Ex­plo­sive re­turn

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It’s been long awaited since be­ing an­nounced, but the very first fe­male Dr Who has landed – or rather crashed through a train roof in the form of ac­tress Jodie Whit­taker.

Since the very first episode back in 1963, the Time Lord has al­ways been male and that hon­our first fell to Wil­liam Hart­nell, who played the role un­til 1966 and since there have been thir­teen ‘of­fi­cial’ Doc­tors in­clud­ing Jodie.

She sprung to fame play­ing griev­ing mother Beth La­timer in the award win­ning ITV who­dun­nit Broad­church.

The new Dr is joined by pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion ac­tor and quiz show host Bradley Walsh who plays Cock­ney Gra- ham O’Brien.

The show has switched from the reg­u­lar Satur­day night slot to Sun­day and the open­ing episode at­tracted 8.2 mil­lion view­ers. Ex-Carry On and East­End­ers ac­tress, Dame Bar­bara Wind­sor has spo­ken of the dev­as­tat­ing de­men­tia di­ag­no­sis and her mis­sion to raise aware­ness of the con­di­tion.

The screen icon was first di­ag­nosed back in 2014 but kept the news un­der wraps un­til now.

Her hus­band, Scott Mitchell, who is 26 years younger will run next year’s Lon­don marathon for De­men­tia Rev­o­lu­tion, along with other stars from the soap in which she played land­lady Peggy Mitchell and mum to Grant and Phil for over 20 years.

She joined the cast of East­End­ers in 1994 and won the 1999 Bri­tish Soap Award for Best Ac­tress be­fore fi­nally leav­ing the show in 2016, tak­ing an over­does af­ter learn­ing that her can­cer had re­turned.

Fans were left shocked as Peggy swal­lowed pills with a re­turn from the dead by Pat Butcher to help Peggy say her good­byes and the si­lent cred­its rolled pan­ning in on the empty bot­tle and let­ters to her chil­dren.

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