Ex­cit­ing change as BBC names first fe­male ‘Doc­tor Who’

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LON­DON — The lead role in Bri­tish sci­fi tele­vi­sion se­ries Doc­tor Who will be played by a woman for the first time in its more than 50­year his­tory, the BBC said on Sun­day. Af­ter much spec­u­la­tion over the role, Bri­tain’s pub­lic broad­caster said 35­year­old Bri­tish ac­tress Jodie Whit­taker, who starred in the award­win­ning tele­vi­sion crime drama se­ries Broad­church, will play the 13th Doc­tor.

The news was an­nounced in a one­minute video clip broad­cast on tele­vi­sion af­ter the Wim­ble­don ten­nis men’s fi­nal match, show­ing the ac­tress walk­ing through a for­est wear­ing a long coat and hid­ing her face with a hood un­til the fi­nal mo­ment.

“I al­ways knew I wanted the Thir­teenth Doc­tor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have se­cured our num­ber one choice. Her au­di­tion for The Doc­tor sim­ply blew us all away. Jodie is an in­de­mand, funny, in­spir­ing, su­per­smart force of na­ture and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role,” said Chris Chib­nall, the show’s new head writer and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer.

The Doc­tor, who trav­els through time in what from the out­side ap­pears to be a blue po­lice tele­phone box, has the abil­ity to re­gen­er­ate, al­low­ing a num­ber of ac­ tors to play the role since the se­ries was first broad­cast in 1963.

Whit­taker will re­place Pe­ter Ca­paldi, who took on the role in 2013 amid an in­creas­ing clam­our that it should go to a woman. His fi­nal episode will be the 2017 Christ­mas spe­cial. “This is a re­ally ex­cit­ing time, and Doc

tor Who rep­re­sents ev­ery­thing that’s ex­cit­ing about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, dif­fer­ent one, not a fear­ful one,” said Whit­taker.

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Ac­tress Jodie Whit­taker was an­nounced as the 13th in­car­na­tion of the Doc­tor and the first woman to play the role in the long­run­ning BBC science fic­tion se­ries Doc­tor Who.

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