005 re­boot with Christopher Ec­cle­ston in the ti­tle role. He was suc­ceeded by David Ten­nant (who now stars in Broad­church).

Writ­ers and showrun­ners at the helm since the re­boot have in­cluded Rus­sell T. Davies and Steven Mof­fat, who teamed with an­other Doc­tor Who writer, Mark Gatiss, on Sher­lock.

Mof­fat is leav­ing the show with Ca­paldi and has a new project and a Drac­ula se­ries in the mak­ing with Gatiss.

The fi­nal episode of the Mof­fat and Ca­paldi era is a spe­cial sched­uled for Christ­mas Day.

Chris Chib­nall of Broad­church has al­ready been named the new Doc­tor Who showrun­ner. His first sea­son next year will be the 11th of the new generation of the show.

Chib­nall said: ”I al­ways knew I wanted the 13th Doc­tor to be a woman, and we’re thrilled to have se­cured our No. 1 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.” – Reuters

Photo: AFP

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