The BBC have revealed that the next Doctor in the long running series Doctor Who will be Jodie Whittaker.
For the first time in the show’s long history the lead role will be played by a female. Jodie Whittaker joins the show having worked closely with David Tennant, a former Doctor, on the BBC’s crime drama, Broadchurch.
The announcement was made shortly after the Wimbledon Men’s final had aired live.
Speculation surrounding the possibility of a female Doctor has been rife ever since Peter Capaldi announced his plans to retire with many proposing Olivia Colman as a possibility.
Whilst the decision to cast Jodie Whittaker will be applauded by most, there are many who feel that more racial diversity could be considered when casting for the role which has been exclusively the preserve of white males to this point.
Whittaker’s past roles are varied but don’t include much science fiction. The exception being the British made film Attack the Block in which she starred alongside John Boyega (Star Wars). The film was directed by Joe Cornish (Writer of Ant-Man).
The Mirror newspaper proved to be an unreliable source of information when it announced that Kris Marshall would become the thirteenth Doctor back in April.