We’d heard rumors this might happen someday, and now it has: the BBC announced that a WOMAN will play the main character on “Doctor Who” for the first time ever.
35-year-old British actress Jodie Whittaker will take over next season. She played Beth on “Broadchurch” and starred in the movie “Attack the Block,” but isn’t a very recognizable name in America yet.
She’ll be the 13th person to play the Doctor. She’s taking over for Peter Capaldi, whose last episode will be in a Christmas episode later this year.
Naturally, there was some sexist nonsense flying around Twitter yesterday, and some fans say it’ll ruin the show. She put out a statement where she basically asked them to give her a chance, and not to “be scared by [her] gender.”
A one-minute clip the BBC posted as part of the announcement was the #1 trending video on YouTube yesterday.