New Dr Who is announced and she is female

Amos Gonzales
July 18, 2017

On Sunday, the official "Doctor Who" Twitter account shattered a sci-fi glass ceiling when it revealed that its 13th Doctor will be female.

Yorkshire-born Whittaker, 35, who is best known for her role as a grieving mother in Broadchurch, will take over from Peter Capaldi in the 2017 Christmas special.

The adventures of the doctor - a time traveling, humanoid alien who traverses the universe - have maintained a loyal following since they were first aired in 1963.

There were, of course (of course) detractors online who felt the need to criticize Trout's daughter, Trout herself and the very act of choosing a woman for the part, and we're not going to focus on that.

Fans were treated to a brief glimpse of Whittaker, walking towards the Tardis in a forest, in a clip shown after the Wimbledon tennis final on BBC television. "I've been a fan for years and always hoped to work with her".

As our colleagues at HuffPost U.K. noted, this kind of response shows exactly why it's so important for iconic characters to be played by both men and women, much like the impact of Wonder Woman has been demonstrating this summer.

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"The fans have lived through so many changes and this is only a new, different one - not a fearful one".

The actress, who starred in British award-winning crime drama Broadchurch, is ready to stamp her mark on the character.

That Chris refers to Chris Chibnall, who'll be stepping in as the series' new showrunner, following the departure of Stephen Moffat.

"Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away".

He added that there had been "a lot of secret-keeping" in the run-up to the announcement, while Whittaker said she had told "a lot of lies" to keep the news under wraps.

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