Doctor Who showrunner and Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall announced On 16 July 2017, that Broadchurch actress Jodie Whittaker would be Doctor Who’s 13th Incarnation. She follows on from William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, John Hurt, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi. The Broadchurch star succeeds Peter Capaldi, who took over the role in 2013 and leaves in the forthcoming Christmas special. Former time-lord David Tennant has also starred in both Doctor Who and Broadchurch
Jodie Whittaker 35, made her professional debut in The Storm at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2005. She has since worked in film, television, radio and theatre in such productions as St Trinian’s, Good and Attack the Block. She has also starred in the television series Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Wired, Return to Cranford, Marchlands, Black Mirror, Broadchurch and The Assets. In 2007 she stood in at short notice for an unwell Carey Mulligan in the Royal Court’s production of The Seagull, and appeared in a fundraising play at the Almeida Theatre. Whittaker’s first major role, was co-star Jessie / Venus in the film Venus. Her radio credits also include a 2008 adaptation of Blinded by the Sun by Stephen Poliakoff and Lydia Bennett in Unseen Austen, an original drama by Judith French. In 2009, she worked on the film Ollie Kepler’s Expanding Purple World, the BBC2 drama Royal Wedding, and the short film Wish 143, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.
In 2010, Whittaker appeared in the film The Kid and co-starred in BBC’s Accused. She appeared in the 2009 Irish comedy crime film Perrier’s Bounty. In 2011, she appeared as Viv in the BBC adaptation of Sarah Waters’s novel The Night Watch and the cult film Attack the Block. In 2012, she starred in the musical comedy-drama Good Vibrations and In 2013, Whittaker starred in the ITV detective drama Broadchurch. In January 2014, she starred in the reality-based spy drama miniseries The Assets on ABC. Whittaker was a late favourite to become the Doctor, and will debut on the sci-fi show when the Doctor regenerates in the Christmas Day special.