Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who Is a Pillar of Hope

Jodie Whittaker arrives at Hall H for the'Doctor Who Comic Con panel Sarah Moran/@thisissarah

Jodie Whittaker arrives at Hall H for the'Doctor Who Comic Con panel Sarah Moran/@thisissarah

Chibnall called Tennant the day before the announcement and said, without revealing who had been cast, if the person playing the new Doctor could call him.

"If you've never seen Doctor Who you are in for an absolute treat", Chibnall says. It was clever and amusing, and even had a Matt Smith easter egg (!), but fans were left craving something a bit meatier and thankfully, they've now got just that.

She uttered a quiet "brilliant" before her spaceship, the TARDIS, started to explode, throwing her out the doors and plummeting towards the ground.

A family of Whovians waiting to meet the first female Doctor
A family of Whovians waiting to meet the first female Doctor

Whittaker will be joined by an all-new cast of characters in the series, including Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill.

Part of that freshness is due to her new permanent companions - three of them, numbers which haven't been seen in the TARDIS since the early 1980s, not counting brief sojourns with Rory, Amy and River Song back in Season 6, and a more diverse representation of folks than the Doctor's vessel has ever seen. With the new season starting in October, the Doctor will be a woman-and that's not the only change in the show.

Jodie Whittaker, who will play the 13th Doctor Who.

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Speaking about the gadget, designer Arwel Wyn Jones said: 'It's a privilege to have been asked to redesign the iconic sonic screwdriver for the Thirteenth Doctor and a new generation of audiences.

"You just are [a woman] and it's a [point of view]", she said.

The Broadchurch star was named as the first ever female Doctor a year ago and since then the BBC has been embroiled in an unequal pay row after it was revealed that many women were being paid less than men for doing similar jobs. A viral video of a little girl responding to the news reminded her that she didn't have a TV role model who looked like her when she was young, she said. We get a look at the team together.

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Doctor Who will also have a new showrunner as Chris Chibnall took over as the executive producer from Steven Moffat.

The BBC has not announced a premiere date for the new 10-episode season of the show, which is one of its biggest worldwide hits.

A new Doctor is introduced every so often, and season 11 is that next big pivotal point. Perhaps they will show up in season twelve or perhaps Chibnall is intentionally leading us astray.

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