Colin Baker has praised the BBC’s decision to cast Jodie Whittaker as new Doctor Who
Confirmation of Whittaker’s new role was announced by the Beeb yesterday (July 16), with the actress known for her work on shows including Broadchurch and Adult Life Skills set to play the 13th incarnation of the Time Lord.
The English actress will be taking over from Peter Capaldi.
While some fans aired their grievances with Whittaker’s casting across social media, many others online praised the move – including Baker, who played the Doctor from 1984 to 1986.
Writing on Twitter, Baker said that the BBC “did do the right thing” in making Whittaker the first female Doctor Who.
Capaldi also gave the BBC the thumbs up for the decision to cast Whittaker.
“Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm,” said the Scottish actor. “She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”
Whittaker, who was the bookies’ favourite to land the role, said: “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.”