Will the Doc­tor come a Crop­per?


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FOR­MER actress Julie Hes­mond­halgh has thrown her hat in the ring and de­clared she wants to be the new Doc­tor Who.

Julie played trans­gen­der char­ac­ter Hay­ley Crop­per on the ITV soap for 16 years, but she’s now set her sights on be­com­ing the Doc­tor.

Since leav­ing the fa­mous cob­bled street of Cor­rie, Julie, 46, has ap­peared on stage and in BBC1 crime drama Happy Val­ley.

Fol­low­ing that, she’s also bagged the lead role as the vic­tim of a bru­tal rape in the third se­ries of Broad­church on ITV.

The Ac­cring­ton-born actress said she’d love to play the first fe­male lead on Doc­tor Who but she’d also be happy with any role in the hit sci-fi drama se­ries.

She said: “Doc­tor Who – I’d love to be in that.

“As the Doc­tor, that would be some­thing. I wouldn’t mind just be­ing an alien… any­thing at all.”

De­part­ing Doc­tor, Peter Ca­paldi, 58, who was the twelfth doc­tor to take the reins, said he wants his suc­ces­sor to be fe­male.

Julie’s Broad­church co-star Olivia Col­man has also been tipped for the role of the Time Lord – as has Sheri­dan Smith, Dame He­len Mir­ren and Mi­randa Hart.

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