If you thought Series 10 was dropping the odd hint about the Doctor’s next regeneration well, you weren’t wrong, as Steven Moffat knew that the Doctor’s thirteenth incarnation would be played by a woman.
While on promotional duties at SDCC Moffat let slip that he had known for the whole of Series 10 – so the future definitely is female:
However, he didn’t know who was going to step into the TARDIS:
“I didn’t know that it would be Jodie. I didn’t know that until the Friday before the announcement. I didn’t want to know until Peter knew. That was my rule”.
Jodie Whittaker was announced as the Doctor the weekend before last, and, keen to quell any concern over how the Doctor will be played following the change of gender, Moffat added:
“It makes absolutely no difference. It’s a pronoun. This man/woman doesn’t have any masculine qualities and probably won’t have any feminine qualities, either. He’s an alien in the form of a human male, now an alien in the form of a human female and that’s it”.
As Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi depart the show, Jodie Whittaker will become the new Doctor this Christmas Day in Twice Upon a Time on BBC One.