The BBC has announced the long awaited casting of the 13th Doctor in TV's longest-running sci-fi show, Doctor Who and it's a bit of a surprise. In a landmark casting for the show, Jodie Whittaker has been announced as the first female lead in the show's 50 year history, and it's about fucking time.
The show has teased a possible gender swap for the Doctor several times over the past few years, so the announcement was only shocking to me because we hadn't heard Whittaker's name associated with the role until the morning the announcement was made. I had my hopes set on Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who had long been rumored to possibly be cast as the first female Doctor.
Jodie Whittaker is a wildly talented actress and really has the range needed to be a compelling Time Lord. As anyone who has seen Broadchurch can attest, she can do drama. Fans of the sci-fi world are already familiar with her from standout performances in Attack the Block and Black Mirror.
All in all, she's about a perfect a choice as they could've made and given her familiarity with new showrunner Chris Chibnall, from Broadchurch, I can't wait until Peter Capadli regenerates into Jodie Whittaker on Christmas and see what she can do as the mad woman with a box. As if we needed another reason to look forward to the holidays.