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Apart from (gasp) a woman, who is Jodie Whittaker and why was she chosen as the new doctor?
Her Acting Career
Born on June the 3rd 1982, in West Yorkshire, Jodie is 35 years of age. However, her acting career for the BBC only started in 2006, when she was around 24 years of age with a TV drama that followed the stories of different individuals each week. She made her BBC debut as "Sam," a fast food worker who's uncle died and left her an allotment (it's more exciting than it sounds). As the story progresses, however, the precious outdoor space comes under threat and she must protect it (and her uncle's ghost) before it's too late in this comedy episode of The Afternoon Play.
Despite this actually being a fine piece of well-received TV, she never really earned a name for herself with it. That came later when she began to expand her career into movies, even staring alongside Peter O'Toole in Venus (2006) for which she won a British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer.
However, her film career didn't end there; Whittaker managed to land herself a role in the 2007 film adaptation of St Trinian's and was able to act alongside Viggo Mortensen (yes, Aragorn) and Jason Isaacs (yes, Lucius Malfoy) in the same year!
But the film industry didn't have her for long; no, in 2008 she was back on the silver screen for several new dramas and a TV movie. In this time she worked with an amazing lineup of co-stars, including: Gemma Arteton, Eddie Redmane, Daniel Mayes, Olivia Coleman, and many, many more (seriously, it's worth the Google).
Between then and recently, she has been living life back on movie sets, playing supporting roles in a number of films. She only really made her way back to TV for small projects with no big commitments.
However, this changed in 2013, when the BBC snatched her talents up for a role in TV drama Broadchurch alongside Doctor number 10, David Tennant, her well known previous costar Olivia Coleman and ex-doctor-companion Arthur Darvill (Rory; don't worry, I didn't know his name either)
And she has worked with these co-stars until this year (2017) and now seems ready to move on to something more timey-wimey...
She knows what goes into making a good show.
Jodie is a good actor, we've established that now. She can play a role and make it believable and not laughable. That's all very well and good but what does she know about how to make this change work? What does she know about good entertainment?
In Jodie's case, quite a lot apparently. You see, she's not just an actress. She has been credited in a number of roles behind the camera.
These include; a soundtrack credit for One Day (2011) starring Anne Hathaway, a video playback operator credit for A Thousand Kisses Deep (2011), an executive producer role in Adult Life Skills (2016), a sound editor credit for Two Minutes (2011). Clear evidence of someone who knows what needs to happen to make some good entertainment for the masses.
A good actress, a knowledgeable person. What more could Doctor Who'want or need?
The simple answer is someone who knows a bit more about acting in a TV series. Her acting experience may have started with TV, but it has progressed into mainly films and in recent years, she has stayed away from TV. The few times she has starred in TV roles recently, they have been stand-alone projects. Will she still know how to act a cliffhanger? How to keep a character going for a long while without losing it? This remains to be seen but I remain hopeful as her long standing performance in Broadchurch has shown her to be very competent with the character long-haul. She will certainly need these skills for a long run as the Doctor himse—wait—herself.
I'm not going to write a lot about her personal life as making judgements on someone's acting ability through their personal life doesn't make sense to me (points a blaming finger at The Sun').
In case you are curious:
She has been married to an American actor called Christian Contreras as of 2008, Their first child was born in 2015 and his/her name is being kept private.
In 2014, she lost a nephew who had down syndrome (Harry Whittaker) but not before he could make an acting appearance himself in Emmerdale.
So... is she a good choice for The Doctor?
Well, that's up to you, of course! but in my not-so-professional opinion, I think the outlook is good. I won't make a full judgement until I see the first episode but as of today, I believe she has the ability to be an excellent Doctor Who with a big (if not, cult) fanbase.
I guess the next question is,
Who is the next companion?