Success! Introducing Jodie Whittaker, Dr. Who #13

Ever since Peter Capaldi announced in January 2016 that he was quitting his job as the 12th Dr. Who, there has been speculation as to who will be number 13.

The series is one of the BBC’s longest-running shows: It launched in 1963 and ran until 1989, in 25-minute episodes. It came back in 2005 and has been on the air ever since. The Doctor explores the universe in his TARDIS, a time-traveling space ship. Along with several companions, he fights enemies in order to save civilizations and help people in need.

But all 12 protagonists of this popular BBC series have been white males, so it was time for a change. Many fans expressed their wish that the BBC hire a woman or a person of color to play this awesome role.

Jennifer Johnson was one of those devoted fans, and she decided to start a Care2 petition urging Chris Chibnall, the upcoming head writer for the British sci-fi TV show, to bring diversity to the production and ensure that the next Doctor would be a woman or a person of color.

As she wrote in her petition,

“This show’s script always makes a huge deal out of the fact that the new Doctor can be anyone. The newly generated Doctor feels their face and hair, scrambles for a mirror, all excited and anxious to see who they’ve become. I love the idea that anything’s possible. So it’s always a bit disappointing to me that the Doctor ends up being a white man.”

Over 14,000 Care2 members agreed with Johnson and signed up to support her.

Success!

On July 16, the BBC finally announced their choice for the next Dr. Who: the thirteenth incarnation of the time lord will be played by Jodie Whittaker, the first female to take on the iconic role. 

Congratulations to Johnson and all the Care2 activists who signed her petition, joining thousands more Dr. Who fans who put pressure on the BBC and Chris Chibnall to move into the 21st century and bring some diversity to the program.

This is a fantastic choice, as fans of Broadchurch will certainly agree. Although Whittaker’s name comes third in the list of cast members of this TV series, her amazing performance makes her the star. Whittaker plays Beth Latimer, the mother of 11-year-old Danny, whose body is found on the beach at Broadchurch, in the south of England.

You can see Jodie Whittaker playing this role in the image above.

Watching her anguish as a mother unable to fully grieve her son pulled me in from the first episode and kept me watching for the next two seasons. Whittaker’s devastation as she runs through the police barrier to get to her murdered child is powerful; she makes the audience experience that loss with her masterful acting.

She will be an incredible Doctor Who.

BBC Announcement Via Brilliant Trailer

The BBC made their announcement via a brilliant trailer broadcast on July 16 at the end of the Wimbledon tennis men’s singles final.

In comments to the BBC, Whittaker said, “I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey – with Chris (Chibnall) and with every Whovian on this planet.” (Chibnall is coincidentally the creator of Broadchurch and has also written episodes of Doctor Who.)

“It’s more than an honor to play the Doctor,” she stated in a news release. “It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”

And fans around the world, including Johnson and all her Care2 supporters, can’t wait either.

Care2 Petitions Make A Difference

Jennifer Johnson’s petition made a real difference. 

If you have an issue that is deeply troubling to you, why not start your own Care2 petition? You’ll find it’s really easy if you check out these handy guidelines to help you get started, and pretty soon the vibrant Care2 community will be signing up to support you.

 

Photo Credit: Screenshot from YouTube video

66 comments

Olivia H
Olivia H1 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Margie F
Margie FOURIE3 months ago

Thank you.

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Ruth S
Ruth S3 months ago

Thanks.

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Clare O
Clare O'Beara3 months ago

Women can certainly be doctors!

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Clare O
Clare O'Beara3 months ago

Thanks, I have not watched the show in many years. I did see one episode about Pompeii because it was filmed in Italy on the Pompeii set. Could not tell you who the Doctor was played by.

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Ulane V
Ulane V3 months ago

Looking forward to a female Doctor.

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Rebecca Carroll-Lees

About time Dr Who was a girl :)

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Marija M
Marija M3 months ago

thank you

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ANA MARIJA R
ANA MARIJA R4 months ago

Thank you!

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Glennis W
Glennis W4 months ago

Very informative Thank you for caring and sharing

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