Jodie Whittaker Doctor Who video hits 16 million views
VOD News | On 19, Jul 2017
The specially filmed scene introducing Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor has been watched over 16 million times online – and counting.
The minute-long sequence debuted on BBC One after the Men’s Wimbledon final on Sunday and on BBC social media channels around the world. The reveal of the first ever female Doctor has since been watched 9.8 million times on the BBC One Facebook channel so far, with over 2.5 million views on the Doctor Who Twitter account – making it the most successful tweet of all time for Doctor Who.
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, says: “To see the overwhelmingly positive response to the news that Jodie Whittaker will star as the 13th Doctor, and know that the reveal has had over sixteen million views online so far, is just phenomenal. It’s exhilarating to see Doctor Who engaging with people on so many different levels and I cannot wait for the audience to see her in action on BBC ONE this Christmas.”
The teaser trailer, which debuted on Friday evening before the BBC One 6 O’Clock News, has been watched a further 4.8 million times online.
Jodie Whittaker will make her debut as the Doctor in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, when the current Doctor – played by Peter Capaldi – will regenerate.
Jodie Whittaker is the 13th Doctor
16th July 2017
Jodie Whittaker has been unveiled as the 13th Doctor.
The reveal, which was made after the Men’s Singles Final at Wimbledon 2017, had fans on tenterhooks waiting to confirm whether the rumours of the Broadchurch star taking the key to the TARDIS would be true. And, sure enough, the last-minute odds-on favourite was confirmed as the successor to Peter Capaldi, marking the first time a woman has ever taken the role in the long-running sci-fi series.
Whittaker is no stranger to sci-fi, with a starring role in Attack the Block on her CV. She comes to the role fresh from the third season of Broadchurch, a show that has seen her win audiences over with her sensitive portrayal of Beth Latimer, the mother of young Danny Latimer, who was murdered at the start of Season 1. The ITV drama was penned by Chris Chibnall, the new head writer taking over the position from Steven Moffat for Who’s next season. Their reunion is a hugely promising one, not only because of Whittaker’s talent, which has been evident ever since her breakthrough turn in Venus, but because Chibnall has demonstrated over the course of Broadchurch’s three seasons to be highly competent at writing complex, nuanced, three-dimensional female characters.
The prospect of both teaming up to travel the universe in the iconic blue box is an exciting one. After the recent introduction of Michelle Gomez as Missy, a female incarnation of The Master, the show has been teasing the idea of gender-swapping Time Lords, with the Season 10 finale seeing The Master joke: “Will the future be all girl?”
“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey – with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet,” Whittaker said in a statement. “It’s more than an honour to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”
Chibnall added: “After months of lists, conversations, auditions, recalls, and a lot of secret-keeping, we’re excited to welcome Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor. I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way.”
Peter Capaldi commented: “Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm. She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”
Whittaker will appear in the Christmas special this December, when she will take over the TARDIS console from Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor – ushering in a new era of Doctor Who, when, for the first time in decades, the show will hold the potential to do something genuinely new and unpredictable, not to mention inspire a whole generation of new female fans.
“It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be. It feels incredible,” Whittaker added.
“I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.”
Here’s the teaser video giving us our first look at Whittaker in the role – read on for the full first official image of her (albeit not in her final costume).
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