Jodie Whittaker makes her first appearance as 'Doctor Who'

30 December, 2017, 00:55 | Author: Julio Duncan
  • David Bradley and Peter Capaldi in Doctor Who
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Capaldi's Doctor delivered a monologue of a message to his successor, reminding them to always be kind and never reveal their name.

And as has become tradition in recent years, the long-running series' annual Christmas special saw Whittaker make her first appearance in the role, taking over from Peter Capaldi, who has played the twelfth incarnation of the character since 2014. Oscar-winner Peter Capaldi is now playing the part of the Twelfth Doctor.

But how will Whittaker be introduced to the world as the Thirteenth Doctor?

This is another unusual move for the show as the Doctor tends to regenerate with an audience (his companions), but Whittaker's new Doctor will find herself alone in the TARDIS console room.

The Twelfth Doctor was the polar opposite to perennial fanboy and fangirl favourites David Tennant and Matt Smith: darker, distant, more mysterious, allied to caustic humour and, in his own words, "more alien than he's been in a while".

Whitaker's first series will air next year, where she will be joined by her writer from the hit thriller Broadchurch, Chris Chibnall, as the new showrunner.

The BBC announced back in July that Jodie Whittaker would be flying the TARDIS as the next incarnation of Doctor Who's titular character.

Peter Capaldi is not expected to attempt this during the forthcoming episode, Twice Upon A Time.

And a - ahem - amusing few thought this was the ideal opportunity to spout some oh-so original "women driver" jokes about the new Doctor's slight mishap.

Whether or not Whittaker does is yet to be seen.



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