"It's just a brilliant new actress playing her".
America started the panel by showing a video of Whittaker running around the Doctor Who production stage in Cardiff.
A new Doctor is introduced every so often, and season 11 is that next big pivotal point.
So we were excited, but there was still an expectation, a hope, for something more.
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What did you think of this first look? "Because we are, and we want you all on our journey with us". Tradition has it that when a new actor takes on the part of the character, the old, damaged time traveler regenerates into a new body. Circumspect like the new Doctor, the new companions were pretty tight lipped. And it's true; as the trailer emphasizes, pretty much everything is new.
There were glimpses of the Doctor with her new sonic screwdriver, some impressive shots of alien worlds and the Doctor's new companions Yasmin, Ryan and Graham. You can watch it here if you haven't seen it yet.
Whittaker described her first day on set, filming The Doctor regenerating from Peter Capaldi's incarnation to hers, as "incredibly nerve-racking". "I have never approached a role thinking of it 'how would a woman play this?' because I am one".
The internet's had a year to get used to the idea of Whittaker as the Doctor. "There is no barrier to entry this year...it's a great moment to bring everybody on board". It's a big mainstream-accessible series of 10 varied, exciting standalone stories. At the time, new showrunner Chris Chibnall said, "I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we're thrilled to have secured our number one choice".
"The fact we get on is a bit of a miracle because we're so bloody different", she says.
"You just are [a woman] and it's a [point of view]", she said.
Judging by the sheer noise in Hall H, fans are ready. This marks the first time a woman has played the Doctor role, marking a new milestone for the popular show. The producers have made a conscious effort to mirror the diversity onscreen with diversity behind the scenes, including writers of color, female guest writers, a mostly female editorial staff, and two female directors.