Fans’ view ‘Completely new territory for the show’
Jodie Whittaker, the first female Doctor, rose to fame in the ITV crime drama Broadchurch and had been touted as one of the contenders for the role.
Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who’s new head writer and executive producer, said: “Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role.”
Emily Cook, from Doctor Who magazine, said: “Having a female Doctor is really exciting and significant. I cannot wait to see what she does with the role and where she takes the show. She will bring a freshness. She is younger than Peter Capaldi and, being a woman, she will have a different approach to the role. It’s completely new territory for the show.”
Erica Lear, social secretary at the Doctor Who Appreciation Society, said: “I did not expect it but I think it’s brilliant. My only wish was that we have a good actor and that is what we have.”
Sebastian J Brook, site editor at Doctor Who Online, said: “After 50-plus years, it’s certainly going to take some getting used to, but I support the show and Jodie is a fantastic actress, so she gets my full support, too.”
William Hartnell, the first Doctor, top left, then Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker (with Louise Jameson), Peter Davison, Colin Baker (with Nicola Bryant), Sylvester McCoy (with Bonnie Langford), Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston (with Billie Piper), David Tennant, Matt Smith (with Karen Gillan), Peter Capaldi (with Jenna Coleman) and, below, Jodie Whittaker