Peter Capaldi finished his run as the Twelfth Doctor on Christmas Day (December 25) this week, bringing his time on Doctor Who to an end, but allowing the first female-bodied Doctor to come to the forefront. Jodie Whittaker is the actress making history in the role, providing an amazing sci-fi role model for young girls across the globe, alongside the likes of current Star Wars hero Rey (Daisy Ridley) and proving that women can do just as much as men in the realm of science fiction.
Speaking about tackling the role, Whittaker previously told the BBC: “It’s more than an honour to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”
For those who haven’t yet watched the Christmas episode, but want to see the regeneration scene in which Whittaker makes her official debut, the BBC have released a video of the five minute sequence. Check it out below:
Complete with her Northern accent, Whittaker instantly makes an impact as the Doctor, and follows the tradition that many of the modern-day Doctors have cemented before her; crashing the TARDIS! Exactly what will become of her and the time-travelling machine remains to be seen, but for now, we know we can’t wait to catch back up with Whittaker’s Doctor and follow the new adventures she’ll take us all on.
It’ll also be interesting to see the now-confirmed Bradley Walsh come on board as the show’s new companion Graham, following the departure of Pearl Mackie in the role of Bill.
Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill have also joined the show as regular cast members, with Sharon D Clarke in a returning role.
Doctor Who is expected to return for a full new series run in late 2018.