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5 Things You Need to Know About the First Female ‘Doctor Who’

Jodie Whittaker is a force to be reckoned with, y’all.

5 Things You Need to Know About the First Female ‘Doctor Who’

Whovians have cried enough tears to fill two ponds at this point. (These are tears of joy, obviously!)

For the first time in the 54-year history of Doctor Who, the beloved Time Lord will regenerate as a woman. This is undoubtedly a major victory for the franchise and it’s ever-growing fanbase. Jodie Whittaker has been cast as the 13th incarnation of the Doctor, and she will step in after Peter Capaldi bows out of the Tardis in the upcoming holiday special.

Surprisingly, many people know little about the celebrated British actress so we decided to compile some interesting facts about her. Here are 5 things you absolutely need to know about the incoming and first female Doctor!

1. The Tenth and Thirteenth Doctor are connected!

5 Things You Need to Know About the First Female ‘Doctor Who’

Chris Chibnall, who is poised to become the head writer and new showrunner for Doctor Who in 2018, worked with Whittaker on his critically acclaimed series Broadchurch. Coincidentally, the star of Broadchurch is David Tennant who is best known for playing the Tenth Doctor on Doctor Who. In fact, Arthur Darvill, who played Rory Williams on Doctor Who, also starred alongside Whittaker in Broadchurch.

Clearly, Whittaker’s fate as the Thirteenth Doctor was written in the stars.

2. Keeping it Black Mirror style and impressing Robert Downey Jr.

5 Things You Need to Know About the First Female ‘Doctor Who’

Whittaker starred in the third and final episode of Season 1 of Black Mirror. 2011’s “The Entire History of You” quickly became one of the most memorable episodes of the mind-boggling series and for good reason. It’s set in the near-future where people are able to record and replay everything they see or do thanks to the implants that are put inside of their head. Whittaker starred as a woman whose marriage is torn apart by her husband’s looming paranoia and all the unsettling advantages or disadvantages (depends on how you see it) the implant technology has to offer.

The episode became so popular that a bidding war erupted to gain rights for the concept. Robert Downey Jr. eventually optioned the story with the intention of turning it into a film.

3. Stepping in for Carey Mulligan in the nick of time.

5 Things You Need to Know About the First Female ‘Doctor Who’

Back in 2007, Whittaker auditioned for Carey Mulligan’s role in The Seagull and had to step in last minute for the Oscar-nominated star when Mulligan needed treatment for appendicitis.  

“I got a phone call at 5 p.m. 'Can you do this,'” Whittaker told The Independent. “I’ve never been so scared in my life, it’s like your worst nightmare, walking on stage and not knowing your lines.”

4. Other notable roles

5 Things You Need to Know About the First Female ‘Doctor Who’
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In the cult-favorite film Attack the Block, Whittaker played a nurse whose mugging is interrupted by the arrival of meteorites containing alien pods.

She also took part in the four-hour BBC rendition of Thomas Hardy’s popular novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles. She played Izz Huett and proved that period dramas are totally up her alley.

In 2011, Whittaker played Anne Hathaway’s college friend Emma in the book-to-movie adaptation of One Day. Her character, Tilly, drunkly performed a rather epic version of “Angels.”

5. A code name extravaganza!

5 Things You Need to Know About the First Female ‘Doctor Who’

Since Whittaker’s role as the new Doctor was kept top secret, she developed a rather hilarious code name while discussing it with her husband, American actor Christian Contreras. “In my home, and with my agent, it was The Clooney,” Whittaker explained. “Because to me and my husband, George is an iconic guy. And we thought: what’s a really famous iconic name? It was just fitting.”

What do you think about Whittaker’s casting? Are you excited that the Thirteenth Doctor is a woman? Hit the comments to dish and discuss all your unfiltered feelings.

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