Fans’ view ‘Com­pletely new ter­ri­tory for the show’

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - Sarah Marsh

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

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