Louisa Mellor

Jul 17, 2017

The cast of Doctor Who old and new have been reacting to the news that Jodie Whittaker is the new Doctor…

Fans weren’t the only ones anxiously wishing Sue Barker (we love you Sue!) would get a wriggle on and make the new Doctor announcement we were waiting for at the close of the 2017 Wimbledon Men’s singles final, former stars of Doctor Who were also primed to hear the news.

Once they had, they duly expressed their response online, collected here in one handy-to-access place (Er, Journalism? – Ed).

Peter Capaldi’s words of support, in which he called Whittaker “a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm” who has “the huge heart to play this special part” came via the official announcement. “She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor,” Capaldi concluded.

Former Doctors Colin Baker, Peter Davison and Sylvester McCoy chipped in the below on Twitter:

And here’s a video of Alex Kingston receiving the news live on stage at the Raleigh Supercon, courtesy of Twitter user @nckhui:

Here’s what Bill Potts and Nardole had to say! (Due to a technical snafu, the emoticons aren’t displaying properly. Pearl Mackie posted not one but four celebratory party icons)

And here’s Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman and Mark Gatiss (Piper’s emoticon was, aptly, a rose, and Freema Agyeman’s included a pair of applauding hands and a metamorphosis-symbolising butterfly):

And the final word goes to Whittaker’s former Broadchurch co-star Arthur Darvill, very much echoing our own response here: