'Doctor Who' Season 11 Rumored To Get 'Familiar' New Companion Cast To Play Alongside No. 13 Female Time Lord

Inquisitr Staff

Doctor Who Season 11 rumors suggest a new companion for the 13th Doctor has been chosen, and fans might already be familiar with the name. The new Time Lord for Doctor Who Season 11 was recently announced as Jodie Whittaker, 35. Casting the first female Doctor for the 13th reincarnation took some loyal fans of the long-running BBC science-fiction TV series by surprise since a name for the new Doctor had been dropped over three months ago. After receiving some backlash from Doctor Who fans for casting a woman as the next Time Lord, former Doctor Who producer Steven Moffat claims fans have embraced the change. Fans of the Doctor Who series, especially fans from 2005 and on, may finally embrace a woman Doctor if the new companion for the number 13 Doctor is whom they think it might be.

Although the Time Lord in Doctor Who has always been cast as a male, Live Science shared a week ago that the Time Lord "can regenerate as a woman." The time-traveling Doctor doesn't have a set gender, as demonstrated by "The Master" regenerating as a woman a couple of seasons ago. The Doctor Who rival character has been played by multiple male actors throughout the years but was recently cast as the first woman Master, played by actress Michelle Gomez as Missy -- reportedly short for "Mistress." However, long-time fans and followers of Doctor Who were still left in shock after actress Jodie Whittaker was cast as the 13th Time Lord, following the departure of Peter Capaldi, 59, in December, as reported the Telegraph about a week ago.

IndieWire reported on Sunday that the Doctor's current assistant Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie, 30, is also leaving Doctor Who along with Peter Capaldi after the upcoming Christmas special, leaving a "clean slate" for Season 11 of Doctor Who. However, BBC has not yet officially announced who the next companion for the first female Doctor will be, but fans overall think the new companion should be a male companion, according to a recent discussion on Quora, mainly because the Doctor usually has an opposite gender companion. Steven Moffat, who's been with Doctor Who since its revival in 2005, calls casting a woman as the next new Doctor "incredibly progressive," adding that conservative fans of Doctor Who have "embraced" the change completely, according to Variety on Sunday.

According to Movie Pilot via the Sun, Marshall "is the main contender to succeed" the current companion played by Pearl Mackie, adding that "he may join up with Matt Lucas," the 43-year-old actor "who plays the other assistant Nardole."

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