The Denver Post - - NATION & WORLD - Joel Ryan, The As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

In a tes­ta­ment to the place “Doc­tor Who” holds in Bri­tain’s cul­tural life, the rev­e­la­tion was made on live tele­vi­sion af­ter the Wimbledon men’s tennis fi­nal. A film clip showed a mys­te­ri­ous hooded fig­ure — re­vealed to be Whit­taker — walk­ing through the woods.

“Doc­tor Who” ran from 1963 to 1989 and was re­vived to ac­claim in 2005. Its longevity is partly the restult of its flex­i­ble premise. The cen­tral char­ac­ter, known only as the Doc­tor, can travel across space and time and can re­gen­er­ate into new bod­ies. — The As­so­ci­ated Press ●●●

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