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Jodie Whittaker is ready to step into the spotlight.
Whittaker becomes the franchise’s first woman to portray the Doctor, a fact that she hopes is accepted by die-hard Whovians and new franchise viewers alike.
“I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one,” Whittaker told the BBC in an interview that accompanied Sunday’s announcement. “To be asked to play the ultimate character, to get to play pretend in the truest form: This is why I wanted to be an actor in the first place. To be able to play someone who is literally reinvented onscreen, with all the freedoms that brings: What an unbelievable opportunity. And added to that, to be the first woman in that role.”
The actress will reunite with Broadchurch executive producer Chris Chibnall on Doctor Who, as the latter takes over for current showrunner Steven Moffat. It was Chibnall’s idea to bring the franchise its first female Doctor.
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