BBC Bosses Say Jodie Whittaker Will Make ‘Unexpected’ ‘Iconic’ Doctor

When she steps into the TARDIS this Christmas, Jodie Whittaker will have very clear plans for the Thirteenth Doctor BBC controller of drama commissioning Piers Wenger has said.

Speaking at the Edinburgh Television Festival, Wenger told delegates (via Radio Times):

“[Showrunner] Chris [Chibnall] has a very very clear sense of where he wants to take the show and has a very clear sense of the sort of qualities that he’s looking for in his Doctor and Jodie fitted with that.

“He obviously had a relationship with her from Broadchurch. She read for the part, she auditioned for it and she came back a few times. And she herself has a very clear sense of the point of having a female doctor and what she wants to do with that role and I think she will make her unexpected and iconic.”

Speaking at the same session BBC director of content Charlotte Moore said that fans should be excited about the new direction that the show is going in; recalling the ‘inspired’ ‘fantastic’ moment that Chris Chibnall told them he was casting a female Doctor.

Jodie Whittaker will make her debut as the Doctor in this year’s Christmas special, Twice Upon a Time, on BBC One.