Names and faces


■ Bri­tish ac­tress Jodie Whittaker was an­nounced Sunday as the next star of the long-run­ning science fiction se­ries Doc­tor Who — the first woman to take a role that has been played by a dozen men over six decades. Whittaker, best known for play­ing the mother of a mur­dered boy in de­tec­tive drama Broad­church, will re­place Scot­tish ac­tor Peter Capaldi at the end of the year, the BBC said. Whittaker is the 13th of­fi­cial in­car­na­tion of the Doc­tor, a galaxy-hop­ping Time Lord from the planet Gal­lifrey who trav­els in the Tardis, a time ma­chine shaped like an old-fash­ioned Bri­tish po­lice tele­phone booth. The rev­e­la­tion was made on live tele­vi­sion af­ter the Wimbledon men’s ten­nis fi­nal. Doc­tor Who ran from 1963 to 1989, and was re­vived to ac­claim in 2005. Its longevity is partly due to its flex­i­ble premise. The cen­tral char­ac­ter, known only as the Doc­tor, can travel across space and time and can re­gen­er­ate into new bod­ies — al­low­ing for end­less re­cast­ing of the role. Whittaker, 35, has worked ex­ten­sively in Bri­tish tele­vi­sion and film. She said that becoming the first fe­male Doc­tor “feels com­pletely over­whelm­ing, as a fem­i­nist, as a woman, as an ac­tor, as a hu­man. I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gen­der,” she said. “Be­cause this is a re­ally ex­cit­ing time, and Doc­tor Who rep­re­sents every­thing that’s ex­cit­ing about change.”

■ On Satur­day, Ann Coul­ter de­clared “the worst air­line in Amer­ica” to be Delta Air Lines — which she said com­mit­ted the of­fense of de-seat­ing her. Coul­ter didn’t just slam Delta for mov­ing her from her “PREBOOKED seat” with ex­tra leg room. She doc­u­mented the ex­pe­ri­ence in pho­tos and tweet af­ter tweet, which she shared with her 1.6 mil­lion fol­low­ers. She even took a photo of the woman who “waltz[ed in] at the last min” and took her seat, even though she is not “el­derly, child or sick,” nor “an air mar­shal or tall per­son.” Coul­ter didn’t im­me­di­ately re­ply to ques­tions about when and where she was fly­ing, and whether Delta had re­sponded to her tweets and why she de­cided to pho­to­graph and pub­li­cize her co-fliers’ faces. Delta didn’t im­me­di­ately re­spond to re­quests for com­ment. A Delta spokesman told The As­so­ci­ated Press that the air­line was reach­ing out to Coul­ter.



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