Yes, you saw and read that right, the 13th Doctor, the one who will replace Peter Capaldi after the Christmas Special this year is indeed a woman, a woman named Jodie Whittaker. If you don’t know her, she’s a famous British actress who has been in shows and films aplenty. Including fan-favorites like The Black Mirror, Broadchurch, and Attack The Block.
It’s been a question for a long time as to whether Doctor Who would ever be female. During the Capaldi run, the issue was magnified when The Master became The Mistress. And then, when the Doctor returned to Gallifrey, we saw one of the High Council regenerate from a man to a woman in front of our eyes. The Time Lords have long stated (and was reiterated by Capaldi in the current season) that gender honestly doesn’t matter to them, they are higher beings than that. Despite that notion though, The Doctor proper has never been a woman, until now.
So, what does this all mean? It means we know the new Doctor, that’s all. Isn’t that all that matters? The real question is whether a woman can play Doctor Who, the question is HOW she will play Doctor Who. What will her personality be like? What companions will she have? THESE are the questions we should be asking. The only sad part is that it may take a while to get these answers, as Capaldi’s last episode is Christmas, and the new season won’t air until (hopefully) next year.