Peter Capaldi Gives His Blessing to New Doctor Jodie Whittaker

In a special statement to celebrate the announcement of a new Doctor, Peter Capaldi has passed on is blessing to the Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker.

Swiping back her hoodie, Jodie Whittaker was announced to the world in a specially shot clip which aired after the Wimbledon Men’s Final. She’ll step into the role of the Doctor during the Christmas Special this December.

Sharing his thoughts on his successor, the incumbent Doctor Peter Capaldi praised her “great individuality and charm” in a special statement showing his support for the first female version of the Time Lord, reports the Radio Times.

“Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm…She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”

As to whether she’ll receive any more advice from past Doctors, Whittaker said in her first interview since she was unveiled as the Thirteenth Doctor:

“Well they can’t because they haven’t known until now, but I’m certainly expecting a couple of calls – I’ve got a couple of mates in there. I’m mates with a companion [Arthur Darvill], I’m mates with a trio of Doctors. I know Matt Smith, Chris Eccleston and obviously David Tennant. Oh! And let’s throw in David Bradley! Four Doctors! So I’m hoping I get some calls of advice.”

Doctor Who returns this Christmas.

  • The 13th Dr. Moo

    I’m 100% behind this casting choice and any badwill I had for Chibnall is completely gone now. I cannot wait to see Jodie in action, she’s gonna be amazing. Excellent choice that puts Chibnall, and Doctor Who, on the right side of history.

    • DonnaM

      My doubts about him remain and his casting of the “approved” sexual organs neither dispels nor reinforces them. History – or rather individual fans – will judge his rightness when series 11 has been aired.

      You may have gathered, I don’t believe gender has a thing to do with “the right side” of anything!

      I hope she does well. If I don’t like her, or the material he gives her, I’ll do what I did during the latter part of the Moffat/Smith era. I’ll stop watching.

  • kwijino

    Yeah, like he’d really go off on the current regime the week of the San Diego Comic Con. No matter his Malcolm Tucker persona, I don’t think Peter would say anything negative even if it was how he felt.

    • ColeBox

      There have been one or two people in the Who world who’ve made noises in the past that they weren’t too keen on a woman Doctor. Either they’ve kept quiet, changed their mind, or towed the line. I wouldn’t blame them in not saying anything; who’d want to potentially unleash that kind of backlash. Having said that, (although not in the inner Who world) Ian Lavine’s tweet was astonishing.

      • kwijino

        I looked it up. Wow. How’d that go? It is in the Dark Tongue of Mordor, which we shall not utter here. He’s not completely wrong though.

        • Philip

          Unfortunately, he’s become the representative of the section of fandom who doesn’t like the casting decision, at least in the eyes of the media/Twitter users…

          • kwijino

            Naturally. The extreme always leaves an impression.

        • Jason Z

          Good grief. What a… rude person… Ian Levine is. That made me wonder what Lawrence Miles tweeted. The latter predicts that the next series of Who will be like the new Ghostbusters: great female lead(s) but let down by the writing, leaving people to wrongly blame the gender-switch for the failure. He mentions ‘Cyberwoman’. A well-written piece if you’re interested in reading more of what certain people have already written on here. Certainly better-composed than Levine’s efforts.

          • kwijino

            But we won’t be wrongly blaming the gender switch, as it will be an easy to spot reason the writing is bad. It means the person making the switch has a poor grasp on the material, and the Torchwood episode “Cyberwoman” is a striking example of what I just said.

  • DonnaM

    Classy words from a classy man.