The First Female 'Doctor Who' Made Her Exciting Debut With Just Two Simple Words

Jodie Whittaker is already impressing fans.

The 13th Doctor on the long-running British sci-fi series Doctor Who was officially introduced in Monday's Christmas special, as the Time Lord "regenerated" from actor Peter Capaldi to Jodie Whittaker — the first woman to ever inhabit the role.

Fans were excited and emotional about the episode, which was also the last with showrunner Steven Moffat. Capaldi delivered a dramatic monologue in the TARDIS to close his time on the show, sharing some wisdom with his future self.


"Never be cruel, never be cowardly, and never ever eat pears!" he said. "Remember, hate is always foolish, and love is always wise. Always try to be nice, and never fail to be kind."

Whittaker only spoke two words after the regeneration, but they sum up what many feel about the Doctor's newest incarnation. "Oh, brilliant," she says, after getting a glimpse of her new form in the reflection on the monitor. Fans reacted with enthusiasm on Twitter, with some even sharing how much a female Doctor means to them. 

Not everyone has been thrilled about the new Doctor being a woman, leading to responses from both the BBC and Merriam-Webster (yes, the dictionary) defending the choice. Whittaker, meanwhile, shared her own thoughts about taking on the role back in August.

"The people that are in these roles that we are excited by or passionate about or look up to don't always have to tick the same box, and that's what's really incredible about it," she told BBC 6 Music's Shaun Keaveny, adding, "I hope my gender isn't a fearful thing. In this [Doctor Who] world, there aren't rules."

Watch the full regeneration scene in the video below:


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