The casting of a new Doctor on the BBC's Doctor Who is pretty much a top-secret operation - especially so when, as was the case with the latest incarnation of the Time Lord, the casting was a major upheaval to over half a century of the show. How secret? So secret that new Who star Jodie Whittaker practically went straight from her reveal to the set.
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This Christmas, Doctor Who will undergo one of the biggest transformations in its 54-year history: For the first time, the Doctor will regenerate into a woman. But outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat has decided now, three weeks before he's effectively done with the series, is the best time to put his foot in his mouth over the change.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the 13th Doctor has finally arrived. Sure, Jodie Whittaker might have been cast as Doctor Who's groundbreaking new Doctor months ago, but does a Time Lord truly arrive until they're dressed for the occasion?
This week, the BBC unveiled the identity of the 13th Doctor, and as with all Doctor Who castings, there was inevitable complaining -- some more than usual however, because the 13th Doctor is Jodie Whittaker, the first female Doctor. Today the BBC released its official response to the complaints, and it's basically, "It's canon, so deal with it."
Today saw a momentous moment in Doctor Who history unfold: Jodie Whittaker was unveiled as the first woman to officially play the Doctor in 54 years of the show. She's now also spoken out for the first time, offering fans a simple message: have faith in the change that Doctor Who has always been about.
It's been 165 days since we heard that Peter Capaldi's time on Doctor Who was up. Now, we finally know that it's going to be just a few short days until we meet his successor.