Wimbledon's Men's Final was a very exciting time for Britain, but also Doctor Who fans. Roger Federer was announced as Wimbledon's Men's Finalist, and Jodie Whittaker was announced as the Thirteenth Doctor. As expected, Twitter freaked out over Wimbledon for two reasons: David Tennant being spotted at the final and Whittaker's announcement.
The future is female, and there was a better reception than expected. The majority of fans were thrilled at the announcement and Whittaker's (or "The Clooney" as she revealed was her code name) casting. However, what was the reaction of the current and former cast of #DoctorWho?
Pearl Mackie (Bill Potts: 2016–Present)
Pearl Mackie joined the cast of the #scifi series Doctor Who this year. Bill's casting and character made huge leaps towards race and sexual diversity on the show. It is uncertain whether Bill will be joining the Thirteenth Doctor in Series 11 as no casting decisions have been made following Series 10, according to the BBC.
Peter Capaldi (The Twelfth Doctor: 2013–2017)
After appearing in a one off episode — "The Fire of Pompeii" — in 2008, Capaldi joined the cast of Doctor Who as the Twelfth Doctor in 2013. Capaldi has expressed his excitement following the announcement of actress Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor:
“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."
Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald: 2012–2015)
Jenna Coleman joined our #TV screens as "The Impossible Girl" back in 2012. Her character lived through Eleven's regeneration, and if you want to get technical — she worked with all the Doctors. Coleman's tweet doesn't let on too much about her feelings towards the Thirteenth Doctor being female, but with her applaud to Jodie Whittaker, I think it's safe to conclude that Whittaker gets her seal of approval.
Billie Piper (Rose Tyler: 2005–2013)
Billie Piper joined our screens in 2005 and broke our hearts on Bad Wolf Bay in 2007. She later returned in 2008, 2010, and for the 50th Doctor Who Anniversary in 2013.
Previously, Piper has expressed her views of wanting a female Doctor:
"I’ve always supported the original format but I don’t know where they can go from here. I think it would be great [to have a female Doctor] given the spirit of the world at the moment. I think it would be timely."
It's safe to say that Piper was thrilled at the Doctor Who announcement on Sunday. Recently, she's been killing fans with with the rose emoji at the end of her Doctor Who-related tweets.
Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones: 2006–2010)
After the departure of the beloved Rose Tyler, the Doctor Who world welcomed Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones to join Tenth Doctor, David Tennant. Agyeman's companion only lasted two years, and she later returned for David Tennant's regeneration in 2010, "The End of Time." Personally, I think Agyeman was New Who's most unpopular companion, but that's just a matter of opinion.
It seems the former companion was too, very pleased with the announcement of Jodie Whittaker as Doctor number 13. I agree, change is not a dirty word!
Colin Baker (The Sixth Doctor: 1984–1986)
Colin Baker joined the cast of Doctor Who as the Sixth Doctor in 1984. I think Baker's tweet speaks volumes. For an original Doctor, and someone of an older generation, to give new, female Doctor the nod of approval, it shows that change was needed, and like he said: not a moment too soon!
What's your opinion on Jodie Whittaker's casting as the Thirteenth Doctor?