Cast­ing a fe­male ‘Doc­tor Who’ is ‘ge­nius’

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Jenna Cole­man, a for­mer “Doc­tor Who’’ com­pan­ion, says cast­ing a fe­male as the lead of the long-run­ning sci-fi se­ries is “ge­nius.’’

“Oh, I love it,’’ the ac­tress said Mon­day dur­ing a Tele­vi­sion Crit­ics As­so­ci­a­tion panel about her Mas­ter­piece se­ries, “Vic­to­ria.’’

Ear­lier this month, Jodie Whit­taker was an­nounced as the 13th of­fi­cial in­car­na­tion of the galaxy-hop­ping Time Lord who trav­els in a time ma­chine shaped like an old-fash­ioned Bri­tish po­lice tele­phone booth. Cole­man added that she thinks Whit­taker is “bril­liant and lovely’’ and she “can’t wait to hear’’ Whit­taker’s voice as the char­ac­ter.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing times,’’ she said.

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