Happy birthday, Jodie Whittaker! The Time Lord herself might be somewhere in her 2000s, but the Doctor Who star turns 37 today.
The actress landed the role of a lifetime when she was 35 back in 2017 as the world was introduced to the Thirteenth Doctor for the first time in a specially-filmed promo which saw the actress initially disguised under a hood before she revealed her face, unveiling that the BBC had decided to make the historic move of casting the first female Doctor. And, more specifically, Whittaker – who was already familiar to British TV viewers for her role on Broadchurch (opposite another Doctor, David Tennant).
It was then a long wait until we got to see Whittaker in action. The 2017 Christmas special ended with Peter Capaldi regenerating into her, but she only got one line – “Oh, brilliant!” – before the new Doctor was thrown from the TARDIS. The cliffhanger was finally resolved though when season 11 kicked off in September 2018. The run lasted for 10 episodes, supplying Thirteen with companions Yaz (Mandip Gill), Ryan (Tosin Cole) and Graham (Bradley Walsh).
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Team TARDIS – as the Doctor likes to call them – were last seen battling a Dalek in the 2019 New Year special “Resolution.” After her first year was returning monster-free, season 12 won’t follow suit. Set photos have already revealed that the rhino-headed Judoon will make a comeback. Because of this, fans have hopes that other familiar foes may appear as well.
Production is currently ongoing on Doctor Who‘s next season, with filming encompassing South Africa, Tenerife and, of course, the UK. It’s believed to contain another 10 episodes and will arrive in early 2020. That said, there are rumors that the BBC might have a secret special planned for the end of the year. Maybe don’t get your hopes up for that just yet, as there’s been no official confirmation, but hopefully the time will fly by before Jodie Whittaker’s back on our screens once again.